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Working in office administration doesn’t have to mean being office-bound. The U.S. Navy employs thousands of office and administrative experts who serve on ships and at naval facilities all over the world.
Navy Yeomen (that’s what the Navy calls its office and administrative support professionals) are the ones who sort out details, keep records, and generally keep the Navy’s paperwork organized and in front of the right people. Yeomen are truly at the heart of Navy operations.
An office or administrative position with America’s Navy comes with duties that may include:
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Yeomen in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For Annual Training, Yeomen may serve anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea or bases and installations on shore.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.
Yeomen in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.
For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.
For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, Ill. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy training in the field of office and administrative support can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education. You may also continue your education through opportunities like the following:
A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the office and administrative support field in the Navy. Those seeking a Yeoman position must be U.S. citizens who can meet eligibility requirements for a security clearance. They should also be people-oriented and enjoy working as part of a team assisting others and be able to clearly communicate ideas and information orally and in writing. Typing skills are mandatory. A typing test is required during training.