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This note solicits applications for Reserve Direct Commission Officer (DCO), leading to a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve, designator 1655 Special Duty (Public Affairs).  Reserve enlisted personnel and civilians who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. 

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited institution, preferably in the fields of communication, English, Journalism, broadcasting, public relations, rhetoric/speech, marketing, international studies or public administration. Applicants may not have passed their 42nd birthday at time of commissioning.

While the PAO Reserve DCO program is tailored towards enlisted media ratings, all enlisted ratings are eligible to apply.  We select applicants (enlisted and civilian) whose superior performance indicates they are the best qualified. 

The Professional Review (PR) schedule is based on available openings in the community.  

 - The FY16 Professional Review was held on 20 July 2015, nominating four applicants for commissioning to Navy Recruiting Command (NRC). 

 - A date and number of quotas for the FY17 Professional Review is not yet announced. 

The Vice Chief of Information (VCI) conducts an administrative professional review of all applications.  VCI forwards the recommended selections to NRC, who notifies the applicants of their selection/non-selection via the applicant’s recruiter and/or Commanding Officer. 

Selectees will attend/complete the two-week DCO Indoctrination Course at Newport, RI within one year of commissioning, and have the opportunity to attend the Defense Information School (DINFOS) Public Affairs Qualification Course (PAQC-ADL-NR) 6-month on-line course, with the follow-on 2-week resident course (PAQC-ADL-R) at Ft. Meade, MD.

Apply through your Navy Officer Recruiter or Command Career Counselor.

Points of Contact:

LCDR Donald TOSO (Reserve OCM) (COMM) 901-874-3162    

Mr. Christopher Bishop (CHINFO Liaison) (COMM) 901-874-4023, (DSN) 882-4023


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