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

How Much Is Your Military Pay Really Worth?

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Financial posts are some of the most popular on this site, so I figured I would share a great article that summarizes a lot of the financial benefits of being active duty:

How Much is Your Military Pay Really Worth?

Guest Post – Got JPME?

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[Editor’s Note: The POC for anyone interested in War College is the Detailer.  A cheat sheet of all the Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) options can be found here.  If you’re interested in submitting a guest post, contact me here.]

By CDR Lanny Littlejohn, MC, USN (Lanny.Littlejohn < at > usnwc.edu)

I rolled out of bed at 0700 this morning to finish my paper on corruption in the Ukraine. Ukraine is currently the most corrupt country in all of Europe; its corruption destabilizes it to the point that it is subject to influence from its eastern neighbor, Russia. Russia is currently in a “hybrid” war with Ukraine, a new type of warfare that Russia has been perfecting for the past decade. The Chinese are perfecting a different type called “unrestricted” warfare. Then there is ISIS. Two months ago, I had very little insight into these issues. After finishing the paper, I went to class at the Blue Plate Diner in Newport wearing jeans, flops, and sweatshirt since it is cooling off a bit up here in RI. I have not put a uniform in quite some time. This week we have “seminar” for three hours each morning (M-Th), with the afternoons, and all of Friday, off to work on assignments. While not a walk in the park, it is different enough from medicine to serve as a well deserved breather I have enjoyed so far. You should strongly consider getting your Joint Profession Military Education (JPME) on.

Programs and Prerequisites

There are two primary programs of study at the Naval War College (NWC): the junior (JPME-1) and the senior program (JPME-2). The junior program (JPME-1) is completed as a resident or nonresident. Nonresident options include the fleet seminar program, NWC online program, and from war colleges of other services. I received my JPME-1 via the NWC online program several years ago. There is also a rare opportunity for officers at the 12-15 year mark to attend JPME-1 as a resident here [limited to O4 and below]. However, medical officers will likely need to obtain JPME-1 as a nonresident.

The senior program is via the College of Naval Warfare (CNW). Officers selected have typically completed JPME-1 and apply through their detailer at the 15-20 year mark (O5 or O6). Completion of this residency program grants a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. Accreditation is via the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

For both JPME-1 and JPME-2, there are three courses: Joint Military Operations (JMO), National Security Decision Making (NSDM), and Strategy and Policy (S&P). The main difference between the two programs is that the junior course focuses on the Tactical/Operational level and the senior course on the higher Strategic level. As a resident at the NWC, you are also required to take an elective each trimester. I just finished the Political Warfare elective – super cool.

Additional Qualifier Designations (AQDs) are awarded for JPME-1 and JPME-2. Many elective pathways also result in an AQD. So that’s three AQDs you can receive if you are an AQD collector – I know you’re out there. [And promotion boards know that these AQDs are difficult to get, unlike some of the others.]

The Environment

NWC is academia at its best. Students wear business casual so that neither service nor rank are distinguished. All services are in attendance including the Coast Guard. You will find that there are several interagency (State Department, Justice Department, CIA, etc.) students and many international students as well. There may be one lecture per week with the entire student body, but most classes are in a seminar (12 students, two instructors). My seminar includes students from Greece, Lebanon, and Singapore along with two “agency” students and six other service students. Teaching is Socratic (You know, that method you thought you would be using before receiving the letter of rejection from Harvard). Exams are essay – not multiple choice. You do not have to publish, but many of the best papers are submitted for publication. This should definitely help your Google H-index.

Follow on Assignments

Medical officers who complete JPME-2 are highly valued at the higher levels in operational medicine. This may be as a joint force command surgeon, fleet surgeon, a Pentagon tour, or in any of the various naval service operational commands. This follow-on assignment is not a requirement, however. Your Detailer and Specialty Leader will ultimately work with you on what your next assignment will be. Some have returned to the MTF after NWC only to go operational on the very next tour. Commitment after obtaining JPME-2 is two years, served concurrently with any existing obligations.


