I am grateful for Dr. Stephen Regan’s comments on page 108 of the October 2002 Proceedings . He opened the door of this forum to the subject of Navy recruiting. I often read article and comments about everything from government policy to weapon systems, but seldom see much about recruiting. As a surface-warfare division officer prior to my current assignment, I did not fully understand the enormous challenges associated with Navy recruiting. Judging from Dr. Regan’s comments, many former sailors and civilians do not understand those challenges either.