Navy Petty Officer First ClassE-6 Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Navy
E-6 Petty Officer First Class - Noncommissioned Officer - U.S. Navy Ranks
Petty Officer First Class is the third of the Navy's Petty Officer grades, and serves as a non-commissioned officer. A Petty Officer First Class serves both as a leader and as a technical expert, and all Petty Officers have a specified rating, or job. The exact title with which a petty officer is addressed depends on their specialty; a Petty Officer First Class serving as an Electronics Technician, for example, would have the full title of Electronics Technician First Class.
A Petty Officer First Class is often chosen to serve as the Leading Petty Officer (LPO) of a division, and the leadership experience demonstrated through this position is often used to choose sailors for promotion to Chief Petty Officer.
Like advancement to Petty Officer Third Class or Petty Officer Second Class, to receive a promotion to Petty Officer First Class sailors must complete a specialty test for their particular rating and apply for advancement every six months, in March and September of every year. Advancements to PO1 also require three years of service as a PO2 and a recommendation from a commanding officer. Only a certain number of Petty Officer First Class billets are available to be filled every year, and competition for promotion is extremely fierce among qualified applicants.
Petty Officer First Class is the 6th rank in the United States Navy , ranking above Petty Officer Second Class and directly below Chief Petty Officer. A petty officer first class is a Noncommissioned Officer at DoD paygrade E-6, with a starting monthly pay of $2,487.
How do you become a Petty Officer First Class?
A Petty Officer First Class is most often promoted from Petty Officer Second Class (PO2), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience. Click here to learn more about promotion to Petty Officer First Class.
What is the proper way to address a Petty Officer First Class?
The correct way to address a Petty Officer First Class named Mr. Weber is "Petty Officer Weber", or written as PO1 Weber. In addition to their rank, all Navy noncommissioned officers have a rating (job) such as Hospital Corpsman. This job is included in their full rank title. In formal situations, a Petty Officer First Class should always be addressed by their full rank.
How much does a Petty Officer First Class earn?
Basic pay for an entry-level Petty Officer First Class with 2 or less years of experience is $2,486.70 per month.
A Petty Officer First Class receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years. Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Petty Officer First Class' final compensation package.
In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Navy Petty Officer First Class may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including clothing allowance, personal money allowance, hostile fire pay, and more.
For full details on the Navy's Petty Officer First Class compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2017 Navy Petty Officer First Class Pay Chart. A full table of the Navy's current paygrades are available at the Navy Pay Chart.
Equivalent Ranks to the Navy's E-6 Petty Officer First Class
To learn more about the Navy's rank structure, see our complete list of Navy ranks.
The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Petty Officer First Class is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, see this Navy rank to GS grade conversion table .
To see a list of military medals and decorations that can be earned by servicemembers in the Navy and other branches of the military, see our list of military decorations and medals.