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Does anybody know what it means to be a yeoman? My son's first letter said they made
him second in command as a yeoman and i'd like to know what it means.. Is there a website that lists what all the navy terminology means?

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this is a good link to explain a BC yeoman position.
Hi Sheree, I found some info on yn's..hope it helps.

A Yeoman (YN) rating is a clerk or records keeper.

Yeomen perform secretarial and clerical work. They deal with visitors, telephone calls and incoming mail. They organize files and operate copy machines and order and distribute supplies. They write and type business and social letters, notices, directives, forms and reports.

JOB DESCRIPTION DUTIES: Performs typing, stenographic, and clerical duties. Types official correspondence, prepares standard reports and maintains records, maintains filing system. Operates simple duplicating equipment (mimeograph, ditto, etc.) Furnishes information on elementary personnel matters such as gratuities, insurance, retirement, transfer, medical treatment for dependents, promotions, and transportation. Records court proceedings. Types ship's watch, quarter, and station bills.

my first husband (Jeffs Dad) was a YN. We had duty on 2 ships, and then 18 years of shoreduty, (NavalWarCollege; pentagon, and norfolk, Va.) He was an Admirals Writer, which meant he traveled to new duty stations where the Admiral was assigned.
Can pretty much sum it up,,,,,,,,,,they are secretaries in theory.

if he is 2nd, then he prob has a Chief that oversees him, and the office.
This will be just for boot camp ... I was the Educational Petty Officer for my division ... back in the Dark Ages. It actually gets you a bit of breathing room because you have a job to do instead of cleaning. Our Yoeman worked in the office a lot, and I had the "classroom" to tutor the other gals on study techniques. I was proud that the first flag we won was Academics (don't know the current pennant system, I bet it is much the same).

Congratulations, that is a position of responsibility, even if it is temporary.
Thanks everybody. It really helps to be able to know what they are going through. God bless navy for moms.
Being Yeoman also has other nice perks. My son was Yeoman for his division and was able to call me more often than the rest of his division. If he does a good job there may be other perks as well. My son graduated BC as Honor Recruit for his division. Also under his leadership, his division Hall Of Famed. When we wet to graduation, we sat in the VIP section and attended a coffee and cake reception with the Admiral. My father was in heaven since he was a '49er grad of Annapolis.

Recruit Chief Petty Officer (RCPO)
The RCPO is the primary recruit assistant to RDCs and is responsible for:
1. Maintaining good order, discipline, and security within the division at all times.
2. Ensuring compliance with standing orders and regulations.
3. Assisting RDCs with implementation of schedules.
4. Reporting any abnorrnal condition to RDCs, including violations of good order, discipline and security, when RDCs are not present.

Recruit Leading Petty Officer (RLPO) (RPO1)
The RLPO is responsible to the RCPO and RDCs for:
1. Assisting the RCPO.
2. Ensuring compliance with standing orders and regulations.
3. Assuming duties as RCPO when required.

Recruit Master-at-Arms (RMAA) (RPO1)
The Recruit Master-At-Arms is responsible to the RCPO and RDC’s for:
1. Configuration and cleanliness of division spaces.
2. Procurement, proper stowage and use of all cleaning required by the division.
3. Supervision of the division in the absence of RDC’s, RCPO or RLPO.

Port and Starboard Watch Section Leaders (PWSL/SWSL) (RPO1)
The Port/Starboard Watch Section Leaders are the senior Recruit Petty Officers for respective watch sections.
1. The Starboard Watch Section Leader (SWSL) shall serve as the division’s watch bill coordinator. Watch bills will be prepared and subsequently submitted to the RDCs via the RCPO.
2. The Port Watch Section Leader (PWSL) shall coordinate the rotation of the ship watch standers with the RDCs.

