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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.Hey everyone,
I’m in the process of creating and submitted my package to apply for the Supply Corps. I think I have a pretty good shot, based on some of the statistics I’ve seen as well as some of the threads on this forum (3.7 undergrad in psych, 3.6 MBA, 58 OAR and appraisals from three O-6s). I’ve been lurking for a decent amount of time now trying to find as much info as I can about becoming a Supply Corps Officer, but I was left with a few questions to which I couldn’t seem to find answers. Any assistance with those answers would be greatly appreciated.
1. I saw someone ask about what would be the best ship career-wise for an initial OP tour out of OSCS. The answers seemed mixed, with some saying a carrier or LHD/LHA because of the comparatively large Supply Corps departments (more experience/mentorship and an O-5 or O-6 SuppO) and the ability to get two warfare qual. pins in one tour. Others said a sub or MCM ship because of the independent duty experience. I don’t mind either situation, but which do you all think would look better in the long run?
2. Which type of job would look best on the first OP tour? I’ve seen that most people are either sales, disbursing, or food service; are there more prestigious jobs than this out there, and if so, what are they? I don’t mind doing jobs like these, of course, but again, I want to go with what would be best career-wise (the current plan is to stay in for at least a full 20 years, assuming I make it in at all).
3. After the first OP tour, I’d like to go for an internship, and the ones that looked most interesting were in OPLOG-Planning, OPLOG-NSW, and Business Financial Management. Are any of these more enjoyable than the others? Do any have better career prospects? I was also looking into competing for a Flag Aide spot or trying to teach at NSCS, if it makes any difference.
4. For the second OP tour, I’m thinking it would be best to use what I’ve learned through the internship experience. How possible do you all think that would be given the internships in which I’m interested? Do you have a better suggestion of where to try for, either for a more enjoyable tour or a better career move?
Essentially I want to work my butt off to get as many qualifications and as much experience as I can to better my chances of at least making Commander. I’m probably greatly overthinking this right now, but all the career playbooks they put out say to plan at least three tours ahead, so I’m trying to loosely plan at least until PG School.
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.