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NRD NashvillePUBLIC AFFAIRSSUPPORT GUIDE   Personal Assistance  For Maximizing Your    Recruiting Power
IntroductionBefore most sailors become recruiters, they have experienced Navy life in other commands,aboard ships or in so...
STREET-SMART RECRUITINGYou did the training, learned about all the forms and processes, and grew to understandeverything y...
It is only after these initial calls that the two parties really get a chance to rollup their shirtsleevesand get to work ...
SCHOOL ACCESS EDGEThe best single opportunity to access quality candidates is through the schools. However, gettingschools...
In addition to these four keys to help access school students, we are trying to also help youmaintain the interest of dela...
SCHOOL NEWSEvery school has a news program – a way of alerting people about things that are going on intheir school commun...
ONE-ON-ONEINTERVIEWVIGNETTES
An Interview with Navy ____________________________About America’s NavyQ      Most Americans recognize the Navy as a milit...
keep aggression away from our shores. Our widespread presence also assures that we canrespond to natural disasters such as...
______________, or stop in most afternoons at __________________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to l...
An Interview with Navy ________________________About Navy as a Job FitIs Navy right for you?Q.      Parents, teachers and ...
another or offers more opportunity for advancement than another. Nevertheless, the tests help theNavy identify your innate...
incumbent on each individual applicant to be as qualified as possible to gain entry to the Navyjob school he/she really wa...
An Interview with Navy ________________________About Navy Recruiting Post bin LadenQ      A short time ago, a US military ...
Q      Does this geographic area produce many of these specialty people?A        Actually, yes. During my time here our re...
An Interview with Navy ________________________About Navy EducationQ        Some people in our school have aspirations for...
A      Yes it is true. The specifics are too involved to get into here, so if anyone is interested,they can call our recru...
An Interview with Navy ________________________About Navy SubmarinesQ      Some of us remember being inside the German U-B...
mechanics, welders and a host of other specialties. That‘s a long answer but, yes, a lot ofspecialized training is require...
______________, or stop in most afternoons at __________________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to l...
An Interview with Navy ________________________About Navy Fire Prevention/ProtectionQ         I have heard that recruits l...
Q         So every sailor learns something about fire fighting. Is there anyone who is in chargein the event of fire?A    ...
threats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tom...
An Interview with Navy ________________________About Navy SEALsQ      Whenever I see the name Navy SEAL, SEAL is always in...
A      SEALs train for all manner of environments including in deserts, urban areas, mountains,woodlands, jungles and even...
threats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tom...
An Interview with Navy ________________________About SeabeesQ      What is a Seabee?A       Although it is commonly spelle...
Q      Does there have to be a war in order for Seabees to be needed?A       Wartime situations put the most pressure on N...
An Interview with Navy ___________________________About Women in the NavyQ    The Navy seems to be a male-dominated servic...
Q       Has recruitment policy differed for women vs. men?A        The Navy is an equal opportunity employer, so the recru...
you or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com andclick on ―find a recruiter‖ o...
An Interview with Navy ___________________________About Navy MedicalQ      Medical care is an essential part of civilian l...
return, the Navy pays the graduate school tuition plus a sizeable monthly stipend to help covermost of the student‘s livin...
world‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good...
An Interview with Navy ___________________________About Navy NursingQ      Nursing is an essential element in any medical ...
continuation bonus of $1,000 a month ending after 24 months of school or when the degreeprogram ends. Altogether, that‘s u...
Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters ove...
An Interview with Navy ________________________________________________About Navy DentistryQ        Professional dentists ...
A       In this program, the dental candidate enlists in the Navy Reserve until after graduationfrom a graduate medical pr...
______________, or stop in most afternoons at ___________________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to ...
An Interview with Navy ________________________________________________About Navy AviationQ       When people think of the...
A       Well, aircraft carriers certainly are a principal mode of delivery and readiness, but theNavy maintains air bases ...
threats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tom...
An Interview with Navy ________________________________________________About Navy ChaplainsQ      From time to time in war...
many serve on ships and around the world, many don‘t have sea duty at all. Nevertheless, theduty can be challenging.Q     ...
graduating from the seminary or other religious training facility, the student will return tochaplain school to complete t...
An Interview with Navy ________________________________________________About Navy Nuclear ProgramsQ      I understand that...
Q      It sounds like a lot of study. Does any of this qualify for college credit?A     Colleges and universities vary reg...
Q      How does an interested person begin to sort out all of these options to see if there is anopportunity for him or he...
An Interview with Navy ________________________________________________About Prior Service Re-entryQ      A lot of people ...
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  1. 1. NRD NashvillePUBLIC AFFAIRSSUPPORT GUIDE Personal Assistance For Maximizing Your Recruiting Power
  2. 2. IntroductionBefore most sailors become recruiters, they have experienced Navy life in other commands,aboard ships or in some other essential capacity. Their experience with public affairs in thoseoperations has often centered on internal news and events -- photos, videos, shipboard news andthe like – with occasional nuggets of news for external dissemination. That‘s just what youshould expect from a Navy mass communications initiative.Within this broad-based district, one thing remains constant. YOU ARE THE FACE OF THENAVY TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY. You are most often the initial contact source. Youare the source of information to those around you. And you are the people we count on torepresent Navy in the strongest way possible.This guidebook has been assembled to help you do that successfully. It also has been developedto help make your recruiting effort as productive and successful as possible.You will find that regular use of the resources contained in this guide will broaden the Navyknowledge base of the people you are trying to reach, entice more people to contact you aboutNavy opportunities, enhance your relationship with school administrators and guidancecounselors, and shorten the time frame with candidates from the initial discussion to thecommitment to enlist.
  3. 3. STREET-SMART RECRUITINGYou did the training, learned about all the forms and processes, and grew to understandeverything you needed to know about the step-by-step procedures that would take a remotelyinterested young person from almost unaware to a committed enlistee. But the reality is that thisis Navy reality! Nothing goes exactly as planned.In this Fit vs. Fill environment, the pressure is on every day for you to find exactly the rightperson to fill exactly defined jobs in the Navy. The pressure comes from the top and relentlesslypushes down to the CO, XO, OPO, EPO, CR, ACR, LCPO, LPO and then to you. You feel theheat from the time the goal is set until even after your station has met its numbers.That process won‘t change, but the way in which you go about achieving goal can and shouldchange. Let‘s explain.The top-down pressure you experience is focused on acquiring qualified recruits one at a time –we need one more NUC, one more CT, one more ET, one more doctor, one more dentist, onemore chaplain, etc. The problem is that you need to have way more than one in your source poolin order to work the prospect successfully, and that only adds to the frustration. Besides that, ifyou haven‘t had enough conversational sessions with each qualified individual, it still will take along time before you can successfully move the person into the available slot.Our objective here is to 1) broaden the base of interested individuals in the source pool, and 2)shorten or reduce the number of conversational sessions that it takes to move someone fromremote interest in the Navy to keen interest in an available job slot. More simply, the objective isto have you working SMARTER, not harder – freeing time for you.The process is really no different from what takes place in an industrial sales environment.Cahners Publishing Company conducted research that shows that it typically takes 8-11 salescalls from the time an industrial sales person first calls on a purchasing agent until the time thesale is complete. That‘s the sales process for key equipment or production supplies, but yourrecruitment process is similar. After all, recruiting is virtually the only place in the Navy wherewe have something to sell – Navy jobs, educational opportunities and experience.In the first few sales calls, the industrial sales person explains his company, his product, and thekey differences between his offering and that of his competitors. He also explains how heoperates as the conduit between the purchaser and the supplier.In the next few sales calls, the sales representative gathers information about the prospectivepurchaser‘s company, end products, and how his particular product can fit the prospect‘s needs.He also finds out about just-in-time delivery requirements, payment practices and other thingsessential to any transaction.