Recruit Yeoman (YN) (RPO1)
The Recruit YN is responsible to RDCs for:
1. Performing general clerical duties in the division and assisting RDCs with preparation and maintenance of divisional reports, records, class attendance rosters, mail pick-up and distribution.
2. Coordinating with the Medical YN, Education Petty Officer, Athletic Petty Officer and Religious Petty Officer to ensure compliance with special schedule events.
3. Attending the Mail Orderly, Medical/Dental, BMO/Testing and Physical Fitness Testing briefings.

Recruit Medical Yeoman (MYN) (RP02)
The MYN is responsible to RDCs for:
1. Assisting the RDCs in preparing and maintaining recruit medical documentation.
2. Coordinating appointments with the Medical Liaison.
3. Tracking the status of all special physicals.
4. Attending the medical/dental brief.

Recruit Dental Yeoman (DYN) (RPO2)
The DYN is responsible to RDCs for:
1. Assisting the RDCs in preparing and maintaining recruit dental documentation.
2. Coordinating appointments with the Dental Liaison.
3. Tracking the status of all special physicals.
4. Attending the medical/dental brief.

Recruit Section Leaders (SL) (RPO2)
Section Leaders are responsible to the respective Watch Section Leader for:
1. Supervise and assisting the Sailors in respective sections.
2. Monitoring personal cleanliness, military appearance, clothing care and watch standing for Sailors assigned to respective sections.

Division Laundry Petty Officer (LPO) (RPO2)
The LPO is responsible to the RMAA and RDCs for executing proper laundry handling procedures. The LPO is also responsible for maintaining the Cash box and division expense log.

Recruit Education Petty Officer (EPO) (RPO2)
The EPO is responsible for assisting RDCs in administering and mustering night study and mandatory night study classes. The EPO will attend a BMO/Testing brief.

Recruit Athletic Petty Officer (APO) (RPO3)
The Recruit Athletic Petty Officer is responsible to RDCs for:
1. Assisting RDCs with Physical Readiness Training.
2. Providing non-participation or substandard performance documentation to the MYN.
3. Attending a Physical Fitness Testing brief.

Recruit Religious Petty Officers (RPO) (RPO3)
There will be at least a Catholic and Protestant RPO appointed for each division. If a division has three or more Sailors of the same religion, a religious petty officer shall be appointed to represent that faith. RPOs are responsible for:
1. Ensuring all Sailors who desire to pray are afforded such an opportunity at tattoo
2. Attend mandatory meetings at the Chaplain’s Office Thursdays at 1900 commencing on the first Thursday following 1-2 DOT and continuing until graduation, with the exception of FAST Cruise and Recruit Reception Night.
3. Report to the chapel each Sunday 30 rninutes prior to the scheduled service to serve as a chapel assist or usher.
4. Ensure all personnel desiring to attend divine worship services are aware of location and time of services.

Recruit Mail Petty Officers (MPO) (RP03)
The MPO is responsible for pick-up and delivery of all mail. Designation as MPO includes special qualifications at mail orderly orientation and custody of a mail orderly card.

Recruit Damage Control Petty Officer (DCPO) (RP03)The DCPO is responsible to the RMAA for:
1. Correcting any fire hazards.
2. Maintaining division fire extinguishers, to include proper location and working order.
3. Assisting RDCs with minor repair and general maintenance of the compartment.
4. Documenting any material discrepancies on the MDCOL that cannot be corrected.
wow, crusty!!! thank you so much. that info really breaks it down and is easy for someone like me who
has never been in the military and not had much experience with those serving our wonderful country.

Just wondering - were you in the navy?

Thanks for the reply - it was very helpful!


By the way - love the fish!
Thank you so much.  I found out today that my son is the Yeoman for his division.  Sounds like his mother....i'm an administrative assistant!  Must run in the family.
my daughter was yeoman for her division. she spent her time running paperwork between divisions, as well as collecting
paperwork from all the recruits during boot camp. kept her extremely busy. had to literally run paperwork from place to place. it's a good thing.


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