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PERS-432K LCDR Josh Ales, firstname.lastname@example.org
Navy Personnel Command
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN 38055-4320
DSN 882-2721, COMM (901) 874-2721
My mission is to get you the orders you desire. Let me explain the current landscape so we are in agreement on how we are going to get there.
We are in high demand as a community across the globe. This is not news to most of you. We are reducing the number of officers in the fleet but the job signal remains high and thus we have to be extremely smart about the "who, what, and where" in the job choice process. I am striving to fulfill my responsibility as your advocate in this process. That being said, here are some of the items I would like you to have thought about when you call or email me to begin the detailing process:
One: You must have a grasp of your priorities. What is most important to you? Location? Career enhancement? Flying possibilities? These are all factors in where we can get you heading for follow on jobs. Location can be limitless so try to narrow down different commands at locations you are interested in. The big focus needs to be continuing to set you up for the next promotion milestone. Getting tough jobs where you can compete against large numbers, and break out is the number one thing you can do to continually improve your record. There are tremendous flying possibilities out there from the FRS, EAWS, NSAWC, NSAWC N10, VX's, VT's, and the Wing. The list goes on but this is a big factor for a lot of us as it is the driving force behind why most of us are wearing flight suits on a daily basis.
Two: Talk to your command so you can have an idea of when they are going to be able to let you transfer. Obviously you have your PRD to start from, but your Skipper and XO will have a plan if they can afford to roll you early or if they will need you to help out beyond your PRD.
Three: Remove any detailer stigmas that you may have from your thoughts. As stated above, I work for you. I will work to the best of my ability to get the job you want. I am charged with balancing this with the needs of the Navy and keeping you on track to your next career milestone. Keep your wishes logical and within reason, and contact me initially between 9 - 12 months prior to your PRD. Giving me all the information about your situation is, without a doubt, the best way to get orders that you are happy with.
Four: GSA is not going away in the near future. You should give serious thought to when taking GSA orders would be best for you and your family and try to maintain as much control over that process as possible.
We are all eager to enter the new era of Electronic Attack especially now as we start to see EA-18G's in the fleet. We must all remember first and foremost we are Naval Officers charged with providing electronic effects, globally, at a moment's notice, regardless if that is from a Growler, a Prowler, or a Humvee. We are doing our best at the Bureau to set our community up for success throughout the transition. We will have two airframes for a short period of time but remember that we are still one community.