Petty Officer


Petty Officer

A Petty Officer is a noncommissioned officer or equivalent in many navies.

Canada

There are two Petty Officer ranks in the Canadian Navy. Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2) ("Maître de deuxième classe" or "m2" in French) is equivalent to a Sergeant and Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1) ("Maître de première classe" or "m1") is equivalent to a Warrant Officer.

Petty Officers are normally addressed as "Petty Officer Bloggins" or "PO Bloggins", thereafter as "PO". The "1st Class" and "2nd Class" designations are normally only used when such a distinction needs to be made, such as on a promotion parade or to distinguish two Petty Officers with similar names but different ranks.


United Kingdom

In the Royal Navy, the rank of Petty Officer comes above that of Leading Rating and below that of Chief Petty Officer. It is the equivalent of Sergeant in the Royal Marines, British Army and Royal Air Force. Petty Officer is the lowest of the Senior Rating grades. Petty Officers, like all senior rates, wear fore and aft rig.

United States

The title of Petty Officer in the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard has three separate "classes" (3rd class through 1st class) and three senior grades (Chief Petty Officer, Senior Chief Petty Officer, Master Chief Petty Officer). A Petty Officer Third Class is equivalent to a Corporal in the United States Army and Marine Corps and a Senior Airman in the United States Air Force. A Petty Officer Second Class is equivalent to a Sergeant in the United States Army and Marine Corps, and a Staff Sergeant in the United States Air Force. A Petty Officer First Class is equivalent to a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army and Marine Corps and a Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force.

ee also

* Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
* Master Chief Petty Officer
* Senior Chief Petty Officer
* Chief Petty Officer
* Chief Petty Officer 1st Class
* Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class
* Petty Officer 1st Class
* Petty Officer First Class
* Petty Officer 2nd Class
* Petty Officer Second Class
* Petty Officer Third Class
* United States Navy enlisted rates
* List of United States Navy ratings
* Starshina (Russian equivalent)


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