Story by Burrell Parmer, Navy Recruiting District San Antonio Public Affairs
SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 12, 2019) – To assist recruiters in accomplishing the accession goals set by Navy Recruiting Command (NRC), Navy career force recruiters assigned to the National Training and Quality Assurance Team (N-7) traveled from Millington, Tenn., to provide training to Navy Recruiting Districts (NRD) and Navy Talent Acquisition Groups (NTAG) during a Leading Petty Officers (LPO) Course held at the Double Tree Hotel, Feb. 11 – 15.
The course provides refresher training for LPOs of the NRD’s and NTAG’s, according to Chief Navy Counselor Kevin Jones of Chicago, a trainer assigned to NRD San Antonio who assisted the N-7 team.
The week long course consists of more than 10 subjects to include, but limited to, market analyzation using All-Service Accession Data (ASAD), building a targeted prospecting plan, and Web R-Tools maintenance.
“The training is meant to build and maintain a strong foundation for the recruiters,” said Chief Navy Counselor Christian Torres of Lubbock, Texas, a N-7 accessions instructor/trainer. “They are our first-line supervisors who are getting the job done in the field and we must provide them with the proper training to be successful.”
According to Chief Navy Counselor Nolita Whiten of Elizabeth, N.J., another N-7 trainer, the LPO Course is held six times per year along with six Division Leading Chief Petty Officer Courses.
“Another purpose of the training is to ensure that the recruiters know how to analyze their markets, cultivate those markets, and know how to properly utilize the tools available to them in order to make mission,” said Whiten.
For Navy Counselor 1st Class Elbert Anderson of Jacksonville, Fla., the LPO of Navy Recruiting Station Killeen, NRD San Antonio, the course helps him in developing junior recruiters and assists in market development.
“This is good training and teaches us the fundamentals of being a LPO and about the systems that we are using or should have been utilizing,” said Anderson, who leads a large station of five recruiters. “Every time I attend this type of training, I learn something new; it provides a great opportunity for LPO’s to learn from each other and share best practices.”
The Navy’s recruiting force totals over 6,100 personnel in more than 1,000 recruiting stations around the globe. Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy.