Yeoman (United States Navy)

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Rating insignia
Issued by: United States Navy
Type Enlisted rating
Abbreviation YN
Specialty Administration

Yeoman perform administrative and clerical work. They deal with protocol, naval instructions, enlisted evaluations (Evals), commissioned officer fitness reports (FitReps), naval messages, visitors, telephone calls and mail (both conventional and electronic). They organize files and operate office equipment and order and distribute office supplies. They write and type business and social letters, notices, directives, forms and reports.[1]


'A' School is held in NTTC Meridian at Naval Air Station Meridian, MS (averages 46 calendar days to complete) 'C' school - flag officer writer (NEC YN-2514) is also at NATTC Meridian, MS (a 5-week course)

Flag Writer[edit]

A Yeoman Flag Writer is a senior Yeoman, typically at the Chief Petty Officer (E-7) level or higher, who serves on the personal staffs of flag and/or general officers and certain other senior officers. Must be able to function independently and carry out required duties. Flag Writers Must be able to draft personal and professional correspondence, act on matters of social usage, protocol, honors and ceremonies, prepare and liquidate travel orders, and prepare officer reports of fitness for signature by a flag or general officer. Individuals serving as Flag Writers are in a highly visible position and must conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Additionally, members will be required to satisfactorily meet any additional requirements of the flag officer. A rating must be an E6-E9 to be eligible for flag writer school.

Submarine Yeoman (YN (SS))[edit]

Yeoman, Submarines (YN (SS)) receive extensive training in administrative support as regular YNs and they are additionally responsible in keeping the ship's daily schedule, receiving visitors, and ordering and distributing supplies in coordination with the Logistics Specialist (LS), formerly Storekeeper (SK), rating.

Submarine Yeoman are assigned to either a Fast Attack or Ballistic Missile submarines for their initial sea tour. They are usually assigned duties in an office environment, but are still required to pass all personal qualification standards (PQS) as a submariner, making them eligible to wear the silver dolphins insignia of an enlisted submariner. YNs aboard submarines may work alone with little supervision, or work closely with others under close supervision depending on the assignment. They do mostly administrative work.

A School (Job School) Information
NAVSUBASE Groton, Connecticut — 4 weeks (Basic Enlisted Submarine School) NATTC Meridian, Mississippi - 46 days (YN 'A' School)

Other Qualifications[edit]

In addition to enlisted Submariner, Yeomen are also eligible to qualify as Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialists, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialists and Enlisted Information Dominance Warfare Specialists.

Rate structure[edit]

  1. YNSR: Yeoman Seaman Recruit / YNSR (E-1)
  2. YNSA: Yeoman Seaman Apprentice / YNSA (E-2)
  3. YNSN: Yeoman Seaman / YNSN (E-3) (See USN Apprenticeships)
  4. YN3: Yeoman Third Class / YN3 (E-4)
  5. YN2: Yeoman Second Class / YN2 (E-5)
  6. YN1: Yeoman First Class / YN1 (E-6)
  7. YNC: Chief Yeoman / YNC (E-7)
  8. YNCS: Senior Chief Yeoman / YNCS (E-8)
  9. YNCM: Master Chief Yeoman / YNCM (E-9)

Ships named in honor of a yeoman[edit]

Reference: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "U.S. Navy Enlisted Ratings". University of California Berkeley, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. U.S. Navy. Archived from [dead link] the original on 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2006-12-27.