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Yeoman

Yeoman Seaman Dante Stephens, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), performs yeoman duties in the Yeoman Office.

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Responsibilities

Yeomen (YN) are the Navy’s front office, handling all matters clerical and administrative for ships and personnel. There are two classifications of Yeoman depending on whether you choose to serve on submarines, both with corresponding responsibilities:

Yeoman (YN)

  • Preparing, typing and routing correspondence and reports
  • Organizing and maintaining files, including personnel files
  • Receiving office visits and handling telephone communications
  • Performing office personnel administration
  • Maintaining records and official publications
  • Performing administrative functions for legal proceedings
  • Serving as office managers
  • Performing other various clerical and administrative duties

Yeoman Submarines (YNS)

  • Sorting and distributing all official and personal mail
  • Serving as shipboard pay clerks
  • Store classified records and reports
  • Maintain media coordination with Navy public affairs officials
  • Organize command-level ceremonies
  • Preparing, typing and routing correspondence and reports
  • Organizing and maintaining files, including personnel files
  • Receiving office visits and handling telephone communications
  • Performing office personnel administration
  • Maintaining records and official publications
  • Performing administrative functions for legal proceedings
  • Serving as office managers
  • Performing other various clerical and administrative duties

Work Environment

Yeomen can be found working on ships at sea or at shore-based installations around the World. Yeomen Submarines (YNS) also have the opportunity to serve on submarines. No matter where your assignment takes you, you can expect to work in an administrative office environment. Depending on your assignment, you may work alone with little supervision or with a team under close supervision.

Training & Advancement

Upon completion of the initial 7-9 week training at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes (known as Boot Camp), you’ll report for specialized training including:

Class “A” Technical School (7 weeks) in Meridian, MS, for training on personnel administration forms and procedures.

After “A” School, Yeoman Submarines (YNS) candidates will continue their training:

Basic Enlisted Submarine School (9 weeks) in Groton, CT, for training in basic submarine systems. Note that this training is only for Yeoman Submarines.

After completing training, Yeomen and Yeomen Submarines will receive their first assignments. Yeomen may be assigned to fleet units or shore stations, while Yeomen Submarines may be assigned to a sea tour on a Fast Attack or Ballistic Missile submarine.

Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance.

Advanced Training

Advanced training for Yeoman may also be available during later stages of your career. For those with further leadership aspirations and a college degree, Officer roles may be available, providing opportunities to lead and train others.

Post-Service Opportunities

Specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields in the civilian world, such as Executive Assistant and Legal Assistant roles, or employment in Human Resources.

Education Opportunities

Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the Yeoman field 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 undergraduate degree opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Qualifications & Requirements

A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor and a Yeoman. Those seeking a position as a Yeoman must be U.S. citizens eligible for security clearances.

Yeoman applicants should possess good writing and oral communication skills, record-keeping skills, and the ability to perform detailed tasks. Typing skills are also mandatory, and a typing test is required during training. Important personal attributes include resourcefulness, curiosity and being people oriented.

Yeomen who wish to serve aboard submarines as a YNS must volunteer for submarine service.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you've served before or whether you've never served before.

Part-Time Opportunities

Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, 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, you may serve anywhere in the world, including locations in the U.S., at bases overseas, or in areas where humanitarian needs are great.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors.

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 7-9 weeks in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.