DVIDS – News – Ohio Recruiter Returns Home to Change Life

CINCINNATI, Ohio (April 15, 2021) – When the opportunity was presented to return to his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio for a life change, Marlin Flanders, Information Systems (Submarine) Technician 1st Class, took the opportunity.

After graduating from high school, Flanders received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Mount Saint Joseph. Career prospects seemed slim despite his new degree in Liberal Studies, and he knew he needed a change. Fortunately, he had a friend who could help with that. Flanders’ friend was a Navy recruiter and joined the Navy in 2014 as an information systems technician.

“I had no experience in IT other than downloading music and using social media, but was excited to learn the trade,” said Flanders. “I opted for submarines because it would get me to the boot camp even faster.”

After training recruits, Flanders went to Groton, Connecticut, where he not only graduated from submarine school, but also met his wife. He was then assigned to his first submarine, the USS Alaska (SSBN 732) in Kings Bay, Georgia. After six missions and a daughter, it was time for his next mission.

“My family and I wanted to go back to Cincinnati because we love it here,” said Flanders. “The best way to do this was through recruiting.”

After speaking to his dedicated community manager and chief recruiter in Ohio, he was offered that opportunity when he reported the Ohio River Valley to the Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) in July 2019. He was supposed to be a talent scout at the North College Hill office in his hometown of Cincinnati.

“I absolutely love it here and love recruiting where I come from,” said Flanders. “My favorite pastime is giving people the opportunity to change their lives and shape their future. Much like the opportunity I was given. “

Flanders believes that being recruited in an environment he is very familiar with is consistent with the reason he is so successful in his recruiting mission.

“I can recruit at my old high school and see the teachers who were there when I was there,” Flanders said. “Many of the children I went to school with are now teachers at the school, and I know some of the family members of these students because I am connected to this community. I think that makes it easier for me. “

It’s obvious he’s right as he signed 53 contracts in 2020 and received amazing recognition from Recruiting Nation. He has been named NTAG Ohio River Valley Talent Scout of the Year 2020, Junior Sailor of the Year 2020 of the NTAG Ohio River Valley, and East Sourcer of the Year 2020 for the Navy Recruiting Command Region. All of this helped him achieve a meritorious promotion to first-class non-commissioned officer.

“I don’t really care about the recognition,” said Flanders. “I just enjoy the fact that I can share my experiences with people and change lives. I will continue to do an excellent job regardless of the awards and recognition. As The Rock once said: “Success doesn’t always mean size, it means persistence. Consistent hard work leads to success and the greatness will come. ‘“

He also believes that it’s the way he recruits that sets him apart. Instead of the script presentations and videos at local schools, he prefers to just tell them his story and ask questions.

“I share my experiences and speak from the heart,” said Flanders. “Basically, I introduce myself, explain my situation after high school, and just talk about why I joined and what I was able to do. All of the associated benefits are explained when I tell my story. I paint a picture with words so that these students can see themselves in a similar, very positive situation. “

He is currently working on a Masters of Science degree in cybersecurity at Regent University and plans to join the Naval Reserves to be commissioned upon his active recruitment. He wants to be with his family as much as possible while staying in his hometown of Cincinnati.

“The Navy offers a great path to a prosperous future,” said Flanders. “Regardless of your job or location, you get fixed pay, free medical and dental services, and free college. Even if you don’t have a career in the Navy, this can be an amazing stepping stone to any future path you might find yourself in. “

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, NTAG Ohio River Valley is committed to managing the naval fleet with high quality seafarers and maintaining the undisputed global maritime superiority and ability of the Navy to win wars, stave off aggression and increase the freedom of the seas true. NTAG Ohio River Valley operates 56 Talent Acquisition Stations and four Navy Officer Recruitment Stations in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Additional news from the NTAG Ohio River Valley can be found on the Internet at http://www.cnrc.navy.mil/pages-nrd/ohio/default.html. and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NTAGOhioRiverValley.

Recording date: April 15, 2021
Release Date: 04/15/2021 12:50 PM
Story ID: 393926
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