Navy Recruiting District St. Louis Helps Redefine Women in the Navy

Story Number: NNS151208-08Release Date: 12/8/2015 9:55:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Latrice Jackson, Navy Recruiting District St. Louis Public Affairs

ST. LOUIS (NNS) -- Sailors from Navy Recruiting District (NRD) St. Louis participated in an Occupation Exploration Day event hosted by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Dec. 5.

The event featured more than 20 organizations and was designed to get girls from sixth to twelfth grade interested in nontraditional and traditional career paths said Krisden Raney, Girl Scouts program manager for older girls.

"I believe that it really opens their eyes to different possibilities instead of thinking that they have to choose one straight path you know, learning that there are different careers within a company," said Raney.

The scouts learned about various career opportunities available for women in the Navy and spoke with female Sailors regarding their personal military experiences.

"I was actually surprised because one of them had said they wanted to major in like political science and I usually don't think about people like that joining the Navy which was cool," said Alexandria Rensing, Senior Girl Scout Ambassador.

Rensing added the recruiters also gave her good advice about college and the event was a good way to help girls discover all the career opportunities available to them.

"No matter how young you are its good to know what's out there and how you can do things and what you can do," Rensing said.

Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Megan Massey, a recruiter assigned to NRD St. Louis, said the exploration day allowed female Sailors the opportunity to help change the fear some girls associate with the word military by personally explaining what they do.

"We're not kicking down doors or anything like that, we actually have real jobs as far as you know cooking, to taking pictures, to my job which is loading bombs on a jet," said Massey. "It kind of gives them more of that awareness so they can go back and tell their friends about it and say you know it actually sounds pretty cool."

Massey added the event gave her an opportunity to learn more about the Scouts as well.

"I had a good time actually seeing what the Girl Scouts are doing which is good from my standpoint because I have a little daughter that I eventually want to put in the brownies," said Massey. "I would love to do more events like this, it was fun and it spreads Navy awareness."

This is the first year the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri have held an Occupation Exploration Day and they hope to make it an annual event said Raney.

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