Navy Enlisted Rating (Job) Descriptions

Ship's Serviceman (SH)

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Sailors man the rails on the USS Oak Hill as it arrives for Fleet Week before 'The Last Ship' New York Fleet Week screening at Pier 92 on May 21, 2014 in New York City.
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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

Working Environment

SHs work in diverse environments including offices, ship's stores, barber shops, and laundry plants. The work is physical, but the wide range of jobs allows people to learn valuable retailing, marketing and shop management skills.

A-School (Job School) Information

Meridian, MS -- 26 calendar days

ASVAB Score Requirement: VE + AR = 96

Security Clearance Requirement: None

Other Requirements


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

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).

Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

  • First Sea Tour: 60 months
  • 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