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DCO Supply Chances and Selections

ABMD

Pork Chop
I was selected for the Supply Corps DCO program first attempt I'm still in shock! Has anyone on here been to DCOIC school in the last three years or know someone that has? If anyone wants to know how I approached the process let me know. Perhaps I could help in some small way.
Shoot me a PM, I attended in 2017.
 

FitGar

New Member
I went to my recruiting command for the first time since I was rejected, and now have a new recruiter. He suggested I consider enlisting in reserves for now until I finish my masters, and try applying then as the "in navy" experience will be good. What do you guys think?
 

Navyjames007

New Member
I went to my recruiting command for the first time since I was rejected, and now have a new recruiter. He suggested I consider enlisting in reserves for now until I finish my masters, and try applying then as the "in navy" experience will be good. What do you guys think?
It can't hurt and they won't say a masters is required but honestly it is the new standard for these boards. The majority of DCO's have one even if it doesn't pertain to your job. I have a master's in International Relations from Northeastern so yeah it's not supply related but it still shows academic achievement. The reserves is what you make of it so if you go in as a LS (which I would recommended) you'll only have more on your resume when they look at your package. A former board member told me it usually, but not always, ends up being half and half ( civilian/prior enlisted) so it's really up to you. if you are selected for the DCO you'll be in the reserves anyways so might as well know how it works so it will be easy for you.
 

Hair Warrior

JO 1835
Contributor
I was selected for the Supply Corps DCO program first attempt I'm still in shock! Has anyone on here been to DCOIC school in the last three years or know someone that has? If anyone wants to know how I approached the process let me know. Perhaps I could help in some small way.
If you are sharp enough to get selected, you and your class are sharp enough to succeed at DCOIC without external advice. Listen to your senior chiefs. Be one team. Put out full effort. Have fun.
 

ABMD

Pork Chop
I went to my recruiting command for the first time since I was rejected, and now have a new recruiter. He suggested I consider enlisting in reserves for now until I finish my masters, and try applying then as the "in navy" experience will be good. What do you guys think?
I'd say, it depends on what you want to do. Do you want to be an officer? If so, keep plugging away at DCO. If you just want to serve then consider enlisting. Keep in mind, enlisting does not guarantee a DCO spot.
 

TNTNG

You're the only one who can stop your career goals
I'd say, it depends on what you want to do. Do you want to be an officer? If so, keep plugging away at DCO. If you just want to serve then consider enlisting. Keep in mind, enlisting does not guarantee a DCO spot.
As a active reservist, I applied with a BA degree 3 times and didn't get selected. I went back to school and completed a double major Master's and applied again and got selected on the 4th try. I thought the education contributed to this until I found out that the selection group before me all had BA degrees. I'm saying this to say that the application/packet in a whole, you submit vs the competition's, is the deciding factor. I don't believe that it's any one thing that makes you a better candidate.
 

TNTNG

You're the only one who can stop your career goals
As a active reservist, I applied with a BA degree 3 times and didn't get selected. I went back to school and completed a double major Master's and applied again and got selected on the 4th try. I thought the education contributed to this until I found out that the selection group before me all had BA degrees. I'm saying this to say that the application/packet in a whole, you submit vs the competition's, is the deciding factor. I don't believe that it's any one thing that makes you a better candidate.
I just want to add to my previous comment regarding the selection group before me: At least one of them worked at a high level in QA as a Federal/Civilian Service employee, so that can clearly compensate for education, but you better have one or the other to be competitive.
 

RUFiO181

Making Recruiting Great Again
I just want to add to my previous comment regarding the selection group before me: At least one of them worked at a high level in QA as a Federal/Civilian Service employee, so that can clearly compensate for education, but you better have one or the other to be competitive.
I just realized you got selected for AMDO DCO instead of DCO Supply.
 

Sculpin

Well-Known Member
I just want to add to my previous comment regarding the selection group before me: At least one of them worked at a high level in QA as a Federal/Civilian Service employee, so that can clearly compensate for education, but you better have one or the other to be competitive.
Congrats on your selection! 4th time's a charm, evidently.

Or ideally having both to be competitive. But there's some truth to where you work making a difference. I was told repeatedly during my application process that being some kind of government or defense employee was a good boost. Of course, it didn't help that I wasn't. But there's lots of things to do to "compensate", such as level of education. Community service 2-4 times a month certainly helps. A very strong motivational statement can make all the difference. If you're jokingly accused of hiring professional writers, it's probably not too shabby. Interview appraisals also play hugely. Having 10/10 interviews with a couple CAPTs is going to help you a lot, and a senior officer willing to volunteer their time to talk on the phone or meet in person is typically going to want to get to know you and help out especially if they see you as a good fit. Best to take advantage of it. Without the OAR to use as a benchmark along with a highly competitive selection program, there's lots more hair-splitting everywhere else. Heck, even the universities you attended can help.

I feel the more people realize just how involved this application process is, fewer applicant mistakes and a reduced degree of [innocent] ignorance will be present. Learn the PA, read pertinent documents, ask your recruiter questions, ask officers in the community questions, check if you need waivers for anything. Nothing kills me more than when I hear something like "Oopsie daisy I didn't know about this straightforward detail" and voila, non-select. Good luck everyone.
 

Navyjames007

New Member
Does anyone know who builds the DCOIC order requirements that will show up in your inbox through NROWS? Usually the OSO built them for my enlisted orders and then I would finish it and have them routed for approval. Now I have no idea since you can't build your own requirements like it was when I first came in the reserves. I'm guessing it's my NOSC since I am IAP?
 

Rudy.30

New Member
A few month out until the packets are due. CAPT interviews for me this week and rounding up the last couple of LOR’s and I will be ready to submit again. Anyone else submitting a packet for the board in June?
 
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