Operational billets

Embedded Mental Health Providers Making a Difference for Troops

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Here is a Navy Times article that discusses embedding mental health providers with operational units:

Embedded mental health providers making a difference for troops, officials say

This scenario of being primarily assigned to an operational unit is probably increasingly likely for many specialties in the future, which is why I posted it. With the increased focus on readiness, if you don’t want to spend a good portion of your career in support of the operational forces, then you are probably in the wrong organization.

SMO on the USS Essex – O4/O5

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All interested parties should contact their Detailer or Specialty Leader.

Position: Senior Medical Officer on the USS Essex
Homeport: San Diego
Rank: 0-4/0-5
Duration: 2 years
Fill date: January 2018

2018 USMC Executive Positions

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Here are the billets opening in Summer 2018 in Executive Marine Corps Health Services Support. Rank requirements for the billets are indicated. For all billets, previous Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) experience, including Fleet Marine Force Warfare Officer (FMFWO) designation, is highly preferred but not required. Every one of these billets entails executive medicine leadership supervising the healthcare for 20K or more Marines and Sailors:

  • O­6 (post-­command)
    • Deputy TMO
  •  O­6
    • I, II and III** MEF Surgeons
    • 1st and 3D** MARDIV Surgeons
  • O­5 or O6
    • 1st** and 3D MAW Surgeons
      • Flight Surgeon AQD a requirement
      • Residency in Aerospace Medicine even better but not required
  • O5
    • 1st and 2D MLG Surgeons

**III MEF, 3D MARDIV and 1st MAW are located on Okinawa.

Any interested parties need to send a current Bio and CV to CAPT Vincent L DeCicco, Deputy Medical Officer of the Marine Corps & Fleet Marine Force Specialty Leader. Applicants should list the preferred billet(s) they are applying for but remain flexible to accept alternatives – ­­not everyone can serve in SoCal. The formal slating process begins in Oct though final results require Surgeon General approval comes out after the CO/XO/OIC slate is released.

USSOCOM Surgeon Position – O6 Only

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The USSOCOM Surgeon ­position is opening in June 2018 and is open to O­6 only. Nomination packets are due to BUMED by 17 JUL via your Specialty Leader. The nomination packet must include:

  • Flag officer letter of recommendation
  • Photo
  • CV and BIO
  • Last 5 fitreps
  • Detailer and Specialty Leader concurrence

Senior Medical Officer, USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD6) – O5/O6

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The Senior Medical Officer position on the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD6) in Sasebo, Japan is available for an OCT 2017 report.  Of note, the ship is changing home port to San Diego:

  • O5 to O6 Medical Corps position, overseeing a department of two physicians and 24 medical support staff with an augmented 20 member Fleet Surgical Team during deployments.
  • The ship will be in Sasebo, Japan until early spring 2018 with normal off duty travel available in Japan.
  • Early spring 2018, the ship will have short patrols with numerous port calls throughout South East Asia.
  • The second half of spring 2018 will consist of a return to San Diego for a home port change with multiple island port calls along the way.
  • During the 18 month yard period in San Diego, medical care will be conducted in a local naval clinic on an abbreviated schedule. This schedule will allow time to continue specialty competence/experience/activity and training at Naval Medical Center San Diego, as desired.
  • The command will have completed all routine certifications and inspections in early fall 2017 and will not require certification or inspection until fall 2019.
  • This billet provides a great opportunity to demonstrate senior leadership experience and earn a warfare device.

If you are interested, contact your Detailer and/or Specialty Leader.

USAFRICOM Surgeon – O6 Only

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The position as Command Surgeon for Headquarters (HQ) U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM)­ is available this fall.  The position requirements and report date are:

  • O6 with command experience preferred.
  • Board certification preferred.
  • Top Secret/Secret Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) clearance required for position.
  • Report no later than date of 30 SEP 2017.

Any interested party who meets the qualification needS to provide:

  1. Contact info
  2. Service Record Photo in current rank (if not already in record)
  3. Biography
  4. CV
  5. Specialty Leader endorsement

Applicants should return these documents to CDR Frank Mullens at BUMED (e-mail address is in the global address book) no later than 21 June (earlier is preferred). Questions/concerns should be directed to CDR Mullens.

OIC of Medical Readiness Division for Commander, Naval Surface Forces Pacific – O5/O6

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The POC if you are interested in this position is your Specialty Leader or Detailer.


POSITION TITLE: Officer in Charge (OIC)

INTRODUCTION: The position is graded at the O-6 (Captain) level but is an ideal position for an 0-5 (Commander) desiring to demonstrate leadership abilities worthy of promotion to the 0-6 level. Individuals who fill this position have documented requisite training and experience and have successfully been screened and selected by the Force Surgeon, Naval Surface Forces Pacific. Incumbents are normally assigned for a three (3) year period.


  • Medical Corps Officer with prior shipboard experience as a Senior Medical Officer (SMO) on an amphibious ship preferably LHD/LHA.
  • Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer (SWMDO) qualified
  • Minimum rank required 0-5


  • Leadership and management experience in history of assignments that demonstrates readiness for this position.
  • Working knowledge of Surface Forces organizational structure, functions, and inter-relations.
  • Experienced and knowledgeable on matters of shipboard administration and management of ship medical departments.
  • Experience with the Medical Readiness Inspection process and management of equipment and material readiness.
  • Familiarity with Navy Medicine’s medical privileging and quality assurance programs.
  • Working knowledge of the Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) program.
  • Proven communication (written and verbal) and team-building skills.
  • Ability to promote morale and teamwork.
  • General knowledge of military and civilian personnel management procedures.


  • The incumbent’s immediate Reporting Senior is the Force Surgeon, Commander Naval Surface Forces Pacific.
  • The incumbent exercises complete and independent administrative and managerial control over assigned military and civilian employees assigned to MRD. (NOTE: Performance is evaluated in terms of objectives, methods, and results in meeting organization mission/goals).
  • Incumbent is guided in the performance of duties by pertinent laws and regulatory requirements, higher echelon, and local command instructions, guidance and policy statements.

SCOPE AND EFFECT: The activities of this position include evaluation personnel quantity, quality, and assignment priorities in support of health care activities and support services; maintaining facility, personnel, and material readiness; formulation and execution of manpower requirements and budgetary plans; execution of high echelon directives, and development / execution of local directives in support of the organization’s mission; stimulates and coordinates performance improvement activities. Decisions directly impact all staff (military and civilian) personnel assigned.


  • Leads MRD San Diego in ensuring over 66 ships and units maintain the highest state of medical readiness and that they adhere to prescribed medical standards.
  • Oversees the Medical Readiness Inspection (MRI) program for the assigned afloat Medical Departments and units.
  • Ensures Medical Departments are materially ready to deploy and notifies Force Surgeon of any equipment discrepancies.
  • Provides support, advice and mentorship to 6 junior Medical Officers in their oversight of 66 shipboard IDCs ensuring compliance with Surface Forces policies and procedures.
  • Ensures medical privileging and quality assurance programs are adhered to for assigned medical personnel.
  • Provides oversight to the 9 Senior Medical Inspector IDCs (SMIs) assigned to MRD; monitors compliance with the IDC program requirements.
  • Ensures IDC SMIs complete monthly quality assurance visits to their assigned ships consistent with guiding instructions.
  • Assists Force Surgeon in updating instructions as requested. (i) Formulates and submits annual budget for MRD to the Force Surgeon
  • Other duties as assigned by the Force Surgeon