Recruiters from Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) and Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Dallas participated in the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) national conference and career fair, Oct. 14-15.

SASE is a professional organization dedicated to helping scientists and engineers with Asian heritage to find careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

"Diversity is a critical asset to the Navy because it opens us up to untapped sources of knowledge and experience that we wouldn't get if we didn't attend conferences like SASE," said Lt. Jonathan Holton, nuclear program recruiter at NRC. "We only succeed as a volunteer force and that force should be an accurate reflection of the country."

SASE hosted breakout sessions for the first two days of the conference with Holton leading a session for the U.S. Navy, "Prioritization and Survival," which centered on space survival.

"I tried to tie it into life on a submarine because there are similar cases such being on your own with your crew, your crew has to be versatile and your only resources in an emergency are what you have on hand," said Holton.

The test, designed by NASA engineers, gives participants a list of supplies and are asked to prioritize what they believe what is the most important when stranded on the moon.

"Being in space is a little more fun and I wanted the students to think outside of the box," said Holton. "No one sees this exercise coming from a Navy recruiter so it's interesting and keeps enthusiasm up."

Recruiters from NRC headquarters and NRD Dallas attended the career fair on the final day of the conference. While many major corporations were present, Navy recruiters remained confident that they could still attract promising applicants.

"The job market is great for these students so we're competing against larger technology firms out there," said Lt. Cdr. Nguyen Pham, an officer recruiter at NRD Dallas. "The Navy can compete with these firms because of our collegiate programs that most all of these companies do not offer."

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Updated March 1, 2017 (kbh)