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Worth The Waite
by U.S. Navy MC1 Mark Andrew Hays
November 6, 2022

U.S. Navy Gas Turbine Systems Technician (GSM) First Class Clayton Waite, a native of Gainesville, Texas ... became Navy Talent Acquisition Group Red River’s newest Petty Officer First Class in October 2022 when he was selected for meritorious advancement.

November 1, 2022 -  Gas Turbine System Technician First Class Clayton Waite at Navy Recruiting Station Oklahoma City speaks with a potential recruit he is looking at outside of the scene. NTAG Red River encompasses 150,000 square miles that includes North Texas and Oklahoma, and consists of 40 Enlisted Recruiting Stations, three Officer Recruiting Stations, and three Military Entrance Processing Stations. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark Andrew Hays.)
November 1, 2022 -  Gas Turbine System Technician First Class Clayton Waite at Navy Recruiting Station Oklahoma City speaks with a potential recruit he is looking at outside of the scene. NTAG Red River encompasses 150,000 square miles that includes North Texas and Oklahoma, and consists of 40 Enlisted Recruiting Stations, three Officer Recruiting Stations, and three Military Entrance Processing Stations. (Image created by USA Patriotism! from U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Mark Andrew Hays.)

A recruiter in Oklahoma City, Waite was summoned to the NTAG’s headquarters in Irving, Texas, three hours away thinking he was going to receive either counseling or training from the Chiefs Mess. When he arrived, the command surprised Waite with a production incentive Navy Commendation Medal from Navy Recruiting Region Central that he earned in 2021. And then Commander Rick Dorsey read the paperwork for Waite’s immediate promotion.

“I was absolutely in shock when (the CO) promoted me,” said Waite. “I thought I was coming to headquarters to receive my medal and then driving back home. At that moment I felt that all my hard work had finally paid off.”

Waite has been a stalwart recruiting in North Oklahoma City and has established an array of Centers of Influence around town. In FY2022, Waite attracted 32 New Contract Objectives, 5 special warfare, a nuclear contract, and a Navy reservist. His desk is littered with command trophies earned, to include eight Red River Talent Scout of the Month in the last 18 months, the command’s Warrior Challenge Recruiter of the Year in 2021, and the command’s Junior Sailor of the Quarter in third quarter FY2022. His effort directly resulted in NRS North Oklahoma City to win the command’s Large Station of the Year in 2021.

“Petty Officer Waite is an extremely hard worker,” said Chief Navy Career Counselor Michael Janzen, his division’s Leading Chief Petty Officer. “His hard work and dedication clearly demonstrate that what you invest as a Sailor you will get a return with interest and results.”

During the last two years at NTAG Red River Waite’s accomplishments speak for themselves. The long days, late night hours, and many trials finally paid off for him.

“I believe that all good things in the Navy take time,” Waite said. “They are not going to award you with something until you are consistently performing above expectations. I believe I was rewarded due to my unrelenting desire to change Future Sailors’ lives, and I know if I don’t give 100% every day I am cheating myself and the Future Sailors by not being the recruiter they need.”

NTAG Red River encompasses 150,000 square miles within North Texas and Oklahoma, and consists of 39 Enlisted Recruiting Stations, three Officer Recruiting Stations, three Military Entrance Processing Stations 150,000 square miles that include North Texas and Oklahoma.

Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions, 15 Navy Recruiting Districts and 11 Navy Talent Acquisition Groups serving more than 815 recruiting stations across the world. Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy.

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