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NJROTC Rank Structure

Ranks Overview

Cadet rates, ranks, promotions and position assignments are earned based on individual performance and demonstrated potential. Many factors are evaluated by the Naval Science instructors before awarding rates, ranks, promotions and advancement, and before cadet billet assignments are made. Cadets must continually demonstrate: High moral standards and good conduct, proper appearance in school and in unit uniform, acceptable academic achievement, acceptable performance in carrying out assigned NJROTC responsibilities, and acceptable level of participation in NJROTC activities and programs.

Upon entering NJROTC, cadets will be assigned the grade of Cadet Seaman Recruit. Each school quarter every cadet lower then the grade of Chief Petty Officer may take an advancement test to rate up to the next grade. Each test will be more complicated for each rate level you wish to take. For example, a Cadet Seaman test is easier then a Cadet Chief Petty Officer test.


Enlisted Rates Collar Insignia

E-1 | c/SR Cadet Seaman Recruit 
Assigned to every new cadet in the NJROTC program.
Description : None.

No Insignia

E-2 | c/SA Cadet Seaman Apprentice
When qualified, cadets can advance to SA in the first year.
Description : The collar device is Two silver diagonal stripes.

            

E-3 | c/SN Cadet Seaman
When qualified, cadets can advance to SN in the first year.
Description : The collar device is Three silver diagonal stripes.


E-4 | c/PO3 Cadet Petty Officer 3rd Class
 An Outstanding cadet may achieve this rate during their first year.
Description : The collar device is a perched eagle over one chevron.

E-5 | c/PO2 Cadet Petty Officer 2nd Class
Advancement of this rate is normally acquired during the second year.
Description: The collar device is a perched eagle over two chevrons.

E-6 | c/PO1 Cadet Petty Officer 1st Class 

Advancement of this rate is normally acquired during the second or third year.
Description : The collar device is a perched eagle over three chevrons.

E-7 | c/CPO Cadet Chief Petty Officer
Cadets can acquire this rate during their second, third, or fourth year.
Description : The collar device is an eagle perched over a fouled anchor.

E-8 | c/SCPO Cadet Senior Chief Petty Officer
Cadets can acquire this rate during their third, or fourth year.
Description : The collar device is an eagle and one star perched over a fouled anchor.

 

E-9 | c/MCPO Cadet Master Chief Petty Officer
Cadets can acquire this rate during their third, or fourth year and is assigned the position of Command Master Chief.
Description : The collar device is an eagle and two stars perched over a fouled anchor.

 

Officer Ranks

Collar Insignia

O-1 | C/ENS Cadet Ensign
Generally an exceptional third or fourth year cadet.
Description : The collar device is a single gold bar.



O-2 | c/LTJG

Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade
Assigned to officers ready for additional responsibilities.
Description : The collar device is two attached gold bars.


O-3 | c/LT Cadet Lieutenant
Assigned to the most Senior Officers.
Description : The collar device is three attached gold bars.



O-4 | c/LCDR

Cadet Lieutenant Commander
Assigned to the Executive Officer of a Battalion.
Description : The collar device is four attached gold bars.



O-5 | c/CDR Cadet Commander
Assigned to Battalion Commanding Officer; Highest rank in the cadet corps. Description : The collar device is five attached gold bars.