  4. 4. It is only after these initial calls that the two parties really get a chance to rollup their shirtsleevesand get to work on the particulars that can make the sales transaction take place. The same is truefor your recruiting process – general information, followed by trust building, followed by needsanalysis, followed by commitment in the form of a contract.What Cahners Publishing Company also found out is that the organizations that did the best jobof explaining the particulars of their products and services in advertising and publicitycampaigns also enjoyed significantly more prospective-customer responses, and their salespeople needed to make fewer calls with less overall sales call time required to complete thetransactions. Why? Because 1) many more people were aware of the company and its offeringsand 2) the detailed information that prospective customers already had meant that less had to becovered in person.The very same practice applies to productive Navy recruiting. The better job we do via schoolmedia and news media of building Navy awareness, explaining Navy opportunities for jobs andeducational support, identifying Navy personnel needs, focusing attention on the local NavyRecruiting Station, and highlighting YOU as the right contact for your target audience, theMORE PROSPECTS WILL BE COMING TO YOU instead of you to them.There are three important places where we intend to focus this initiative: 1) Where your target market works (school) 2) Where your target market plays (key events) 3) Where your target market and their influencers gather informationThere are important messages: 1) Navy has important skilled jobs to fill – with good benefits. 2) Navy supports advanced education in a variety of ways 3) Navy has qualifications to be met – intelligence, physical conditioning, health, legal, behavioral 4) Navy has people on hand to help them join, and the nearest location is YOUR NRS ADDRESS.STREET-SMART MARKETING MOTTO:―Put your mouth where the Money is.‖
  5. 5. SCHOOL ACCESS EDGEThe best single opportunity to access quality candidates is through the schools. However, gettingschools to grant that access is difficult, especially if we are simply ASKING for the opportunityto set up a contact location in the school cafeteria.You all know that you will have much more success if you can OFFER some resources to helpthem enhance their own higher education experience. That‘s why we are working to providetools to help in that regard.Please recognize that your position with your school contact will be enhanced just by offeringthis kind of support, regardless of whether or not the school takes you up on the offer. The fourkey areas are:  NAVY ―HORIZON‖ BAND – This one-class-hour contemporary show includes pop, rock and rap music and invites students to join in. The band points out the recruiters who set up the show, and also identifies the location of the local station(s). Only nine locations in the country can take advantage of this. This is a special advantage for NRD Chicago, but the windows of available band time are small.  SCHOOL NEWS – A number of ―canned interviews‖ are being prepared so that you can offer support to the school newspaper or intranet. Some are included in the following pages. These nuggets of information will help you get a foot in the door, but you can enhance your position even more by producing information about recent graduates who now are seeing the world as U.S. Navy Sailors. Contact the PAO for assistance doing this  S.T.E.M. INITIATIVE – Students proficient in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are high on the Navy‘s wish list. We are working to assemble elements that you can bring to the schools that will point out how acquired STEM skills can be applied in the Navy and the real world. Those elements are expected to include videos, speakers, and even Great Lakes ―A‖ school tours. In the meantime, please investigate whether the schools you serve have things like First Robotics Teams. If so, offer to help with the development and construction of the team‘s robot.  WIDE WORLD MENTORING – This is your opportunity to be a guide to others. It begins with a brief 10-15-minute presentation that lets you address HS staff and students to explain the level of character and contribution expected of American employers, including Navy. This is designed as a platform from which you can also a) bring your Navy-taught skills to a classroom and/or b) bring in nugget presentations detailing how skills developed in high school can be applied in real world jobs, especially those available in the Navy.
  6. 6. In addition to these four keys to help access school students, we are trying to also help youmaintain the interest of delayed entry personnel with three other initiatives:  NEWS SPOTLIGHT – This is really a warmed over version of Fleet Hometown News, but it accomplishes much more. With this minor-input effort, we can help spotlight the fact that your future sailor has taken the initiative to join the Navy, and thereby enhance their commitment to their future career.  SPORTS CONNECTION – As a part of our public affairs effort, NRD Nashville has been able to institute some relationships with sports teams in our area. Occasionally these teams offer tickets to service members for actual games. Working with them, we also have been able to identify a few ways in which we can gain entry to practice sessions and other similar events. As we can set these up, we will make those opportunities available for you to bring in delayed entry people as a part of the mix, adding another enhancement to committing to Navy. Sports resources we are working with include: Tennessee Titians, Nashville predators, Memphis Redbirds, Bristol Speedway and a few other small outlets. If you know of any sports teams that the NRD Nashville could benefit from contact the PAO to discuss.  OTHER VENUES – other possibilities for boosting future sailor interest and involvement include Navy Week activities, air shows, etc.
  7. 7. SCHOOL NEWSEvery school has a news program – a way of alerting people about things that are going on intheir school community. Most of these are faculty-supervised, student-run newspapers,newsletters, intranet sites or blog spot. Where faculty people are involved, there is a direction tostudents for gathering news and for contributing articles of worth. In every case, there is at leastone student who is most aggressive in supporting the effort, and at least one student who lagswell behind the others, but still has a requirement to fulfill a news obligation.Either of these student categories will ultimately be our link to informing all students in theschool about Navy. But first, we have to make a positive connection with two others at eachschool – your ongoing key contact in the administration or counseling office, and the facultyadvisor responsible for the school news.Those recruiters who work with this in a positive fashion will quickly recognize thatimplementing this on a regular basis, while appearing to be an added obligation, is really just anopportunity to get in front of the right school people every few weeks in a way that impressesthem with the Navy recruiters‘ skill, knowledge, professionalism, and most of all –OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOBS AND EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE STUDENTS. Youbecome a key to the future of many of the schools‘ best and brightest young people.What follows is a series of interview vignettes. They are designed to put you in the limelightwith school administrators and counselors. They present an opportunity for you to make afocused visit to the school. If two copies are delivered on each visit – one for the counselor andone for the news faculty advisor – it can multiply your points of access in each school. They eachimpart a nugget of fairly general but uncommonly known information that can help to elevateyour status as a knowledge source to your contacts. And they will remain in the office of thoseyou visit for a longer period than you do.Review the series of vignettes for yourself and determine which ones will be most appropriatefor your schools. The school year is only eight months long, so there are more than enough ofthese for you to deliver over the course of the school year. If you made it a point to deliver oneevery three weeks, you would only use ten of these in a year‘s time. Over the course of twoyears, you can begin to repeat vignettes that you delivered before, and most people will regardthem as fresh information.CAUTION: All new things take time before they become acceptable and useful to others.Persistence is the key here. It could take at least a half year for some administrators to begindelivering the second copy to the school news faculty. It could take almost the entire year beforethe faculty person decides that this is a reliable enough information flow so that he/she can feelcomfortable passing it along to a student for inclusion in the school news media. Nevertheless, itis sure to produce opportunities for access within the school.
