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Saganami Island Technical Specialties College

The Naval Technical Specialties College trains enlisted personnel for their ratings and officers to lead the divisions and departments in which these ratings work. The Technical Specialties College includes 33 specialties (ratings) in eight departments:

Each rating has three associated courses levels (A, C, and D) and one optional warrant project.

  • The A course (rate specific training) is designed to teach E-1 through E-3 enlisted personnel how to perform the duties of their rating. Successful completion of the A level course would allow the member to have their Ship billet changed to include the specialist rating.
  • The C course (advanced rate specific training) is designed for non-commissioned officers (E-4 and above) in the rating to expand their knowledge and leadership. Successful completion of the C level course would allow the member to have their Ship billet changed to include the advanced specialist rating.
  • The D course (division head qualification) is designed to teach officers how to run a division.
  • The Warrant of W project is an optional project open to all students to offer them a chance to advance the specialty in some way.
  • Individuals who complete all the D level courses in a department are qualified to lead such a department onboard ship.

Warrant Officer Projects

Warrant officer, or W, projects are different than traditional courses and require the student to propose a project relevant to the subject matter, have it approved by the instructor, and complete the project to the instructor’s satisfaction. All warrant officer projects are graded pass or requires further information or revision. Anyone who has satisfied the course prerequisites may complete a W project; a W project is required for those wishing to hold a warrant officer billet.

To get approval for a W project, you must fill out the “BuTrain Warrant Officer Project Proposal Form” (click here to get form) (and found in the General Academy Questions Forum Useful Links post) and submit it to the appropriate instructor for approval. Using a form helps ensure students provide instructors with the right information for the projects to be approved. However, a student may provide an instructor the same information without the form if they provide all the information included on the form. This proposal form is intended to ensure that proposals meet the requirements for warrant officer projects and provide information to help instructors grade submitted projects. All Warrant Officer Projects must follow this process and must not be something you have already completed, created, or finished prior to applying to do the project.

Types of Warrant Officer Projects

  • Write a persuasive paper. You propose a thesis for approval and write a paper to support that thesis. Your proposal must include a thesis statement that states what it is you are going to support or defend and what your conclusion is. The proposal should also state how it relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading would be the paper. It should be at least 3 pages long. You must include references and citations using your choice of documentation style (such as MPA, APA, or bluebook). Any paper received without appropriate citations will be treated as a draft and returned for revision.
  • Write an informational paper. You describe a topic as a subject matter expert and relate it to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your proposal must include the topic of your paper and how it relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading would be the paper. It should be at least 3 pages long. You must include references and citations using your choice of documentation style (such as MPA, APA, or bluebook). Any paper received without appropriate citations will be treated as a draft and returned for revision.
  • Write a research paper. You discuss the different opinions, views, and ideas on a topic in an unbiased manner. Your proposal must include your research topic and how it relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading would be the paper. It should be at least 3 pages long. You must include references and citations using your choice of documentation style (such as MPA, APA, or bluebook). Any paper received without appropriate citations will be treated as a draft and returned for revision.
  • Complete a task. You could use something you have learned to do something else, such as using math to plot a course or radar to find something. Your proposal must discuss how this relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading must include the work completed, such as a math proof, or documented evidence of your completing the task such as pictures or video with accompanying descriptions.
  • Build or create something. You could propose to build or create something, such as a radio, computer, or computer program to complete a certain task. Your proposal must discuss how this relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading must include proof of the work you did. For example, if you built a radio you can provide pictures of your build, and perhaps a short video of it working.
  • Get a certification. You could propose to get an outside certification. Your proposal must provide information on what is required to get the certification and discuss how this relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading must include a copy of the certification and, if you had to do anything for it, a description of what you did.
  • Write a fictional story. You could propose to write a fictional story set in the Honorverse. Your proposal must indicate how the story relates to subject matter. To respect the spirit of Admiralty Order 1102-03 regarding fan fiction, any Honorverse-based short story must only feature original characters. It may mention or briefly discuss canon characters or events, but it must not feature these events/characters. If the story includes any “real life” persons in their story (such as other members of TRMN), the student must obtain the other members permission before including them and include a release when they submit the story. Your submission for grading would be the story.
  • Write a biographical research paper. You could propose to write a biographical research paper on an individual in history. Your proposal must discuss how this individual relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN. Your submission for grading would be the paper. It should be at least 3 pages long. You must include references and citations using your choice of documentation style (such as MPA, APA, or bluebook). Any paper received without appropriate citations will be treated as a draft and returned for revision.
  • Write new course questions. You could propose to write new course questions for the subject matter. If you wish to do this project, you must complete the D course before doing so. The questions proposed must be different than any current questions and must include the answer and appropriate references. You must include ten multiple choice or short answer/fill in the blank questions (five suitable for the A course and five for the C course) and five short essay questions (with one-paragraph answers) suitable for the D course. Your submission for grading would be the course questions and answer key with appropriate citations.
  • Complete a different project. You could propose a different type of project than listed above. Your proposal must include what it is you are proposing to do, what the outcome will be, and how it relates to the Honorverse and/or TRMN.

