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Navy Yeomen, which is what the Navy calls its office and administrative support professionals, are people who sort out details, keep records, and organize the Navy’s paperwork so it gets to the right people. Yeomen are truly at the heart of Navy operations.
An office or administrative position with America’s Navy has duties that might include:
Regardless of where they serve around the world – whether on a ship or at a shore-based installation, Yeomen are usually assigned duties in an office environment. They may work alone with little supervision, or work closely with others under close supervision depending on the assignment.
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.
Upon completion of initial 7–9 week Recruit Training (known as Boot Camp), those pursuing a role in office and administrative support report to “A” School in Meridian, Miss. for where they receive formal training for 7 weeks. Here, they develop familiarization with forms and procedures of personnel administration.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.
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.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.