Navy, Post University Partnership Offers Recruiters Fast Path to Degree


Story Number: NNS110208-09Release Date: 2/8/2011 1:44:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael B. Lavender, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Commander, Navy Recruiting Command partnered with Post University Feb. 3, expanding opportunities for Sailors serving in the recruiting field to earn degrees.

Sailors serving as recruiters are eligible to earn up to 21 credits toward an associate degree or up to 48 credits toward their bachelor's degree for professional military and recruiting training. Post University also accepts credits from other accredited universities, and has reduced its tuition and eliminated the cost of books, which eliminates out-of-pocket expenses for Sailors.

"The opportunity to advance your education is one of the many benefits of recruiting duty," said Rear Adm. Craig Faller, commander, Navy Recruiting Command.

The partnership was made official during a ceremony at the Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit (NORU) in Pensacola, Fla., where Navy recruiters are trained prior to assignment at recruiting districts.

"These kinds of educational partnerships help our recruiters make the most of their off-duty education opportunities," Faller said. "Advancing your education will help with your advancement opportunities as well as prepare you for careers outside the Navy."

Sailors interested in enrolling at Post University may pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree or enroll in a professional certificate program before, during or after serving as a recruiter. Any credits recruiters earn during their recruiting tours are transferable if they move to another assignment.

"Post University is deeply committed to serving those men and women who serve our country," said Edmund J. Lizotte, Post University Military Programs and Veterans Affairs director. "We have taken the time to learn what military personnel need to be successful in this kind of program, and then made sure we could provide it. In addition to lowering our tuition, we make sure each Sailor who enrolls with us has an academic advisor who provides personalized support from application to graduation."

Post University courses can be completed entirely online, creating a learning environment suited for recruiters serving in a remote area of the country, or those who are serving in a bustling metropolis.

"Part of our global force for good includes educational opportunities," Faller said. "This is one more way we bring those educational opportunities to our recruiters who serve around the nation."

"I look forward to working with Post University to continue my education and get my degree," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (AW/SW) Dickdale Pascual, NORU student. "It will be very beneficial while I am recruiting since I can use Post University online."

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (SW) Derek Hoffman, NORU student, said he appreciates the online convenience.

"I see this as a good chance to excel as an individual while still helping my team when I am a recruiter," said Hoffman.

Post University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College. The University has special programs and tuition rates for both active and veteran military personnel, and family members who want to complete undergraduate or graduate degrees.

For more information on Post University's Military Program and the Navy Recruiting Command Partnership, visit www.post.edu/military/.

NRC consists of a command headquarters, two Navy recruiting regions and 26 Navy recruiting districts which serve hundreds of recruiting stations across the country. NRC's mission is to recruit the best men and women for America's Navy to accomplish today's missions and meet tomorrow's challenges.

For more news from Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnrc/.

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