"...find the Navy. Because once you find it, the future explodes."
CNO Praises Navy Recruiters
June 19, 2008
Navy News|by Mass Comm. Spc. 1st Class Doug Kimsey
NEWPORT, R.I. - Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead
praised the work recruiters of the sea services are doing to assure
the Navy and Marine Corps continue to attract quality people, June 17.
Roughead's comments came during a media availability following his
keynote address at the Current Strategy Forum (CSF), which is being
held at the Naval War College. CSF invites more than 1,400 public
servants, business leaders, military scholars and active, reserve and
retired officers to enter into a discussion about future strategy and
policy for the maritime services.
"(Recruiters) are meeting their goals and bringing in quality people.
I can't say enough about the work they do in a very demanding
environment," Roughead said. "It is hard work. Only 28 percent of men
and women in America today even qualify for military service. And all
branches have to compete."
Earlier this year, Roughead said attracting good recruits is key.
"To me the biggest challenge is to make the young people of our
country aware of the opportunities and the excitement that exists in
the United States Navy," Roughead said. "The term that I use is that
we have to make it possible for young people, diverse young people,
to find the Navy. Because once you find it, the future explodes."
The CNO also commented on the motivation of today's Navy and Marine
"Fifty-one percent of today's Navy came in after 9-11. That tells me
there still are young men and women who see purpose in serving and
are excited to serve."