Still a Pollywog, not yet a Shellback
Thank you Sculpin, I am very impressed by your answers!I couldn't tell you which is right. The spreadsheet you saw maybe said June 20, 2017? I was told the board this year convened on June 7. Whichever it is, best of luck to you. If you have 20 years experience, you're golden.
Active duty EDOs are largely SWOs who redesignate after their sea tours and warfare qual (there's also lateral transfers and other things). Thing is, the same engineering B.S. requirement applies, and relatively speaking, you won't find a lot of those.
Then for those who want to be EDOs, they go to NPS for 2 years and go through qualifications and have at least a 2 year obligation. A lot of Navy officers just want to leave after they paid back the 4 years required of them from NROTC or USNA, and not incur at least another 4 years. There's also lots of SWOs that may stay in another 1-3 years during their shore tours to "figure out their life" after the Navy, so to speak. I live in a major Navy city and have known tons of these.
Then we look at the Navy Reserve DCO program. Think about it this way:
- How many engineers give a second thought about the military? Look at engineers around you. Our mindset is different from the average. There tends to be more rationality, more practicality, less machismo, etc.
- Why would someone making a six-figure salary working on the cutting-edge of technology, energy, construction, auto, etc. want to deal with the military, unless they have deeply-seated interests and motivations?
- How many people are even aware of what any military service reserve is, what the Navy DCO program is, or what an EDO is?
- How many engineers are even US citizens?
- How many meet basic fitness standards, nevermind the ability to run, push-up, and curl-up much better than the average person? This includes me with regards to running. I used to be a solid runner, but ignoring most cardio for the last 4 years to focus on lifting is biting me in the ass. Don't be deceived if you have a great bench press 5RM either. It's a different beast from cranking out 80+ push-ups in one set.
There's a lot more reasons why so few engineers apply to the Navy EDO DCO program but we could brainstorm about that for hours.
You're a unicorn as you are already. You don't need a fancy computer science PhD from Cal or CMU.
EDOs don't really practice engineering. You won't be playing with CAD tools, coding, design, etc. It's a bit more like technical program management. And unless you're a civil engineer, I can't imagine there being much in the military that would be a better opportunity for engineers than in the civilian world.
As I review more and more of the highly qualified profiles from other DCO applicants (ie PAO and IWC candidates), I think I am going to just focus my energy on re-applying the next go around.
I did apply last week but I only finished my packet the day before the EDO board. My OR was excellent and they helped to push me on to finish this packet in only a few weeks. However, everything happened so quickly that I didn't have the luxury of time to "strategize" my packet. As such, I don't think I presented my strongest kit/ packet.
1) Do you have any idea/ guess on when we will hear back?
2) Does anyone know when the next board/ next deadline is?