Yeoman (United States Navy)

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Issued byUnited States Navy
TypeEnlisted rating

A yeoman is an enlisted service member within the United States Navy that performs administrative and clerical work under their primary role and assignment. They deal with protocol, naval instructions, enlisted evaluations, commissioned officer fitness reports, naval messages, visitors, telephone calls and mail (both conventional and electronic). They organize files, 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, Mississippi, and averages 46 calendar days to complete. 'C' school - flag officer writer (NEC A15A) is also at NTTC Meridian, MS, and is run as a 5-week course.

Flag writer[edit]

A yeoman flag writer is a senior yeoman, typically at the petty officer first class (E-6) level or higher, who serves on the personal staffs of flag and/or general officers and certain other senior officers. Flag writers 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. They must be able to function independently. 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.

Rate structure[edit]

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

Ships named in honor of a yeoman[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "U.S. Navy Enlisted Ratings" (PDF). University of California Berkeley, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. U.S. Navy. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2006-12-27.
  2. ^ Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships