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Which Specialty should I be pushing for? Navy Reserve Officer

bluemarlin04

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OPINTEL may be a core competency but having worked alongside Navy Intel O’s almost my whole career they do far more than “mostly PowerPoint”.
I’m an 1830. Been stationed in the airwing on the Reagan and sat almost all the positions in CVIC and also FIWO, than JIOC, than special programs, and now my fourth command at a fleet staff.

I’m about to punch out and go to the reserves but in my four active duty commands at a variety of sea and shore they all were based on opintel production and PowerPoint.

That isn’t to say that you only do PowerPoint. You have to understand the disciplines to make the slides and speak to them but you definitely will he briefing and making slides almost every day.

My most challenging job was a special program and that required a screening to get into but even that had daily PowerPoint briefs you made.

Just trying to say that PowerPoint and opintel production is going to be what you do most.

Which is why I said “Intelligence is MOSTLY PowerPoint”
 
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bubblehead

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Which is why I said “Intelligence is MOSTLY PowerPoint”
Pretty much. The Reserve side ain't much better which is one of the reasons why I changed designators. I recommend reading my other thread to get a feel for where the community is at on the Reserve side from a manning perspective.
 

bluemarlin04

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Pretty much. The Reserve side ain't much better which is one of the reasons why I changed designators. I recommend reading my other thread to get a feel for where the community is at on the Reserve side from a manning perspective.
Do you mind if I PM you questions about how to lateral transfer? I’m about to leave active and was interested in the process.
 

bubblehead

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Do you mind if I PM you questions about how to lateral transfer? I’m about to leave active and was interested in the process.
Sure. If you are leaving soon, I would HIGHLY recommend contacting an officer recruiter. I can also give you the POC at PERS who manages our community.
 

RUFiO181

Making Recruiting Great Again
Sure. If you are leaving soon, I would HIGHLY recommend contacting an officer recruiter. I can also give you the POC at PERS who manages our community.
He needs to contact CTO to affiliate with the reserve. If he wants to change reserve designstors it’s all internal - no OR involvement.
 

Flash

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I’m an 1830. Been stationed in the airwing on the Reagan and sat almost all the positions in CVIC and also FIWO, than JIOC, than special programs, and now my fourth command at a fleet staff...but you definitely will he briefing and making slides almost every day....Just trying to say that PowerPoint and opintel production is going to be what you do most....Which is why I said “Intelligence is MOSTLY PowerPoint”
Yet in the last five units and offices I've worked Intel O's have rarely touched powerpoint, it really depends on the billet and the command. The 3 Intel O's we have in my current command generally don't do powerpoint and usually end up supplementing us aviators doing aviator stuff. And as you move up as an officer one usually does less 'doing' and more leading and managing. You know, the fun stuff!
 

NavyOffRec

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Yet in the last five units and offices I've worked Intel O's have rarely touched powerpoint, it really depends on the billet and the command. The 3 Intel O's we have in my current command generally don't do powerpoint and usually end up supplementing us aviators doing aviator stuff. And as you move up as an officer one usually does less 'doing' and more leading and managing. You know, the fun stuff!
I wonder if it depends on what the CO wants, the Intel O I worked on shore duty said that when she was in a squadron all the briefs she gave had to be in powerpoint, she was a master at it!
 

LET73

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Powerpoint is a thing we use to convey information. Sometimes the people you work for get really hung up on it and get upset if you use the wrong shade of blue (this is not a problem unique to intel), but if your information and your analysis/assessments suck, no one cares if you know all the cool powerpoint tricks. I've QC'd my share of slides as ship's company and on shore duty, but it doesn't dominate my daily tasks as an intel O, and really hasn't in the last 10 years.
 

bluemarlin04

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In my previous 3 jobs I’d say about 4 hours a day were spent making the morning opintel brief and the other 4-5 hours were spent doing collaterals, Evals, and written bulletins.
 

Sculpin

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I thoroughly enjoy how this thread has become about how prominent PowerPoint is for Intel officers. As long as the Navy's use of PowerPoint and other Microsoft products plays some factor in driving up MSFT stocks, I'm a happy man. ;) YTD is up about $17 a share!
 
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bryanteagle6

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They are not stupid like the Navy with certain things. I actually helped a friend of mine who was an attorney during the day and a Navy Reserve 1835. He wanted to be a Navy JAG but was told, "sorry, we only take Reserve JAGs who were previously active duty JAGs." He spoke with the Air Force Reserve and they welcomed him with open arms. So, I helped him put together an interservice transfer package.

He's now an Air Force Reserve JAG.

+1 Air Force
-1 Navy
Current NAVINFORES commander has a civilian background as a lawyer.
I guess lawyers can be intel guys but intel guys can't be lawyers!
 

NavyOffRec

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Current NAVINFORES commander has a civilian background as a lawyer.
I guess lawyers can be intel guys but intel guys can't be lawyers!
Things were different back then, and looking at his background when he was selected he wasn't a lawyer, I am not saying it couldn't happen now, but you can't compare boards from 32 years ago to today.
 
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