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Navy Enlisted Rating (Job) Descriptions

Personnel Specialist (PS)

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Personnel Specialist (PS) provide enlisted personnel with information and counseling related to Navy occupations, opportunities for general education and job training, requirements for promotion, and rights and benefits. PS maintain and audit pay and personnel records of military personnel, determine military pay and travel entitlements and deductions. They prepare the financial/accounting reports related to individual pay and travel transactions and operate associated accounting systems. They also assist enlisted people and their families with special problems or personal hardships.

PSs:

  • Maintaining and entering data into Enlisted Service Records;
  • Gaining personnel to new commands, transferring personnel, preparing personnel for retirement/Fleet Reserve. Preparing all types of separations.
  • I.D. Card issuance.
  • Providing enlisted people with information and counseling related to Navy occupations, opportunities for general education and job training, requirements for promotion, and rights and benefits;
  • Assisting enlisted people and their families with special problems or personal hardships;
  • Perform counseling and interviewing personnel on a variety of matters;
  • Administers advancement examinations, order advancement examinations and process examination returns;
  • Making recommendations for assignments;
  • Writing official letters and reports;
  • Maintaining payroll and accounting databases for disbursement and collection of government funds;
  • Performing travel claim accounting; preparing financial reports;
  • Serves as agent cashiers to pay government funds;
  • Acting as collection agents of money owed to U.S. Treasury by Navy personnel.
  • Maintains and audits Automated Teller Machines onboard the ships;
  • Provide pay and entitlement information to individual Navy members.

Working Environment

Work in the PS rating is usually performed in a clean office environment. Personnel in this rating may work alone with little supervision, or work closely with others under close supervision, depending on individual assignments. They do mostly administrative work.

A-School (Job School) Information

Meridian, MS -- 55 calendar days

ASVAB Score Requirement: VE + MK = 105 OR VE + MK + CS = 157

Security Clearance Requirement: None required.

Other Requirements

None

Sub-Specialties Available for This Rating: Navy Enlisted Classification Codes for PS

Current Manning Levels for This Rating: CREO Listing

Note: Advancement ( promotion ) opportunity and career progression are directly linked to a rating's manning level (i.e., personnel in undermanned ratings have greater promotion opportunity than those in overmanned ratings).

Note: The PS community will undergo a transformation over the next several years. The primary aspect of the transformation is the PSD Afloat initiative. The PSD Afloat initiative will reduce the PS manning and remove the majority of Personnel functions from ships, squadrons and other deployed units. This will cause the rate to be more shore intensive. As the billets are moved ashore over the next several years, the rating will become increasingly smaller as civilian substitutions take place at PSD Afloat and in other PS jobs. The civilian substitution process began in Fiscal Year 2008 and is scheduled to be complete in Fiscal Year 2012.

Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

  • First Sea Tour: 48months
  • First Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Second Sea Tour: 48 months
  • Second Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Third Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Third Shore Tour: 36 months
  • Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
  • Forth Shore Tour: 36 months

Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

Much of the above information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command

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