Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New blog site to come

NRD New York has recently re-aligned our area of responsibility. With this new alignment, I have been moved to recruit out of the Brooklyn area. Since I have moved areas, I will be starting a new blogsite with that information forthcoming. I'm looking forward to the new responsibility that will come along with now being a division officer (Div-O) and being more involved with the enlisted side of recruiting as well as continuing to work the officer packages. I will post any changes here to keep all informed of the address adjustment. Please feel free to email if you have questions.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Navy Terms

A bathroom in the Navy is called a head. This is because on wind powered vessels of old the wind came from behind the ship. This being the case, it was wise to have the bathroom at the front (head or bow) of the ship for obvious reasons.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The 5 Basic Responses

These five basic responses should serve any military person well throughout their career when answering to superiors. I think politicians could learn something by sticking to this. Why is it that every question you hear asked on just about any news channel to just about every government official has a long drawn out explanation? I tell all those under my command and try myself to stick to the basics:
1. "Yes, Sir/Ma'am"
2. "No, Sir/Ma'am"
3. "No excuse, Sir/Ma'am"
4. "I'll find out, Sir/Ma'am"
5. "Aye Aye, Sir/Ma'am"
Next time your watching Fox News, CNN or any other broadcast ask yourself why the person interviewed couldn't have just answered the question with one of the basic responses noted above. The traditional answers exemplify the frame of mind required of a naval officer; positive, concise and recognition of an acceptance of responsibility.
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman...we have this consolation with us that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
-Thomas Paine, December 1776

Quailifications of the Naval Officer

It is by no means enough that an officer of the Navy should be a capable mariner. He must be that, of course, but also a great deal more. He should be as well a gentleman of liberal education, refined manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor. He should be the soul of tact, patience, justice, firmness and charity. No meritorious act of a subordinate should escape his attention or be left to pass without it's reward, even if the reward is only a word of approval. Conversely, he should not be blind to a single fault in any subordinate, though at the same time, he should be quick and unfailing to distinguish error from malice, thoughtlessness from incompetency, and well meant shortcoming from heedless or stupid blunder.
In one word, every commander should keep constantly before him the great truth, that to be well obeyed, he must be perfectly esteemed.

-from a composite letter of John Paul Jones' phrases and clauses
- Reef Points July 1998

Monday, May 2, 2011

Just to give those of you out there who are wondering about current status an idea of what CNRC is dealing with.  As soon as we get any updates on status especially for those recent Nuclear candidates who have submitted packages we will be getting that info out to the feild as soon as we hear something.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chaplain Reserve and Active Component Instructions

This was an email I sent to a recent applicant who was a Chaplain student and is now superseding into the reserve component.  I don't have the documents that I mention in this point letter attached but it gives you an idea of the items needed to get a person, and more to the point a Chaplain, moving in the process.  Of course as with all Navy action there are other misc documents and copies that are needed but this is the bulk of it...

1.  Please complete the attached Application Processing and Summary record (attached).  Initial block 6, below block 8 and sign block 18.  Please scan and email/fax to me.  Send the electronic copy via email as well so I can make adjustments to page 1 if needed but we will still have your signature and initials on original pages done.

2.  Please send me an updated resume that I can get to the Regional Chaplain for his review prior to your interview.  I also need a copy of that resume with your signed and dated (scan and email or fax to me). The second resume is for your scroll documents.  This will go up with your APSR (attached) to the Sec of Navy. 

3.  Please send me a word document with contact information (email and postal addresses along with names and phone numbers)  You will be required to have employment references for every employer from the last three years.  You will also be required to have 3 character references and 3 peer references (peers need to be of same denomination).  ******For reference purposes, we need to have a minimum combined total of 6 refs of whatever combination******

4.  Please have your most recent transcripts (from every school you have attended) sent to the office address below. 

5.  If you have already done a Security Investigation Questionnaire, we will need to update.  If not, I can get you an account.  Please send me your SSN and first middle and last name for this.

6.  Please have the attached Ecclesiastical Endorsement completed and returned. 

I will meet you before your interview or sometime convenient this week or next to get the miscellaneous documents signed ie, birth certificate, social security card, disclosure of ssn, documentation of request for ecclesiastical endorsement et al.  Let me know what date/ time work for you.