Job Description: Overview of Coast Guard Yeoman

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Job Description: Coast Guard Yeoman (YN)

Yeomen (YNs) are vital components of the Coast Guard’s day-to-day functioning. Working directly with personnel, YNs problem-solve, counsel and answer questions related to career changes, entitlements, incentive programs, retirement and veterans’ benefits. Essentially, if a member of the Coast Guard is seeking information or needs assistance, the YN is the go-to.

A YN is a behind-the-scenes role, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important. YNs keep the Coast Guard ticking, helping members advance their careers and understand pay, benefits and Coast Guard policies. YNs typically handle payroll certification and delivery, preparing military travel orders and transportation, preparing correspondence and performing administrative duties.

As a YN, you can serve anywhere the Coast Guard operates: in a small office or aboard a Coast Guard vessel. Onboard jobs, however, are very rare. The majority of YN positions are land-based. Most Coast Guard units that employ YNs are located in or near large metropolitan areas, although there are opportunities at smaller offices.

Salary and Benefits:

The average salary of a Coast Guard YN is approximately $30,000. As a full-time government employee, a YN is eligible for exceptional benefits. You will earn 13 days of annual leave every year for your first three years; 20 days of leave for three to 14 years of service; and 26 days for more than 15 years of service. You will also earn 13 days of sick leave each year.

As a YN you can take advantage of a range of educational advancement and development programs, and the Thrift Savings Plan, a retirement and savings program plan similar to a 401(k). You will have superior health insurance coverage, life insurance and long-term care insurance.


A strong candidate will have the following skills:

  • Prioritizing and organization
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills (ability to research, prepare spreadsheets, word processing documents, enter data and use the Coast Guard Intranet)

Taking the ASVAB:

The ASVAB Score requirement to be a YN is VE + AR = 105. When taking the ASVAB, listen, take your time, and if you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask. The ASVAB is taken on a computer and you only use a few keys to answer questions. If you press an invalid key, your test might be invalid and you’ll have to take it another day. The most important thing to remember is to read and listen to instructions carefully.


YN hopefuls can attend a course (Class A school) lasting four to six weeks in Petaluma, CA, or enroll in a distance-learning course. Keep in mind that there are only a few slots available for the online course. You can also “strike” the rating from your initial duty station without attending Class A school to attain the rank of Third Class Petty Officer upon successful completion of the requirements.

Related Civilian Jobs:

The customer service and administrative skills a YN obtains on the job are invaluable in the business world, and a former YN would be a well-qualified candidate for the following positions:

  • Personnel Manager
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Benefits Specialist
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Client Service Associate
  • Customer Service Representative
    Office Administrator
  • Administrative Assistant/Executive Assistant

Information Courtesy of United States Coast Guard