Who is the highest ranking officer out of a petty officer second class and a master chief petty officer?

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The Master Chief is senior to a PO2, or to any other "enlisted" rating.

In theory, all petty officers - even Master Chiefs - are junior to commissioned officers. In practice, a Master Chief is senior to an Ensign or a Lieutenant Junior Grade. And as a full Lieutenant in the USN, I didn't give "orders" to a Master Chief; I persuaded him that this was what he wanted to do.

And in general, NOBODY gives orders to a Master Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy. For the most part, he can see what needs to be done, and the good ones have already done it. A Lieutenant Commander can give "priorities" to the Master Chief; which jobs need to be done FIRST.
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