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The United States Navy was born as the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War and came to existence, in part, through the initiative of John Adams. From its meager beginnings, made up largely of converted merchant vessels, the US Navy has since grown to become the largest sea-going fighting force in the world, staffed with over 430,000 personnel, 3,700 aircraft and nearly 300 surface and underwater vessels (2012). The US Navy maintains the largest fleet of aircraft carriers in the world and sports some 75 powerful nuclear-powered missile submarines.


The US Navy has taken part in all major American conflicts as well as many humanitarian efforts throughout her existence. Among her notable participation, the USN has served throughout the American Civil War, World War 1 and World War 2 - with participation of her aircraft carriers in the latter proving critical to the outcome of the war in the Pacific. The war signified the end of the battleship's reign of the seas and focused on the importance of a mobile surface fleet that could supply its own air cover - fighting where there was no land to fight on.


In the post-World War world, the US Navy became a critical participant during the tumultuous Cold War, seeing actions in the Korean War, Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War while, more recently, supporting operations across Afghanistan and Iraq. The USN currently fields a plethora of aircraft carriers, amphibious assault ships and landing ships, transport docks, armed cruisers, destroyers and frigates as well as submarines. Additionally, she maintains a powerful mobile air arm showcasing the FA-18 "Hornet" and "Super Hornet" multirole aircraft as well as specialized warfare platforms, dedicated trainers, transports and helicopters for various roles.

Listed Below From Lowest to Highest
Pay Grade
Insignia
Abbrv.
Title
Pay
E-1
NONE
SR
Seaman Recruit
2014 Pay Scale
E-2
SA
Seaman Apprentice
2014 Pay Scale
E-3
SN
Seaman
2014 Pay Scale
E-4
PO3
Petty Officer 3rd Class
2014 Pay Scale
E-5
PO2
Petty Officer 2nd Class
2014 Pay Scale
E-6
PO1
Petty Officer 1st Class
2014 Pay Scale
E-7
CPO
Chief Petty Officer
2014 Pay Scale
E-8
SCPO
Senior Chief Petty Officer
2014 Pay Scale
E-9
MCPO
Master Chief Petty Officer
2014 Pay Scale
E-9
Fleet / Command Master Chief
Petty Officer
2014 Pay Scale
E-9
Special
MCPON
Master Chief Petty Officer
of the Navy
2014 Pay Scale
W-1
WO1
Warrant Officer 1*
*No longer in Use
2014 Pay Scale
W-2
CWO2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
2014 Pay Scale
W-3
CWO3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
2014 Pay Scale
W-4
CWO4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
2014 Pay Scale
W-5
CWO5
Chief Warrant Officer 5
(Established 2002)
2014 Pay Scale
O-1
ENS
Ensign
2014 Pay Scale
O-2
LTJG
Lieutenant Junior Grade
2014 Pay Scale
O-3
LT
Lieutenant
2014 Pay Scale
O-4
LCDR
Lieutenant Commander
2014 Pay Scale
O-5
CDR
Commander
2014 Pay Scale
O-6
CAPT
Captain
2014 Pay Scale
O-7
RDML
Rear Admiral (lower half)
2014 Pay Scale
O-8
RADM
Rear Admiral (upper half)
2014 Pay Scale
O-9
VADM
Vice Admiral
2014 Pay Scale
O-10
ADM
Admiral Chief of Naval Operations / Commandant of the Coast Guard
2014 Pay Scale
O-11
Special
FADM
Fleet Admiral
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