  8. 8. ONE-ON-ONEINTERVIEWVIGNETTES
  9. 9. An Interview with Navy ____________________________About America’s NavyQ Most Americans recognize the Navy as a military force on ships protecting us from attackfrom the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, but it really is a lot more than that isn‘t it?A Certainly it is true that our ships are present on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, theCaribbean and Baltic sea, and other bodies of water that border our shores, but your Navyoperates on the water, under the water and above the water in oceans and seas around the world,and we operate on land as well. It is because of that extensive presence that the Navy is typicallythe first responder both to aggression and to natural disasters anywhere in the world. We reallymean it when we describe America‘s Navy as A Global Force for Good. Q When you say that we have a presence around the world, how far- reaching is that, and isit always a military presence?A Since 70 percent of Earth‘s surface is covered by water, you can count on us havingvessels in major ocean bodies adjoining each continent, including in the Arctic Ocean and off thecoast of Antarctica. We are present to protect America‘s people and since 80 percent of theworld‘s population lives near an ocean, we are confident that we can protect most of thoseAmerican interests.As far as identifying that as a ―military presence,‖ that might be a little more difficult to definebecause our capability and our typical daily activities are two different things. We are alwaysready to deliver aggressive force and firepower, and support combat operations, when and wherethose are required, but it is much more likely that you will see us protecting shipping lanes inopen waters to assure the free flow of goods around the world. 90 percent of the world‘s goodstravel by water, so it is essential that we maintain those trade routes.Q Does maintaining trade routes mean escorting convoys?A It could be an escort, but mostly we work to spot and deter elements that threaten shipstransporting goods, such as the pirates off the coast of Somalia. We are there and elsewhere onthe world‘s oceans every day offering that protection, but that‘s only one location where ourpresence is known. Actually, we have a strong presence everywhere in the world.Q Why is the Navy spread out so far? Wouldn‘t it be just as good to simply operate close toour own shores?A Navy‘s official maritime strategy is clearly to maintain a presence everywhere so that wecan protect American interests everywhere and, when necessary, take the fight to our enemies to
  10. 10. keep aggression away from our shores. Our widespread presence also assures that we canrespond to natural disasters such as the tsunami in Japan, the earthquake in Haiti and hurricanessuch as Katrina.Q How does the Navy have a role in a place like Afghanistan that is far inland?A For starters it is important to point out that we often have had nearly 15,000 sailors on theground there in Afghanistan at one time. Just as in our other service branches, some have been incombat roles and others in support roles, and many have been attached to Army and Marineunits. At the same time, our ships and our aircraft are instrumental in delivering ordinance to theregion.Q I forgot about the aircraft in addition to the ships. All of this requires a lot of equipment.How many ships and aircraft does the Navy have?A Including aircraft carriers, cruisers, frigates and a host of other ships, plus the 80 or sosubmarines, America‘s Navy has nearly 300 ships and subs of which about two-thirds areunderway at any one time. Including fighter jets, other specialized airplanes and helicopters, theNavy has nearly 4,000 aircraft at work, roughly the same number as the regular US Air Force has(not counting Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard).Q With all of this happening all over the world, we also know that it takes a lot of people tomaintain all of this. How many people are in the Navy?A Right now, there are about 325,000 sailors in the Navy, stationed around the world -- onthe sea, in the air, under the ocean and also on land.Q It is easy for us to recognize that there are sailors involved in actually sailing the shipsand flying the planes, but there probably are a lot of other jobs involved, aren‘t there?A Well, with all of the equipment we need to keep at the ready every day, it should also beapparent that Navy needs people to fill all sorts of jobs from steelworkers, aircraft maintenancepeople, cryptologists and healthcare professionals to dentists, clergy, nuclear power techniciansand electronics technicians and missile technology people. We also have needs for specialwarfare and other highly specialized people.Q How does one get started pursuing some of these opportunities?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local recruiting station to find out about anyand all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling
  11. 11. ______________, or stop in most afternoons at __________________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com andclick on ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number. Acall to 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that thosethreats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 –
  12. 12. An Interview with Navy ________________________About Navy as a Job FitIs Navy right for you?Q. Parents, teachers and counselors often shy away from recommending military service tokids like us. Why is that?A. Each instance can have a different reason for that, so I can‘t comment on what it might bein any particular case. At the same time, my experience has been that parents are reluctant torecommend anything that might put their youngsters in harm‘s way. Although we are talkingabout ―armed services‖ here, the facts show that overall military training does an extraordinaryjob of helping people learn how to assess and minimize risk, while learning job skills andmeeting performance and safety standards that in many cases are at a higher level than what youmight find in comparable civilian occupations.Q. Would I be using a weapon in the Navy?A. The Navy‘s foremost purpose is to defend American citizens, so learning how to use aweapon effectively is one of the many things a sailor learns in basic training, but individual Navyjobs go way beyond that. Serving as a nuclear technician, hospital corpsman, welder, aviationsupport person, submariner, or any other Navy job requires special skill and training. The Navyis committed to provide that training so that our people can excel. That‘s what it takes to makeours the world‘s finest Navy.Q. You mentioned a few Navy jobs that sound a lot like civilian jobs. Can a high schoolgraduate apply for a job like that?A. Certainly. Navy has virtually every kind of job that is available to you as a typicalcivilian … plus a few special ones. Your Navy recruiter will have access to positions that arecurrently available and to ones that will be coming up. Be advised, however, that we cannot offeryou a job that isn‘t available, and some jobs will not come available for a long time. Most oftenit makes sense to take a job that you can qualify for now, knowing that you can work to transferto a different rating later on.Q. That word ―qualify‖ might need some explaining. What does it take to qualify for a Navyjob?A. Different jobs require different aptitude for achievement. That‘s why the Navy requireseach candidate to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a series oftests that help to identify your particular strengths and weaknesses. How your tests score helpsdetermine your suitability for one job or another. Please note that no job is more important than
  13. 13. another or offers more opportunity for advancement than another. Nevertheless, the tests help theNavy identify your innate capacity to perform in the job you might select. Studies have shownthat a student can improve his/her own capacity through independent study and by taking on jobsin related areas while still a student. That learning is often reflected on the ASVAB performancescores.Q. Are there other things that a student can do to help him/her prepare for entering theNavy?A. Preparation starts with decency and fitness. Approximately TWO THIRDS of the Navy‘starget market, 17-24 year old males, are INELIGIBLE for Navy service due to medicalconditions, inability to meet academic standards, or legal/conduct issues. Medical conditions thatcan exclude someone from entering include obesity, so staying physically fit tops the list.Academic standards begin with completing school; more than 95% of Navy personnel are at leasthigh school diploma graduates. And legal/conduct issues includes any and all police reportissues, including drug use.Q. So staying in school and out of trouble is key. What about ethnicity or gender issues, isthere a bias regarding these?A. Diversity is important to us. America‘s Navy works hard to have the make-up of itspersonnel mirror that of the population as a whole. While we as recruiters cannot make peoplejoin if they don‘t want to, we certainly can and do make sure that we invite people of all ethnicbackgrounds to apply. Over time, the number of black, Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islanderpersonnel is becoming more representative of the overall population, and the male/female ratio isimproving as well.Q. Does family status have any bearing on eligibility for the Navy?A. The Navy is very sensitive to the role of family in the performance of our people.Without family support, our Navy could not perform as well as it does. In general, while familystatus does not have a bearing on eligibility, custody of dependents sometimes can. This is anissue that needs to be discussed with your recruiter. In any case, we encourage all applicants todiscuss service options with their families to garner that all-important support for the decision.Q. Are there some people who are particularly right for the Navy?A. We want America‘s best, brightest and most dedicated to serving this country‘s defenseand humanitarian support efforts. But as an all-volunteer force, we recognize that will onlyhappen if those talented individuals see Navy as right for them. The days of just filling bunkswith warm bodies ended long ago. Now we are fitting, not filling. In this environment, it is
  14. 14. incumbent on each individual applicant to be as qualified as possible to gain entry to the Navyjob school he/she really wants. That‘s what‘s right for the individual. That‘s what‘s right forAmerica‘s Navy, a global force for good.Q How does one get started pursuing some of these opportunities?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local recruiting station to find out about anyand all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling______________, or stop in most afternoons at __________________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com andclick on ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number. Acall to 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that thosethreats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 –
  15. 15. An Interview with Navy ________________________About Navy Recruiting Post bin LadenQ A short time ago, a US military special operations team killed the world‘s most wantedcriminal, terrorist Osama bin Laden. Has that had an effect on Navy Recruiting?A We don‘t have enough information to comment properly regarding the operation itself,but it is fair for us to say although there might be some people who go to recruiting stationssaying that they want to be like those guys, we don‘t have numbers that would suggest a surge onthat basis. Please recognize that the environment for military recruiting in general has been prettygood for the past few years. We don‘t want to speculate on the resulting ramifications of this, butit is clear that in general the American public seems to have a renewed respect and appreciationfor this elite group of servicemen. To the extent that this encourages people to look to Navy as acareer, we‘re all for it.Q I noticed that the term SEAL is all in capital letters. Does that mean something?A Yes. The letters stand for Sea, Air and Land. The Navy SEALs are trained for all three,and it is important to point out that in fact the Navy operates on the water with our ships, underthe water with our submarines, above the water with our aircraft, and on land as well.Q What does it take for someone to become a Navy SEAL?A First of all, it requires a keen desire to reach that level of accomplishment. If someonedoesn‘t truly have that interest level, they won‘t make it. What we just witnessed was the resultof an extraordinary level of training and discipline. Physical conditioning and mental toughnessare prerequisites. Training extends the limits for these individuals. What is especially importantfor your audience to understand, however, is that the Navy SEAL classification is only one areaof Navy special warfare or special operations that an interested person can become engaged in.Q What other areas are there?A SEAL training itself begins with basic underwater demolition training, so divers andexplosive ordinance demolition personnel stem from this same area. Also, special warfarecombatant-craft crewmen and aviation rescue swimmers work in related areas. These are allNavy jobs that there is a fairly high demand for, and we want people in this area to know that.
