United States Navy staff corps

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In the United States Navy, commissioned officers are either line officers or staff corps officers. Staff corps officers are specialists in career fields that are professions unto themselves, such as physicians, lawyers, civil engineers, chaplains, and supply specialists. For example, a doctor can advance to become the commanding officer (CO) of a hospital, a hospital ship, or a medical school or the chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, while a supply officer can become the CO of a supply depot or a school or the head of the Naval Supply Systems Command.

Staff Corps officers wear their specialty insignia on the sleeve of the dress blue uniforms and on their shoulder boards, in place of the star worn by line officers. On Winter Blue and Khaki uniforms, the specialty insignia is a collar device worn on the left collar, while the rank device is worn on the right.[1]

List of staff corps and their ranking officers[edit]

Name Designator Insignia Highest-ranking position Incumbent
Medical Corps 210X USN Med-corp.gif Surgeon General of the United States Navy Rear Adm Nathan 8x10cvrd.jpg
VADM Matthew L. Nathan
Dental Corps 220X USN Dental.gif Chief, Dental Corps RDML Stephen Pachuta.jpg
RDML Stephen Pachuta
Nurse Corps 290X USN Nurse.gif Director, Nurse Corps RADM Rebecca McCormick-Boyle.jpg
RADM Rebecca McCormick-Boyle
Medical Service Corps 230X USN Msc.gif Director, Medical Service Corps RDML Terry Moulton.jpg
RDML Terry Moulton
Navy Chaplain Corps 410X varies by religion:

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USN - Chaplian Insignia - Buddhist 2.jpg

Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy RADM Margaret Kibben.jpg
RADM Margaret G. Kibben
Supply Corps 310X United States Navy Supply Corps insignia.gif Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command RADM Jonathan A. Yuen.jpg
RADM Jonathan A. Yuen
Civil Engineer Corps 510X USN Ce-corp.gif Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command RADM Katherine Gregory.jpg
RADM Katherine L. Gregory
Judge Advocate General's Corps 250X USN Jag-corp.gif Judge Advocate General of the Navy VADM Nanette M. DeRenzi.jpg
VADM Nanette M. DeRenzi

An officer designator describes their general community or profession. The (fourth) digit (X) denotes the whether the officer has a Regular (0), Reserve (5), or Full Time Support (7) commission.


When officers are of the same grade and date of commissioning, but from different officer’s categories, seniority takes precedence in the following order:

  1. Line
  2. Medical
  3. Supply
  4. Chaplain
  5. Civil Engineer
  6. Judge Advocate General
  7. Dental
  8. Medical Service
  9. Nurse

See also[edit]


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the United States Navy.
  1. ^ "United States Navy Specialty Insignia — Staff Corps". Navy Data. U.S. Navy. Retrieved 2006-12-26.