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Religious Program Specialist 3rd Class Jasmine Gulley prepares for a day of work. Although she will attend the same duties as any other day, her choice of attire will differ greatly. As a statistician for Navy Recruiting District Chicago and a Reserve Sailor, she has elected to serve in an active-duty capacity as a Navy Recruiter.


The road ahead will be a challenge for Gulley, but she looks forward to the tasks ahead of her. She will be assigned as a Canvasser Recruiter for NRD Chicago for a minimum of two years. During that time, she will be entitled to all benefits and pay of an active-duty Sailor.


The CANREC program is a temporary recall program for production recruiters to execute the Navy’s recruiting mission. CANRECs can be continued up to five years, based on individual performance and command endorsement.


“I decided to go into recruiting for a number of reasons,” Gulley says, “The basic allowance for housing and the veterans benefits alone are worth serving on active duty.”


Gulley is not alone in taking this path in her career. Navy Recruiting Command offers the opportunity for approximately 400 Reserve Sailors to serve as CANRECs across 26 NRDs around the country. Gulley, fortunately, was able to remain in the Chicago area due to a vacancy available.


As a civilian, Gulley serves as the NRD Chicago statistician, where she will remain while she awaits a classroom seat at the Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit, or NORU. There she will learn the basic principles of recruiting and will be equipped with the tools needed to be successful. Upon completion, she will focus her attention to locating the most qualified and needed ratings for affiliation with the Navy Reserve. In essence, she will continue to support the mission of the Navy Recruiting while serving in a full time support status.


Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jeremy Parrish chose the same path as Gulley. He has been recruiting for nearly a year and has adjusted to the change of pace. Parrish decided to become a CANREC due to his dissatisfaction with his civilian position.


“They just don’t offer the same advancement opportunities as the Navy,” Parrish states. “One would think that with a degree in radiology, I would be qualified to perform at a higher level than what I was doing in the civilian sector. The Navy is at least clear on what I have to complete and perform to advance to the next level.”


Parrish has already contracted four new members into the Reserve Force. As he deals with prior-service active duty Sailors, he can confidently answer the necessary questions people have when they transition into citizen Sailors.


Serving as a CANREC is not just for the enlisted. Lt. Keven Haggerty, who was named the National Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Recruiter of the Year for fiscal year 2014, is serving his fourth year in recruiting. Haggerty’s focus is primarily officer accessions for both active duty and Reserve. He has made a name for himself in recruiting by identifying potential officers with the skills needed to be both a competent leader and a subject matter expert when his recruits swear in the oath of commissioned office.


”Recruiting has been an awesome opportunity for me to serve the Navy and build my career,” Haggerty states. “It’s a very efficient way to build up my retirement points, while building a strong Navy for tomorrow.”


Haggerty, who relocated from the Washington, D.C. area to serve as a recruiter, is adamant that his Reserve duty provides him an advantage over his active duty counterparts.


“From my perspective, I have seen just about every angle in which the Navy conducts business,” Haggerty says. “The difference between active duty and Reserve is a night and day comparison and the people serving in the active component are unaware of those differences. I consider this a key to my success.”


Haggerty also says that the requirements each Reserve Sailor must complete on a monthly basis are met throughout a standard month while on active duty. This includes general military training courses, maintaining personal health through periodic health assessments and performing the personal fitness assessments.


Navy Counselor 1st Class David Acevedo became a CANREC in October of 2007. After serving four and a half years as a CANREC, he decided to apply for a conversion from a Culinary Specialist to a Navy Counselor so that he could remain on active duty for the remainder of his career.


Acevedo will continue to serve on active duty as a Career Recruiter, otherwise known as a “hometown recruiter.” As many see this as a benefit to continue serving on active duty, the advancement typically stops at petty officer 1st class.


“Changing rates to NC was a great move for me,” Acevedo says, “I was able to serve the Navy on active duty and remain close to home.”


Acevedo says that the challenges of recruiting for the Navy Reserve differ greatly from recruiting people into active duty. One main contrast is the reserve have what is known as a “fit” environment. This means that the number of available rates are limited in both size and existence overall.


“Some of the rates people are successful in on active duty just don’t exist in the Reserve,” Acevedo says. “For example, you will not find a Navy Musician or a Navy Counselor serving in the Reserve. We just don’t have them.”


One important thing to remember when considering submitting an application to this program is that the hours of commitment and the level of stress to perform are much higher than many Reserve Sailors are accustomed.


In addition to the traditional CANREC opportunities, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command has established Navy Recruiting Command detachments to supplement the mission of maintaining high quality Sailors to fill the needed roles in the Navy Reserve. Cmdr. Michael Kerley, currently the officer-incharge of NRC-Det Minneapolis, recently returned to Reserve duty after serving as the Navy city outreach officer in Chicago.


“We support the active component NRDs with filling the gap of recruiting qualified Reservists,” Kerley states. “We provide Reserve Sailors to under-manned areas to assist the active component recruiters to help fulfill their requirements.”


Reserve Sailors who return from CANREC duty are utilized in this capacity due to the unique skills they have been trained to perform when they served in a full time support capacity for recruiting. This is used as an alternative to sending regained Reserve personnel into operational support units. By having this cadre of skilled Sailors assisting in a Reserve capacity, they provide a higher benefit to the Navy.
Master Chief Navy Counselor Derek J. Milo, the Chief Recruiter for NRD Chicago feels that these CANRECs stimulate the quality of recruiting overall.


“These Sailors bring logical experience and expertise into the recruiting world,” Milo states. “Their familiarity of the local area gives them the opportunity to foresee trends and influences in the area where they live and serve.”


Milo adds that the value of the Reserve Sailors who assist in the mission to improve the Navy is a valuable resource that truly brings the big picture together for all to see.

 

“We love to have CANRECs onboard,” Milo said. “We bring them aboard because we need them and their vital skills, they produce high-level Sailors who go on to serve and bring the Navy into the future.”

 


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