  16. 16. Q Does this geographic area produce many of these specialty people?A Actually, yes. During my time here our recruiting district has had a lot of successbringing many of these people into the Navy, but I also think it is important to point out that theNavy has many other specialties, including ones that probably were involved in this most recentoperation. Without taking any credit away from the SEALs or any other special forces, we haveto point out that there were aircraft crews who delivered the special forces, undoubtedly alsostandby and support personnel in a number of specialties, and credit has to go to the intelligenceand cryptographic people who figured out what was going on. While it might not have beenNavy personnel in each of these categories, certainly it is important to note that Navy does haveall of these kinds of jobs. We hope that people come to see us about what we have available.Q Do you have certain jobs that you especially want to fill?A Fit versus fill is the philosophy of the Navy, so it is important for us to make sure wehave the right people in the right jobs. Certainly special warfare and special operations is an areawhere we want to attract the best possible people, so we will always welcome applicants. Also,we actively search for people who want to become specialists in the nuclear arena. Navy hasroughly the same number of nuclear power plants as there are commercial ones on land acrossthe nation. Also, we have room for prior service personnel and for a number of reservecategories, especially clergy, physicians, dentists and other healthcare related people.Q How does one get started pursuing some of these opportunities?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local recruiting station to find out about anyand all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling______________, or stop in most afternoons at _________________________________. If youor an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com and clickon ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number. A callto 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that thosethreats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges.
  17. 17. An Interview with Navy ________________________About Navy EducationQ Some people in our school have aspirations for college while others have a pressing needto start earning money. The Navy talks a lot about educational opportunities. What do you reallymean by that?A First let‘s agree that a traditional college-to-career path is not always right for everyone.The Navy understands that. That‘s why there is a wide variety of educational support programsavailable. That said, let me also point out that our Navy wants every job to be handled by thesmartest and most highly trained people available so, in essence, it is all about education whetherit is in a Navy technical school, a college environment, help with courses while on duty or on-the-job training.Q When you talk about ―Navy‖ school, what do you mean?A When each recruit leaves the processing station for basic training, or boot camp, he or sheis already destined for a school where specific advanced job skills are taught. For some peoplethis may mean construction skills such as steel working, or maybe aviation technician training.For others it can be radar, nuclear or missile technology, or mass communications, or hospitalcorps training. These are just a few examples. But Navy schools don‘t end there, and it‘s not justfor enlisted people. Officers attend schools for strategy development, logistics, warfaretechniques and other specialized training. The Navy also offers schooling for people to transitionbetween enlisted jobs and officer jobs. And let‘s not forget that the Navy also has colleges suchas the Naval Academy in Annapolis MD and several others that are Navy from the start.Q Can someone get financial assistance from the Navy and go to a school such as a Stateuniversity?A Certainly that is possible. One way is to enroll in a Naval ROTC program at schools thatoffer them. That way the Navy pays for a big chunk of the schooling and some specifically Navycourses in things like navigation and telecommunications are sometimes rolled into thecurriculum. Another way is to enroll in a degree program while on enlisted duty. Just as manycompanies have a tuition reimbursement program for advanced study, so too does the Navy oftencover such costs.Q I have heard that the Navy actually offers scholarships. Is that true?
  18. 18. A Yes it is true. The specifics are too involved to get into here, so if anyone is interested,they can call our recruiting station. Nevertheless, a Navy scholarship is valued at about $180,000these days. That‘s pretty significant.Q How do we find out more about the Navy‘s education support programs?A Nearly all the information is available in the Education Opportunities section of thewww.navy.com website, but we can also provide additional information and help to navigate thesite at the recruiting station. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling ______________,or stop in most afternoons at ____________________________________. If you or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com and click on ―find arecruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number. A call to 800-4go–Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that thosethreats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 –
  19. 19. An Interview with Navy ________________________About Navy SubmarinesQ Some of us remember being inside the German U-Boat at the Museum of Science andIndustry. Are submarines still like that?A Even that submarine is way beyond where submarine service started, but U.S. NavySubmarines today are much larger and dramatically more sophisticated than the World War IImodels. As a result, we are able to do significantly more with our fleet.Q When did America begin using submarines?A The Navy began using submarines during the Civil War. Submerged vessels could travelundetected into enemy territory to gather valuable information about military activity. Thosevessels could only accommodate one or two people and could only remain submerged for briefperiods. Now, of course, our Navy operates under the water with our submarines, on the waterwith our ships and over the water with our aircraft.Q What are our submarines used for today?A As you might expect, all of our submarines are equipped for waging war as a strike forcein one fashion or another. That‘s essential for our nation‘s defense, even though we hope wenever need to use those capabilities. Perhaps more important is the ability of thesetechnologically advanced ships and crews to gather intelligence, provide surveillance andreconnaissance, and deliver specialized resources to parts of the world that might be practicallyunreachable via any other means – such as to the North and South Poles, for example.Q Just how large are these ships today?A Our fast attack submarines, capable of undersea, anti-surface, and special warfare, stretchmore than a football field in length. Ballistic and surface-to-air missile-carrying submarines arelonger than the Washington Monument is tall – almost two football fields long.Q Do people aboard submarines require special training?A Certainly it requires special training to deal with the special conditions that submarinelife presents, but sailors aboard submarines also have jobs to do. Those jobs range from runningspecialized equipment to maintenance and support work and more. The ship is a self-containedunit that has to remain operational in every respect. We need people to run engines, radarsystems and computer gear. We need tradesmen including cooks, plumbers, electricians,
  20. 20. mechanics, welders and a host of other specialties. That‘s a long answer but, yes, a lot ofspecialized training is required to be a submariner.Q How long can our submarines remain under water?A Unlike the old submarines that had to surface every few days to recycle or replace air onboard, today‘s submarines have systems that maintain air quality, handle temperatureadjustments, and produce fresh water from seawater so that they can remain submerged formonths at a time.Q When people deploy, for how long are they gone?A The length of a deployment will depend on the type of ship and the mission assignmentfor the ship. Some cruises may be limited to only two to three months while others might be ayear or more. On average, a ship and its crew are typically deployed for a period of about sixmonths.Q If our submarines are nuclear powered, how safe are they?A It is true that nuclear power means that the fuel source is a radioactive material. Althoughthe total amount of it is quite small, it is capable of producing enough heat to generate steam,thereby powering the ship‘s propulsion system and also generating the electricity required for allof the ship‘s on-board needs. Navy‘s first nuclear powered submarine was put into service in 1954, so we have morethan a half-century of experience with nuclear powered vessels, and although some of these shipshave had some accidents, those accidents have not been related to the power supply. The nuclearpower plant on one of these ships, once in place, is designed to power the craft for 30 years.Q Are there other countries that have nuclear powered submarines, too?A Other countries do have nuclear submarines. Movies have been produced about theRussian submarines, but in addition to those, France, United Kingdom, People‘s Republic ofChina, and India all have operating submarines, and Argentina, Brazil and several other countrieshave ongoing projects in different phases to build nuclear-powered submarinesQ Is some of our students are interested in submarine service, what is the best way to findout more about it?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local recruiting station to find out about anyand all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling
  21. 21. ______________, or stop in most afternoons at __________________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com andclick on ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number. Acall to 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that thosethreats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 –
  22. 22. An Interview with Navy ________________________About Navy Fire Prevention/ProtectionQ I have heard that recruits learn the basics about fire fighting in boot camp. Why is that?A Yes, it is true. Fire is perhaps the single biggest threat for any ship, so we need to knowhow to deal with fire in order to survive and continue our missions. We recognize that fire is alikely outcome for any hostile action, since most enemy attacks include the use of some kind ofexplosive device – bomb, mine, torpedo, missile, etc.. You might recall from your historylessons that Japan turned many of its pilots into suicide fighters, called kamikaze, in the finaldays of World War II. Their goal was to seek out and attack our ships by simply flying the planeinto the deck of the ships, bursting into flame. Of course fires can also be caused by the samecauses we see in domestic fires as well. Fire fighting is an essential skill for any Navy Sailor.Q By domestic causes, what kinds of things do you mean?A Basically, I am talking about common things such as errant cooking flames, faultyelectrical connections, smoking on board, and a host of other sources that are typical anywhere.On board a ship, however, some of what I might consider potential domestic hazards becomemuch greater. For example, in your garage you might store a couple of gallons of gasoline,whereas one of our frigates would carry thousands of barrels of diesel fuel just for its ownoperations.Q I can see how things like fuel can add to the risk of fire. Wouldn‘t warfare materialsadd even more to that risk?A Absolutely they would. All of our ships carry explosive ordinance of some sort orother. Aircraft carriers also carry jet fuel. As you think about this, I‘m sure you can recognizethat the list of combustible materials is quite large, and the risk of fire goes up proportionately.Q Yes, I can see that. Are there other aspects of ship fires that add to the importance ofthe Navy‘s emphasis on fire fighting?A The fact that it is aboard a ship is the ultimate challenge. You see, there isn‘t any placeelse to go to get away from the fire except overboard, and that simply isn‘t an option. Sailorssimply have to confront fires within the confined space of the ship, and once the fire is put out,we have to live with the aftermath. It is a life and death issue … always.
