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Seaman is the third-lowest among enlisted ranks in the USN. An enlisted member in the Navy enters as a Seaman Recruit, then after completing basic training, advances to Seaman Apprentice and then to Seaman. Depending on the specialty group for their rate, their grade could be titled Seaman, Fireman, Constructionman, or an Airman. Navy Seamen are considered apprentices in training for their warfare community. Most E-3s have already arrived to a Fleet assignment; others, such as highly technical Nuclear ratings or Special Warfare Operators (SEALs) continue training.
Best parts of holding this position
Experience and knowledge give a sailor much more credit than rank does. Fleet E-3s, despite still being low-ranking Seamen, are more likely to have earned their basic qualifications and know their way around a ship than their subordinates.
Worst parts of holding this position
Life can be stressful for E-3s, but with the support of their Division, they can succeed and promote to the next rank.
Advice on how to prepare for this position
Fleet E-3s would complete indoctrination courses lead by other Petty Officers, and study for their first rating exams. They are prepared for and are likely to have significant responsibilities within their Division, to include basic maintenance and watchstanding, and are beginning their preparations to become Petty Officers.