Recently I advertised the USUHS Commandant position. A reader asked:
Any thoughts on whether you think this is a position that would make an O5 competitive for O6?
This is a common issue. A position is advertised, but you want to know if it will help get your promoted to O5 or O6 if you take it. Here is how I’d evaluate that situation.
First, you need to contact the incumbent in that position now, if possible. You’re going to need information that they have.
Now that you’ve contacted that person, you need to ask them some questions:
- Did they or anyone before them promote to O5/O6 while they were in the position or shortly thereafter? In other words, has taking the position led to promotion for those who’ve already done it? If the answer is yes, that is telling and indicative that the position advances people’s careers. If the answer is no, you should probably look elsewhere for a career advancing position.
- How large is their competitive group on their fitreps? You want a position with a large competitive group so that you can perform well and break out to the right with MP and EP fitreps. Competitive EP fitreps are probably the #1 most important ingredient for successful promotion, so if the position has a small competitive group or leads to a 1/1 fitrep, it would be a mark against that position’s potential to get you promoted.
- Were they able to get EP fitreps? They might not tell you this, but if they are willing to give you this info it can help you gauge the potential for you to get EP fitreps while doing the job.
- What do your mentors think about you taking the position? We all need mentors, and I always ask mine what they think when a potential position is in my crosshairs. If they don’t think it is a good idea, I usually pass on it.
That’s it. Those are the things I’d look at when trying to evaluate whether or not a position will help you get promoted. Most of the information needs to come from the incumbent or people who have previously done the job.
This is a Board of Directors level position at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in the National Capital Region. They are seeking an O-5/O-6 to serve as their Director for Education, Training, and Research. Requested report date is May 2019, and candidates should be in the window for PCS orders.
Here is a document with further details:
Despite what it says in the document above, all applications have to go through the Medical Corps Chief’s Office at BUMED. Submit applications there via your Specialty Leader NLT 5 October 2018.
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.
The details of the position are here:
You need to be able to show up by 1 MAY 2019.
Despite what is says in the above document, the deadline for interested applicants is 15 SEPT 2018 via your Specialty Leader. The original deadline was extended.
This is a O6-level leadership opportunity with the Defense Health Agency. The candidate should be a senior leader with extensive experience in healthcare delivery and a Masters (or higher) of Public Health or other healthcare discipline that required a thesis/dissertation.
Applications are due to the Corps Chief’s Office NLT 1 OCT 2018 via your Specialty Leader.
Here is a document with all the details of the position:
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|
Here is the latest grid of available billets from PERS. Your Detailer is the POC for anyone interested:
|Student||Naval War College||Newport||CDR||JPME1 done||Summer Annually||1 yr|
|Phys research||N Med Research C||Silver Springs||All||6ZF qualified||Summer 2019||3 yrs|
|SMO||AS 39 EMORY S LAND||Guam||CAPT||Primary Care||Summer 2019||2 yrs|
|SMO||FRANK CABLE||Guam||CAPT||Primary Care||Summer 2019||2 yrs|
|Gp Surg/SMO||NCG2 (Seabees)||Gulf Port||CDR||Primary Care||May-19||2 yrs|
|REGT SURG||8MARREGT 2MARDIV||Camp LeJeune||LCDR||Primary Care||Summer 2019||2 yrs|
|REGT SURG||3MEDBN 3MLG||Okinawa||LCDR||Primary Care||Summer 2019||2 yrs|
|DEPT HEAD||CVN 73 GEO WASH||Norfolk||LCDR||Primary Care||WINTER/Spr 2018||2 yrs|
|DEPT HEAD||CVN 75 H TRUMAN||Norfolk||LCDR||Primary Care||Summer 2019||2 yrs|
|DEPT HEAD||CVN 70 VINSON||Bremerton||LCDR||Primary Care||Summer 2019||2 yrs|
|SMO||LHD 7 IWO JIMA||Mayport||LCDR/CDR||Primary Care||Summer 2019||2 yrs|
|SMO||LHD 3 KEARSARGE||Norfolk||LCDR/CDR||Primary Care||Summer 2019||2 yrs|
|SMO||LHA 6 AMERICA||San Diego||LCDR/CDR||Primary Care||Summer 2019||2 yrs|
|SMO||LHD 4 BOXER||San Diego||LCDR/CDR||Primary Care||Summer 2019||2 yrs|
|DIR HS/GHE||NMTSC F DT SA||San Antonio||CAPT/(s)||GHE exp||Summer 2019||3 yrs|