How do I Become a Navy Recruiter?

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The United States Navy is constantly on the lookout for men and women to fill its ranks, and a Navy recruiter tries to find the perfect candidates for military service. If you want to become a Navy recruiter, you will have to be an excellent communicator, a good judge of character and an expert on the Navy. There are a variety of educational and experience backgrounds that can help you do this job.

In order to become a Navy recruiter, you already must have joined the Navy. There are no specific time requirements, but you likely will need several years of military service in order to transition into a job as a recruiter. After you are ready to try for this role, you first must fill out an application. Next, you will be screened to see if you have the right skills for the job, and finally, you will have to be interviewed.

There is no specific educational background necessary to become a Navy recruiter. The Navy requires everyone to have a high school diploma or an equivalent certification, and any additional schooling can only improve your application. Subjects such as communication and psychology will help you communicate with a candidate and determine if he or she has what it takes for a Navy life. A professional background in human resources, personnel or marketing also can be helpful if you want to become a recruiter.


The biggest duty that a recruiter fulfills is meeting with young students in high schools or clubs and convincing them to join the Navy. This means you will clearly explain all of the various jobs available, all of the advancement opportunities and what kind of person the Navy teaches recruits to become. Travel is another important duty in the job, because you likely will have a region to cover and will call prospective candidates, occupy career fair booths and speak to classes about the military, the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) and the GI Bill.

Research is possibly the biggest duty of the job if you become a Navy recruiter. The Navy offers frequent classes to update recruiters about changes in jobs, structure and the Navy's overall mission. You will need to know the hundreds of different jobs, from that of ship captain to those such as airplane pilot, cook, radio operator and more, and you will need to know how to match the right job to the right candidate. A strong blend of these talents and skills will help you in your career as a Navy recruiter.


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