Operational billets

Marine Forces Reserve Surgeon – O6 with USMC Experience

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BLUF – This is a new senior leadership billet for an O-6 in the PCS window. The report date is Jan 2019 to New Orleans. The position description is here:


Here are some more details:

Job: MARFORRES Force Surgeon (3 Star staff)

Location: New Orleans

Fill date: Jan 2019

Requirements: 0-6 Medical Corps with USMC experience

This is a nominative position that will be vetted by the Council of Corps Chiefs and
approved by the SG. Officers must have enough time on station at their current duty
station to execute a PCS move. If you are unsure, check with your Detailer.

All interested officers need to send CDR Melissa Austin and/or CAPT Christopher Quarles a CV and Bio no later than 28 Sept 2018. Both their e-mail addresses are in the global.

Updated List of “Fair Share” Billets Available

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Here’s the latest list of “fair share” billets I pulled off the Medical Corps sharepoint page. Of note, they are called “fair share” because each specialty gets their fair share of them (or at least that’s what I was always told). Contact your Detailer if interested:


Position Command Homeport Rank Traits Fill date Tour length
Student Naval War College Newport, Rhode Island CDR JPME1 completed Summer Annually One year
Physician researcher Naval Medical Research Center Silver Springs, Maryland All ranks Researcher qualified Summer 2019 Three years
SMO AS 39 EMORY S LAND Guam CAPT Primary Care Skills Summer 2019 Two years
SMO FRANK CABLE Guam CAPT Primary Care Skills Summer 2019 Two years
Group Surgeon/SMO NCG2 (Seabees) Gulf Port, MS CDR Primary Care Skills May-19 Three years
REGT SURGEON 8MARREGT 2MARDIV Camp LeJuene, NC LCDR Primary Care Skills Summer 2019 Two years
REGT SURGEON 3MEDBN 3MLG Okinawa, Japan LCDR Primary Care Skills Summer 2019 Two years
DEPT HEAD CVN 73 GEO WASHINGTON Norfolk, VA LCDR Primary Care Skills WINTER 2018/Spring 2019 Two years
DEPT HEAD CVN 75 H TRUMAN Norfolk, VA LCDR Primary Care Skills Summer 2019 Two years
DEPT HEAD CVN 70 VINSON Bremerton, WA LCDR Primary Care Skills Summer 2019 Two years
SMO LHD 7 IWO JIMA Mayport, FL LCDR/CDR Primary Care Skills Summer 2019 Two years
SMO LHD 3 KEARSARGE Norfolk, VA LCDR/CDR Primary Care Skills Summer 2019 Two years
SMO LHA 6 AMERICA San Diego, CA LCDR/CDR Primary Care Skills Summer 2019 Two years
SMO LHD 4 BOXER San Diego, CA LCDR/CDR Primary Care Skills Summer 2019 Two years
DIR HS/GHE NMTSC F DT SA San Antonio, TX CAPT/CAPT(s) GHE experience Summer 2019 Three years
GROUP SURGEON 3d MLG Surgeon Okinawa, Japan CDR/CAPT Leadership/FMF August 2019 Two years
WING SURGEON 2d MAW Surgeon Camp LeJuene, NC CDR/CAPT Leadership/FMF July 2019 Two years
Director of Public Health HQMC  Jul 19 Arlington, VA CDR/CAPT Prev Med/Public Health July 2019 Three years

Consider Taking This Hotfill – Senior Medical Officer Position – USS AS EMORY LAND

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Here are some reasons to consider taking this billet:

  • They’ve been trying to fill this for a while, so potentially a senior O4 could use this to advance their career since they’d be filling a senior billet. Having trouble promoting to O5? This could push you over the edge at the promotion board.
  • Because they are about to draft someone for this if no one volunteers, you could negotiate for sweet follow-on orders. For example, “I’ll do this if you send me to ________ (fill in the blank) for my next tour.” I think that is a reasonable approach if you jump on this grenade.
  • You’ll earn a warfare device that opens up all sorts of future opportunities for your career.


What: Senior Medical Officer Position, USS AS EMORY LAND
Rank: O5/O6
Where: Guam
When: AUG 2018 with training ISTOP 20-31AUG for SAMFE then to Guam.

Support of 2-Tender Rotational Deployment model, where one tender remains in Guam to support the submarine squadron and the other (AS F CABLE) is forward deployed to support subs on mission and provide maintenance/logistics to any forward operating vessels.

The SMO must be able to provide primary care to AD sailors (thus GMO credentials for non-primary care specialists). Additional medical staff responsible to the SMO: UMO, Sub IDC, and Surface IDC on board. Additionally the SMO’s leadership will assist in cases that benefit from an experienced provider who can determine which medical cases can be managed on board, utilizing remote host nation care, or which require ISOS MEDEVAC.

This is a unique and rewarding leadership opportunity. If you are interested please reach out directly to your MC Detailer.

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