There are several beneficiaries of a tour at the NWC. First, you and your family. Newport and surrounding vicinity is a great place to live with good schools and lots of history and activities. If you have been in the MTF for multiple tours, you may need a break so a brief sabbatical here can help recharge the batteries. You will still work hard (tons of reading and paper writing) but time structure is on your terms. Second, your specialty and our Navy. Every specialty in Navy Medicine (with rare exceptions) has elements that operationalize to support the mission of the Navy. To have the 30,000-foot strategic view of how your part comes into play is a great benefit to your specialty and service. Third, the nation needs thinkers and leaders. We all have the feeling that something has gone sideways in the last few decades. We need strong leaders who have the integrity to make the tough calls and argue for the right decisions on the national level. After you leave the naval service, this education and degree will go with you and will likely have great utility no matter how your large your future circle of influence may be.

Medical Director and Chief of Clinical Operations Position at the Defense Health Agency

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Description: See this position description

Homeport: National Capital Region

Rank: O6 preferred, but will consider all ranks

Fill date: Summer 2017

Application Due Date: 1st come, 1st serve

POC for CV/BIO: Detailer

CDRs Who Want to Make CAPT Should Consider the 3rd MLG Surgeon Billet!

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The 3rd MLG Surgeon position in Okinawa is still open.  It was originally advertised in this post and a position description is here, and it is still available.  Historically, excellent performance in senior USMC leadership positions has led to promotion to O6, so any CDRs out there should strongly consider applying for this position.  I’d even apply if I was a senior LCDR.  It is due to be filled in summer 2017.  Contact your Detailer if you are interested.

Navy Announces Creation of New Personnel Web Portal

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Sounds like I’m going to have to update the Promo Prep soon…

From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced Friday that it is beginning a beta test of a new web portal designed to aggregate several personnel, training and education websites into one location.

Today, the content and applications Sailors need to access their personnel information is spread across multiple websites. Over time, that capability will be integrated into My Navy Portal.

My Navy Portal is intended to become the central on-line location for Sailors to access all of their personnel information. Additional capabilities and functions will be added in phases before becoming fully operational.

“Sailors have been asking for a platform that allows them to access their personnel information in one location,” said Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Robert Burke. “While there is still much work to be done on My Navy Portal, this is the first step in providing a consolidated one-stop shop for Sailors’ personnel information. Our Sailors deserve a modern personnel system and we are committed to giving it to them.”

The initial release of My Navy Portal will allow Sailors to access their Physical Readiness Information Management System (PRIMS) data and Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Additionally, Sailors will be able to view Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) content, the Navy Advancement Center, Navy Schools and Learning Centers, Personnel Qualification Standards, and General Military Training. My Navy Portal will also provide links to Career Management System-Interactive Detailing, Sailors’ Electronic Training jackets, their Joint Services Transcript, Navy eLearning, Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL), Navy Standard Integrated Personnel System (Electronic Service Record and eLeave), Pay/Personnel Standard Operating Procedures, U.S. Navy Awards (NDAWS), and more.

The beta release of My Navy Portal will serve as a field test for how to improve its functionality and capability. There are currently known challenges for platforms with limited, low, or intermittent bandwidth/connectivity, and we are working to develop a solution that will be more responsive in shipboard environments.

Those individuals identified as beta testers will be notified by email. Sailors should see continued improvement with each software update to My Navy Portal, expected quarterly. Upon completion of the beta test, My Navy Portal will be launched Fleet wide and be available to Sailors as the central on-line location for their personnel information.

Sailors can access My Navy Portal’s public homepage by viewing https://my.navy.mil. From there, individuals can securely log into the website and view their personnel information using their CAC. Sailors experiencing difficulty logging on should email the My Navy Portal help desk at MNP_Helpdesk@navy.mil for assistance.

Additionally, with the launch of MNP, Navy Knowledge On-line (NKO) has been tentatively scheduled for retirement after the Spring Navy Wide Advancement Exam Cycle is complete. The NKO data will be incorporated into MNP.

The Navy is seeking Sailors’ feedback and recommendations on how to improve the portal, especially during the beta test. Fleet users who are not designated beta testers are strongly encouraged to provide comments and recommendations for the improvement of the portal’s capability using the site’s feedback option located at the bottom right of every My Navy Portal page.

More information about the portal can be found on the My Navy Portal Help tab, and on the Navy Personnel Command Career Toolbox website at: http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/career/toolbox/Pages/My-Navy-Portal.aspx.

For more news from Chief of Naval Personnel, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnp/.

Assistant Inspector General for Medical Matters Position – O6 Only

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This position is described in full in this position description.  It will be available this summer with the expectation of a face-to-face turnover with the incumbent in July/August timeframe.  The position is located at the Washington Navy Yard.  O­6 is required and post­-command is preferred.  The POC for those interested is in the position description.