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All you want to know about being a "chop" (Ask your STuPId Supply questions here)

Discussion in 'Supply Officer' started by sonnyb, Nov 25, 2002.

  1. RUFiO181

    RUFiO181 Making Recruiting Great Again

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    Why didn't you ask any of these questions during your three interviews? A big chunk of a professional interview is to field career-specific questions about the Supply Corps community.

    I've seen some interviewers give not-so-favorable remarks on the interview sheet because the applicant didn't bother asking questions even though it was encouraged. They took the interview as if the applicant just wants to "boost" his chances of getting selected and not truly experience an opportunity to talk to someone in the community for 15-20+ years.
     
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  2. NavyOffRec

    NavyOffRec Well-Known Member

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    Step 1: get selected, Supply is very competitive.
    Step 2: everything else.........
     
  3. Pasup

    Pasup New Member

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    I actually did ask a good few questions; these I came up with afterwards. We have a family friend who's an SC officer who I could certainly ask, but I figured gaining multiple perspectives from here would be valuable. In addition, I definitely would like to get more involved with the community on this site over time and viewed this as a good opportunity to join in.
     
  4. RUFiO181

    RUFiO181 Making Recruiting Great Again

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    @NavyOffRec nailed it. Focus on getting selected and getting through OCS. Once you clear that and start Supply Corps School, you'll have a ton of briefings and info sessions about the various career paths Supply corps officers can pursue.
     
  5. Pasup

    Pasup New Member

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    Got it. I appreciate the response (from both of you)! I wasn't aware of how much info they would give me regarding that, but I'm looking forward to it, assuming I get in.
     
  6. JDtoSupply

    JDtoSupply Chop

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    There is no right answer, just depends on what you want out of your Naval experience. Submarines/MCMs allow you to meet your Department Head wicket for O4 boards. It is not a hard requirement but you will be less competitive if you are not on or have completed a DH tour by your O4 board(s). With less operational LHD/DDG/CGs for O3 SUPPO billets these days, those are not only competitive but not guaranteed. Getting it done early can be advantageous. That said, you are on your own on the boat on a sub/MCM and have to sometimes figure things out for yourself. Submarines can be difficult if you don't have a good personality for them. If you're going to get out of the Navy and don't care about O4, maybe do what interests you the most.

    Submarines and, to some lesser extent, MCMs look very good for your first tour because you will absolutely get S-1 (Logistics) experience, which can be elusive on a DDG/CVN/CG/LHD/LHA/Expeditionary. That said the important point is that you get qualified on your first tour.

    Planning your career is important, and you seem to have done some research. Consider internships that will give you an AQD. Also consider what that AQD might do to a) open doors to AQD-required billets or b) limit options as now you have an AQD that might be in demand or niche and a detailer will shoehorn you that way. Any path you choose is going to have +/- aspects. Internships are competitively selected (+), can get you an AQD (+), but may not be competitive with FITREP rankings if you don't have multiple O3 SC Officers (-) and may not get you the right networking connections that being at a major FLC for your shore duty might (O6 boss, lots of O5/O6s in area to network with, etc).

    The most important factor to your success is sustained superior performance. No one cares about your pedigree, just that you work hard and solve problems.

    This is a little too far ahead at your current point, but your second OP tour is very reliant on what the rest of your career has achieved and what billets are open. Expeditionary has opened up in recent years from what once was a career detractor to being career enhancing all the same as that coveted CVN LT billet.

    Of all the SC Officers I've met, the guys/gals coming in saying "I'm going to make Commander/Captain/be an Admiral" are the ones most likely to leave after 4-5 years. Focus on one tour at a time of sustained superior performance. Plan your next 1-2 tours accordingly, but not much will save you from bad FITREPs.

    Best of luck getting accepted.
     
  7. NavyOffRec

    NavyOffRec Well-Known Member

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    considering an MCM has only a handful of officers would an MCM even have a Supply officer?
     
  8. Gatordev

    Gatordev Well-Known Member Site Admin Contributor None

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    Well somebody has to order the raisins.
     
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    ea6bflyr Working Class Bum Super Moderator None Contributor

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    Gatordev Well-Known Member Site Admin Contributor None

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    See the People's Cookie thread (and I think there might have been some minor discussion about G-Suits). We have met the enemy, and it is raisins.
     
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    BackOrdered Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Yes. One Ensign.
     
  12. NavyOffRec

    NavyOffRec Well-Known Member

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    wow, that is arduous duty.
     

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