  23. 23. Q So every sailor learns something about fire fighting. Is there anyone who is in chargein the event of fire?A Training everyone in the basics is what the Navy does to assure that there are enoughready hands to take initial action and step to the fight, but we recognize that it is also importantto have specialists in fire protection/prevention and public safety to take charge of this. That‘swhy we have advanced training in this specialty. You see, not all types of fires are fought thesame way. Different methods are effective for putting out electrical fires vs. cooking fires vs.petroleum fires. What‘s more, we count on these specialists to put in place and enforce policies,procedures and practices to prevent most of these situations from happening in the first place.These same highly trained individuals are charged with many other safety program developmentsaboard our ships.Q Could this kind of skill transfer to the civilian world?A Most definitely it does. Although there are many schools and other organizations thatteach courses in fire control and public safety, virtually all of them have been modeled in somefashion after the Navy‘s training program. And, given the fact that the Navy trains for extremeconditions, it is no surprise to find that of the people working in civilian fire and public safetyoccupations, many are former Navy sailors. Many former Navy people also have been tapped tomanage safety programs for major corporations.Q How can interested people here find out more about the Navy‘s opportunities in fireprotection and public safety?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local recruiting station to find out about anyand all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling______________, or stop in most afternoons at __________________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com andclick on ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number. Acall to 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that those
  24. 24. threats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 –
  25. 25. An Interview with Navy ________________________About Navy SEALsQ Whenever I see the name Navy SEAL, SEAL is always in capital letters. Why is that?A SEAL is an acronym. The name comes from the wide-ranging competencies of theseindividuals on Sea, Air and Land.Q SEALs are considered to be among our elite military forces. Why is that?A Not everyone can become a SEAL. Last year less than 300 graduated the rigoroustraining required to earn this designation, and that‘s higher than the 150 or so that would betypical. At the end of the complete training, these individuals will have learned a wide range ofspecialties ranging from diving to parachuting, stealth warfare to paramedical expertise, foreignlanguages to escape and evasion survival.Q Do people need to meet initial qualifications before entering?A Yes. Candidates must pass physical examinations and have good eyesight. They mustscore well on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, be U.S. citizens and not morethan 28 years old. Finally, there‘s a physical fitness screening that takes place in the delayedentry program and in boot camp.Q When you say rigorous training, what does that entail?A The key training program is called BUD/S, which stands for basic underwaterdemolition/SEAL, but first the individual must go through boot camp and an eight week SEALpreparation course. BUD/S training itself includes physical conditioning, combat diving, landwarfare and parachute jump schools. That alone is more than six months, and then there‘sanother six months of SEAL qualification training that presses physical and mental endurance tothe limit. Advanced training for individual specialties, unit work and task group work isgenerally another 18 months.Q How big is a typical SEAL group?A SEALs learn to bring compatible skills together productively in groups as big as 32people and as small a group as 2. Teamwork is one of the mainstays. Adaptability is the other.Q Under what kinds of conditions do SEALs typically work?
  26. 26. A SEALs train for all manner of environments including in deserts, urban areas, mountains,woodlands, jungles and even arctic conditions. Enduring the conditions is important, but so ishaving the specialized skills to handle the high-tech equipment required.Q How long have SEALs been in existence?A The first group of SEALs was formed in early 1962 under the Kennedy administration.While still an elite group, the numbers have increased to address the widespread threats aroundthe world.Q What happens to people who don‘t make it all the way through the training?A Most people who begin to engage in SEAL training but fall short in one area discoveralong the way that they have some offsetting skills in another specialty area that is mostgratifying. Being able to uncover those unique capabilities and channel them productivelycertainly cannot be classified as failure. As far as the Navy is concerned, those occurrences areamong our greatest rewards, because it means that the very people we challenged in thebeginning are in turn challenging the Navy to be the finest possible in every specialty area.Q How can someone find out more about the SEAL program and how to qualify?How does one get started pursuing some of these opportunities?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local recruiting station to find out about anyand all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling______________, or stop in most afternoons at __________________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com andclick on ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number. Acall to 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that those
  27. 27. threats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 –
  28. 28. An Interview with Navy ________________________About SeabeesQ What is a Seabee?A Although it is commonly spelled Seabee, the word was actually derived from the letters Cand B, the shorthand for Construction Battalions. Those letters also capstone the organization‘sLatin motto -- Constriumus, Batuimus – which translates to ―We build, We fight.‖Q When did the Navy first organize Seabees?A The first construction battalions were formed in 1942 and were made up mostly ofexperienced construction people to support the war effort in World War II. They would followMarines onto islands in the Pacific to build airstrips, bridges, roads, fuel storage units,warehouses and hospitals.Q Are Seabees still as active now?A The demand for construction crews is far less than it was during World War II or theVietnam War, but it still is a key job specialty. Seabees built camps, hospitals and expandedairbases during the Gulf War and similarly in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they are nowinstrumental in rebuilding infrastructure in those locations. They also play a key role in theNavy‘s humanitarian efforts in Somalia, Philippines, Haiti and at home rebuilding areas affectedby hurricanes such as Katrina, for example.Q What kind of training is involved in becoming a Seabee?A Following boot camp or some fleet service, Seabees will train in schools for about threemonths. That schooling will include both classroom work and a lot of hands-on training. Most ofthat training is for work on land, but some will be on the water or under water. Of course acertain amount of weapons training will also be involved.Q Are there specialties within the Seabee ranks?A Of course there are. Some will be construction mechanics or equipment operators. Otherswill be utilitiesmen, responsible for mechanical and fluid systems. Still others will beelectricians, builders, steel workers or engineering support personnel.
  29. 29. Q Does there have to be a war in order for Seabees to be needed?A Wartime situations put the most pressure on Navy resources to build facilities in supportof that effort, not only to satisfy Navy and Marine requirements but also Army and Air Force tosome extent. When those forces stand down, there is still an enormous need to maintain our shipsand other facilities that have been built around the world. All of that falls under the domain ofthe Seabees.Q How does someone find out more about Seabee jobs that are available?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local recruiting station to find out about anyand all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling______________, or stop in most afternoons at __________________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com andclick on ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number. Acall to 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that thosethreats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 –
  30. 30. An Interview with Navy ___________________________About Women in the NavyQ The Navy seems to be a male-dominated service branch, but we know that there arewomen in the Navy now. How long as that been the case?A Many people think that the presence of women in the Navy is a new thing, but really wehave had women officially for more than 100 years and actually for longer than that. Womenworked as nurses for the Navy during the Civil War, and a nurse corps was officially establishedin 1908. In World War I, women joined the Naval Reserve where they could serve as yeomenand handle administrative support work. Active Navy recruited women into a separate women‘sauxiliary organization called Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service (WAVES).Q Has there been any significant improvement in opportunities for women in the Navy?A More women served actively during conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, but the role ofwomen expanded dramatically beginning in the early 1970s when the Navy opened the doors towomen in ROTC and OCS programs, and later in surface warfare and flight schools. Nowwomen are active in every capacity, including submarine. The only exception is in a SEAL orspecial warfare capacity, a discipline that is more strongly geared toward engagement in directground combat.Q Making jobs available doesn‘t automatically mean that there are growth opportunities.Can women actually advance?A Since the Vietnam War, we have opened virtually every occupational discipline. Beyondthat, Navy policy has always dictated an expectation of performance and a rewarding ofperformance via merit promotion. It should be no surprise then that in a relatively short period oftime we have had women succeed as aviators, commanding Naval stations, combat ships andstrike groups, and earning ranks as high as Vice Admiral (three stars.)Q Has the increased number of women been because of the recent changes in Navy policy?A The Navy took a position long ago to open opportunities for women and over time manymore have taken advantage of that. Submarine service was essentially the last area of service thatwas closed to women, principally because older ships were not physically equipped to handle theneeds of both sexes. Newer ships are equipped for both men and women, and the first class ofwomen officers for submarine service will soon be graduating.
