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16 Mar 2019 03:01 PM
    Hey, everyone. I just wanted to start a post for the aviators going up for the DCO board in April so we can have a place to share updates and information.
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    21 Mar 2019 11:02 PM
    Thanks for starting the thread. Any specific dates on when the panel is being convened?
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    22 Mar 2019 08:48 AM
    Good luck to all of you.
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    25 Mar 2019 11:40 PM
    @sardaddy Thanks

    @ Pendleton not sure exactly. I think it will convene in April with results in June July don't quote me though. What is your background?
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    01 Apr 2019 07:44 PM
    My understanding is April 15 for the board. Talking to someone that applied last year he also had a 15 April board date and was contacted first week of July.
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    04 Apr 2019 12:44 PM
    Yup, I was also told April 15th. Not sure why they take so long to announce results.
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    04 Apr 2019 06:12 PM
    Posted By 64driver on 04 Apr 2019 01:44 PM
    Yup, I was also told April 15th. Not sure why they take so long to announce results.

    The results have to go all the way up through the coast guard to the secretary of DHS for approval and come back down before they are released.

    Whatever branch you're coming from, my experience has been the coast guard does things slower. 
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    22 Apr 2019 07:38 PM
    Hey all, I am glad to see this group. I also heard 15 April is when the board convened. Recruiter said a month or so until results are out, but said it may take longer to find out due to being direct commission. So I am expecting July as well. Wish it was sooner as I am currently deployed and my wife is ready to find out if I am staying in the Army or going to the CG haha
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    27 Apr 2019 02:56 PM
    Welcome to the group and the wait.
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    16 May 2019 04:31 PM
    I was told by my recruiter that the unofficial list is out floating around somewhere but he doesn't have it. If someone could ask their recruiter if they have seen it that would be awesome.
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    16 May 2019 05:09 PM
    64driver, I’ll ask my recruiter. I emailed him yesterday to remind him I’m deployed so he doesn’t try and call my cell, but no response yet.
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    17 May 2019 07:19 AM
    Called my recruiter today. He doesn’t have any news yet.
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    20 May 2019 04:50 AM
    Another applicant here, just found this forum. I'll reach out to my recruiter today to see if he's got it.
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    20 May 2019 04:54 AM
    Another applicant here (we have 3 at NAS Whiting Field).  Seems like a great place to share info.  I'll get with our USCG brethren to see if they can get anything as well.
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    20 May 2019 02:24 PM
    Just got an e-mail from my recruiter. He doesn't have anything right now. He said he's thinking they'll get the unofficial list in 3-4 weeks or so.
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    03 Jun 2019 09:53 AM
    Unofficial results are out. Good news for me!
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    03 Jun 2019 09:58 AM
    Posted By 64driver on 03 Jun 2019 10:53 AM
    Unofficial results are out. Good news for me!


    You got the call, 64driver?
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    03 Jun 2019 10:50 AM
    Yes
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    03 Jun 2019 11:28 AM
    Congratulations 64driver!
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    03 Jun 2019 12:01 PM
    Thanks!
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    03 Jun 2019 04:58 PM
    Was emailed this morning as well. I am on the alternate list. I'm hoping some folks were made other offers they couldn't refuse (O4, dream orders in current branch, etc.) and congrats 64driver!
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    03 Jun 2019 07:22 PM
    Posted By s_86_d on 03 Jun 2019 05:58 PM
    Was emailed this morning as well. I am on the alternate list. I'm hoping some folks were made other offers they couldn't refuse (O4, dream orders in current branch, etc.) and congrats 64driver!

