A US Navy recruiter says the number of women in its ranks has increased since the start of the decade, and that recruiting a new generation of women will be a priority for the service.
“We’re definitely seeing an increase in the number, but we don’t yet have a specific number yet,” said Heather Smith, the recruiter for the US Navy Recruiting Command.
“In fact, I think we’re at over 500 [women] now.
So, that’s probably about three times the number we were just last year.”
The recruiter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak publicly, says the Navy has already been able to recruit women in some key roles, such as the submarine officer, the first-class mate, and the officer in charge of the ship’s combat readiness program.
The recrucer said she was happy with the progress made so far, but that the service needed to expand its recruiting efforts to recruit the next generation of leaders.
“If you look at the last couple of years, I believe there were probably about 60-70 women in the Navy in certain areas,” she said.
“But this year, we’ve seen an increase to probably over 200-300 [women].”
We’ve been able, from our research, to see that there are a couple of key things that have helped us with that recruitment, including: 1.
The military has been looking at ways to recruit better women for leadership roles in the future, which means they’re looking at more women for those jobs.
We’ve been doing an increased number of interviews with candidates to find out what they’re interested in, so we’re not only looking at women for these jobs but also in these areas like the submarine, the aircraft carrier, and other key roles.”
It’s definitely encouraging, but it’s definitely a new thing, and we’re still working on that.” “
It’s amazing how many women are coming forward.
It’s definitely encouraging, but it’s definitely a new thing, and we’re still working on that.”
In January, the service said it was considering a hiring freeze in the US for 2018, with the aim of increasing the number and diversity of the Navy’s recruiting workforce.
However, in a blog post this week, the Naval Reserve Command said it would not be cutting back recruitment, as long as the service maintained its commitment to recruiting women.
“As long as our recruiting efforts are not impacted by the government’s freeze on hiring in January, we will continue to recruit in our existing numbers and to ensure our current recruiting efforts reflect the strengths of our service and the capabilities of the new recruits,” the blog post said.
NRC officers will continue receiving their first training at the same time as our new recruits and we will provide the same opportunities to all NRC officers in the United States and around the world.”