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US Navy Yeoman (YN): Career Profile

There are many critical jobs in the Navy that do not involve combat readiness positions, and being a Navy Yeoman is one of them.

No military in the world, including the US Navy, can function without the help of strong office and administrative support professionals like Navy Yeoman.

Although many refer to Yeoman as clerks, they act much more like important administrators than they do simple clerks.

Here are some of the duties that these naval office administrators are tasked with.

  • Preparing, data entry, typing, and routing of official correspondence and other essential reports
  • Organizing and maintaining all associated work files in an orderly manner
  • May include receiving office visitors and handling all necessary telephone communications
  • Involves hands-on work using personal computers for word processing along with being able to use copiers, audio-recording devices, and other office equipment.
  • Performing administrative-type duties in an office setting
  • Maintain relevant personnel and job records along with other official publications
  • Be able to perform administrative functions that coincide with Navy legal proceedings
  • Act in the capacity of an office manager
  • Performing other various clerical and administrative duties as assigned

As one can clearly see, there is much more involved with being a Yeoman than most people realize.

Navy Yeoman even fire guns every once in awhile. Image:

Being a Navy Yeoman requires an enlisted member to be focused on what they are doing at all times and pay attention to even the smallest details to get the job done right.

Yeomen provide the backbone for keeping Navy personnel and other records organized and maintained in a highly usable manner.

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The below YouTube video describes in more detail what it takes to be a Yeoman in the US Navy: 

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US Navy Yeomen Requirements and Qualifications

Here is what it takes to qualify to start training to become an enlisted Yeoman in the US Navy.

Educational Requirements

  • High School Diploma
  • GED

ASVAB Requirements

  • Minimum ASVAB Score of combined Verbal Expression and Math Knowledge of 99


A combined Verbal Expression, Math Knowledge, and Coding Speed score of 148

Additional Qualifications

  • Be between the ages of 17 and 39 unless in possession of a waiver
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be eligible for a Secret security clearance
  • Being people and team-oriented is an essential characteristic of this job and one that recruiters look for when filling this Navy position
  • Exceptional typing skills are mandatory and a recruit will have to pass a standard typing test by typing at a rate of 40 words/minute or better
  • Successful completion of 7-9 weeks of Navy Basic Recruit Training held at Great Lakes Naval Training Center which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, close to Chicago. (Not required of those with prior military experience or training)
  • Completion of a current Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) that will allow an enlisted person to obtain a high-level security clearance.

Submariner Requirements

There are some additional requirements along with higher ASVAB scores, which are demanded of those who want to serve in a Yeoman capacity on board a Navy submarine (YNS Rating).

These include:

An ASVAB combined score of 200 on Arithmetic Reasoning, Math Knowledge, Electronics Information, and General Science or a combined score of 200 on Verbal Expression, Arithmetic Reasoning, Math Knowledge, and Mechanical Comprehension.

Some electrical knowledge or background will substantially increase a person’s chances of being accepted to serve as a Yeoman on a submarine.

Once all of these requirements are fulfilled, an enlisted member will then be allowed to attend the Navy technical training school for this enlisted job.

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Training and Career Path to Become a US Navy Yeoman

Here is the training that it takes in order for any Yeoman recruit to perform the duties on their own that this Navy position requires.

Navy Technical Training Information

Navy A School for Yeoman training takes place at the Naval Air Station in Meridian, Mississippi.

This tech school normally lasts just under 2 months.

During their time in tech school, a Sailor will familiarize themselves with the most commonly used Navy forms and will be taught the proper procedures for doing personnel administration duties.

Approximately half of the way through technical training school, a Seaman will be made aware of their next duty assignment.

On-the-Job Training

A Navy Yeoman checks the ribbons of junior ROTC members. Image:

As with most Navy jobs, there will be an on-the-job training period before a Navy recruit can fulfill all of the responsibilities that any Navy Yeoman position requires on their own.

This training will be done by select NCOs that are very experienced at doing the duties that a Navy Yeoman normally does.

This training will take place at a new recruit’s first permanent duty station.

How Much Are US Navy Yeoman Paid?

As with all military positions, the pay is determined on a set scale established by the Department of Defense.

Yeoman pay is based on two factors.

These are the enlisted member’s current rank and the amount of time they have spent in the military.

Most new Yeomen that are not prior military enlisted personnel will start out at the pay grade of Seaman Recruit (E-1) with less than two years of experience.

In certain cases, the initial rank of Seaman Apprentice (E-2) or Seaman (E-3) may be given to those individuals that have special skills or schooling that will make their transition into this Navy profession easier.

Anyone interested in joining the Navy as a Yeoman should definitely talk to their recruiter about this.

