Seaman


Airman Variation

Fireman Variation

UNITED STATES NAVY

Seaman is the third lowest enlisted rank in the U.S. Navy and other navies. For the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard the rank is just above Seaman Apprentice and below Petty Officer Third Class; this rank was formerly known as Seaman First Class.

The actual title for an E-3 in the U.S. Navy varies based on the community to which the sailor belongs. Likewise, the color of their group rate marks also depends on their community.

  • Those in the general deck and administrative community are Seamen. They wear White stripes on navy blue uniforms, and navy blue (black) stripes on white uniforms.
  • Hospital Corpsmen are Hospitalmen. They are the only rate in this community. They wear White stripes on navy blue uniforms, and navy blue stripes on white uniforms.
  • Dental Techs are called Dentalmen. They are the only rate in this community. They wear White stripes on navy blue uniforms, and navy blue stripes on white uniforms.
  • Those in the engineering and hull community are called Firemen and wear red strips on both navy blue and white uniforms.
  • Those in the aviation community are called Airmen and wear green stripes on both navy blue and white uniforms.
  • Seabees are called Constructionmen and wear ligh blue stripes on both navy blue and white uniforms.

No stripes are worn on the working uniforms - coveralls or utilities.

Sailors who have completed the requirements to be assigned a rating and have been accepted by the Bureau of Naval Personel as holding that rating (a process called "striking") are called Designated Strikers, and are called by thier full rate and rating in formal communications (ie, Machinist's Mate Fireman, as opposed to simply Fireman), though the rating is often left off in informal communication. Those who have not officially been assigned to a rating are officially referred to as "Undesignated" or "Non-rates."