A Brief List of Old, Obscure and Obsolete U.S. Navy Jobs – USNI News

Each job has its own unique title—such as Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Jones—and an insignia denoting the rating included on his or her uniform.

What makes the system so confusing is the constant creation of new jobs, the merging of jobs or eliminating them entirely as the service requires.

For example, in the last several years the Navy has created ratings for unmanned vehicle operators and cyber-warfare technicians while losing or merging jobs such as patternmaker and boiler technician.

The following is a collection of former Navy ratings (and one defunct officer rank) made mostly obsolete by advances in technology and occasionally by more modern stances on race, gender, and—at least in one case—child-labor norms.

via A Brief List of Old, Obscure and Obsolete U.S. Navy Jobs – USNI News.

A fun little piece.

5 thoughts on “A Brief List of Old, Obscure and Obsolete U.S. Navy Jobs – USNI News”

  1. I really did find this article profoundly interesting….now to challenge my Navy Yoeman veteran Brother….I’m going to have so much fun!!!!

  2. I wonder about the 1971 date regarding Philippinos. We had a 1st Class electrician on the Courtney who had been an Electrician for several years. He may have been a Steward first, but he had been an electrician prior to 1971.

    It was truly entertaining to hear him cuss too. Mother came out “mutter” and the “F” word started with a P.

  3. You can add Torpedoman’s mate. What the Navy needs now is a rate for transsexuals. You know, so that you don’t get into trouble when you video broads changing clothes on a submarine.

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