PENNSACOLA, Fla. - Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit (NORU) celebrated the hard work and dedication of 26 Sailors who trained, graduated and officially became Navy recruiters, June 22.

Over the last five weeks, these Sailors have learned and applied the professional knowledge and skills that are key to the success of a Navy recruiter.

Commander, Navy Recruiting Command Rear Adm. Peter Garvin spoke at the graduation ceremony: “Today, you join a team of stellar performers that shape the future of our fleet,” said Garvin. “You will represent our Navy to the American people. . .in places where the Navy does not sail. You will encourage and inspire individuals to join them in being shaped, molded, and ultimately forged into the best possible versions of themselves. It’s a challenge that I am confident each of you are up to, as you’ve gotten an excellent foundation for your recruiting career here at NORU.”

NORU is the Navy’s only recruiting schoolhouse and is responsible for the instruction of enlisted and officer personnel in professional sales, prospecting techniques, marketing, applicant processing, recruiting terminology, leadership, ethical behavior and activity analysis.

Operations Specialist 2nd Class Alexa Azbell is one of the Sailors that graduated with the group. Azbell said she’s excited to contribute to the fleet the nation needs.

“I am looking forward to molding future Sailors,” said Azbell. “Navy Recruiting has also given me the opportunity to be closer to family. I hope to succeed in recruiting and to one day become a career recruiter. I know with the knowledge and tools the instructors have taught us will make that dream a reality.”


Without recruiters finding talented individuals to join the Navy, force numbers would plummet. The instructor duty at NORU is an important and essential role in the Navy. They lay the foundation and give future recruiters the tools needed to be effective in their new field of work.


“As an instructor I am very fortunate to be able to shape the future of Navy recruiting,” said Chief Navy Counselor Jamal Clarke, a NORU instructor. “I joined the Navy to be a positive role model. It has been a blessing to have found my calling and being able to help and teach others.”

The Officer in Charge of NORU Cmdr. Mark Yates expresses that the graduating recruiters are more than ready to accomplish the Navy recruiting mission.

“When new recruiters leave here they are very motivated,” said Yates “They are ready to go out in the field and be that recruiter they wish they had when they first enlisted. These Sailors want to make sure that the Sailors going to the fleet are the best the nation has to offer and they are prepared to do that.”

The day’s graduates will continue on to fill billets across 26 Navy Recruiting Districts and Navy Talent Acquisition Groups across America.

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Updated March 1, 2017 (kbh)