Navy Recruiting

My name is Greg Propignan. I’m from
Lexington, Mass. My job is to put qualified people into the Navy. My name
is Lt. Francis Brown. I’m the enlisted programs officer for Navy
Recruiting District New England. It is absolutely vital for our
recruiters to be able to match the needs of the applicants that come into our offices
looking for something out of the Navy with the different opportunities and the benefits
that the Navy has to offer. I’m Alfredo Rajuela. When I thought of a recruiter, I thought
somebody that basically was selling a job. Well, they immediately
wanted to know what my educational background was, and moreover, they started asking questions
about your personal, you know, background. And the same thing like when you talk
about a company recruiter that’s going around looking for
employees They look around, and they interview you, and basically, they figure out if you’re what they need, or if qualified or not. I’m putting someone into the
organization that I’m in, and I represent it and I’m proud of. So I’m going to want to put someone in the Navy who I
can see myself serving with or possibly even working for. I came in and asked questions,
especially about, like, the officer program and, like, what I wanted to do;
how to get into that. I was told basically four or five
different options to be able to do that. One of our requirements and focuses is, if we have a student that’s interested
naval service we certainly meet with their family right out of the gate to
make sure that the family, as a whole, is on the same page with what the Navy has to offer
and what that applicant’s looking for. There’s nothing stronger than the heart
of a volunteer. Honestly this is something that you don’t have to do. You’re determined to do it. And so, if
you’re willing to do that, then you’ve already made a step in the right direction. To be able to see that young man or woman come in, raise their right hand, make an oath to commitment and then see them come back in six or
seven months from their initial training on a hometown recruiting assignment, and
just see the development that’s taken place and how they’re a completely
different person — motivated, focused on a naval career and a future — and just to be
able [to be] part of that transition is a truly special privilege.

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