What happened to the position of Yeoman in Trek? Yeomen were essentially secretaries and personal assistants. It makes sense that on ships with busy captains and officers that there would be a need for people to do administrative tasks and help help department heads do their jobs. However, the position seemed to fall out of use even before the end of TOS and by the movies were largely gone. The question is why? I'm sure that part of the reason what the increasing enlightenment of the creators and the audience to the idea that women would be more than glorified secretaries (I always ound it ironic that both Captains Pike and Kirk complained about being assigned female Yeoman yet we NEVER saw a man hold the position).