Careers Career Paths Personnel Specialist—Navy Enlisted Rating Description Share PINTEREST Email Print Tim Wright / Getty Images Career Paths US Military Careers Technology Careers Sports Careers Sales Project Management Professional Writer Music Careers Media Legal Careers Government Careers Finance Careers Fiction Writing Careers Entertainment Careers Criminology Careers Book Publishing Aviation Animal Careers Advertising Learn More Table of Contents Expand Work Environment and Responsibilities Technical School and Testing Requirements Sea/Shore Flow Salary By Rod Powers Rod Powers Air Force NCO Academy Rod Powers was a retired Air Force First Sergeant with 22 years of active duty service. Learn about our Editorial Process Updated on 10/25/19 Personnel specialists (PS) serve the U.S. Navy's enlisted personnel in ways that are similar to those of career counselors and human resources professionals. They provide information and counseling related to rights, benefits, occupations, educational opportunities, job training, and requirements for promotion, according to the Navy's website. PSs also determine, maintain, and audit military pay, travel entitlements and deductions, and personnel records. They prepare accounting reports related to individual pay and travel transactions and operate associated accounting systems. Additionally, PSs assist enlisted people and their families with special problems or personal hardships. Work Environment and Responsibilities PSs do mostly administrative work in an office setting. Depending on specific responsibilities, they might work alone with little supervision, or they might work closely with others under close supervision. Common job responsibilities, according to the Navy's job description, include: Maintaining and entering data into Enlisted Service RecordsAcquiring personnel for new commands, transferring personnel, preparing personnel for retirement or fleet reserve, and preparing all types of separationsIssuing identification cardsCounseling and interviewing personnel on various mattersAdministering, ordering, and processing advancement examinationsRecommending personnel for assignmentsWriting official letters and reportsServing as agent cashiers to pay government fundsActing as collection agents of money owed to the U.S. Treasury by Navy personnelMaintaining and auditing ATMs onboard Naval shipsProviding pay and entitlement information to personnel Technical School and Testing Requirements Navy recruits attend technical training after boot camp at what commonly are called "A" schools. For personnel specialists, the school is in Meridian, Mississippi, and consists of five weeks of training. Meridian has a student population of about 500 at any given time, according to the Navy's website, and about 5,000 Navy and Marines personnel graduate each year. In addition to technical training, enlisted personnel in the Navy take the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. It consists of several subtests that are scored on a percentile basis. For example, a score of 50 means the person taking the test scored better than 50% of others taking the test. The subtests that are important for personnel specialists are the sum of word knowledge and paragraph comprehension (VE), and mathematics knowledge (MK). A combined percentile score of 105 for those subtests is necessary to work as a PS. No security clearance is required to work as a PS. Sea/Shore Flow The Navy requires enlisted personnel to serve both sea and shore tours depending on their specific rating. For personnel specialists, the sea/shore rotation consists of: First Sea Tour: 48 monthsFirst Shore Tour: 36 monthsSecond Sea Tour: 42 monthsSecond Shore Tour: 36 monthsThird Sea Tour: 36 monthsThird Shore Tour: 36 monthsFourth Sea Tour: 36 monthsForth Shore Tour: 36 months Sea tours and shore tours for sailors who have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement. Salary Personnel specialists are paid according to the military pay chart. Enlisted personnel have nine different pay categories, E-1 through E-9, with the "E" standing for "enlisted." Each category has different levels of pay dependent on years of experience. PSs with less than four months of experience would be rated E-1 and earn $1,554 per month, as of 2019. As personnel gain years of experience and rise through the ranks, pay increases. The highest pay rate is $8,241.90 monthly for E-9 personnel with more than 40 years of experience.