alternative billets

Uniformed Executive Officer to the Assistant Director, Combat Support, Defense Health Agency – O4/O5

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The Director, Defense Health Agency (DHA) requests nominations to fill the O-4/5 level position Uniformed Executive Officer to the Assistant Director, Combat Support, DHA. The primary duty station is Falls Church, Virginia. The selected officer should arrive no later than December 1, 2020.

Please see the signed memorandum:

Anyone interested must submit their CV and Bio to me at < at > NLT COB 7 OCT 2020.

Division Chief, Hearing Center of Excellence, Research and Development Directorate (J-9), Defense Health Agency – O5/O6

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They are looking for an ENT Surgeon, Neurologist, Flight Surgeon, or Occ Med Physician to fill this position:

Anyone interested in applying needs to send me their CV and military bio by COB 25 SEP 2020 at < at >

2021 Non-Specialty Specific Billet Opportunities

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Please see the note below from the Senior Detailer. Anyone who applied for XO, CO, OIC, CMO, or Senior Executive/Operational is highly encouraged to also apply for any positions on this list that interest them. Not everyone who applied for the jobs I slate will get one. There are not enough positions available:

Greetings from PERS,

Reaching out to invite your attention to a number of outstanding billet opportunities available to MC officers in 2021. Please see the attached documents for information regarding our “Non-Specialty Specific Billet” assignment process, including a PDF application, and a listing of available opportunities to include:

  • Operational Assignments (FST OICs/CATF Surgeons, Marine Regimental Surgeons, LHD SMOs, and others)
  • Administrative Assignments (BUMED, DHA, PERS, and others)
  • Research Assignments (NMRC, NMRU-San Antonio, and others)
  • Naval War College – JPME Phase II – Newport, RI

Please contact your detailer if you would like to discuss these options.

Applications are due to your detailer NLT 25 SEP.


Todd A. Gardner, MD, MPH, FAAFP


Head, Medical Corps Assignments

Executive Medicine, Surgical Specialties

Navy Personnel Command, PERS-4415

5720 Integrity Drive

Millington, TN 38005

901-874-4094 DSN 94+ 312-882-4094

todd.a.gardner2 < at >

2 Medical Corps Hotfills

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Here are the two positions:

PDs are above for both, and include contact info. Interested parties should reach out to their Detailer by 12 JUN 2020.

Aide de Camp for LTG Place (DHA) – O4

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LTG Place is looking for a new Aide de Camp.  This is open to an O-4 from any Corps; the PD is here.  Candidates must be PCS eligible to Falls Church, Virginia and report NLT Jan 1, 2021.  If Medical Corps, they should be post-residency training and preferably in an overmanned specialty.  Packages should be submitted to CAPT Anthony Keller NLT 1 July 2020 (contact is in the global) and should include CV, Bio and OSR/PSR (single PDF file) along with PERS’ concurrence for the move.

Principal Deputy to the Assistant Director for Management, DHA – O6

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There is a short fuse opportunity for an O-6 to become the Principal Deputy to the Assistant Director for Management, DHA. The desired report date is June 1, 2020; duty station is Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, VA. Although the position description says they want an MSC officer, it is open to applicants from any Corps. Nominations are due to DHA on April 1, so any potential applicants should reach out to CDR Melissa Austin (contact in the global) immediately.

Throwback Thursday Classic Post – How to Evaluate the Promotion Potential of a Billet/Position

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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.

FY20-21 Tours with Industry Applicants Sought

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From Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) — Navy announced March 19, that select Sailors can apply to participate in the Secretary of the Navy Tours with Industry (SNTWI) program.

Outlined in NAVADMIN 072/20, SNTWI is a unique and non-traditional opportunity for Active Duty and Full-Time Support (FTS) Sailors in paygrades E-6 to 0-6 to work with corporations.  The tours are normally between 10 and 12-months in length depending on community and corporate requirements.

SNTWI Fellows are fully immersed in corporate industry to learn and observe corporate processes and best practices while actively engaged in projects and company operations.  The knowledge gained as a SNTWI Fellow will assist in bringing innovative ideas and proven practices back to the Navy.

Applicants must be high performing, within physical standards of readiness, and within three months of their Projected Rotation Date by September 2020 in order to be eligible for participation.  Additionally, applicants who are within 11 months of a career milestone, within three years of retirement, or within one year of re-enlistment by July 2020 are not eligible for this program. Unfortunately, no more applications from the Civil Engineer Corps or the Surface Warfare Officer Corps can be taken for the FY20-21 program.  Sailors in the aviation community must contact their detailer with questions regarding eligibility.

Officer applications must be routed through the applicant’s detailer, and the Community Distribution Division will select candidates.  Enlisted applications should be sent to the SNTWI program office at  Eligibility will be based solely on individual community needs and demands.  The SNTWI application, NAVPERS 1330/4, is available online at  Additionally, all candidates must provide a biography and resume.

All communities must submit the names of their selectees to the Director of SNTWI (PERS-443) no later than March 31, 2020, and communities are encouraged to submit alternate names for unfilled quotas. The Community Distribution Division will make candidate selection and partner companies have final approval of candidates.  Candidates will be matched with a company by July 2020, and the individual communities will notify selectees. Sailors selected for this program incur a service obligation of three times the number of months they participate in the SNTWI program.

For more information on eligibility, application details and specific community guidelines, read NAVADMIN 072/20 at

For community-specific eligibility and application questions, contact your detailer.  For program questions not pertaining to application and eligibility, contact

Companies and locations available can be found here:

Flag Aide for Asst. Director for Combat Support at DHA – O3/O4

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DHA is looking for a Flag Aide for the Assistant Director for Combat Support (currently Maj Gen Payne) to report NLT Nov 2020; here are the official announcement and PD.  This is a rare opportunity for one of our O-3/O-4s to be at the epicenter of the readiness arm of the Defense Health Aagency.

Applications (LOI, CV, Bio) should be submitted to CDR Melissa Austin (contact is in the global) NLT  6 Jan 2020.

Assistant Deputy Chief, M2 – Research & Development at BUMED – O5/O6

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BUMED is looking for an O-5/O-6 to fill the Assistant Deputy Chief for Research and Development (M2) position in June of 2020.

CAPT Matthew Lim is the incumbent and his contact is in the global address book for questions. Here’s some additional info, if interested:

Assistant Deputy Chief Research and Development M2

Interested candidates should submit their CV and Bio to CDR Melissa Austin (also in the global) NLT 27 November with Detailer/Specialty Leader concurrence that you are eligible to PCS.