12 Apr COVID-19 Pandemic Pushing Navy to 100 Percent Virtual Recruiting|By: Ben Werner
PHOTO CREDIT: US NAVY
Naval operations might be slowed because of the Department of Defense’s work trying to stop the spread of COVID-19, but the service’s need for new sailors hasn’t abated.
Responding to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, Navy recruiters moved their search for the future force entirely online.
“The Navy isn’t scaling back its recruiting efforts, but has shifted recruiting to 100 percent virtual prospecting,” said Cmdr. Dave Hecht, a spokesperson for the chief of naval personnel, told USNI News in an email.
With the Department of Defense issuing numerous instructions intended to reduce the force’s risk of COVID-19 exposure, recruiters did not have much choice but to move their operation totally online or by telephone.