NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- There comes a time when an undesignated Sailor must make a decision that will change his or her career and that time came for seven USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailors on July 18, when school detailers from Navy Personnel Command (NPC) visited the aircraft carrier.
The school detailers visited Carl Vinson to offer these crew members a chance to become rated in one of the Navy's enlisted career fields.
"It was an excellent opportunity for our undesignated personnel," said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Dustin Cercado of Carl Vinson's command career counselor's office. "They came away with new opportunities to further their careers."
The detailers evaluated each Sailor for their particular talents, as well as their own career aspirations. Factors such as the Navy's current reenlistment objectives (CREO) and individual scores on the Armed Services Vocational Battery all played a role in determining the "A" school assignments given to each Sailor.
For the supervisors who have been mentoring and guiding these undesignated Sailors, a visit from the Navy's detailing shop brought them great satisfaction in seeing their Sailors being presented with new opportunities to further their Navy careers.
"It's great that the command is supporting this program for our junior Sailors," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st class (AW) Gabriel Thompson. "They get a direct link to the detailer and avoid a lot of paperwork."
The visiting detailers on hand were equally pleased to have the opportunity to assist Carl Vinson's undesignated Sailors and provide them with new career enhancement opportunities.
"I think it's outstanding that the command is allowing us to come here and counsel these young men and women," said Navy Counselor 2nd Class (SW/AW) Brian Gill of NPC. "It's great that they can sit down with us and get one-on-one detailer attention."
The visit by the Navy's "A" school detailing shop is just one initiative the command is facilitating for the ship's undesignated Sailors.
For more information on "A" schools, the Perform-to-Serve program, or any other Navy program, contact your departmental career counselor.
Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.
For more news from USS Carl Vinson, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn70/.