Lieutenant (jg)


Paygrade: O-2

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Rank Information
A lieutenant, junior grade (jg), is a commissioned rank within The Royal Manticoran Navy. Aboard destroyers and above, Lieutenants, junior grade, may fill a berth as a division officer aboard a ship, such as the Boat Bay Officer or Chief Communications Officer. On smaller ships, such as Light Attack Crafts (LAC), an officer holding this rank may see service as an Executive Officer. This grade is immediately junior to a Lieutenant, senior grade (sg), and superior to an Ensign.
In order to qualify for the rank of Lieutenant (jg), you must have the following:

  • Successful completion of exam SIA-RMN-0102.
  • Minimum of six months served as an Ensign (O-1).
A member may brevetted to this rank based upon the needs of the service, fleet, or ship.
Equivalent Ranks Among Other Branches or Services
Lieutenant (jg)
First Lieutenant
First Lieutenant
Lieutenant (jg)
Rank History
In the British Royal Navy, a passed midshipman awaiting promotion often elected to become a master’s mate, normally an experienced petty officer who assisted the sailing master. Though formally the rating did not lead to promotion to lieutenant, master’s mates were paid more than any other rating and were the only ratings allowed to command any sort of vessel. A midshipman who became a master’s mate got an increase in pay from £1 13s 6p to £3 16s per month, but initially reduced his chances at a commission. Over time, however, service as a master’s mate became a normal part of the path to a commission. The situation caused some confusion during the last part of the 18th century, when two parallel roles – master’s mates trying to become masters, and former midshipmen working toward a commission – held the same title and responsibilities aboard ship.
By the first years of the 19th century, the prefix “master’s” was dropped for passed midshipmen, to distinguish them from master’s mates in the navigator’s branch. In 1824 two further grades were also introduced, consisting of master’s assistants and second-class volunteers. These corresponded to midshipmen and first-class volunteers respectively in the executive line. From this point, passed midshipmen had the rating master’s mate, abbreviated as mate, and prospective masters had the rating master’s assistant. These changes helped eliminate the confusion caused by the mingling of midshipmen in the navigator’s branch.
In 1838 a Royal Commission, presided over by the Duke of Wellington, recommended the institution of the rank of mate as an official step between midshipman and lieutenant. In 1861 mate was abolished in favor of sub-lieutenant.
Reference: Naval Ceremonies, Customs, and Traditions by VADM William P. Mack, USN (ret) and LCDR Royal W. Connell, USN.