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FLASH FROM THE CHIEF: Ship's Serviceman to Retail Services Specialist Rating Name Change & NAVSUP P-487 Update
FLASH FROM THE CHIEF: Ship's Serviceman to Retail Services Specialist Rating Name Change & NAVSUP P-487 Update
Flash from the Commander NAVSUP and Chief of Supply Corps
1 OCT 2019

Ship’s Serviceman to Retail Services Specialist Rating Name Change & NAVSUP P-487 Update

As part of the Navy’s Sailor 2025 and Rating Modernization initiatives, effective 1 October, Navy is renaming the Ship’s Serviceman (SH) rating to Retail Services Specialist (RS). The change provides a title that more closely reflects the important work these Sailors perform on a daily basis.

Following this change, there are approximately 2,000 RS’s. Established in 1885 as the Tailor rating, the name was changed to Ship’s Serviceman in 1943, when additional duties were added. SH rating initially identified four specialty areas: barber, laundryman, tailor, and cobbler. Subsequently, store clerk was included as one of the specialty areas. They also develop marketing strategies for ships’ stores, oversee sales and service operations, and provide funding to morale, welfare and recreation programs.

Also of note, following a rigorous review, the NAVSUP P-487 has undergone a significant update. Most notable updates include: rating name change; implementation of Retail Operations Management version 3 afloat retail point of sale systems; processing unmatched expenditures quarterly vice monthly (to match DFAS); reporting financial differences to TYCOMs immediately; and incorporating interim Ship Store Bulletin guidance.

I am certain our new Retail Services Specialists will continue to provide superior quality-of-life services and support. Please join me in congratulating our Retail Services Specialists on this milestone!


M.C. SKUBIC
RADM, SC, USN

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