PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) Fair took place with 45 booths and displays lining the 2nd floor hallway of the Charette Health Care Center, more commonly known as building two at NMCP. The fair spotlighted the various specialties within the enlisted community, as well as opportunities to cross-rate.
The NEC system supplements the rating designators for enlisted members of the U.S. Navy. It provides Sailors with additional training, called a “C” school, to become specialists in specific jobs within their rate’s grander scope. Many of the NECs are highly competitive and only a few each year may achieve them depending on the needs of the Navy and Marine Corps while others are wide open to take in more personnel.
Several NMCP departments and clinics, the branch health clinics (BHC), and outside commands participated in the fair, setting up informational tables utilizing visual aids, educational demonstrations and activities.
“The NEC Fair is a way for corpsmen and Sailors in other ratings without an NEC to get more information about cross-rating and “C” school opportunities that are available to them,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jessica Maisonet, the organizer of NMCP’s 2019 NEC Fair. “I think there are a lot of NECs in the corpsman rating that get left behind or forgotten about and this is a great way for people to know they exist.”
Maisonet believes this is a great way to put a plethora of different career options in front of young Sailors who still have much of their careers ahead of them. She hopes that they get all the information they seek to mold their collective tomorrows.
“I implore these Sailors to ask real questions and not just ask how it’s beneficial to their paycheck, but what’s beneficial to their career in and out of the Navy,” Maisonet said. “Not only do you get to learn the NECs that are available, but you also get to see other Sailors that are passionate about their own NEC. You actually see and speak with people from that community instead of reading it on a website.”
Unlike the previous years, this year featured many more NECs from outside the scope of NMCP’s clinical atmosphere and brought in several different commands that range from field training centers to submarines.
“We have significantly more NECs at this fair then we ever had before especially from outside of the hospital with Sailors from NECs that the hospital doesn’t have on hand,” Maisonet said. “We have about seven different commands represented at this fair.”
Capt. Lisa Mulligan, NMCP’s commanding officer; Capt. Carolyn Rice, NMCP’s executive officer; and CMDCM Michele Sullivan, NMCP’s command master chief, stopped by the fair to judge each of the booths. They judged the booths following the criteria of how educational, interactive, creative, and how nice the overall appearance of each display was. The winning booths were Cardiovascular Technicians, 1st place; Surgical Technologists, 2nd place; and Dental Laboratory Technicians; 3rd place.
As the U.S. Navy's oldest, continuously-operating military hospital since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth proudly serves past and present military members and their families. The nationally-acclaimed, state-of-the-art medical center, along with the area's 10 branch health and TRICARE Prime Clinics, provide care for the Hampton Roads area. The medical center also supports premier research and teaching programs designed to prepare new doctors, nurses and hospital corpsman for future roles in healing and wellness.
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