Navy counselor

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Navy counselor
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Rating insignia
Issued by: United States Navy
Type Enlisted rating
Abbreviation NC
Specialty Administration

Navy counselor (abbreviated as NC) is a United States Navy occupational rating.

General description

There are two types of navy counselors in the Navy. Ship board or shore command take care of already enlisted sailors. They are also known as “straight stick” counselors.

Career recruiting force (CRF) are concerned with recruiting, career information, and counseling. They are responsible for enlisted and officer recruiting and career information programs, and supervise and coordinate interviewing and counseling. They give presentations to civic groups, naval personnel, and family members on the advantages of career opportunities in the Navy, and act as liaison with local media.

Canvassing recruiters (CANREC) are full-time support or reserve sailors hired for active duty, reserve or officer recruiting,

The navy counselor rating is not open to the incoming recruit. This rating requires a thorough knowledge of the Navy organization, including personnel and administrative procedures and policies. Because the NC rating accepts only petty officers first and second class, it is not open to first-term enlistees. A naval enlisted person who intends to apply for this rating must have experienced the total environment of the Navy. The individual’s background must clearly indicate familiarity with shipboard life; first hand knowledge of varied aspects of Navy life and duties gained through participation in a wide range of activities and assignment; and a high level of leadership as well as comprehension of diverse assigned duties.

Navy counselors offer career guidance to Navy people aboard ships and at shore facilities, and to civilians who are considering enlistment in the Navy. They assist commands in organizing and implementing an aggressive enlisted career information program; evaluates enlisted career information program within own command and/or subordinate commands as applicable; supervises and coordinates interviewing and counseling efforts; counsels individuals and gives presentations to civic groups, naval personnel and their family members on the advantages of career opportunities and professional development in the Navy; establishes and maintains liaison with local media; serves as Transition Assistance Program Managers; provide counseling on veteran benefits and relocation programs.[1]


The duties performed by NCs include:
Interview personnel.
Career development – for Active and Reserve programs.
Prepare and deliver talks.
Organize, train, motivate and manage an aggressive career information program.
Establish and maintain liaison with local media
Recruit civilian personnel into the Navy.[1]

Working environment

Counseling duties are usually performed in an office environment. NCs work closely with others, but sometimes work independently with little supervision. Most of their work is mental.[1]


ASVAB: VE + AR = 105 Minimum AR = 50[2]


  1. “Navy Enlisted Personnel Classifications”. Navy Personnel Command. US Navy. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  2. “Navy Enlisted Personnel Classifications”. Navy Personnel Command. US Navy. Retrieved 2009-09-29.