    Also big Coast Guard decides they can take more than they originally forecast. A buddy's recruiter explained it this way: primary selects are people the coast guard needs, alternates are people the coast guard wants, and I know several DCAs who were alternates last year and got picked up.
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    04 Jun 2019 01:13 AM
    Thats good to know.
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    04 Jun 2019 06:13 AM
    I got the text last night from my recruiter. I got picked up! Best of luck to the rest of y’all!
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    04 Jun 2019 08:02 AM
    Congratulations to everyone. Look forward to meeting everyone at DCO Course.
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    05 Jun 2019 12:53 PM
    Got the official "unofficial" call today. Got picked up as well.
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    07 Jun 2019 08:29 PM
    R 07 JUN 19
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    UNCLAS //N01131//
    ALCGRECRUITING 008/19
    SUBJ: DIRECT COMMISSION OFFICER (DCO) PROGRAM 15 APR 2019 SELECTION
    RESULTS
    A. 14 MAY 18 / ALCGRECRUITING 004/18
    B. 17 JUL 18 / ALCGRECRUITING 007/18
    C. Coast Guard Recruiting Manual, COMDTINST M1100.2 (Series)
    D. Coast Guard Weight and Body Fat Standards Program Manual,
    COMDTINST M1020.8 (Series)
    E. Coast Guard Medical Manual, COMDTINST M6000.1 (Series)
    F. Coast Guard Recruiting Command (CGRC) Standard Operating Procedure
    (SOP)
    1. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has
    approved the results of DCO Selection Panel 09-19, which convened
    IAW Refs A and B on 15 April 2019. The panel recommended the
    following individuals as primary and alternate candidates for Reserve
    or Temporary Direct Commissions.
    2. Primary selectees approved by Secretary, Department of Homeland
    Security are listed in alphabetical order.
    3. Alternates are listed in the order appointments may be offered.
    The 09-19 DCO Panel alternate list remains effective until the
    Secretary approves the results of the next DCO Panel for the
    alternate selectee’s respective program. Alternates are encouraged
    to reapply to maximize their commissioning opportunities.
    4. Selectees (selectees are appointed Reserve Commissions unless
    designated for a Temporary (Temp) Commission):
    a. Direct Commission Aviator (DCA)
    (1) Primary:
    Name Comm Rank
    Baucom, Jonathan N. LTJG
    Brennan, David R. LTJG
    Duplessis, Andrew M. LTJG
    Fink, Lester S. ENS
    Hesse, Christopher D. ENS
    Hutchinson, Samuel C. LTJG
    Law, Jack R. LTJG
    McKinley, Matthew J. LTJG
    Pride, John B. LTJG
    Riley, Matthew T. LTJG
    Skelly, Brandon G. LTJG
    Turns, Robert E. LTJG
    Ziebell, Andrew S. ENS
    (2) Alternate:
    Name Comm Rank
    1. Kraker, Keith E. LTJG
    2. Sullivan, David M. LTJG
    3. Spencer, Timothy J. LTJG
    b. Direct Commission Engineer (DCE)
    (1) Primary:
    Name Unit Comm Rank
    Babin, Lionel T. AET2 (Temp) AIRSTA Houston ENS
    Baer, Joshua S. IT1 (Temp) CG COMMCOM ENS
    Beck, Markus G. SN CG Yard ENS
    Carr, Paul S. EMC (Temp) DCMS-81 ENS
    Doris, Carrie A. EM2 (Temp) RUITOFF San Francisco ENS
    Gainer, Samuel M. OS1 (Temp) Sector Ohio Valley ENS
    Higgins, Jamie M. OS2 (Temp) CG COMMCOM ENS
    Prempeh, David K. LTJG
    Vander Molen, Ryan B. SN Station Fairport ENS
    Wagh, Bharat S. ENS
    (2) Alternate:
    Name Unit Comm Rank
    1. Coreano, John AET2 (Temp) Sector San Diego ENS
    2. Vega Mercado, Jose L. AET3 AIRSTA Corpus Christi ENS
    3. Vailoces, Audi A. ENS
    4. Stuckey, Jarrett R. YN3 AIRSTA Port Angeles ENS
    5. Monaghan, Sean M. OS2 (Temp) Sector Guam ENS
    c. Direct Commission Intelligence Officer
    (1) Primary:
    Name Unit Comm Rank
    Hansen, Travis L. ENS
    Jordan, Jennifer E. IS1 (Temp) TRACEN Yorktown ENS
    Stewart, Rachel E. IS1 (Temp) ICC Coastwatch ENS
    (2) Alternate:
    Name Unit Comm Rank
