List of United States Coast Guard ratings

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United States Coast Guard ratings are general occupations that consist of specific skills and abilities. Each rating has its own specialty badge, which is typically worn on the left sleeve of their service dress uniform by all enlisted personnel in that particular field. On Operational Dress Uniforms, they wear generic rate designators that exclude the rating symbol. Commissioned Officers do not have ratings.

Ratings should not be confused with "rates", which describe the Navy's and Coast Guard's enlisted pay-grades. Enlisted Navy and Coast Guardsmen are referred to by their rating and rate. For example, if someone's rate is Petty Officer 2nd Class and his rating is Boatswain's Mate; when combined, Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (BM2) defines both.[1][2] More examples are listed in the table below.

Electrician's Mate 3rd Class
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class (EM3)
Machinery Technician 2nd Class
Machinery Technician 2nd Class (MK2)
Boatswain's Mate 1st Class
Boatswain's Mate 1st Class (BM1)
Marine Science Technician Chief
Marine Science Technician Chief (MSTC)
Aviation Maintenance Technician Senior Chief
Aviation Maintenance Technician Senior Chief (AMTCS)
Health Services Technician Master Chief
Health Services Technician Master Chief (HSCM)
Examples of U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer rating and rate insignias [3]


Aviation group[edit]

Insignia General rating Abbreviation Service rating Abbreviation
USCG Aviation Maintenance Technician rating badge.png Aviation Maintenance Technician AMT
The AMT inspects, services, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs aircraft power plant, power train and structural systems. The AMT maintains metal, composite and fiberglass materials, fabricates cables, wire harnesses and structural components; and performs aircraft corrosion control, nondestructive testing, basic electrical troubleshooting and record keeping. Additionally AMTs also hold an aircrew position in specific Coast Guard aircraft
Aviation Survival Technician rating badge.png Aviation Survival Technician AST
The Aviation Survival Technician inspects, services, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs aircraft and aircrew survival equipment and rescue devices. Additionally, ASTs perform the duties of a rescue swimmer and provide aircrew survival training to all aviators.
USCG Avionics Electrical Technician rating badge.png Avionics Electrical Technician AET
Inspects, services, maintains, troubleshoots and repairs aircraft power, communications, navigation, auto flight and sensor systems. AETs perform minimum performance checks, system alignments, avionics corrosion control and record keeping. Additionally, AETs hold an aircrew position in specific Coast Guard aircraft.

Administrative and scientific group[edit]

Insignia General rating Abbreviation Service rating Abbreviation
USCG Health Service Technician rating badge.png Health Services Technician HS
Administers medicine; applies first aid; assists in operating room; nurses patients; and assists dental officers
USCG Marine Science Technician rating badge.png Marine Science Technician MST
MSTs conduct marine-safety activities such as investigating pollution incidents, monitoring pollution cleanups, conducting foreign-vessel boardings to enforce pollution and navigation safety laws, conducting harbor patrols for port safety and security, inspecting waterfront facilities and supervising the loading of explosives on vessels. Most are assigned to shore-based field units such as sectors. They may be assigned to the National Strike Force for oil and hazardous-material response. MSTs are also the Coast Guard’s safety and environmental health experts ashore.
USCG Musician rating badge.png Musician MU
The musician rating in the Coast Guard is restricted to members of the Coast Guard Band which is located at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. The United States Coast Guard Band recruits only the most highly skilled musicians, and the audition process is extremely competitive. The Director makes the final decision to award the position to the winner(s) who then enlist in the United States Coast Guard for a period of four years at the rank of Musician First Class (E-6).

Reference: http://www.uscg.mil/band/careers.asp

USCG Public Affairs Specialist rating bagde.png Public Affairs Specialist PA
Reports and edits news; publishes information about service members and activities through newspapers, magazines, radio and television; and shoots and develops film and photographs
USCG Storekeeper rating badge.png Storekeeper SK
Orders, receives, stores, inventories and issues clothing, food, mechanical equipment and other items; and serves as a payroll clerk.
USCG Food Service Specialist rating bage.png Food Service Specialist FS
Cooks and bakes; prepares menus; keeps cost accounts; assists in ordering provisions; and inspects food.
USCG Yeoman rating bage.png Yeoman YN
Prepares and routes correspondence and reports; and maintains personnel records and publications.

