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Yeoman Qualification Standards Updated

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS150312-14
Release Date: 3/12/2015 1:41:00 PM

From Center for Service Support Newport Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Navy administration subject matter experts gathered for five days within the Norfolk, Virginia, NATO Headquarters building to update the yeoman (YN) rating Personnel Qualification Standards March 2.

Chief Yeoman Christopher Byard, yeoman rate training manager at Center for Service Support (CSS) Newport, Rhode Island, oversees all training materials provided to the more than 2,500 Sailors serving as yeoman in the fleet. Byard led the team of 18 Sailors updating the 134-page training document.

'A PQS is a compilation of the minimum knowledge and skills an individual must demonstrate to qualify to stand watches or perform other specific routine duties necessary for the safety, security or proper operation of a ship, aircraft or support system,' Byard said when asked about a PQS. 'As the technologies our Sailors work with change and evolve, so too, must the training and curriculum by which we train our yeoman. This is vital to the development of our community.'

The working group was comprised of Sailors representing the yeoman rating from different backgrounds including shore commands, ships, training commands, and staff headquarters.

According to Richard J. Rangel, CSS PQS manager, 'The updated YN PQS reflects the continuing efforts of CSS to ensure all Sailors in the fleet are provided the necessary training materials to succeed.'

'We will continue to update our PQS to help YN Sailors develop and hone skills that are relevant as operational requirements, equipment, and ratings change,' said Byard, 'The success of this PQS will not be determined by the team that updated the material, but rather by the working Sailors in the fleet.'

Master Chief Petty Officer Diego Reyes, yeoman technical advisor, routinely attends working groups and workshops concerning the yeoman rating. 'The workshop held to rewrite the Yeoman PQS was by far one of the best workshops I have ever attended,' he said. 'CSS, specifically Mr. Rangel and Chief Byard, did an outstanding job hosting the event, and selecting the very best and brightest yeoman to help rewrite the PQS. The efforts and hard work put forth by each selected yeoman cannot be understated - they did a phenomenal job!'

The goal of the newly revised Yeoman PQS is utilization by every Sailor throughout the administrative office enterprise thereby making the whole force better.

'It is the right professional tool for our junior yeoman to make them proficient in their trait, but also a valuable resource for our senior Yeoman,' Reyes explained. 'It is my vision, as well as CSS that this product is made mandatory, but first things first, let's get it widely distributed, and used.'

Reyes encourages all Yeomen to use the PQS to assist with career advancement as well as all other facets of the yeoman rating.

The new PQS will be available to Sailors beginning April 1, via Navy Knowledge Online and Navy Personnel Command websites as well as social media distribution.

The Center for Service Support is comprised of active-duty, civilian and contractor personnel, who direct the training efforts of seven different administration, logistics and media schools. The CSS team ensures curriculum and professional development tools are current.

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