Story Number: NNS140401-10Release Date: 4/1/2014 12:23:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Tyler R. Fraser, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs
MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Eagle Scouts from the Memphis, Tenn., area visited Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) March 27 as part of the Chickasaw Council's Eagle Day ceremony.
The Chickasaw Council serves youth in the Mid-South covering 17 counties. Eagle Day is an event where Eagle Scouts of the Chickasaw Council have the opportunity to participate in a breakfast, a job shadowing program of their choice and honored that evening at a banquet.
Three Eagle Scouts chose NRC as their job shadowing program because all three showed an interest in joining a branch of the military.
"I wanted to find out information about the Navy," said Jonah Dieckhaus, an Eagle Scout from troop 14. "I wanted to know all the possibilities the Navy has to offer."
The visit started with the Eagle Scouts receiving awards for the achievement of making Eagle Scout from Capt. Norberto Nobrega, NRC chief of staff. After the award ceremony, the Eagle Scouts took a tour of NRC and talked with Sailors about what a career in the Navy is like.
Sailors from NRC came to talk to the Eagle Scouts about the Navy's nuclear program, officer program, medical program, special warfare program and general questions the Eagle Scouts had about the Navy.
The Sailors explained that there are many things to be gained from the Navy.
"I have acquired a great amount of knowledge and travel because of the Navy," said Chief Navy Counselor Ronald Leyvas, NRC active programs program manager. "It's a great opportunity for a career."
In addition to what you gain in the navy, the opportunity to see the world gives you and unique perspective.
"There are some places you will go to that will really make you appreciate what you have," said Special Warfare Boat Operator 1st Class Edward Dail, naval special warfare/naval special operations liaison to NRC. "It really opens your eyes to the world."
Sailors also gave information to the Eagle Scouts regarding education, scholarships and life in the Navy.
"If education is a goal of yours, you can absolutely achieve it with the Navy," said Master Chief Navy Counselor Adam Carleton, NRC officer programs chief recruiter. "The Navy will work with you to go to school."
The Eagle Scouts who participated in the visit say they learned a lot about the Navy and were pleased to have come to NRC.
"This visit has showed me that the Navy is like a community," said Dieckhaus. "Today showed me that the military can have a family type feeling."
The Eagle Scouts were also able to see common ground between life as a scout and life as a Sailor.
"I learned that there are lots of similarities between the Navy and being an Eagle Scout," said Christopher Biles, an Eagle Scout from troop 567. "They both required a great amount of leadership, determination and responsibility."
Only about five percent of all Boy Scouts make it to the rank of Eagle Scout. Because of this achievement, it is important for Navy recruiters to consider Eagle Scouts when recruiting.
"Their accomplishment as an Eagle Scout already proves they have the leadership it takes to join the Navy," said Carleton. "These are the skills the Navy looks for in Future Sailors."
The training and experiences that Eagle Scouts gain from their time as a scout are very similar to training and experience Sailors get in the Navy.
"Eagle Scouts are important to recruiting because they are exactly the type of person the Navy is looking for," said Capt. Mitch Stubblefield, Navy Personnel Command engineering duty detailer and den leader involved with scout pack 455. "They have the discipline, they have worked through the ranks, they have the character and they have the determination."
Stubblefield said if recruiters want to get in touch with Eagle Scouts, it is an easy thing to do.
"Recruiters should start with the council," said Stubblefield. "After talking with the council they can give you individual troops to talk to scouts."
For more Navy recruiting news, visit www.cnrc.navy.mil and www.navy.mil/local/cnrc/.