JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- The commander of Navy Recruiting Command has made a mission of visiting the many recruiting stations that are under her command.
Andrews attended a meeting of future Sailors and held an informal all-hands call with recruiters of Navy Recruiting Station Tallahassee, Dec. 10, to discuss topics concerning recruiters in the field, including goals, quality of life and career advancement.
Andrews received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Savannah State University where she earned her commissioning through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. She received a Master of Science Degree in Management and has been conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humane Letters. She also earned a master's degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from Naval War College and graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College as a joint qualified officer.
According to Andrews, with the Navy's retention rate at an all-time high, recruiting goals have been reduced. With so many Sailors deciding to stay in uniform, recruiting is becoming even more selective in its hiring.
During the all-hands, Andrews took the opportunity to thank Sailors for serving and for continuing to meet the Navy's recruitment goals each month.
Many future Sailors said they were honored to have met with a female leader.
"I was glad that Admiral Andrews was here," said Dana Roland, future Sailor. "I was happy to see the diversity that the Navy has to offer. Meeting a female admiral, gives me the hope and drive to become a commissioned officer, too."
Andrews also took the opportunity to recognize Interior Communications Specialist 1st Class Christina Collett, with a coin for her hard work and dedication to the recruiting.
Collett has been recognized a as a five-star recruiter for writing five enlistment contracts for future Sailor in critical undermanned ratings.
"I am grateful to be recognized," said Collett. "I've had great leaders and training. My station operates as a team and it is because of them that I was able to reach this achievement."
Andrews also visited Sailors assigned to NRD Atlanta, NRS Macon and NRS Thomasville.
NRC consists of a command headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions and 26 Navy Recruiting Districts which serve more than 1,500 recruiting stations across the country.
With 70 percent of the world covered in water, 80 percent of the world's population living near coasts and 90 percent of the world's commerce traveling by water, America's Navy is very much a global force for good. 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.
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