Story by Dan Puleio, NTAG Rocky Mountain Public Affairs

 

DENVER, Colorado (NNS) – Navy Counselor 1st Class Christopher Fuller came from a military family. Both of his parents were in the Air Force, his brother was in the Army, another brother in the Marine Corps, and he had cousins in the Navy. Despite his family background, Fuller had no intention of joining the military. His goal was simply to attend college. Following high school graduation, he entered San Diego State University but quickly dropped out Fuller stated, “due to my own immaturity”.

This followed employment at a local supermarket where he was approached by a Marine Recruiter who asked him if he had a plan for his life. They talked about life goals, financial goals, world travel, leadership and respect for one’s associates. Fuller stated that he was impressed with the Marines and decided that he too wanted to become a recruiter to assist others in finding the path to their goals.

Fuller enlisted in the Marine Corps and was selected for a recruiting tour several years later. He was stationed at the Aurora, Colorado, office, which is co-located with the Navy office. Despite a clean record and successful tour of duty, when approaching his end of obligated service he found there was no “boat space” for his military occupational specialty and had to separate from the Marine Corps.

He was later approached by Navy Recruiters who said Fuller’s background makes him a great applicant to join the Navy Reserve. Once he became a reservist, he could apply for a Canvasser Recruiter (reservist on active duty) contract with the local Navy recruiting district.

“Becoming a member of the Career Recruiting Force is genuinely my calling in life,” said Fuller. “I love the challenges involved in finding applicants and showing them that the Navy has the best opportunities for them to achieve their life’s goals. I have a passion for learning from my mentors and for passing my knowledge to other recruiters and our Future Sailors.”

Although Navy recruiting is different from Marine recruiting, Fuller stated that he and had several fine mentors to teach him this new role. Coincidentally, the Navy assigned him to the same co-located recruiting office as his former Marine Corps office.

“The Marines stationed at the Aurora office, of course, knew me and joked with me about the new uniform and new role, but it all worked out fine,” said Fuller. “As much as the Marine Corps is different from the Navy, there are still many similarities, and I had that ‘inner fire’ that all good Recruiters have”.

Three years have since passed, and Fuller has many notable achievements and qualifications under his belt, which were invaluable in converting him from a reservist Boatswain’s Mate to an active duty Navy Counselor. He additionally completed his college degree, a lifelong goal, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Denver’s Metro State University.

“From the very beginning, I pushed harder than my peers,” said Fuller. “First, this led me to earning an award for most female contracts in August of 2017, but that was just the start. I continued to work hard and smart and was awarded “Sourcer” of the Year 2018 and Nuclear Field Recruiter of the Year 2018. This led to me being meritoriously promoted to petty officer first class.”

Fuller is well on his way toward meeting his long-term recruiting objective, “To help out those young men and women who are looking for more. To find a way to get them where they want to be in life by serving in the greatest Navy on the planet”.

NTAG Rocky Mountain, based in Denver, recruits the best and brightest Future Sailors within the six-state area surrounding Colorado.

Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions, 15 Navy Recruiting Districts and 11 Navy Talent Acquisition Groups that serve more than 815 recruiting stations across the world. Their combined goal is to attract the highest quality candidates to assure the ongoing success of America’s Navy.

 


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Updated March 1, 2017 (kbh)