  31. 31. Q Has recruitment policy differed for women vs. men?A The Navy is an equal opportunity employer, so the recruitment policy remains the samefor both sexes. The shift in recruiting policy has been a move to fit people to particular jobsrather than simply to fill positions. That process is based on capability, not gender.Q As time goes on, what do you expect to see regarding the number of women joining?A We want to see diversity in our ranks, and that includes gender and ethnic background aswell as things like rural vs. urban upbringing. Essentially the goal is for the makeup of Navypersonnel to be a reflection of America‘s population at large. Although the type of work that wedo and the lifestyle that requires might not be equally attractive to everyone, we certainly willwork to introduce Navy to that broad audience and invite all to apply.Q You spoke earlier of lifestyle. Are there particular restrictions regarding things likegrooming for women?A To be sure there are standards, just as there are standards for men. In general, the Navyexpects responsible grooming, including hair that is not outrageously multicolored or faddish,cosmetics that enhance natural features, limited and tasteful jewelry, etc. More simply, personalgrooming must not compete with the effect of the uniform. In any case, women in the Navy arenonetheless women.Q Would being a woman affect deployment?A In general, no. The only real departure from that is in the event of pregnancy.Servicewomen must not remain onboard a ship past their 20th week of pregnancy, and will nottravel overseas beyond their 28th week of pregnancy. That policy clearly does not apply to men.Q Is training different for women than for men?A No, women undergo the same training as men and do it at the same time. It is importantto note, however, that women do have separate living quarters.Q How do interested women find out more about their opportunities in the Navy?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local recruiting station to find out about anyand all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling______________, or stop in most afternoons at __________________________________. If
  32. 32. you or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com andclick on ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number. Acall to 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that thosethreats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 –
  33. 33. An Interview with Navy ___________________________About Navy MedicalQ Medical care is an essential part of civilian life, but could it be even more so in the Navy?A Certainly medicine in the Navy has the potential for being at least as challenging as in thecivilian world, and often more so. That probably holds true for physicians of virtually anydiscipline.Q Do you say that because of the way medical teams support the Navy‘s military missions?A In part, yes. It‘s true that Navy physicians need to be prepared to support our deployedsailors at sea and sometimes also Marines and sailors on land in combat roles, but please alsorecognize that America‘s Navy is typically the first responder to natural disaster situationsranging from earthquakes to tsunamis to hurricanes, so our medical teams often see situationsand medical environments that are rarely seen by civilian medical groups. Those situationspresent not only challenges, but also learning experiences. And they often result in remarkableinnovations in medical practices and procedures.Q So does that mean that Navy doctors serve primarily onboard ships?A Everyone who joins the Navy must anticipate that shipboard duty will be a part of theirfuture. At the same time, it is important to note that even the saltiest sailor only spends a portionof his or her time at sea, and many don‘t have sea duty at all.Q If Navy medicine is regarded as an especially important career category for the Navy,does the Navy do anything special to attract physicians?A Navy offers a variety of incentives, both for active duty and reserve physicians, rangingfrom sign-on bonuses and special-incentive pay to advance education assistance. Of course, thebenefits of serving America as a Navy officer come into play as well. One of the greatestincentives we have for medical students who are willing to serve on active duty is our HealthProfessions Scholarship ProgramQ How does that work?A In this program, the physician candidate enlists in the Navy Reserve until after graduationfrom a graduate medical program when active duty starts. The active duty commitment timeperiod will vary depending upon which year of the educational program the enlistment starts. In
  34. 34. return, the Navy pays the graduate school tuition plus a sizeable monthly stipend to help covermost of the student‘s living expenses. Upon graduation, he or she receives a commission,entering as an officer, and begins an exciting career without incurring start-up costs or equipmentexpenses along the way.Q Does the individual need to be licensed as a part of this?A Yes, the graduated doctor must have and maintain a license to practice as a Navyphysician. The license must be from a U.S. state, territory or District of Columbia, and that willrequire passage of the required exams as close to graduation as possible.Q What rank or status will the doctor have upon activation?A The doctor will be commissioned as a lieutenant or higher in the Navy Medical Corps,depending on specialty, so both status and salary are comparable to that of civilian doctors. Andwhen you consider that a physician in this program typically avoids having to take out a studentloan to get the degree, a lot more of that earned money remains in his or her own pocket.Q Are there opportunities for people to be a part of a medical team without a medicaldegree?A Of course physicians and nurses are at the top of the Navy‘s needs list, but as you mightimagine, the medical field is extensive, so the Navy also needs strong medical technologypeople, corpsmen and medical technology people as well.Q How does one get started pursuing this opportunity?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local recruiting station to find out about anyand all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling______________, or stop in most afternoons at ______________________________________.If you or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.comand click on ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip codenumber. The website will identify contact locations for both enlisted and officer programs. A callto 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of the
  35. 35. world‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that thosethreats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 –
  36. 36. An Interview with Navy ___________________________About Navy NursingQ Nursing is an essential element in any medical program, but could it be even more so inthe Navy?A Certainly medicine in the Navy has the potential for being at least as challenging as in thecivilian world, and often more so.Q Do you say that because of the way medical teams support the Navy‘s military missions?A It‘s true that Navy nurses need to be prepared to support our deployed sailors at sea andsometimes also Marines and sailors on land in combat roles, but please also recognize thatAmerica‘s Navy is typically the first responder to natural disaster situations ranging fromearthquakes to tsunamis to hurricanes, so our medical teams often see situations and medicalenvironments that are rarely seen by civilian medical groups. Those situations present not onlychallenges, but also learning experiences. And they often result in remarkable innovations inmedical practices and procedures.Q So does that mean that Navy nurses serve primarily onboard ships?A Everyone who joins the Navy must anticipate that shipboard duty will be a part of theirfuture. At the same time, it is important to note that even the saltiest sailor only spends a portionof his or her time at sea, and many don‘t have sea duty at all.Q If nursing is regarded as an especially important career category for the Navy, does theNavy do anything special to attract nurses?A One of the greatest incentives we have is our Nurse Candidate Program which pays up to$34,000 while the nursing degree is completed.Q How does that work?A In this program, the nurse candidate enlists in the Navy Reserve until after graduationfrom a four-year baccalaureate nursing program when active duty starts. Depending upon whichyear of the educational program the enlistment starts, the active duty commitment can be four orfive years. In return, the Navy pays an accession bonus of $10,000, another $5,000 when theenlistment in the Navy Reserve starts, another $5,000 on the six-month anniversary, and a
  37. 37. continuation bonus of $1,000 a month ending after 24 months of school or when the degreeprogram ends. Altogether, that‘s up to $34,000.Q Does the individual need to be licensed as a part of this?A Yes, the graduated nurse must have and maintain a license to practice as a ProfessionalRegistered Nurse from a U.S. state, territory or District of Columbia, and that will requirepassage of the NCLEX-RN examination as close to graduation as possible.Q What rank or status will the nurse have upon activation?A The nurse will be commissioned as an Ensign in the Navy nurse Corps, so both status andsalary are comparable to that of civilian nurses. And when you consider that a nurse in thisprogram typically avoids having to take out a student loan to get the degree, a lot more of thatearned money remains in his or her own pocket.Q Are there opportunities for people to be a part of a medical team without a four-yearnursing degree?A Of course physicians and nurses are at the top f the Navy‘s needs list, but as you mightimagine, the medical field is extensive, so the Navy also needs strong medical technologypeople, corpsmen and medical technology people as well.Q How does one get started pursuing some of these opportunities?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local recruiting station to find out about anyand all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling______________, or stop in most afternoons at __________________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com andclick on ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number. Acall to 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.
