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Friday, March 18, 2011

Officers' Shoulder Boards - Rank Insignias Navy Commissioned and Warrant Officers


Navy officers wear their rank devices in different places on their uniforms, depending upon the uniform. The three basic uniforms and the type of rank devices are: khakis (a working uniform) — pins on the collar;whites — stripes on shoulder boards; and, blues — stripes sewn on the lower sleeve. Shoulder boards are also worn on bridge coats and reefers. The collar devices are also worn on the right side of the garrison cap (a miniature officer's crest is worn on the left) and slightly larger devices are worn on the epaulets of the raincoat and working jacket.

Additionally, line officers wear a star above the stripes of the shoulder boards or sleeves but staff and warrant officers wear specialty insignia.





Pay GradeRankAbbreviationCollarShoulderSleeve
O-1EnsignENS
O-2Lieutenant
Junior Grade
LTJG
O-3LieutenantLT
O-4Lieutenant
Commander
LCDR
O-5CommanderCDR
O-6CaptainCAPT
O-7Rear Admiral
(lower half)
RDML
O-8Rear Admiral
(upper half)
RADM
O-9Vice AdmiralVADM
O-10AdmiralADM
O-11Fleet Admiral*FADM
* The rank of Fleet Admiral has been reserved for war time use only. The last Fleet Admirals were in World War II. Fleet Admirals during that war were Chester W. Nimitz, William D. Leahy, Ernest J. King, and William F. Halsey.






Pay GradeRankAbbreviationCollarShoulderSleeve
W-1*Warrant OfficerWO1
W-2Chief
Warrant Officer
CWO2
W-3Chief
Warrant Officer
CWO3
W-4Chief
Warrant Officer
CWO4
W-5*Chief
Warrant Officer
CWO5
* The grade of Warrant Officer (W-1) is no longer in use. W-5 was established in the Navy in 2002.

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