By Rear Adm. Annie B. Andrews
Commander, Navy Recruiting Command
This week we recognize our Navy’s top recruiters of the year in Washington, D.C., to include visits with senior leadership at the Pentagon and an awards ceremony on Wednesday evening at the U.S. Navy Memorial. Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Admiral Moran and I will participate in this ceremony, and what an honor to recognize the hard work and achievements of our Navy’s top recruiters.
Being a Sailor is an incredible opportunity with experiences that are second to none. Attracting young Americans to sign up for these experiences is no easy task. A recruiter’s job is to engage and build relationships with stakeholders and key influencers across America in order to find the best and brightest, the most qualified men and women to join our ranks. Our recruiters are Sailors from the fleet who exemplify our Navy’s core values, who set the example for others, who are ship-shape, and spokespersons for today’s Navy. We have more than 4,500 recruiters assigned to some 1,500 recruiting stations located across the United States, Europe, Guam and Japan to perform this mission.
Without the work of our recruiters making connections with young adults everywhere, our fleet would not be able to meet its operational commitments around the world. The men and women who join the Navy today are the future of our fleet who will take our Navy into the next century so we must remain committed to sustaining recruit quality as a means of maintaining our technological edge.
The daily engagement our recruiters have with community leaders, educators, coaches, parents, and industry professionals is exceptional. Their daily conversations and interactions are what impact the decision someone makes to step up and take the oath. It is the work of our recruiters which determines what the future of our fleet will look like, and how it will perform. And for that, we are thankful. Thankful for the work they do every day to find the most qualified person to fill the right job at the right time.
Thank you Navy Recruiting team for all that you do every day. Through your commitment to our great Navy you proudly tell our story in order to find tomorrow’s leaders.
For those of you who may be interested in such a prestigious assignment, I encourage you to talk with a recruiter to learn more about the rigors of this type of duty, to let your chain of command know, and visit www.cnrc.navy.mil.
BZ to our Recruiters of the Year for 2013, and to all recruiters and their families who make a difference every day to help our fleet be READY!