  38. 38. Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that thosethreats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 -
  39. 39. An Interview with Navy ________________________________________________About Navy DentistryQ Professional dentists and soon-to-be dentists seldom think about service in the Navy, butit really is a viable option isn‘t it?A Certainly anyone in the field of dentistry should consider Navy service. Sailors, Marinesand their families certainly need dental care every bit as much as other Americans, and the Navyrewards dentists with competitive compensation and benefits. But the truth of the matter is thatNavy dentistry has the potential to be even more rewarding than dentistry in a civilianenvironment.Q Do you say that because of the way medical teams support the Navy‘s military missions?A In part, yes. It‘s true that Navy physicians need to be prepared to support our deployedsailors at sea and sometimes also Marines and sailors on land in combat roles, but please alsorecognize that America‘s Navy is typically the first responder to natural disaster situationsranging from earthquakes to tsunamis to hurricanes, so our medical teams often see situationsand medical environments that are rarely seen by civilian medical groups. Those situationspresent not only challenges, but also learning experiences. And they often result in remarkableinnovations in medical and dental practices and procedures.Q So does that mean that Navy dentists serve primarily onboard ships?A Everyone who joins the Navy must anticipate that shipboard duty will be a part of theirfuture. At the same time, it is important to note that even the saltiest sailor only spends a portionof his or her time at sea, and many don‘t have sea duty at all. The same holds true for dentists,including dental specialists.Q If Navy dentistry is regarded as an especially important career category for the Navy,does the Navy do anything special to attract dentists?A Navy offers a variety of incentives, both for active duty and reserve dentists, rangingfrom sign-on bonuses and special-incentive pay to advance education assistance. Of course, thebenefits of serving as a Naval officer come into play as well. Already practicing dentists areeligible for a sign-on bonus that can range from $75,000 to $300,000 depending on specialty andservice requirements. For medical students who are willing to serve on active duty, one of thegreatest incentives we have is our Health Professions Scholarship Program.Q How does that work?
  40. 40. A In this program, the dental candidate enlists in the Navy Reserve until after graduationfrom a graduate medical program when active duty starts. The active duty commitment timeperiod will vary depending upon which year of the educational program the enlistment starts. Inreturn, the Navy pays the graduate school tuition plus a sizeable monthly stipend to help covermost of the student‘s living expenses. Upon graduation, he or she receives a commission,entering with the rank of an officer, and begins an exciting career.Q You mentioned specialties. What specialties qualify for the program?A Actually, there are opportunities in any of 13 specialty areas, from general care tomaxiofacial prosthodontics to forensics. In all of these areas, Navy dentists use some of the mostadvanced technology on the planet without having to make the front-end investment on theirown—no start-up costs, no equipment expenses and no insurance fees.Q Does the individual need to be licensed as a part of this?A Yes, the graduated dentist must have and maintain a license to practice as a Navyphysician. The license must be from a U.S. state, territory or District of Columbia, and that willrequire passage of the required exams as close to graduation as possible.Q What rank or status will the dentist have upon activation?A The dentist will be commissioned as a lieutenant of higher in the Navy Medical/DentalCorps, depending on specialty, so both status and salary are comparable to that of civiliandentists. And when you consider that a dentist in this program typically avoids having to take outa student loan to get the degree, a lot more of that earned money remains in his or her ownpocket.Q Are there opportunities for people to be a part of a medical team without a four-yearnursing degree?A Of course physicians dentists, and nurses are at the top f the Navy‘s needs list, but as youmight imagine, the medical field is extensive, so the Navy also needs strong medical technologypeople, corpsmen and medical technology people as well.Q How does one get started pursuing this opportunity?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local recruiting station to find out about anyand all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling
  41. 41. ______________, or stop in most afternoons at ___________________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com andclick on ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number.The website will identify contact locations for both enlisted and officer programs. A call to 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that thosethreats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 -
  42. 42. An Interview with Navy ________________________________________________About Navy AviationQ When people think of the Navy, they typically think about ships at sea. But these days,with modern aircraft carriers, the Navy has a few aircraft as well. How long have airplanes beena part of the Navy‘s equipment base?A Actually, the Navy has included aircraft as an essential equipment resource for more than100 years now. Only a few years after the Wright brothers demonstrated that flight was possible,the Navy recognized the tactical advantage that such advanced equipment could provide.Q Were these early aircraft actually used on ships?A We were able to fly planes off the decks of certain ships as early as 1911 to deliver anairpower advantage to a battle zone, but they had to land elsewhere. Nevertheless, by the end ofWorld War I, it was apparent that the ability to have aircraft quickly deliverable to an area ofconflict would be important to America‘s combat readiness, and an imperative for the U.S. Navy.The development of ships that had decks that airplanes could land on took a few years, but wehad them by the mid 1920s.Q Does the Air Force fly those planes?A No, the Department of the Navy is the owner and operator of aircraft for the Navy andMarine Corps, so Navy and Marine pilots fly those aircraft.Q How many aircraft does the Navy have?A Altogether, the Navy has about 3,000 manned aircraft, which is roughly the same numberas the Air Force operates, not counting the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard.Q What kind of aircraft are these?A Some are attack planes, such as our F/A-18 Hornets and Super Hornets or E/A-18Growlers. Others include command and control aircraft such as the E-2C Hawkeye, or supportplanes such as the Greyhounds. Also, of course, we have Seahawk and Sea Dragon helicoptersequipped for attack or for utility operations.Q Are all of those aircraft aboard aircraft carriers?
  43. 43. A Well, aircraft carriers certainly are a principal mode of delivery and readiness, but theNavy maintains air bases on land as well, and other ships these days will also have deck capacityfor certain aircraft, especially helicopters.Q Are all of these aircraft focused on delivering firepower to an enemy?A No, that is not always the case. As a global force for good, the Navy does a lot more thandeliver defensive power to keep aggression in check. We also deliver humanitarian aid to regionsthat need it, such as the Japanese coast following the tsunami a short time ago, or Haiti followingtheir earthquake, or our own gulf coast after hurricane Katrina. We also conduct sea search andrescue missions around the world.Q It probably requires a lot of pilots to support these air operations, doesn‘t it?A Pilots only make up a small portion of the manpower requirement. A typical air wing iscomprised of a complement of 2500+ people. This includes aircraft maintenance people rangingfrom mechanics and electricians to radar specialists, electronics experts and air controllers.What‘s more, we need to have air rescue swimmers, helicopter crew personnel and weaponsspecialists as well.Q How does one get started pursuing this opportunity?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local recruiting station to find out about anyand all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling______________, or stop in most afternoons at ___________________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com andclick on ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number.The website will identify contact locations for both enlisted and officer programs. A call to 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that those
  44. 44. threats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 -
  45. 45. An Interview with Navy ________________________________________________About Navy ChaplainsQ From time to time in war movies we see a chaplain. Is there really a need for chaplains inthe Navy these days?A Yes, the need is very strong, but not just because we have sailors, Marines and coastguardsmen in hostile situations. Perhaps it is because they understand the perils of militaryservice that our men and women often have a unique need to understand their relationship withtheir God and with others, both in times of aggression and in times of peace. Navy chaplainsprovide that all-important counseling.Q The symbol for a chaplain is a Christian cross. Does that mean that Navy chaplains needto be Christian?A Early settlers to America were Christian and early sailors were, too. But this country wasformed largely to protect religious freedom, no matter what the religion. The cross certainly is areligious symbol, and is now regarded by the U.S. military as universal to all faiths. While manyof the 800 members of the Chaplain Corps are Catholic priests or Protestant ministers, we alsohave lots of Jewish rabbis and Muslim imams as well, and more than 100 faiths are represented,so the position is not restricted regarding faith. Most important is the fact that our chaplains aretrained not to convert service people from one faith to another, but rather to enable free practiceof religion, and improve the relationship of the individual with his or her God. Caring for servicemembers and their families, including those subscribing to no particular faith, is a part of theministry.Q What qualifications are there for someone to be a Navy chaplain?A In order to serve, one must have the education background from a qualified institution ofhigher learning, so a baccalaureate degree plus a post-baccalaureate degree of not less than 72semester hours in theology or related studies from a seminary or equivalent is required. Thateducation is coupled with the Navy ‗s own Chaplain School where interfaith disciplines aretaught along with counseling techniques, and practical application of those techniques in amilitary environment.Q Does that mean that chaplains will serve aboard ships?A To be sure, the Navy Chaplain School will help to prepare chaplains for that kind of dutyand for all other in the sea services, but even the saltiest of Navy sailors only spends a portion ofhis or her time at sea, and the same is true for Marine and Coast Guard personnel. In fact, while
