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Smith spoke with Sailors, assigned to Navy Talent Acquisition Group Philadelphia, to address their concerns, thank them for their work, and answer questions focused on manning, advancement, and the overall health and wellness of individual Sailors and the force at large.
"The purpose of the visit was to speak to the recruiters and gain their feedback, as well as share a little bit about what's going on in the fleet," said Smith. "Which, I think, helps provide perspective as they talk to future Sailors about what the Navy is doing and what it has to offer, what we expect from our future Sailors, and hopefully give the recruiters what they need to attract the best talent in the nation."
Smith touched on the importance of visits such as this, and having one-on-one conversation with Sailors to gain better insight on their daily operations, and to receive feedback that can help improve Sailors’ quality of work and life balance.
"It's always insightful to hear what the struggle is at the deck plates and, I say it often and I'll say it again, recruiting is the hardest thing we do," said Smith. "With the COVID protocols that we've endured over the last couple of years, it's really hard to get out there and do the face-to-face interaction that helps us find future Sailors. And yet, our recruiters continued to deliver."
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