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Coast Guard DCIO (Direct Commission Intelligence Officer)

Hair Warrior

JO 1835
Contributor
I'm not sure if you follow promotion stats
I do not follow all designators through all the wickets nor calculate the effective throughput rate for each designator over time to find the percentage of LT’s who end up making CAPT, then compare across designators.

I’ve also only met one Navy SSO. He was an ENS in the USNR and 20+ year O-6 U.S. Merchant Marine Officer with more experience driving big gray floaty things than most SWO’s. So I don’t know the gouge on Navy SSO promotions.
 
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Flash

SEVAL/ECMO
None
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I’ve also only met one Navy SSO. He was an ENS in the USNR and 20+ year O-6 U.S. Merchant Marine Officer with more experience driving big gray floaty things than most SWO’s. So I don’t know the gouge on Navy SSO promotions.
Huh? Was he an Ensign in the USNR and a merchant marine Captain? There is really no such thing as an ‘O-6 US Merchant Marine Officer’ with one rare exception.

There are plenty of SSO’s in the USNR but they usually are in their own units and rarely go outside them, I know a little more than the average reservist because I MOB’d with a few and I worked with one for a year.
 

Flash

SEVAL/ECMO
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Super Moderator
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I’ve been told (by an O-5, Cutterman, USCG-Ret.) that the Coast Guard doesn’t do URL/RL/SC the same way the USN does, and any USCG officer can hold command at sea. Anyone have clarity on this?
That's my understanding. There was a JAG Coastie who got his LLM during my first year of law school and he had previously commanded a cutter. He said that he could bounce between JAG and more URL type billets, but career timing is a consideration. He also didn't pickup JAG until further into his career. Im sure they aren't giving any old JAG with little sea time command of a cutter.
The commander of the entity I was at for a while was a Coastie who was a SWO/Cutterman and a JAG, he and several others were SWO/Intel O's who did one tour at sea and their next on shore doing their other job. Not sure the breadth of jobs available but there seemed to be plenty, the only folks who seemed to not have to do this were the aviators.
 

BarryD

Well-Known Member
You can make O-6 in any DCO program. What’s different?
Didn't know about a SSO DCO program.

On a related note, guys who go through the SSOP (college) can request to go active or something along those lines and essentially commission like NROTC/Academy guys and pick up a flight school spot and stuff. Good deal if you wanted to get a MT degree/not subject yourself to tier 1 pain and commission.
 

Bergers2short

Active Member
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The commander of the entity I was at for a while was a Coastie who was a SWO/Cutterman and a JAG, he and several others were SWO/Intel O's who did one tour at sea and their next on shore doing their other job. Not sure the breadth of jobs available but there seemed to be plenty, the only folks who seemed to not have to do this were the aviators.
I got the feeling that this is because their Academy and OCS grads, unless selected for aviation, have to do an initial tour either on a cutter or in sector ops (prevention or response) then they can specialize in intel, hr, etc. I wonder if folks who enter one of those specialties via DCO would be hindered from taking a sea/ops tour because they didn't have that ensign tour.
 

fieldrat

Fully Qualified 1815
I agree with what Fieldrat stated.
This has been nagging me for the past couple of days.

I feel like bringing folks in at higher pay (not rank) OK, but it's all about implementation.

A few options I came up with-

Specialized Warrant (W-1) with incentive pay, and stalled promotion, same as new Cyber Warrant program for IONs.

LDO with Instant LTJG and regular promotion to LT. No further promotion unless you off-ramp at 8 years of service.

I think either of these is a decent starting point for managing the (skills, money, experience) triangle.
 

Hair Warrior

JO 1835
Contributor
I don’t disagree but I am pretty sure the IWC LDO program is gone or going away. No more 6835’s (Intel LDO) - I went to DCOIC with the last one.
 

Crippy011

You live by the gouge, you die by the gouge
This has been nagging me for the past couple of days.

I feel like bringing folks in at higher pay (not rank) OK, but it's all about implementation.

A few options I came up with-

Specialized Warrant (W-1) with incentive pay, and stalled promotion, same as new Cyber Warrant program for IONs.

LDO with Instant LTJG and regular promotion to LT. No further promotion unless you off-ramp at 8 years of service.

I think either of these is a decent starting point for managing the (skills, money, experience) triangle.
I hear ya. Here's the challanges i'm facing. It took almost 3 years to achieve full TS/SCI adjudication and now there are additional requirements being forced upon reserve units for accounts and visiting the NIOC's. With these delays, i'll be putting on O3 before I can even go to my NIOC to qualify.

Big Navy needs to address these parts first before they can even talk about bringing in more specialized folks. I can certainly sympathize with those who leave after their 3 years.
 

fieldrat

Fully Qualified 1815
I hear ya. Here's the challanges i'm facing. It took almost 3 years to achieve full TS/SCI adjudication and now there are additional requirements being forced upon reserve units for accounts and visiting the NIOC's. With these delays, i'll be putting on O3 before I can even go to my NIOC to qualify.

Big Navy needs to address these parts first before they can even talk about bringing in more specialized folks. I can certainly sympathize with those who leave after their 3 years.
It's an issue across all the Nioc units, both active and reserve. I've seen JO's promote and burn through their entire billet without setting foot on site.

All I can suggest is to have your unit SSO constantly ping the active duty SSO for updates. There are other levers as well, PM me.
 
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