Navy Career Counselor Chief Petty Officer Dewayne C. Scott is an Atlanta resident and outstanding sailor in the United States Navy, who has helped hundreds of young men and women achieve their dreams through missions at home and abroad. His efforts have culminated in being named one of the Navy’s 2012 Recruiters of the Year.

After graduating from Southern University and working as a print billboard manager in Baton Rouge, Scott desired a change in his life. He reached out to a Navy recruiter, and found not only an organization he could be proud to be a part of, but also realized he would be given opportunities he didn’t realize were possible.

Scott first began his Navy career at age 22, as a Yeoman on theUSS Nimitz (CVN-68) homeported in San Diego, Calif., where he performed administrative work. He was aboard the USS Nimitz on deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, where he was able to experience new cultures and build camaraderie with his fellow Sailors.

While becoming a Yeoman was a great way to begin his Navy career, Scott knew he wanted to be a recruiter from the moment he entered the service. He saw recruiting as a way to change people’s lives and open up career paths for those who may have never realized the opportunities the Navy provides, especially in areas where a large military presence doesn’t exist.

Upon returning to shore duty, Scott began pursuing his goal of becoming a recruiter by shadowing his own recruiter to get a glimpse of what the job entailed and served as a Navy Counselor for Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Jacksonville. “My recruiter took a true interest in me.

He helped direct my career path and listened to me and answered all of my questions and helped shape the man I am today,” said Scott.

“I still have former recruits come to me with different issues they’re having a hard time with,” says Scott. “It’s so rewarding that even after they’ve joined the Navy, I can continue to share my experience and knowledge with them.”

Now with nine years of recruiting under his belt, Scott currently serves as the Lead Chief Petty Officer for Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Atlanta, where he trains other recruiters to find the next generation of Navy leaders.

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