Headquartered in Millington, Tenn., NRC is located just north of Memphis on board Naval Support Activity Mid-South. Nationwide, Navy Recruiting covers the entire United States with twenty-six (26) Navy Recruiting Districts (NRDs) commanded by two (2) Navy Recruiting Regions. Today, nearly 6,000 active and reserve military, civilian and contract employees make up the command. Of those, more than 4,500 active and reserve officer and enlisted Sailors man more than 1,400 recruiting stations and centers throughout the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico, and Europe. You can see how widely dispersed Navy recruiting really is across the United States, and for most areas of the country, Navy recruiters are the only visible face of the Navy.
The number of active and reserve enlisted and officer production recruiters currently totals 4,259. This is the average daily number of field recruiters across the United States. Working out of their individual Navy Recruiting Station (NRS), these recruiters call on approximately 25,782 public and 6,177 private high schools nationwide. Additionally, they access more than 2,750 two-year colleges and 2,490 four-year colleges. Approximately 150 NROTC units are located on U.S. college campuses.
Navy Recruiting Command’s main objectives: First, increase the quality of the total force by aggressively seeking qualified Sailors in 72 total ratings in the active and reserve, with emphasis being placed on specific areas: Officer and Enlisted diversity, Medical officers, Chaplains, SEALs, Navy Special Warfare, Navy Special Operations, Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Diver, Hospital Corpsmen and Reserves. Second, in order to smooth the flow of recruits into boot camp, NRC maintains a healthy pool of young men and women in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP). Management and mentorship of the applicants in DEP is critical. Third, NRC continues to provide needed support to our great nation and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) demands by meeting the mission requirements for the other ratings that support NSW/NSO missions.
Even though the active enlisted mission is the largest mission number overall, the active enlisted goal is not the only goal NRC must reach. Reserve enlisted, as well as active and reserve officer missions, each present a different challenge.