Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Rank
All officers in the AFP are commissioned into the service and are given ranks by the President of the Republic of the Philippines. They hold such rank for a certain time in grade until they are promoted to the next higher grade. Enlisted personnel (EP) are likewise given ranks by their respective services as well as rates and ratings depending on the level of their occupational field on a certain job classification. For the PN, an EP is given a promotional examination (PROMEX) before he/she can be promoted to the next higher grade.
The ranks, rates and ratings of officers and enlisted personnel in the Philippine Navy differ in name from that of the other branches of service of the AFP including the Philippine Marines. They are almost a universal tradition for all navies of the world and the difference lies only on the various uniform insignias, badges, markings and devices.
Rating is the term used in the Navy to identify an occupational specialty which is based on the aptitude, training, experience, knowledge and skills of an individual. Examples of ratings are: Quartermaster (QM), Boatswainmate (BM), Electronic Technician (ET), Engineman (EN), Damage Controlman (DC), etc. Rate - is the term used to identify the level of achievement and expertize within the individual's rating. Rate may also be called paygrade within a rating.
Rank is the combined rate and rating of the individual. Examples of enlisted ranks are: Radioman, Third Class (RM3), Electrician's Mate, First Class (EM1), Seaman First, Hospital Corpsman (S1HM), Gunner's Mate Chief (GMC), etc. See Figure 1-9 for the Comparative Ranks of AFP Enlisted Personnel by Major Service. Unrated or non-rated/ unclassified - a term used to identify an individual who has not yet been classified for a particular rating. His rank would carry an initial (UN). Examples are: ASN(UN), SN1(UN), PO3(UN), etc. Striker is a term which applies to an individual in the paygrade E-1 to E-3.
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