Whether you have made the decision to
strike for Yeoman (YN) or want more
knowledge to perform your administrative
duties better, this training manual (TRAMAN)
is designed to help. Information from people
surveyed throughout the Navy is used to set
minimum standards of knowledge and skill
needed to perform in each rating and
paygrade. These are the Navy occupational
standards (OCCSTDs). This TRAMAN is
written to provide the knowledge needed to
perform as a YN third or second class in a
way that will encourage learning and provide
a solid base from which you can grow
Review the OCCSTDs to get an idea of
what this TRAMAN will teach you. Keeping
them in mind as the course progresses will
help you understand why information is
included and where the information will lead
The word Yeoman has several definitions,
but the best for our purposes is an assistant.
Nearly every office in every command in the
Navy will have a YN assigned. Ever since
the day it was decided help was needed to
keep things in order, YNs have existed.
Duties have changed and branched out to
other specialties, such as supply and pay, but
the YN remains as a key person to organize
communications for the
department or division where assigned. The
better you do your job, the better the whole
organization will run.
To function well as a YN, you must
understand how the Navy is organized and
how each area functions and interacts with
every other area.
This goes along with the
ability to administer and organize yourself,
your job, your office, and eventually, the
administrative functions of an
The knowledge you need to
support this ability increases all the time.
There are always changes and improvements
to keep track of. The better you do that, the
more effective you will be.
Your advancement to petty officer
depends, in part, on your ability to take on the
role of leader as well as to show specific
o f y o u r j o b.
You will be
responsible to senior personnel for your own
actions as well as the actions of those who
work for you.
The best way to meet this
responsibility is to learn all you can, teach
others, and set the example to be followed.
Dont forget, though, that you are a
member of the armed forces.
responsible to a much greater goalthe safety
of our country and way of life. As such, we
are sometimes called upon to fight for that
security. As a YN aboard ship, you will be
assigned to a general quarters station that will
in some way be connected with maintaining
b a t t l e a s a
phone-talker on the bridge, as a messenger for
a damage control party, maybe as a status
board writer in the combat information center
(CIC). Remember the word communicate.
Traditionally, and in fact, YNs are considered
to be experts in communicating. We pass
the word and through that act affect every
aspect of naval life and operations. Its an
As said before, YNs can be assigned to a
large number of different offices. Despite the
administrative procedures are fairly constant.
With a basic
procedures, you will fit easily into the routine
of any office.