Information on W projects can also be found in the “How do I complete a warrant officer level specialty project (BuTrain Order 034-16)” pinned post in the Student Questions Forum.

RMN Specialty Rate Tables by Department

When an enlisted member completes the rating course(s) they have selected as their specialty, they can have their rank changed to reflect this rating by talking to their commanding officer. The table below outlines how each of the ranks and ratings are combined.

You will notice there are two types of ratings in the RMN, those for which Petty Officers are addressed as “Mate” such as Intelligence, and those for which Petty Officers are addressed as “Petty Officer” such as Personnelman.

E-1 to E-3[1] E-4 to E-6[2] E-7 E-8 E-9 E-10
N/A N/A Chief Boatswain’s Mate CBM Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate SCBM Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate MCBM Senior Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate SMCBM
Master-at-Arms MAA3/2/1 Master-at-Arms Mate MAM3/2/1 Chief Master-at-Arms CMAA Senior Chief Master-at-Arms SCMAA Master Chief Master-at-Arms MCMAA Senior Master Chief Master-at-Arms SMCMAA
Operations Specialist OPS3/2/1 Operations Mate OPM3/2/1 Chief Operations Mate COPM Senior Chief Operations Mate SCOPM Master Chief Operations Mate MCOPM Senior Master Chief Operations Mate SMCOPM
Intelligence Specialist INS3/2/1 Intelligence Mate INM3/2/1 Chief Intelligence Mate CINM Senior Chief Intelligence Mate SCINM Master Chief Intelligence Mate MCINM Senior Master Chief Intelligence Mate SMCINM
Personnelman PN3/2/1 Personnelman Petty Officer PNP3/2/1 Chief Personnelman CPN Senior Chief Personnelman SCPN Master Chief Personnelman MCPN Senior Master Chief Personnelman SMCPN
Navy Counselor NC3/2/1 Navy Counselor Petty Officer NCP3/2/1 Chief Navy Counselor CNC Senior Chief Navy Counselor SCNC Master Chief Navy Counselor MCCN Senior Master Chief Navy Counselor SMCNC
Steward SD3/2/1 Steward Petty Officer SDP3/2/1 Chief Steward CSD Senior Chief Steward SCSD Master Chief Steward MCSD Senior Master Chief Steward SMCSD
Yeoman YN3/2/1 Yeoman Petty Officer YNP3/2/1 Chief Yeoman CYN Senior Chief Yeoman SCYN Master Chief Yeoman MCYN Senior Master Chief Yeoman SMCYN
Storekeeper SK3/2/1 Storekeeper Petty Officer SKP3/2/1 Chief Storekeeper CSK Senior Chief Storekeeper SCSK Master Chief Storekeeper MCSK Senior Master Chief Storekeeper SMCSK
Disbursing Clerk DC3/2/1 Disbursing Clerk Petty Officer DP3/2/1 Chief Disbursing Clerk CDC Senior Chief Disbursing Clerk SCDC Master Chief Disbursing Clerk MCDC Senior Master Chief Disbursing Clerk SMCDC
Ship’s Serviceman SHS3/2/1 Ship’s Serviceman Petty Officer SSP3/2/1 Chief Ship’s Serviceman CSHS Senior Chief Ship’s Serviceman SCSHS Master Chief Ship’s Serviceman MCSHS Senior Master Chief Ship’s Serviceman SMCSHS
Fire Control Technician FCT3/2/1 Fire Control Mate FCM3/2/1 Chief Fire Control Mate CFCM Senior Chief Fire Control Mate SCFCM Master Chief Fire Control Mate MCFCM Senior Master Chief Fire Control Mate SMCFCM
Electronic Warfare Technician EWT3/2/1 Electronic Warfare Mate EWM3/2/1 Chief Electronic Warfare Mate CEWM Senior Chief Electronic Warfare Mate SCEWM Master Chief Electronic Warfare Mate MCEWM Senior Master Chief Electronic Warfare Mate SMCEWM
Tracking Specialist TS3/2/1 Tracking Mate TM3/2/1 Chief Tracking Mate CTM Senior Chief Tracking Mate SCTM Master Chief Tracking Mate MCTM Senior Master Chief Tracking Mate SMCTM
Missile Technician MST3/2/1 Missile Mate MSM3/2/1 Chief Missile Mate CMSM Senior Chief Missile Mate SCMSM Master Chief Missile Mate MCMSM Senior Master Chief Missile Mate SMCMSM
