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SH (Ship's Serviceman) Moms and Others


SH (Ship's Serviceman) Moms and Others

Ship's servicemen (SH) are responsible for managing and operating all shipboard retail and service activities. These include the ship's store, vending machines, video games, barber shops, laundry and tailor shops. They play a large role in the morale of the ship.

The duties performed by SHs include:

  • managing and operating retail and service activities afloat;
  • procuring and receiving ship's store stock;
  • maintaining financial records and accounting systems;
  • maintaining inventory and procurement databases;
  • managing and operating ship's barber shops;
  • serving as cash collections agents;
  • operating and maintaining vending and cash collection machines;
  • managing and operating ship's laundry and tailor shops

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Discussion Forum

"C" school -- shipboard barber

Started by Valtameri Sep 28, 2013. 0 Replies

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- At Naval Station Norfolk's Center for Service and Support (CSS), instructors of the shipboard barber "C" school provide training on the basic fundamentals of barbershop…Continue

SH "A" School

Started by Valtameri. Last reply by Valtameri Sep 28, 2013. 1 Reply

SH "A" school is approximately four weeks long.The school is located in Meridian, MS.Continue

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Comment by LeAnn ⚖ on June 11, 2018 at 10:47am

Have no clue on the average wait time - given there are SRs that have set backs in BC, it is a waiting game!  All things happen in good Navy time!  If the time were "too long" and they need to get the SHs going, I would imagine they go with the group they have to start classes and get the SHs off to the duty stations in need.

Comment by Elisabeth on June 11, 2018 at 10:35am

Gotcha! Thank you for that. I thought it was independent.  I wonder what the average wait time Is? He has orders to go to Mayport in FL after A school. I'm wondering if that will change because of the wait.

Comment by LeAnn ⚖ on June 11, 2018 at 10:26am


The A schools wait for enough to form a class.  A schools are not "independent study" so they need to have a full class for the instruction to commence.  The wait time depends on how many are needed to fill the class, which are those that will be arriving from BC.  He will have other duties in the interim and begin to settle into life on that base.

Comment by Elisabeth on June 11, 2018 at 9:32am

Hi, my son just arrived in Meridian for SH to start A school. Although, he said that he has to wait till there are 12 of them before he can begin his schooling???

Comment by TxMom99 on May 17, 2018 at 9:20am

Thank you for all the responses !  I'm not on this site much but I am GREATLY appreciative of all the help and support I've received since before Bootcamp !! There was no way I would have made it without everyone !!  THANK YOU !


Comment by Valtameri on May 16, 2018 at 11:50pm

TX -- Is your sailor a barber? 

Usually the Navy will pay for the sailor to fly from school to the next duty station; the sailor just pays the difference for the diversion home. However, in your son's case, with his C school and his duty station being in the same city, I guess that doesn't apply at all!

As LeAnn says, the airlines don't usually offer military discounts. I did hear that Southwest is doing a summer fare sale until Friday (covers June 5th - Oct.); perhaps he could look into that?

Comment by LeAnn ⚖ on May 16, 2018 at 7:22pm


Leave = vacation and Navy does not pay for flights that are not Navy "business".  I don't know of any airline that has a military discount.  Many will give the service person a free checked bag or 2, something to inquire about to be certain since policies differ among the airlines.  He would need to show his mil ID when at the counter checking his bags to get any baggage discount.

Check travel sites for price comparisons and the individual airline sites.  The farther out booked, to a certain point, the better the price.

Will be nice for you to see him and that he can relax at "home" and enjoy family and friends!

Tell him thanks for serving alongside my 2 Navy kids! 

Comment by TxMom99 on May 16, 2018 at 4:08pm

My son is set to graduate C School in Norfolk in June.  He will have leave after that and wants to come home to TX. He will be returning to Norfolk after leave.

Does he have to pay to fly / travel home for leave and back to VA ? 

Do you have any recommendations on airlines that give military discounts ?

Comment by LeAnn ⚖ on May 15, 2018 at 5:14pm

Glad you joined our group, Elisabeth!  Keep us posted on BC and beyond!

Comment by Elisabeth on May 15, 2018 at 4:57pm

Thank you Valtameri! My son is in boot camp now, set to graduate June 1, then off to Meridian for A school for Ship's Servicenan


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