US Navy Gets Its First Robotics Warfare Specialist

Master Chief Christopher Rambert was recently named the first Robotics Warfare Specialist (RW); marking an important milestone for the U.S. Navy.

Rambert was given the first-ever R.W. uniform rating badge at the Naval Support Facility Arlington, Virginia event.

The R.W. rating was established after years of hard work inside the Navy, culminating in the release of NAVADMIN 036/24.

The rating formalised the branch’s commitment to operators, maintainers, and managers of robotic and autonomous systems.

The Navy has achieved a significant first with the R.W. rating, making it the first branch of the Department of Defense to have a specialised enlisted workforce focused on unmanned and autonomous technologies.

With this action, US Navy demonstrates that it is committed to using state-of-the-art capabilities to achieve a hybrid Fleet.

Active-duty Sailors with Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) codes linked to robotics, especially those with prior experience in unmanned vehicle divisions, are the primary target audience for eligibility for the R.W. rating.

Interested individuals in the ranks of E-4 through E-9 may apply by submitting an Electronic Individuals Action Request (EPAR) form to the appropriate Navy personnel office using NAVPERS 1306/7.