Beam Weapons Technician BWT3/2/1 Beam Weapons Mate BWM3/2/1 Chief Beam Weapons Mate CBWM Senior Chief Beam Weapons Mate SCBWM Master Chief Beam Weapons Mate MCBWM Senior Master Chief Beam Weapons Mate SMCBWM
Gunner GN3/2/1 Gunner’s Mate GM3/2/1 Chief Gunner’s Mate CGM Senior Chief Gunner’s Mate SCGM Master Chief Gunner’s Mate MCGM Senior Master Chief Gunner’s Mate SMCGM
Impeller Technician IT3/2/1 Impeller Mate IM3/2/1 Chief Impeller Mate CIM Senior Chief Impeller Mate SCIM Master Chief Impeller Mate MCIM Senior Master Chief Impeller Mate SMCIM
Power Technician PWT3/2/1 Power Mate PWM3/2/1 Chief Power Mate CPWM Senior Chief Power Mate SCPWM Master Chief Power Mate MCPWM Senior Master Chief Power Mate SMCPWM
Gravitics Technician GVT3/2/1 Gravitics Mate GVM3/2/1 Chief Gravitics Mate CGVM Senior Chief Gravitics Mate SCGVM Master Chief Gravitics Mate MCGVM Senior Master Chief Gravitics Mate SMCGVM
Environmental Technician ENT3/2/1 Environmental Mate ENM3/2/1 Chief Environmental Mate CENM Senior Chief Environmental Mate SCENM Master Chief Environmental Mate MCENM Senior Master Chief Environmental Mate SMCENM
Hydroponics Technician HYT3/2/1 Hydroponics Mate HYM3/2/1 Chief Hydroponics Mate CHYM Senior Chief Hydroponics Mate SCHYM Master Chief Hydroponics Mate MCHYM Senior Master Chief Hydroponics Mate SMCHYM
Damage Control Technician DCT3/2/1 Damage Control Mate DCM3/2/1 Chief Damage Control Mate CDMC Senior Chief Damage Control Mate SCDCM Master Chief Damage Control Mate MCDCM Senior Master Chief Damage Control Mate SMCDCM
Data Systems Technician DST3/2/1 Data Systems Mate DSM3/2/1 Chief Data Systems Mate CDSM Senior Chief Data Systems Mate SCDSM Master Chief Data Systems Mate MCDSM Senior Master Chief Data Systems Mate SMCDSM
Electronics Technician ET3/2/1 Electronics Mate EM3/2/1 Chief Electronics Mate CEM Senior Chief Electronics Mate SCEM Master Chief Electronics Mate MCEM Senior Master Chief Electronics Mate SMCEM
Communications Technician CT3/2/1 Communications Mate CM3/2/1 Chief Communications Mate CCM Senior Chief Communications Mate SCMC Master Chief Communications Mate MCCM Senior Master Chief Communications Mate SMCCM
Sensor Technician ST3/2/1 Sensor Mate SM3/2/1 Chief Sensor Mate CSM Senior Chief Sensor Mate SCSM Master Chief Sensor Mate MCSM Senior Master Chief Sensor Mate SMCSM
Helmsman HM/3/2/1 Helmsman Petty Officer HMP3/2/1 Chief Helmsman CHM Senior Chief Helmsman SCHM Master Chief Helmsman MCHM Senior Master Chief Helmsman SMCHM
Plotting Specialist PS3/2/1 Plotting Mate PM3/2/1 Chief Plotting Mate CPM Senior Chief Plotting Mate SCPM Master Chief Plotting Mate MCPM Senior Master Chief Plotting Mate SMCPM
Coxswain COX3/2/1 Coxswain Petty Officer CXP3/2/1 Chief Coxswain CCOX Senior Chief Coxswain SCCOX Master Chief Coxswain MCCOX Senior Master Chief Coxswain SMCCOX
Corpsman CR3/2/1 Corpsman Petty Officer CRP3/2/1 Chief Corpsman CCR Senior Chief Corpsman SCCR Master Chief Corpsman MCCR Senior Master Chief Corpsman SMCCR
Sick Berth Attendant SBA3/2/1 Sick Berth Attendant Petty Officer SBP3/2/1 Chief Sick Berth Attendant CSBA Senior Chief Sick Berth Attendant SCSBA Master Chief Sick Berth Attendant MCSBA Senior Master Chief Sick Berth Attendant SMCSBA

There are also other ratings for the senior enlisted person on a ship (Boatswain’s Mate) or in a department (such as, Tactical Mate, Engineering Mate, Astrogator’s Mate, or Medical Mate).

References

  1. Complete rank would be [Rating] 3rd Class, [Rating] 2nd Class, and [Rating] 1st Class. For example, Storekeeper 3rd Class, Storekeeper 2nd Class, and Storekeeper 1st Class.
  2. Complete rank would be [Rating] 3rd Class, [Rating] 2nd Class, and [Rating] 1st Class. For example, Tracking Mate 3rd Class, Tracking Mate 2nd Class, and Tracking Mate 1st Class.