rating badge

noun

Definition of rating badge

:a distinctive mark of a petty officer (as in the U.S. Navy) that consists of an eagle, one, two, or three chevrons, an arc for a chief, and a specialty mark and that is worn between shoulder and elbow formerly on the right by members of the seaman branch and on the left by others but from 1948 on the left by all branches

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