SAN DIEGO – Good relationships with the local community can be very valuable to a recruiting command. These connections are often the key to finding the best and brightest next generation of Navy Sailors. One of the ways a recruiting command strengthens these relationships is through Educator Orientation Visits or EOV for short.
Educator Orientation Visits provide educators and school administrators a first-hand look at Navy life to better inform them about the opportunities a career in the Navy has for their students.
Navy Recruiting District San Francisco hosted 13 faculty members, from central and northern California schools, on a four day get-away to San Diego, Sept. 21-24, 2015. The emphasis for this EOV was the large role female Sailors play in the Navy and the variety of roles they fulfill. Several of the educators in attendance came representing all-girl Roman Catholic high schools.
September 23, 2015 - Lt. Caitlin Calhoon, assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Fifteen (HSC-15), describes life as a female pilot in the Navy, to a group of Educators from the northern California area, during an Educator Orientation Visit. Educator Orientation Visits provide educators and school administrators a first-hand look at Navy life to better inform them about the opportunities a career in the Navy has for their students. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Mark R. Alvarez)
“I feel like this opened my mind to what's available to students,” said Nora Anderson, guidance counselor, Saint Francis High School Sacramento. “It was great to talk to the females that are in the Navy right now, it's interesting to get their perspective.”
This trip accomplished several goals that are important to both the Navy and Navy Recruiting District San Francisco.
“First and foremost, the young people graduating from the schools represented on this trip are some of the top talent in northern California,” said Cmdr. Ray Stromberger, commanding officer, Navy Recruiting District San Francisco. “It's a priority of mine to present the Navy as a career option to them.”
The EOV started with the group visiting Sea Combat Helicopter Squadron Fifteen where they spoke with a female pilot and a female search and rescue medical technician about their experiences in the Navy. Next they visited Naval Medical Center San Diego, where they were treated to an extensive tour of one of the Navy's premiere medical facilities.
“When we tell them about the Navy, we're just one more group of people talking to them,” said Stromberger. “When we show them the Navy, we leave a much more indelible and accurate impression.”
The next day the group received a harbor tour of the Naval Base San Diego waterfront. Here they got to experience the sea spray in the air as they viewed Navy ships from a perspective few outsiders get to see. The day finished off with a tour of the nuclear submarine USS San Francisco (SSN 711). There they were exposed to the pungent experience of working in tight quarters with 127 of your closest friends.
“I consider it an important mission to bring awareness of what the Navy is, what the Navy does, and what kind of people make up the Navy to as many people in my District as I can, especially those who may not ever have thought about the Navy seriously before,” said Stromberger. “The people on this trip are all respected members of their school communities, and their words touch a lot of people every day. This is a very efficient way of bringing a firsthand look at the Navy to a very large number of people for years to come."
On the fourth and final day, with a plane ride in sight, the educators made the most of their last morning with a visit to the guided missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106).
They were escorted by two female junior officers who took the group from top to bottom of this finely tuned American warship.
“Getting these educators to come out and have a positive experience with the Navy is what we're all about,” said Chuck Roeder, education specialist, Navy Recruiting District San Francisco. “There is no better tool, that I have for building these relationships, than EOV trips; they are absolutely crucial to our success with the schools.”
Each Navy recruiting district is allotted one EOV per year; however, if they have a dedicated education specialist, they can find the money for more. As Roeder would tell you, he will get-in as many EOVs as he possibly can. For Navy Recruiting District San Francisco, this was their second EOV this fiscal year.
These visits help the recruiting commands put a personal face on the Navy and build relationships that are mutually beneficial for the Navy and the schools, on into the future.
By U.S. Navy Chief Mass Communication Specialist Mark Alvarez
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