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Navy forms Dale Jr. Division for new recruits
The U.S. Navy and NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr., announced the formation of the Dale Jr. Division, an 88-person boot camp division at Recruit Training Command. Potential sailors can now sign up for the division at their local recruiting station.
To officially launch the division, Earnhardt drove the JR Motorsports No. 83 Navy Dale Jr. Division Monte Carlo SS in the Nationwide Series Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The national recruiting effort is the first of its kind for the Navy and will be supported by national advertising and marketing.
“This is the first time we’ve developed a national-level recruiting program, focused on the synergy of the Navy and a high-performing, non-military partner,” says Capt. Jack Hanzlik, Chief of Naval Personnel, public affairs officer. “NASCAR is a high-tech sport, and the type of equipment, teamwork and commitment required to be a winning organization is very similar to what it takes to succeed in the Navy—that’s why we’ve partnered with the top team in the industry.
“Everything JR Motorsports does is centered around excellence, teamwork and professional development,” Hanzlik adds. “That squarely places them in that No. 1 seat, and that’s where the Navy sits in the defense of our nation. For those who want to join an organization that offers tremendous opportunity and the chance to make a difference in our global future, join the Navy Dale Jr. Division.”
Recruits who sign up for the Division will ship to Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, IL in August. Earnhardt will commission the division after in-processing. Earnhardt will again visit “his” recruits upon completion of their seven-to-eight week course.
“JR Motorsports has enjoyed a great relationship with the Navy for several years now,” Earnhardt says. “Through that relationship I’ve been able to meet sailors from various commands, and it’s always cool to learn more about what they do to protect and serve our country. I’m honored to be a part of the Navy’s first-ever national recruiting campaign.”
Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 88 Navy Chevrolet in his first full season of Nationwide Series competition for JR Motorsports, will join the division during training to learn the boot camp basics such as marching, damage control and physical training.
Space for the division will be limited to 88 recruits, so those interested are encouraged to act quickly to reserve a spot. It is open to enlisted men and women interested in any of the 60 career fields the Navy has to offer. For more information, visit navy.com/dalejr, call 800-554-1820 or visit your local Navy recruiter.
NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt, Jr.