The SH Rating
The Ship's Serviceman rating was established in 1943.
Ship's Servicemen 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.
Over 2,400 men and women work in the Ship's Serviceman rating. Placement and advancement opportunities are good for qualified applicants.
Ship's Serviceman class "A" school is five weeks in duration, and the school is located in Meridian, Mississippi. The SH rating requires a 60 month (5 year) service obligation for those leaving for boot-camp in FY-2013 and beyond.
Ship's Serviceman (SH)
Ship's Servicemen operate all shipboard retail activities. They operate and maintain vending and cash collection machines, and operate ship stores afloat. SHs receive, check, store, and inventory merchandise and materials, and they track items entering or leaving the storeroom and report damaged or spoiled goods. They use hand-held scanners to track inventories, and process orders, receipts, inventory adjustments, etc.
Ship's Servicemen use financial and inventory software applications, and they receive, monitor, and count funds received from ATM, vending machines, and store operations. They develop marketing strategies for ship stores, and they oversee sales and service operations.
Ship's Servicemen receive, process, and return shipboard laundry. They operate and tend washing and dry cleaning machines to clean or dry clean shipboard linen and uniform articles. SHs manage and operate the ship's barber shops, cut and style hair. They keep work areas clean and hair cutting implements sanitized.
Career Sea - Shore Rotation Chart
Sea tours and shore tours for Sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 ashore until retirement.
Qualifications, Interests, and Working Environment
Ship's servicemen must be personable and enjoy working with people in a customer service environment. Good arithmetic and verbal skills, the ability to handle money and to perform detailed work are also requirements for this rating.
Normal color perception is not required. Members of this rating are not required to be citizens of the United States.
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. Ship's Serviceman ASVAB Test requirements.
The American Council on Education recommends that semester hour credits be awarded in the vocational certificate or lower-division bachelor/associate degree categories for courses taken in this rating on record keeping, small business management and inventory control.