NAVY ENLISTED CLASSIFICATIONS
The NEC coding system identifies special
based on an individuals
education and/or experience. As a YN, you
can qualify for two NECs.
YN-2511, Court Reporter and YN-2514, Flag
The court reporter NEC is earned through
attendance at appropriate training schools.
The court reporter sits at legal proceedings
and must be able to record at 120 words per
minute (wpm) with stenography (handwritten
or machine) or at 200 wpm using voice
requires extensive knowledge of the UCMJ
and procedures found in the legal manuals of
The flag officer writer NEC is given after
completion of YN C school, which trains you
to work on flag officers personal staffs. The
skill requirement is to take dictation by
shorthand at a minimum of 90 wpm.
One career change that may be of interest
later on is becoming an LN. Entry into that
rating is at the E-5 or E-6 level after
successful completion of the Naval Justice
school. Conversion may be authorized for
E-4; however, conversion is not effective until
after successful completion of the Naval
Justice school and an advancement in rate
examination. LNs are assigned to naval legal
service offices, on larger ships, and at most
major shore commands,
The key to classification is training and
schools. Information on qualifications can be
found in section II of the Navy Enlisted
Manpower and Personnel Classification and
Occupational Standards Manual. Information
on schools may be found in the Catalog of
Navy Training Courses (CANTRAC).
Do you know what is expected of you
personally as a YN? You need more than
There are personal
qualities with which you must be concerned.
In almost any job you are assigned to, you
will meet other people, in person or on the
phone. Part of your responsibilities will be to
provide them with whatever help you can.
You may be in a customer service position as
a receptionist for a command with many
offices and functions. You will be expected
to handle questions or refer them to the proper
authority. You will be presenting the first
impression of your place of work and
influencing other peoples attitudes in dealing
with your command.
The most important personal quality is
Whether in person or on the
communicationand always remember that
YNs are communicators. Clear and concise
speech habits accomplish more than you
sometimes think. Unfortunately, proof of this
is found through the use of bad speech habits.
More problems are caused by unconcern for
how we say things.
Have you ever called
linecanIhelpyousir? This is delivered while
holding the phone with the shoulder, inserting
paper into a typewriter, and listening to the
supervisor read the plan of the day. All the
necessary information has been givenbut no
one can understand it. Other problems that
make conversations one-sided are volume
(mumbling or talking too loud), lack of
emphasis (you can use your voice to make a
point by stressing important information), or
a high-pitched, shrill voice.
Also, learn to
pronounce your words correctly.
dialects can be confusing. Listen to others
and use a dictionary to make sure you are
saying words correctly.