Understanding Military Rank Series: Navy Ranks

Navy Rank List

Welcome to Empire Resume’s six-part mini-series on understanding military rank, where we’re giving you the blueprint to rank for each branch of the military.

Today, we’re sharing the U.S. Navy ranks and showing how they stack up to their civilian equivalent. Afterwards, we’ll briefly discuss what the Navy is and what Navy ranks are. Below is a chart containing each Navy rank along with accompanying job titles in today’s workforce:

Navy Rank List

What is the Navy?

The Navy is a military force that maintains the safety and security of the country’s seas, and provide seaborne support to other U.S. military service branches.

According to the Navy website, its mission is to “defend freedom, preserve economic prosperity, and keep the seas open and free.” Historically, it is the most powerful navy in the world and is comprised of the Active-Duty Navy and Navy Reserve.

What are Navy Ranks?

America’s Navy uses a rank structure to identify Sailors and reflect their levels of aptitude, training, experience, knowledge, skill, and responsibility. Rank is how Sailor’s progress in their military careers and it is also a key component of a Sailor’s military pay and benefits.

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Navy Rank List

At Empire Resume, it is our hope this quick, easy, and shareable reference will help military veterans change their approach when translating rank into the civilian terms, and that it’ll help civilians better understand what each Navy rank means and how to apply it to employment opportunities.

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Dr. Phillip Gold is President/CEO of Empire Resume and has vast experience writing resumes for service-members transitioning from the military into civilian roles. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force responsible for leading nuclear missile security. Phillip is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and holds a BA in Communications from The Ohio State University, an MS in Instructional Technology, an MBA in Finance, and a PhD in Finance.

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