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Here is the current pay table for Navy enlisted based on rank and time in service:

InsigniaPay Grade RankAbbreviation2023 Minimum Monthly Pay
N/AE-1 +4 monthsSeaman RecruitSR$1,917.60
E-2Seaman ApprenticeSA$2,149.20
e-3 navy seamanE-3SeamanSN$2,259.90
petty officer third classE-4Petty Officer Third ClassPO3$2,503.50
petty officer second classE-5Petty Officer Second ClassPO2$2,730.30
petty officer first classE-6Petty Officer First ClassPO1$2,980.50
chief petty officerE-7Chief Petty OfficerCPO$3,445.80
senior chief petty officerE-8Senior Chief Petty OfficerSCPO$4,957.20
master chief petty officerE-9Master Chief Petty OfficerMCPO$6,055.50
command master chief petty officerE-9Command Master Chief Petty OfficerCMDCM$6,055.50
master chief petty officer of the navyE-9Master Chief Petty Officer Of The NavyMCPON$6,055.50

Advancement through the Seamen ranks (E-1 to E-3) is done simply by time in grade.

Those wishing to become non-commissioned officers in the Navy (E-4 and above) will need to achieve a good test score combined with their current time in grade to advance in rank.

Miscellaneous Pay, Allowances, and Incentives

There are other forms of payment that may add to someone’s paycheck while they are serving their country in the Navy too.

These include:

  • Housing allowance for those that live off base (BAH)
  • Subsistence allowance (Food – BAS)
  • Temporary duty pay
  • Hazardous duty pay
  • Sea duty pay (Separation pay)

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In addition, health care is always 100% covered for Navy enlisted personnel.

Enlisted personnel are also encouraged to pursue continuing studies on their own time.

Much of the expense of these continuing studies will be paid for by the Navy as part of an enlisted person’s benefits package.

What’s Life Like as a US Navy Yeoman?

Since being a Yeoman is such an important position that all Navy units must have, there is a lot of job variety and location variety for those acting as naval Yeoman.

So there is just as much chance for a newly trained Yeoman to be assigned shipboard as there is for an assignment to a naval base.

Yeoman can also be assigned to help support multi-branch military facilities and work for treaty organizations such as NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

One of the best things about being a Navy Yeoman is that it’s a fairly stable position when done on a base.

That makes it very conducive to bringing up children in a fairly normal family atmosphere.

Most work that a Yeoman will do is done in a typical office setting.

This may involve working alone in a totally unsupervised setting or working alongside others in an environment where everyone is closely supervised.

Temporary duty stations or remote assignments may result in a Yeoman working in less than desirable office environments.

Sometimes there will be late-night shift requirements for Yeoman positions that must be manned around the clock.

Of course, there is always the possibility of temporary duty assignments and other short training periods spent away from an assigned base too.

As with Most Navy positions, there is also a good chance of being assigned to shipboard duty, which could result in a Yeoman spending an extended period of time away from home.

Job Reviews

Here is what some enlisted members who served in the Navy as Yeomen had to say about their experiences on the website

Most people that have served as Yeomen in the Navy admit that while the job can be demanding and stressful, it also can be rewarding and help launch a decent-paying civilian career.

US Navy Yeoman Civilian Career Opportunities

Anyone who works as a Yeoman in the US Navy will never lack for a civilian job unless they choose to do so.

There are a vast amount of civilian employers that can use the skills that enlisted members have gained while working as Yeomen in the US Navy.

Almost every sizable business needs such positions filled as those of executive secretaries, data entry personnel, employee administration, legal secretary, and other positions which Ex-Navy Yeomen are highly qualified to do.

Here are some examples of civilian job titles that Ex-Navy Yeomen have been hired to fill (Note: some of this reflects upon the specific job duties a Yeoman had while serving in the Navy)

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Secretary
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Secretary
  • Hotel Administrator
  • Computer Skills Specialist
  • Data Entry/Data Processing
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources
  • Records Manager
  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • And many more

If a Yeoman is given a high-security clearance (Secret or Top Secret) during their time in the Navy, this too is a valuable asset to have when job hunting.

It may qualify them for administrative positions with such government agencies or civilian contractors as:

  • Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Air Force Reserve (for training and to fill government contractor positions) – Various locations
  • Defense Intelligence Agency – Washington, D.C.
  • Department of Homeland Security – Washington, DC
  • Department of Defense – Washington, DC
  • National Security Agency – Fort Meade, MD
  • Boeing Aerospace Company – Chicago, IL
  • General Dynamics Corporation – Falls Church, VA
  • Raytheon Company – Waltham, MA
  • Rand McNally – Chicago, IL

As you can see, civilian job opportunities are truly virtually unlimited for those that have served as Yeoman in the US Navy.


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Craig S.

Originally posted on 08/02/19

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