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United States Navy - E-1 Seaman Recruit

E-1 Seaman Recruit

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Seal of the Navy Navy Seaman Recruit - Rank Details

Seaman Recruit (SR)

Classification Junior Enlisted
Abbreviation SR
NATO Code OR-1
Service United States Navy
Address Depending on rate: Seaman (last name) Fireman (last name) Constructionman (last name) Airman (last name)
What are a Seaman Recruit's Responsibilities?

Seaman Recruit is the lowest among enlisted ranks in the USN. Navy Seamen are considered apprentices in training for their warfare community.

Just knowing a sailor's rank, such as E-1, doesn't tell you much. The full story comes from their "rate", or job specialty. Examples include Machinist's Mate (MM), Sonar Technician (ST), or Hospital Corpsman (HN). Such ratings fall into one of five broader categories: Seamen, Firemen, Constructionmen, Airmen, or Hospitalmen. So if the sailor is an E-1 Machinist Mate, then their full rate and rank is MMFR, or Machinist Mate Fireman Recruit. Rates can break down even further -- for example, MM(W)s, where the W stands for Weapons, are Torpedomen; and MM(N)s are Nuclear Machinist's Mates who serve on Nuclear-powered Aircraft Carriers or Submarines.

If a Seaman is undesignated, then the first part of their career is spent seeking a rating. They may report directly to a ship and perform menial labor such as cooking and cleaning for several weeks or months until a Division decides to adopt them. At this point, the Division will mentor the sailor, who may "strike" for that rating. Once a sailor officially receives a rating, they need to report to "A-School" to receive basic training for their rate. If a sailor enters the Navy with a pre-determined rating, they will report to A-School straight after Basic Training.

No matter which warfare community they are a part of, Seamen can expect to perform lots of menial labor as they begin their initial training. Whether they spend several months in school or report directly to the Fleet, their indoctrination into the Navy continues until they earn a warfare device and promote to Petty Officer.

Meeting a rating-designated E-1 is somewhat unusual and may be a sign that the sailor was recently demoted.

What is a Seaman Recruit's Paygrade?

A Seaman Recruit is considered a Junior Enlisted, with a paygrade of E-1. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-1 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

On this page you can learn more about a Seaman Recruit's payscale, the process of becoming a Seaman Recruit, and the history of the rank in the United States Navy.

Seal of the Navy Navy Seaman Recruit Pay Calculator

The basic pay rate of an E-1 is $1,599.90* There is no basic pay applicable to E-1 after two years of experience. This is because the Basic Combat Training does not extend further than two years.


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Equivalent Ranks to a Navy Seaman Recruit

A Seaman Recruit is a Junior Enlisted, with a military paygrade of E-1. The civilian equivalent of this military rank is roughly GS-1 under the federal government's General Schedule payscale.

The table below lists the equivalent ranks of a Navy Seaman Recruit, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.

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