Let's Talk Timing
As detailers, our job is to set you up for success, do our part in getting you promoted/screened for the next career milestone, and provide you with career advice you need to move onward and upward. A key step in setting yourself up for promotion and successful screening is to ENSURE YOUR PERFORMANCE IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR RECORD AT ANY BOARD – NOT POOR TIMING.
Make no mistake about it, SUSTAINED SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE AT SEA is the most important factor in promotion/screening, but TIMING into your milestone tour (i.e. DIVO/DH/XO/CO/MCO) is important and delaying your arrival in a milestone tour can have a cascading effect from which it may be difficult to recover.
Also, it is important to know what your career NEEDs as you progress. From your first DIVO tour to Major Command, you will notionally have the opportunity for five non-milestone tours – One post-DIVO, two post-DH (PDH), and two post-CDR CMD (PCC). During these tours, you should look to complete five things which your career will need – JPME Ph I, a Master’s Degree, a SWO community tour, a Joint Tour, and a DC tour. While some officers will be able to package these 1-for-1 into the five opportunities, that isn’t always the case (and it doesn’t need to be). For example, if an officer attends a qualifying Master’s program at NPS they may complete both the Master’s and JPME Ph I. There are many ways to accomplish all that your career needs, and there isn’t a one-size-fits all approach to completion – TALK TO YOUR DETAILER EARLY! WE ARE HERE TO ASSIST YOU IN YOUR PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING!