GREAT LAKES, Ill. – Sailors are some of the most highly-trained people on the planet, according to Navy officials, and this training requires highly-dedicated instructors.
At Naval Education and Training Command, this obligation falls upon hard-charging, Navy professionals who train and mentor the Navy’s future warfighters.
Petty Officer 1st Class Brandon Jordan, a native of Old Fort, is an instructor at NETC, providing the fleet with sailors who possess the basic technical knowledge and skills necessary for naval service.
“Feedback from the fleet of our impact and working with new sailors makes me really proud to be an instructor,” Jordan said. “It's always fun seeing the development of our Navy through them.”
Instructors are experts in the subject matter they teach, and they provide cutting-edge technical training that transforms new recruits into mission-ready sailors.
Jordan credits his success as an instructor to many of the lessons learned growing up in Old Fort.
“As a kid, I learned not to be afraid to put yourself out there and lead,” Jordan said. “No one is perfect, so do your best and make the team better.”
NETC educates and trains those who serve our nation, taking them from street-to-fleet by transforming new sailors into highly skilled, operational, and combat ready warfighters.
Six commands provide a continuum of professional education and training at NETC in support of Surface Navy requirements preparing enlisted sailors and officers to serve at sea, providing apprentice and specialized skills training to 7,500 sailors a year.
A key element of the Navy the nation needs is tied to the fact that America is a maritime nation, and that the nation’s prosperity is tied to the ability to operate freely on the world’s oceans. More than 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water; 80% of the world’s population lives close to a coast; and 90% of all global trade by volume travels by sea.
Jordan plays an important role in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy.
“Our priorities center on people, capabilities and processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.”
Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community and career, Jordan is most proud of the recognition from his senior leaders and mentors he receives on a daily basis.
“I'm most proud of this because their guidance has really helped me mature and be a role model in my career and to my students,” Jordan said.
Serving in the Navy is a continuing tradition of military service for Jordan, who has military ties with family members who have previously served. Jordan is honored to carry on the family tradition.
“Both of my parents served in the Air Force as firefighters, and both grandfathers served as well,” Jordan said. “It means a lot to continue this tradition and make my family proud of me. I hope to pass it along to my children as well.”
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied-upon assets, Jordan and other instructors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes providing the Navy the nation needs.
“Being able to serve our country and be an ambassador for America is why I love the Navy,” Jordan said.