Deck & weapons group[edit]

Insignia General rating Abbreviation Service rating Abbreviation
USCG Boatswain's Mate rating badge.png Boatswain's Mate BM
Operates small boats; stores cargo; handles ropes and lines; and directs work of deck force. Performs navigation of ship's steering; lookout supervision, ship control, bridge watch duties, visual communication and maintenance of navigational aids. The most versatile rating in the Coast Guard, and the only rating that can lead to a command position.[citation needed] (This rating is a combination of the previous USCG ratings of Quartermaster and Boatswain's Mate).
USCG Maritime Law Enforcement Specialist rating badge.png Maritime Law Enforcement Specialist ME
Serve as specialist in maritime law enforcement and security. The rate was officially established January 1, 2010 when 1,053 active duty and 988 reserve members transitioned from existing rates and became maritime enforcement specialists. The new rating is designed to enhance the Coast Guard's capabilities as America’s maritime guardians and support the Coast Guard’s modernization goal of developing a force structure responsive to mission execution.[4]
USCG Gunner's Mate rating badge.png Gunner's Mate GM
Operates and performs maintenance on guided missile launching systems, rocket launchers, guns and gun mounts; inspects/repairs electrical, electronic, pneumatic, mechanical and hydraulic systems
USCG Operations Specialist rating badge.png Operations Specialist OS
Operates telecommunications equipment and sensors and controls operations in Rescue Coordination Centers, cutters and stations
USCG Intelligence Specialist rating badge.png Intelligence Specialist IS
Intelligence Specialists are involved in collecting and interpreting intelligence, especially about enemies or potential enemies. They analyze photographs and prepare charts, maps, and reports that describe in detail the strategic situation all over the world.

Engineering & hull group[edit]

Insignia General rating Abbreviation Service rating Abbreviation
USCG Damage Controlman rating badge.png Damage Controlman DC
Fabricates, installs and repairs shipboard structures, plumbing and piping systems; uses damage control in fire fighting; operates nuclear, biological, chemical and radiological defense equipment; construction work.[5]
USCG Electrician's Mate rating badge.png Electrician's Mate EM
Tests, maintains and repairs electrical equipment including navigation, identification, detection, reconnaissance, special purpose equipment and conducts electrical training for all MK's throughout the fleet; operates warfare equipment.

Note: Electrician's Mates don't work on avionics. It's all shipboard maintenance and residential electrical work. [1]

USCG Electronics Technician rating badge.png Electronics Technician ET
Maintains all electronic equipment used for communications, detection ranging, recognition and countermeasures, worldwide navigational systems, computers and sonars. ET's Also maintain towers and antennas.

Note: Electronics Technicians are normally part of the Operations Department, not Engineering. They also do the jobs that were once done by the Fire Control Technicians, including maintaining and operating the fire control radars, and firing the major weapons systems on the boat including the 76 MM cannon and the CWIS anti-ship missile defense system.

USCG Machinery Technician rating badge.png Machinery Technician MK
Operates, maintains and repairs ship's propulsion, auxiliary equipment and outside equipment such as steering, engineer, refrigeration/air conditioning and steam equipment
USCG Information System Technician rating badge.png Information Systems Technician IT
Operates communication equipment; transmits, receives and processes all forms of military record and voice communications. Installs and maintains telecommunications equipment ranging from pole lines and underground cables to computer-based data communications and processing systems, telephone and data switching systems and networks, and public address, security and remote control systems
Rating Badge ND.jpg Diver DV
Diver is a new rate created by the Coast Guard in 2014. They sweep ports and waterways during coastal security missions; conduct salvage and recovery operations; inspect Coast Guard cutter hulls; survey coral reefs and environmental sensitive areas; repair, maintain and place of aids to navigation; conduct polar operations as well as conduct joint operations with United States and international military divers.[6][7]

