Happy Birthday shout-out to the U.S. Navy on its 239th. http://www.navy.com
Here’s a fitting YouTube video posted by Matthew Gasper. www.youtube.com/embed/acnt3r6z5ns (opens in a new window)
Navy uniform app: http://www.navy.com/uniform360/#/service-dress-blues/0
Information and screenshots of naval insignia from the Navy’s website: http://www.navy.com/inside/uniforms.html .
Enlisted rank insignia chart:
E-1 through E-3 have color-coded group rate marks based on their occupational field. Group rate marks for E-2 and E-3 are worn on dress uniforms only. Personnel in pay grade E-1 do not wear group rate marks. The rating badge, a combination of rate (pay grade) and rating (specialty), is worn on the left upper sleeve of all uniforms in grades E-4 through E-6. Chief Petty Officers (E-7 through E-9) wear collar devices on their white and khaki uniforms and rate badges on their Service Dress Blues.
Officer insignia chart:
Navy Officers wear their rank devices in different places on their uniforms, depending on the uniform.
The three basic uniforms and the type of rank devices are khakis (a working uniform) – pins on the collar; whites – stripes on shoulder boards; and blues – stripes sewn on the lower sleeve.
CWO insignia chart:
Chief Warrant Officers hold warrants from the Secretary of the Navy and are specialists and experts in certain military technology or capabilities.
Chief Warrant Officers wear an individual insignia in place of the Officer’s star.