Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Dallas hosted educators from the North Texas and Oklahoma area on an Educator Orientation Visit (EOV) in San Diego, Aug. 2-4.

EOV tours are designed to equip educators and administrators of high schools and colleges to offer students better guidance on potential careers in the Navy.

“There are many educators that do not know of the Navy’s educational opportunities that can be earned by young students,” said Raymond Drefus, education specialist for NRD Dallas. “It’s important that we let the educators see the Navy firsthand, so they can accurately and honestly advise their students.”

The three-day trip introduced ten educators to almost all aspects of the Navy, both ashore and afloat. Their first day featured the most variety, including Pacific Beacon Housing, Fleet and Family Support Center and guided-missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102). The latter made the greatest impression among group members thanks in part to the ship’s operations officer, Lt. Sarah Smith.

“Her Navy experience was made better by the educational opportunities she had in the Navy and how she explained it to the educators had a tremendous impact on them,” said Raymond Drefus, education specialist for NRD Dallas. “She brought out her fellow officers and junior enlisted and they echoed her thoughts about the Navy and how they’ve taken advantage of the same opportunities.”

Their exposure to Navy life expanded further on the second day as the educators visited Naval Special Warfare Command’s SEAL training facilities and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM 75). The final day they toured the Balboa Naval Medical Hospital, the Undersea Rescue Command and concluded the week with a harbor tour with Assault Craft Unit 1.

For educators such as Katie Hughes, pre-med advisor for the University of Oklahoma, the trip left them better equipped to advise students looking for a career in the Navy after graduation.

“I honestly didn’t know much about the Navy at all other than that my students could get a scholarship if they wanted to be a doctor or a Physicians Assistant,” said Hughes. “It’s a lot bigger with more opportunities than I thought it was.”

Overall feedback from the EOV was positive according to personal conversations Drefus had with the educators and feedback forms he received on the last day of the trip.

“I’ve already had several inquiries for establishing a Navy Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps program and information about Seaperch, a Navy-sponsored robotics program,” said Drefus. “I expect more of the same from the other educators and their respective institutions.”

For more information on Navy Recruiting Command and all its districts, visit www.cnrc.navy.


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