Reserve specific group[edit]

Insignia General rating Abbreviation Service rating Abbreviation
USCG Investigator rating badge.png Investigator INV (IV for USCG Reserve)
Provide support to Coast Guard law-enforcement and intelligence missions. Conduct both criminal and personal background checks and investigations, collect and analyze intelligence information and provide personal protection services to high-ranking Coast Guard officials and other VIPs.

Obsolete ratings (1990-Present)[edit]

Insignia General rating Abbreviation Service rating Abbreviation
Rating Badge AE.jpg Aviation Electrician's Mate AE
This rating was disestablished by the Coast Guard on 1 June 1999 and were absorbed into the AMT rating.[8]
Rating Badge AM.jpg Aviation Structural Mechanic AM
This rating was disestablished by the Coast Guard in 1999 and were absorbed into the AMT rating.[8]
Data Processing Tech rating badge.jpg Data Processing Technician DP
This rating was disestablished by the Coast Guard in 1999 and were absorbed into the TC rating.[8]
Rating Badge DT.jpg Dental Technician DT
This rating was disestablished by the Coast Guard in 1983 and were absorbed into the HS rating.[8]
USCG Fire and Safety Specialist Rating Badge.jpg Fire & Safety Specialist FF
This rating was disestablished by the Coast Guard in 1993 and were absorbed into the PS rating.[8]
Rating Badge FT.jpg Fire Control Technician FT
This rating was disestablished by the Coast Guard on July 2003 and were absorbed into the ET rating.[8]
USCGPS.png Port Security Specialist PS
Support of Department of Defense national-defense operations overseas as a member of a Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron, or a Coast Guard Port Security Unit. Work at a Sector to ensure the physical security of a major U.S. port, or be a member of a Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST). MSSTs are capable of being deployed throughout the United States to provide heightened waterside and shoreside security in support of maritime homeland security operations.[5][8]
Rating Badge QM.jpg Quartermaster QM
This rating was disestablished by the Coast Guard on July 2003 and were absorbed into the BM and OS ratings.[8]
USCG Operations Specialist rating badge.png Radarman RD
This rating was disestablished by the Coast Guard on July 2003 and were absorbed into the OS rating.[8]
Rating Badge IT.jpg Radioman/Telecommunications Specialist RM/TC
These two rating no longer exist. RMs where converted to TCs in 1995. The TC rating was then disestablished in 2003; 75% of the workforce moved to the OS rating and the remaining 25% moved to the IT rating.[8][9]
Rating Badge ST.jpg Sonar Technician ST
ST, original named Soundman, was disestablished by the Coast Guard in 1993 and were absorbed into the ET and OS ratings.[8]
USCG Information System Technician rating badge.png Telephone Technician TT
TT was disestablished by the Coast Guard in 2003 and were absorbed into the IT rating. Despite this change, the rating device remained the same.[8][9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Navy Officer Ranks and Enlisted Rates
  2. ^ U.S. Coast Guard Enlisted Rank Insignia
  3. ^ U.S. Coast Guard Rank and Specialty Insignias
  4. ^ Coast Guard graduates inaugural maritime enforcement class
  5. ^ a b "U.S. Navy Enlisted Ratings". University of California Berkeley, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. U.S. Navy. Archived from the original on 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2006-12-27. 
  6. ^ DV: A new Coast Guard rating, Coast Guard Compass, Official Blog of the U.S. Coast Guard, by LT Stephanie Young, dated 19 March 2014, last accessed 10 April 2014
  7. ^ U.S. Coast Guard Diving Program, About.com, Careers-US Military, last accessed 10 April 2014
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l History of USCG Ratings Marks
  9. ^ a b Information based on interview with ISCS Sean Benson, USCG's ICC Command Senior Chief.

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