MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) – Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) is undergoing a transformation that will streamline the recruiting command structure and improve the quality of life for recruiters, by placing individuals in specialized jobs to support the growing Navy vision.

 

An essential part of NRC’s restructuring is the leadership of Region Three. Established in April 2016, Region Three is intended to help change how Navy Recruiting Districts (NRD) operate, introducing them to a new and more efficient model of recruiting.

 

The new model splits recruiters’ tasks into three separate recruiting disciplines; talent scouts, assessors, and on boarders. Under the old NRD construct, recruiters had to focus on and be experts in all of the aspects of the three disciplines. However, under the new concept, recruiters refine their focus of the specified discipline they work under. Once an NRD has transformed into the new model, it is rebranded from an NRD to a Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG).

 

“Region Three transforms NRDs to lessen the workload and enhance work-life balance for recruiters,” said Chief Navy Counselor Scott McBride, recruiting tactics instructor. “In this day and age, it’s not feasible for one person to handle all the tasks anymore.”

 

Currently the goal of Region Three is to lead NRDs through the transformation process, streamline their recruiting workflows, and enable recruiters to focus on their strengths under the new NTAG model. An NRD moves under Region Three when it begins the transformation process. That command receives training and restructuring for approximately one year until they are established as an NTAG and return to their original region.

 

“We slowly but surely grew over the years,” said Navy Counselor 1st Class Jason Medeiros, Region Three leading petty officer. “From the start, we continued to transform one NRD to the next NTAG, just going down the line.”

 

Transforming isn’t a black and white process. There are many different factors within an NRD that effect how they do business. How a command is spread out geographically can make a difference. How many recruiting stations they have across a region and how many recruiters they have manning those stations are additional factors. Moreover, McBride said there are personality and cultural elements that come into play during the transformation as well.

 

“The hardest part of transforming an NRD to an NTAG is the culture shift,” said McBride. “We’re taking a crew from a mentality of ‘this is how we’ve been doing things for the last 40 years’ and we say ‘this is how we’re going to do it.’ Creating that culture and getting that buy-in from these transforming commands can be difficult.”

 

So far 10 NRDs have transformed to NTAGs, and 16 more are slated to transform with a projected completion date of 2021. Once all the NRDs have become NTAGs, Region Three’s primary transformation mission will be complete.

 

“We are still working the precise details for Region Three, and while we have a solid idea of the future, we have to stay flexible,” said McBride. “Watching the transformation from its inception to present state has been both a challenging and exciting experience.”

 

Navy Recruiting Command consists of a command headquarters, three Navy Recruiting Regions, 16 Navy Recruiting Districts and 10 Navy Talent Acquisition Groups that serve more than 1,330 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)