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Keith Brownmiller

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I had an uncle who served on Pearl Harbor, Dec 7th, 1941. He was a Torpedo Man First Class. I had another uncle that served in the Navy who was killed many years ago after he got out of the Navy. I am in the process of requesting his records for our family history files.

At this point all I know is that he was an "AN". I know that is probably an E-3, but I have not been able to find out what it is, the color of this 3 stripes etc. Anybody that can shed light on this, the help would be greatly appreciated.

Now you are saying to yourself, 2 uncles in the Navy, how did I join the Corps? Don't forget my father and his brother were Army Air Corps and Army. You can guess the discussions during the Army-Navy game.

As to why I joined the Corps, see me at the reunion and I will tell you the story face to face, because you might think I'm crazy when you hear it and wouldn't want to scare anyone into not attending the reunion.


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I don't want to give away too much information until Dec 16, but since you know who the guest speaker is for the reunion, why don't you ask him? 
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Enlistees enter the Navy as E-1s (Airman Recruit). Advancement to E-2 (Airman Apprentice) may be achieved after nine months of successful naval service, with advancement to E-3 (Airman) after an additional nine months.


The duties performed by airman apprentices include:

• repairing, maintaining and stowing aircraft and associated equipment in preparation for flight operations; 
• working with qualified personnel to gain job training and experience; 
• performing ground and deck duties involved in the take-off and landing of aircraft; 
• standing security watches on flight lines or decks; 
• doing temporary duty for 90-120 days with food services divisions; 
• serving as members of crash crews and security alert teams; 
• participating in naval ceremonies.

Airman apprentices are taught fundamental skills needed in an aviation environment. Most of the training takes place at their first duty station in the form of on-the-job training in the rating for which they are "striking." By "striking" for a specific Navy rating, a qualified person may be assigned to a Navy class "A" technical school for further training in that rating.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_Navy_enlisted_rates
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Thanks John for that info. However, this striking is something I don't understand. Correct me if I am wrong, what you saying is that until you are an E-4 that you don't know what you are going to be doing. So to find out exactly what my uncle did would be to read his service records once they arrive.

It seems to me that specializing earlier in the enlistment, retention would increase. I also recall seeing job skill type insignias worn on certain Navy uniforms.

Chime in here David as this is right up your alley, if I understand your rating.

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Keith, If you go to school right out of boot camp, which is what I think everyone does, then after you complete the school you become that rate and rank. For example, the Navy gave me an E-3 just for going to boot camp, because I had less than a year left for my college degree. So, after I completed Operation Specialist school, I got the E-3 OS patch, and I was an OSSN.However, if you don't have a rating, you can still earn a E-3 rank and patch.



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you might ask some one that know him or find letters or the like that might have his rate. If you have a service number not his ssn they can find the records from if.
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Your ASVAB score determines if you get an "A" school after boot camp. You stay as an E-1, E-2, or E-3 until you successfully complete school. At that time, you become a designated rate.

If you do not get the minimum score on your ASVAB, then you strike for a rate at your first command after boot camp. 
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http://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/asvab-and-navy-mos-jobs.html
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