Rank Insignia Comparative Ranks USN Rank Insignia Officers (1941-1943) Enlisted (1941-1943) IJN Rank Insignia Officers (1931-1945) Enlisted (1931-1942) Enlisted (1942-1945)
  USN Petty Officers and Seamen Rank Insignia 1941-1943
Chief Petty Officer, Petty Officer 1st Class, Petty Officer 2nd Class, Petty Officer 3rd Class, Seaman 1st class, Seaman 2nd class, Apprentice Seaman
Petty Officer
  Petty Officer
1st Class
Petty Officer
2nd Class
Petty Officer
3rd Class
1st Class
2nd Class
Rank Insignia
Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer 1st class Petty Officer 2nd class Petty Officer 3rd class Seaman 1st Class Seaman 2nd Class Seaman Apprentice
Non-Rated Personnel Branch Marks (Watch Marks)
Branch Marks: Seamen Branch Marks: Firemen Branch Marks: Hospital Apprentices, Buglers.
Seamen Firemen Hospital Apprentices, Buglers,
Musicians, Mess Attendants
Seaman Branch
Bootswain's Mate Bootswain's Mate Quartermaster Quartermaster Signalman Signalman Fire Controlman Fire Controlman Gunners's Mate Gunners's Mate Turret Captain Turret Captain
    Mineman Mineman Torpedoman Torpedoman    
Artificer Branch
Carpenter's MateCarpenter's Mate
PatternmakerPatternmaker Painter
ShipfitterShipfitter Electrician's MateElectrician's Mate Printer
Radio TechnicianRadio Technician RadiomanRadioman TelegrapherTelegrapher
RadarmanRadarman SoundmanSoundman  
Engine Room Force, Artificer Branch
BoilermakerBoilermaker Water TenderWater Tender Machinist's MateMachinist's Mate Motor Machinist's MateMotor Machinist's M. MetalsmithMetalsmith Molder
Aviation Branch
Aviation Pilot
Aviation Pilot
Aviation Machinist's MateAv. Machinist's M. AerographerAerographer Parachute RiggerParachute Rigger Aviation OrdnancemanAv. Ordnanceman Airship Rigger
Airship Rigger
Aviation Electrician's MateAv. Electrician's M. Aviation RadiomanAv. Radioman Aviation Radio TechnicanAv. Radio Technic. Aviation MetalsmithAv. Metalsmith
Storekeeper VStorekeeper V Torpedoman VTorpedoman V
    Painter V
Painter V
Photographer's MatePhotographer's Mate    
Special Branch
Pharmacist's MatePharmacist's Mate StorekeeperStorekeeper Yeoman
MusicianMusician BandmasterBandmaster BuglemasterBuglemaster
Commissary Branch, Messman/Steward Branch
Commissary StewardCommissary Steward Baker
Ship's Cook
Ship's Cook
Officer's Cook
Officer's Cook
Officer's StewardOfficer's Steward  
Athletic Instructor 
Athletic Instructor
Gunnery InstructorGunnery Instructor I.B.M. OperatorI.B.M. Operator Mail ClerkMail Clerk Ordnance InspectorOrdnance Inspector Photographic Specialist
Photographic Specialist
Comunication SecurityComunication Sec. Shore Patrol
Shore Patrol
Transport AirmanTransport Airman WelfareWelfare Contol Tower OperatorContol Tower Operator
Service Stripes and Bages   Versions for Different Types of Uniform
Petty officer's service stripes Petty officer's gold service stripes Chief Petty Officer, gold badge Chief Petty Officer badge for forestry green Petty Officer 1st class badge for field khaki Chief Petty Officer badge for summer white
One stripe for each
4 years of service
Gold service stripes and badge for 12 and more years of Good Conduct Service For forestry
green (aviation)
For field khaki
For summer

1. John A. Stacey, “U.S. Navy Rating Badges, Specialty Marks & Distinguishing Marks 1885-1982”, 1982