Describe the differences between Officers and Ratings (as the only distinction the Navy's website gives is in educational requirements, and that officers supervise). I have no naval-minded friends to give me any advice on this. All they say is "you can get your own ship " :? It's not that I'm entirely ignorant, it's just that I want to join and I wonder whether it's worth the effort of getting the neccesary grades to become an officer. I.E.; supervising is fine but doing is better, and if Officer = little to no doing then I don't really want to bother. Be gentle with your responses!! And try to keep the "Ratings do all the work", etc to a minumum.