Navy Nurse Corps
(NNC)
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Payment
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In June 1942, the salary of Army and Navy Nurses was increased from $70 to $90 basic pay per month. It was the first time that nurses received more pay than some of the corpsmen they were teaching (the base pay of a Pharmacistís Mate, third class was $78, while a Chief Pharmacistís Mate earned $138.00 per month).
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Finally in December 1942, the payment of nurses was adapted to the same amount paid to Navy officers. Nurses in the relative rank of Ensign received $150 per month with full maintenance for the first three years. The pay rates were increased throughout the war.
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Pay Table
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(Relative) Rank Monthly Pay Subsistence Rental
Captain $ 333.33 $ 21.00 $ 105.00
Commander $ 291.61 $ 21.00 $ 105.00
Lt.-Commander $ 250.00 $ 21.00 $ 90.00
Lt. (Senior Grade) $ 200.00 $ 21.00 $ 75.00
Lt. (Junior Grade) $ 166.67 $ 21.00 $ 60.00
Ensign $ 150.00 $ 20.00 $ 45.00
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Navy Lingo
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Like all naval personnel, the Navy Nurses had to become acquainted with typical Navy Lingo. No other service spoke and still speaks in such traditional code. For example, some archaic English words remained common in naval jargon, such as "aye" (the common English word for "Yes" until the 16th century). 

Beneath all land-lubbers will find some useful clarifications:

The primary rule of Navy code is never to call a ship a "boat". A boat is carried on a ship, buster, and don't you forget it.
It's not a rope, it's a line. Its not a wall, it's a bulkhead. Even if you are not quarted on dry land, it is still a bulkhead. You walk on a deck, not a floor, and you clean the same with a swab, not a mop. Above is the overhead, not the ceiling, and you walk down the passageway, not the hallway. 
You open a hatch, not a door, and you don't go up the stairs, you climb the ladder. Ahead of you is forward, and to the rear is aft. Right is starboard, and left is port.
You don't go to the bathroom, you go to the head. Sailors eat in a chow hall where spinach is sea weed andketchup is read lead. Scuttlebutt is Navy rumor.
A Navy ship doesn't get torpeadoed by the enemy, it "takes a fish.". If your're ailing, report to the sick bay where Navy Nurses, hospital corpsmen and Navy medical officers will take care of you. Should your ship sink or your plane go down, you're in the drink. If you don't survive, you deep-sixed it.
Navy code is not kind to other services. Soldiers are dogfaces, Marines are bellhops, and Coast Gaurd are freshwaters.

... take care that everything is shipshape
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Parts of these helpful insights in Navy Lingo were copied form an article by Blackie Sherrod printed in the newsletter from the Dallas Morning News/Thursday, August 28, 1997.

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