JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In an announcement made Wednesday, the Navy established four new ratings for active duty sailors and released a timeline on when the new ratings will take effect. The new ratings are:
The Chief of Naval Personnel says the realignment was made in an effort to improve management of ship manning and personnel inventory for both the Surface and Submarine ratings and will be effective on the following dates:
- Sept. 2, 2017, for E-6
- Oct. 17, 2017, for E-7 through E-9
- Nov. 28, 2017, for E-1 through E-5
The new ratings are for active duty sailors and billets, and will not be applied to the reserve component. Additionally, the Navy says there will be no changes to Sea/Shore flow.
Sailors serving as Aegis fire controlman and yeoman, logistics specialist, culinary specialist submarine sailors will be converted to their applicable service ratings by enlisted community managers -- with no action needed from the member.
An advancement exam will be created for each new service rating. The first E-7 exam for these ratings will be given in January 2018. For E-4, E-5 and E-6 exams for these new ratings will be given in March 2018.