Right now I'm waiting for my PTMO packet to come back (current Army NG Infantry Captain) and crossing my fingers for selection.
Because I'm a planner and can't sit still waiting to hear back, I'm doing some research to figure out how to reach my goals if selected. I understand the DSF elements aren't a long term a career, I understand it won't be my first assignment, and I understand they're very competitive assignments. What I'm looking to do is make myself a much more competitive prospect for DSF.
I'm looking to make a plan to make myself a competitive choice for DSF and hit the ground running between notification of selection and my commissioning/DCO school.
I'm very physically active and in good shape, having scored 322/300 on the last Army PT test I took. Looking at the DSF standards I'm well within the minimum and I still have 8 months of prep time before DCO.
I've also looked at attending courses at a local private Military/LE training school which offers rifle and pistol courses as well as various SWAT operation training courses.
Other than "do my best at schools and my first assignment", what certs and experience I can take on myself should I try to do? Currently I'm a Mountain Warfare qualified Infantry officer in the Army National Guard, who takes every chance possible to do state/regional/national NG marksmanship competitions and work with the Regional CBRNE team. I'd like to exploit my background, training, and interests if I get appointed to the USCG. Thanks for reading.