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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps (NOAA Corps) is a federal uniformed service operating under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is a scientific agency under the United States Department of Commercemarker. The NOAA Corps is one of the seven uniformed services of the United Statesmarker, having approximately 317 commissioned officers and no enlisted or warrant officer ranks.
Flag of the NOAA Commissioned Corps

History

The NOAA Commissioned Corps, established in 1917 as the Coast and Geodetic Survey Corps, and then as the Environmental Science Services Administration (ESSA) Corps from 1965-1970, traces its roots back to the former U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, which dates to 1807 under President Thomas Jefferson. Coast and Geodetic Survey officers were commissioned so that under the laws of war, they could not be executed as spies if they were serving as surveyor on a battlefield.

The NOAA Corps today provides a cadre of professionals trained in engineering, earth sciences, oceanography, meteorology, fisheries science, and other related disciplines. Officers operate ships, fly aircraft, manage research projects, conduct diving operations, and serve in staff positions throughout NOAA.

Commissioned officers

The NOAA Corps uses the same commissioned officer ranks as the United States Navy and Coast Guard. While the rank of admiral has been authorized for use by the NOAA Corps, no officer in its history has held that rank. The rank of vice admiral exists but requires congressional approval for re-activation; the only officer to hold that rank was H. Arnold Karo in 1965. Current NOAA Corps ranks rise from ensign to rear admiral, pay grades O-1 through O-8 respectively. NOAA Corps officers are appointed via direct commission and receive the same pay as other members of the uniformed services. They can not hold a dual commission with another service but inter-service transfers are permitted.

Commissioned Officer Ranks of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps
Vice Admiral

(inactive grade)
Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

Captain
O-9 O-8 O-7 O-6


Commander Lieutenant

Commander
Lieutenant Lieutenant

Ensign
O-5 O-4 O-3 O-2 O-1


Uniforms

For formal service uniforms, the NOAA Corps wears the same Service Dress Blues and Service Dress Whites as the Navy, but with NOAA Corps insignia in place of Navy insignia. For daily work uniforms, the NOAA Corps wears the same Operational Dress Uniform (ODU) as the Coast Guard, but with NOAA Corps insignia in place of Coast Guard insignia.

Image:Botc112 group.jpg|Officers wearing the Service Dress BluesImage:ODU1.JPG|Officer wearing the Operational Dress UniformImage:ODU2.JPG|An ODU uniform ball cap, with LCDR rank insignia

See also



References

  1. [1] 10 USC 201. Pay grades: assignment to; general rules


External links



This article incorporates material taken from the public domain website of the NOAA Corps.


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