    1. Schoeppner, Bryan R. IS1 (Temp) AIRSTA Clearwater ENS
    2. Manoogian, Corey J. IS1 (Temp) CGCU Texas ENS
    3. Baffi, Jonathan C. IS1 (Temp) COMDT (CG-257) ENS
    d. Direct Commission Lawyer
    (1) Primary:
    Name Comm Rank
    Echevarria, Raymond L. LT
    Gold, Megen M. LT
    Richardson, Charles E. LT
    Tiller, Larissa D. LT
    (2) Alternate
    Name Comm Rank
    1. Beatty, David J. LT
    2. Chon, Tae W. LT
    3. Smith, Emmett L. LT
    4. Ulan, Elizabeth M. LT
    e. Direct Commission Physician Assistant (DCPA)
    (1) Primary:
    Name Comm Rank
    Dudley, Catherine R. LTJG
    (2) Alternate
    Name Comm Rank
    1. Alleyne, Katherine B. LTJG
    f. Direct Commission Selected School (DCSS)
    (1) Primary:
    Name Comm Rank
    Heller, Samuel N. ENS
    Kettenbeil, Kaitlyn M. ENS
    Korengel, Kara I. ENS
    Muenter, Grant R. ENS
    Sobelman, Michael B.H. ENS
    Us, Christopher J. ENS
    (2) Alternate:
    Name Unit Comm Rank
    1. Harrison, John W. ENS
    2. Gomez, Noelle E. ENS
    3. James, Nathan M. SK2 (Temp) CGC MUNRO ENS
    4. Sava, Griffin M. ENS
    5. Norton, Patrick F. ENS
    6. Hogge, Clayton N. ENS
    7. McClendon, Zada S. ENS
    g. Maritime Academy Graduate Direct Commission (MARGRAD)
    Primary:
    Name Comm Rank
    Carroll, Clayton D. ENS
    Gomez, Noelle E. ENS
    Harrison, John W. ENS
    Heller, Samuel N. ENS
    Kettenbeil, Kaitlyn M. ENS
    Korengel, Kara I. ENS
    McClendon, Zada S. ENS
    Norton, Patrick F. ENS
    Sobelman, Michael B.H. ENS
    Usseglio, Thomas J. ENS
    h. Prior Trained Military Officer Direct Commission (PTMO)
    (1) Primary:
    Name Comm Rank
    Culton, Scotti L. ENS
    Giorgi, Bryant R. ENS
    Guffey, Alex M. ENS
    (2) Alternate:
    Name Comm Rank
    1. Graham, Nicholas D. ENS
    2. McGuirl, Stefanie C. ENS
    3. VanZanten, Zachary J. ENS
    5. Selectees will receive letters notifying them of their selection
    and any pending commissioning requirements. Final appointment is
    contingent upon meeting all commissioning eligibility requirements
    and remaining fully qualified IAW Refs A through F.
    6. This announcement is for planning purposes only and is not
    authority to issue travel orders to attend DCO school.
    7. Recruiters shall ensure all primary and alternate selectees’ SF-
    86 information is current, then release the SF-86 in EQIP upon
    receipt of this message to initiate a Tier 3 investigation.
    8. The selection panel consisted of the following members:
    Name Unit
    CAPT T. R. Fowles COMDT (CG-LPD)
    CDR J. G. Forgy C3CEN
    LCDR B. C. Crawford COMDT (CG-7112)
    LCDR B. M. Finn COMDT (CG-225)
    LCDR E. A. Runco COMDT (CG-437)
    LT A. M. Kwok COMDT (CG-FAC-2)
    LT M. B. Power LDC
    9. Applicants who were not selected or were selected as alternates
    are required to reapply through their recruiting office if
    interested in being considered for any future selection panel.
    10. The proceedings of a selection panel, including its deliberations
    and criteria for selection, cannot be disclosed to any person who was
    not a member of the panel. However, the panel precept is available on
    the Panels and Reports (PARTS) CG Portal page,
    https://cg.portal.uscg.mil/units/cgrc/AccessionsDiv/OAA/SitePages/Pan
    els%20and%20Reports.aspx.
    11. Questions regarding the results of the panel can be directed to
    the Panels and Reports Manager, Mr. Blaine Nibley, at
    CGR-SMB-PARTS@uscg.mil.
    12. Serving as a selection panel member is an excellent professional
    development opportunity for officers. Officers interested in serving
    as members of an officer selection panel should contact Mr. Blaine
    Nibley via email at CGR-SMB-PARTS@uscg.mil.
    13. CAPT Thomas F. Walsh, Jr., Commanding Officer, CG RC, sends.
    14. Internet release authorized.
    BT
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    25 Jul 2019 05:38 PM
    Well, Just got the call this morning and I am the 3rd Alternate, so either everyone got picked up, people dropped out, or a combination.

