Area native finds success in the Navy

Published 1:13 pm Thursday, December 14, 2023

Jason Moorehead

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Moorehead, a native of Keysville, serves the U.S. Navy assigned to Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit. 

Moorehead graduated from Randolph-Henry High School in 2016. 

The skills and values needed to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Keysville. 

“I learned from my hometown the importance of having a hard work ethic,” said Moorehead. “In the Navy, you have to have a strong work ethic and be a self-starter.” 

Moorehead joined the Navy three and a half years ago. Today, Moorehead serves as a Navy recruiter. 

“I joined the Navy because I needed a change in my life and I saw the opportunities the Navy could provide me,” said Moorehead. 

Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit is the Navy’s sole recruiting schoolhouse responsible for the instruction in professional sales, prospecting techniques, marketing and leadership. Students attending basic recruiting courses receive a good dose of public speaking classes to develop communications skills that will help them not just in recruiting but throughout their Naval careers. Students must demonstrate what they learn in the classroom with prepared speeches and perform in a simulated sales environment, where they must help an applicant make an informed, mutually beneficial decision to join the Navy. 

“Students at Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit will shape the future of the Navy,” said Capt. Robert Stockton, Navy Recruiting Orientation Unit officer in charge. “The skills and attitudes these sailors develop at the schoolhouse not only have a positive influence on our recruiting force but prepare them to succeed both personally and professionally.” 

The school emphasizes the importance of focusing on the needs of prospects, facilitating an open exchange of information, and ensuring mutual understanding and agreement throughout the recruiting process. These steps are critical to ensuring that prospective applicants fully understand what naval service entails and that the Navy receives highly motivated and committed officers and enlisted sailors to serve. 

With 90% of global commerce traveling by sea and access to the internet relying on the security of undersea fiber optic cables, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity of the United States is directly linked to trained sailors and a strong Navy. 

Serving in the Navy means Moorehead is part of a team that is taking on new importance in America’s focus on rebuilding military readiness, strengthening alliances and reforming business practices in support of the National Defense Strategy. 

“The Navy contributes to national defense by being a show of force to deter adversaries,” said Moorehead. “We also set the standard for what other militaries should follow.” 

With 90% of global commerce traveling by sea and access to the internet relying on the security of undersea fiber optic cables, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity of the United States is directly linked to trained sailors and a strong Navy. 

Moorehead has many opportunities to achieve accomplishments during military service. 

“I am most proud of my entire career because it has changed the entire trajectory of my life,” said Moorehead. 

As Moorehead and other sailors continue to train and perform missions, they take pride in serving their country in the U.S. Navy. 

“Serving in the Navy means freedom, opportunity, purpose and pride,” said Moorehead. 

Moorehead is grateful to others for helping make a Navy career possible. 

“I want to thank my mom, Barbara, and my brother, Micheal, for their support and motivation,” added Moorehead. “I also want to thank my Aunt Kim, for giving me guidance and foresight into what my career would be like.”