Speaker 1: My name is Greg Propignan. I'm from Lexington, Mass. My job is to put qualified people into the Navy.
Speaker 2: My name is Lt. Francis Brown. I'm the enlisted programs officer for Navy Recruiting District New England. It is absolutely vital for our recruiters to be able to match the needs of the applicants that come into our offices looking for something out of the Navy with the different opportunities and the benefits that the Navy has to offer.
Speaker 3: I'm Alfredo Rajuela. When I thought of a recruiter, I thought somebody that basically was selling a job. Well, they immediately wanted to know what my educational background was, and moreover, they started asking questions about your personal, you know, background. And the same thing like when you talk about a company recruiter that's going around looking for employees. They look around, and they interview you, and basically, they figure out if you're what they need, or if you're qualified or not.
Speaker 1: I'm putting someone into the organization that I'm in, and I represent it and I'm proud of. So I'm going to want to put someone in the Navy who I can see myself serving with or possibly even working for.
Speaker 3: I came in and asked questions, especially about, like, the officer program and, like, what I wanted to do; how to get into that. I was told basically four or five different options to be able to do that.
Speaker 2: One of our requirements and focuses is, if we have a student that's interested in naval service, we certainly meet with their family right out of the gate to make sure that the family, as a whole, is on the same page with what the Navy has to offer and what that applicant's looking for.
Speaker 3: There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer. Honestly, this is something that you don't have to do. You're determined to do it. And so, if you're willing to do that, then you've already made a step in the right direction.
Speaker 2: To be able to see that young man or woman come in, raise their right hand, make an oath to commitment and then see them come back in six or seven months from their initial training on a hometown recruiting assignment, and just see the development that's taken place and how they're a completely different person — motivated, focused on a naval career and a future — and just to be able [to be] part of that transition is a truly special privilege.