Military Matters: Navy's Delayed Entry Program Helps Prep New Recruits for Boot Camp
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -
Now that summer is almost here, military recruiters are focusing on those soon to be high school seniors. The Navy says it likes to get recruits into it's delayed entry program by the start of school, that way they can work with the young men and women in an effort to help them make it through boot camp and onto their dream job. Cody Murphy is sitting down and speaking with Steven Comacho who is in charge of this Navy recruiting office at Moore Plaza. Murphy just graduated from Gregory-Portland High School and is just of couple of weeks away from leaving for boot camp. Cody said, "my basic job is going to be in the belly of either a submarine or a carrier working on a nuclear propulsion system making that ship move. It's going to be very technical. I'm going to get a great education which leads to future opportunities outside of the Navy. Now that's a young man who has mapped out his career. Murphy says he was in his high school's ROTC program,but he didn't know which branch of the service he wanted to enter. He began asking a lot of questions. Cody said, "I wouldn't be dead set on any one branch. I think you should go to every branch and ask your questions and see who could give you the best opportunities and chances." Recruiters say they're always looking for young men and women like Cody. To give them a better chance at succeeding, there's a delayed entry program. That's where Cody and others can have as long as a year to meet and get to know the recruiters. They learn about the Navy and get coached up before hitting boot camp. Before the program, Comacho says too many recruits weren't making it through basics. Comacho said, "we really look for the junior class that are technically now seniors. We turn the focus to them cause it's summer now." He says recruiting isn't just a numbers game, but one where everyone involved puts in a lot of time and effort which hopefully will pay off for everyone in the end.