  46. 46. many serve on ships and around the world, many don‘t have sea duty at all. Nevertheless, theduty can be challenging.Q Do you say that because of the way chaplains support the Navy‘s military missions?A In part, yes. It‘s true that Navy chaplains need to be prepared to support our deployedsailors at sea and sometimes also Marines and sailors on land in combat roles. These situationscan be difficult for our service people and also their families. But please also recognize thatAmerica‘s Navy is typically the first responder to natural disaster situations ranging fromearthquakes to tsunamis to hurricanes, so our chaplains often see situations and faithenvironments that are rarely seen by civilian religious counselors. Those situations present notonly challenges, but also learning experiences. And they often result in remarkable innovationsin counseling practices and procedures.Q If Navy chaplain service is regarded as an especially important career category for theNavy, does the Navy do anything special to attract chaplains?A Navy offers a variety of incentives, both for those who are already serving a faith missionand for those who are just now enrolled in a seminary or other religious training environment.This is true for both active duty and reserve chaplains. Incentives can range from sign-onbonuses and special-incentive pay to advance education assistance. Of course, the benefits ofserving as a Navy officer come into play as well. One of the greatest incentives we have forseminary students who are willing to serve on active duty is a program that pays the individualwhile going to school.Q How does that work?A In this program, the candidate enlists in the Navy Reserve until after graduation from anapproved graduate religious training program when active duty starts. The active dutycommitment time period will vary depending upon which year of the educational program theenlistment starts. In return, the Navy pays the graduate student sizeable stipend to cover tuitionand most of the student‘s living expenses. Upon graduation, he or she receives a commission,entering as an officer, and begins an exciting career without incurring start-up costs or beingsaddled with student loan pay-back.Q Are there obligations during the Navy Reserve time?A I‘m glad that you brought that up, because in fact there is a requirement. While thestudent remains in the seminary program during the school year, he or she will report to the NavyChaplain School in beautiful Newport, RI, during the summer, for our chaplain training. Upon
  47. 47. graduating from the seminary or other religious training facility, the student will return tochaplain school to complete training before being commissioned for active duty.Q Does the individual need to be certified as a part of this?A Yes, the chaplain or graduated student must have the degree and also hold anecclesiastical endorsement from a religious faith organization registered with the Department ofDefense.Q What rank or status will the chaplain have upon activation?A In school, the chaplain student will retain a rank of ensign. Afterward, the chaplain willbe commissioned as a lieutenant or higher in the Navy Chaplain Corps, depending on whethersome specialty is needed. That way, both status and salary are comparable to that of civilianclergy.Q How does one get started pursuing this opportunity?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local officer recruiting station to find outabout any and all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station bycalling ______________, or stop in most afternoons at _____________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com andclick on ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number. Acall to 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that thosethreats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 -
  48. 48. An Interview with Navy ________________________________________________About Navy Nuclear ProgramsQ I understand that some of the Navy‘s submarines run on nuclear power. Is that true?A Actually, all of our submarines are nuclear powered and so are our aircraft carriers.Nuclear power enables us to run our ships faster, quieter and over longer distances than we couldwith the diesel engines that used to power these ships.Q Does this mean that the Navy has made a significant investment in nuclear technology?A With more than 80 nuclear powered ships, and roughly 100 nuclear power plants, itprobably would be safe to say that the U.S. Navy is heavily invested in nuclear power and also innuclear propulsion.Q Is there a difference between nuclear power and nuclear propulsion?A Yes, there is a difference. Nuclear power produces the electrical energy required to runon-board systems. Nuclear propulsion actually propels the ship through the water. We employboth.Q How long has the Navy used nuclear technology on its ships?A The USS Nautilus is regarded as our first nuclear powered ship, and that was launched in1955, but the technology advanced significantly by the time Ohio class Trident submarines werebuilt beginning in 1981, and even more advanced technology is in place today with the Seawolf,Virginia, and Los Angeles class submarines, Nimitz class aircraft carriers, and other ships thatnow employ nuclear power.Q How does the Navy keep up with these advances in technology?A Really, it is not a matter of keeping up. Since we are at the cutting edge of suchtechnology, we are really participants in leading the way. To do that, we need to employ some ofthe best and brightest minds in America – minds that already have been immersed in science,technology, mathematics and also engineering. Then we introduce those individuals to evenmore schooling for math, physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, metallurgy, materialsengineering, electrical theory, reactor principles, reactor plant technology and more, all at theNaval Nuclear Power School in Charleston, South Carolina.
  49. 49. Q It sounds like a lot of study. Does any of this qualify for college credit?A Colleges and universities vary regarding the amount of college credit they will grant, butthe American Council of Education recommends that up to 77 credits should be awarded.Q Does everyone follow the same path once he or she is in the program?A No. While one person may find a unique capability in electrical or electronics, anothermay be more suited to mechanical aspects of the training. And while some might stay in thenuclear power end of the program, others might pursue more study in nuclear propulsion.Q Are all of these jobs enlisted positions, or are there some officer opportunities?A There are several routes that a person can take. While some people might move intohighly specialized enlisted jobs, others might take a path into officer positions. Nuclear trainedmachinist‘s mates, electrician‘s mates and electronics technicians, for example, can work onoperating reactor controls, propulsion and power generation systems and in other highlyspecialized environments. Officer paths might stem from either the nuclear power area or thenuclear propulsion area. What‘s more, some of our highly qualified candidates take a collegepath to begin with, and that might include NROTC, Naval Academy or some other Navysupported educational program along the way.Q It sounds as though it could take a long time studying before someone would actuallyhave a sea tour. Does the Navy provide incentives for all of this?A For a highly qualified submarine officer candidate, for example, to go through college,the nuclear power training unit and then the nuclear submarine officer training will take acommitment of several years studying in addition to the Navy service time. To make all of thatworthwhile, the Navy has made available a salary and benefit program that pays up to $168,300starting up to 30 months prior to college graduation, plus a $15,000 selection bonus uponacceptance to the Nuclear Power Officer Candidate (NUPOC) program, plus $2,000 uponcompletion of the nuclear propulsion training, plus military health-care benefits while a studentin the program.Q Does the program open doors of opportunity after the initial Navy commitment?A After fulfilling an initial commitment of four to five years, our nuclear trained people canuse their invaluable experience to pursue leadership, research, teaching and advisory positions inthe Navy, or they can pursue a wealth of possibilities in the civilian sector.
  50. 50. Q How does an interested person begin to sort out all of these options to see if there is anopportunity for him or her?A Actually, the best first step is to contact the local recruiting station to find out about anyand all of the jobs that we have available. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling______________, or stop in most afternoons at ___________________________________. Ifyou or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com andclick on ―find a recruiter‖ on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number.The website will identify contact locations for both enlisted and officer programs. A call to 800-4go –Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy‘s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world‘s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld‘s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America‘sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America‘s threats far away so that thosethreats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday‘s missions and meeting tomorrow‘s challenges. - 30 -
  51. 51. An Interview with Navy ________________________________________________About Prior Service Re-entryQ A lot of people say that when you are in the military, you‘re in, but when you‘re out,you‘re out. There is nothing in between. Is that true in the Navy?A Actually, there is a lot of in-between. For starters, a lot of service people will end theiractive duty commitment and then remain in the reserves for some time. For others, such aspeople in school programs, they will be on reserve status and then become active upongraduation. Perhaps even more important for people to know is that the military in general and inthe Navy in particular we keep the door open to prior service people, especially for jobclassifications that are in high demand.Q So someone who is out of a job now, but was once in the Navy might be eligible to getback in?A Yes, that‘s true, but that person doesn‘t necessarily have to be former Navy. Service inone of the other branches also has value to the Navy and fits that qualification..Q Speaking of qualifications, are there others? Like how old can you be and still gain re-entry?A In general, we will not be interested in someone who is more than 32 years old, but a lotwill depend on specialty experience. We have accepted certain physicians and chaplains who aremore than 45 years old. Further, each candidate must meet the same basic education and fitnessstandards that the Navy has for everyone, and in recent years the quality of our people has beenimproving substantially. Perhaps the biggest other qualification is physical condition, includinghealth.Q By physical condition you mean the ability to run long distances and do push-ups andpull-ups?A In part, yes, and much of that will be evaluated at the point of re-entry, but certainlybeing able to pass medically is important, and height and weight must meet current standards.All records must be in order.Q What proportion of people entering each year are prior service people?

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