As the promotion opportunities for making captain decrease, commanders need to seriously consider any leadership opportunities that come their way. BUMED recently released the application procedures for fiscal year 2016 Officer-in-Charge (OIC) positions, which can be found here:
Only commanders or captains are eligible, but anyone junior to that should still read this note. It will give them an idea of the qualities Navy Medicine looks for in its future leaders and allow them to steer their career path in those directions.
I’ve learned a lot during my 14 years in the Navy, but the most important lessons are:
- By the time you learn what you need to know, it is often too late.
- There is no consolidated website or resource for Navy physicians to refer to when planning their career. There is some good information out there, but it is scattered throughout various websites and documents and often difficult to locate.
This blog and website is my attempt to solve both of these problems. First, I want to teach you what you need to know BEFORE it is too late. Second, I want to create a resource that contains all the information you’ll ever need to manage your Naval career.
Hopefully Navy physicians will benefit from my pathological dedication to work and attention to detail. As hard as it is getting to promote, we need all the help we can get!