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MA/DP/IT Speciality Marks

Postby DPCSDan » Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:52 am

I don't get by here too often nowadays, but here is a representation of all specialty marks associated with Machine Accountants / Data Processing Technicians / Information System Technicians from WWII through today. These include Specialist I (IBM Operator) and Specialist X (includes key punch operator) from 1942-48. Machine Accountants were established in the major rating revisions of 1948. Machine Accountants were rename Data Processing Technicians in 1967. Though I was a Radarman in 1967, my roommates at Point Mugu NAS, also referred to as the Naval Missile Test Center. My roommates talked me into starting the ball rolling on switching rates from Radarman to Data Processing Technician.
In 1997 DPs were rolled up into Information Systems Technician rating along with Radioman and eventually CTs. The Radioman's specialty mark (electrical flashes) was chosen as the specialty mark for the IT rating.
While W.A.V.E.S. initially wore full size male rating badges early in WWII, they received much better fitting smaller sized rating badges starting in 1943.

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Daniel (Dan) Smith
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DPSCPAC, NI, San Diego (72-76)
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Re: MA/DP/IT Speciality Marks

Postby ctchandler » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:39 pm

Dan,
Good stuff. Several of the folks I worked with were Radarmen and were switched to Machine Accountants. They weren't given an option back then. I spent my DP time (1962-1968) as a "cog duster" with two different names, Machine Accountant and then as you said sometime in 1967 we changed to Data Processing Technicians. And the gear and quill was the only insignia during my time.
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Clinton T. Chandler, Jr. DP1, 7 years, 9 months, 11 days.

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Re: MA/DP/IT Speciality Marks

Postby NavyDP2 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:06 pm

Good to see you posting again Senior Chief.

Question, if the DP rating was created in 1967
then why did they require 5 year enlistments in
1977 and only 1977 for DP's? The following year
they reverted back to 4 year enlistments.

I was one of those who were caught up in the 5
year enlistment.

In passing, the rating badges didn't show up until
I logged on.

Robert

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Re: MA/DP/IT Speciality Marks

Postby DPCSDan » Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:39 pm

Likely because the DP training was highly in demand in civilian life and retaining DPs was difficult. The 5 year enlistment must have cut sign-ups.
Daniel (Dan) Smith
DPCS, USNR (ret)
(Early Navy days as an RD, riding tincans, Gitmo, Pt. Mugu)
DP "A" School SD 7117
NAVSUPACT Saigon (71-72)
DPSCPAC, NI, San Diego (72-76)
USS Jason AR-8 (76)
USS Yosemite(Resv.Unit) (77-90)
Retired IT Manager, TVA
Senior Consultant, Olav & Co., Inc.


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