    Anyone have any exact dates for the DCO course? Attempting a little bit of life planning. Will post if I hear anything.
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    26 Jul 2019 03:38 AM
    Nothing yet
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    26 Jul 2019 08:53 AM
    Got the email today. I sent back the letter of intent and I looking forward to seeing you all at the DCO course.
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    31 Jul 2019 01:08 PM
    Posted By s_86_d on 26 Jul 2019 09:53 AM
    Got the email today. I sent back the letter of intent and I looking forward to seeing you all at the DCO course.

    Congrats!
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    04 Sep 2019 11:59 AM
    Just received two emails. One from OPM with dates for commission and  DCO and another email from the assignment officer saying that we will get another email soon with our options for aviation assignment.

    Commission: 9 Dec 19
    DCO: 23 Jan - 28 Feb 20.
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    05 Sep 2019 08:15 PM
    Just received the same email/information. Hoping the detail reaches us sooner than later so the family can be present to have input. I get back underway soon...
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    06 Sep 2019 10:14 AM
    I got my e-mail from the AO on Wednesday and the e-mail form the DCO Liaison yesterday that had commission on 9DEC but the DCO course 21MAY20 till 25JUN20. Anyone else have a later DCO date and know if that has any impact on assignments or anything like that?
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    06 Sep 2019 04:34 PM
    Posted By 64_Guy on 06 Sep 2019 11:14 AM
    I got my e-mail from the AO on Wednesday and the e-mail form the DCO Liaison yesterday that had commission on 9DEC but the DCO course 21MAY20 till 25JUN20. Anyone else have a later DCO date and know if that has any impact on assignments or anything like that?

    No impact on assignments. You'll just get straight to work upon reporting and go tdy for a month in the summer.
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    06 Sep 2019 08:43 PM
    Posted By kirkaland on 06 Sep 2019 05:34 PM
    Posted By 64_Guy on 06 Sep 2019 11:14 AM
    I got my e-mail from the AO on Wednesday and the e-mail form the DCO Liaison yesterday that had commission on 9DEC but the DCO course 21MAY20 till 25JUN20. Anyone else have a later DCO date and know if that has any impact on assignments or anything like that?

    No impact on assignments. You'll just get straight to work upon reporting and go tdy for a month in the summer.

    Concur with Kirkland. I was really worried about selecting a certain commissioning date that it would affect my assignment choices. But we all got the same list. And for the most part, our whole class got really high choices on their dream sheet. Also, note that as DCAs it will likely be months before you’re a duty standing pilot. DCO school is long and you need to wait for a T Course date.
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    07 Sep 2019 05:41 PM
    Thanks for clearing that up Kirkland and simple1.
    I am a current O-3 coming in and noticed on the OPM-1 memo that it said I would be coming in as an O-2E. Is that correct? I was under the impression it was just O-2. Did anyone else receive 0-2E pay?
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    07 Sep 2019 06:27 PM
    I’m joining from the Army as a warrant officer. I know that any enlisted or warrant officer with 4 or more years that transitions to O1, O2, or O3 will receive E pay. Guess it still applies to your case too. I guess it will lessen that pay cut you are taking.
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    07 Sep 2019 09:39 PM
    Posted By 64_Guy on 07 Sep 2019 06:41 PM
    Thanks for clearing that up Kirkland and simple1.
    I am a current O-3 coming in and noticed on the OPM-1 memo that it said I would be coming in as an O-2E. Is that correct? I was under the impression it was just O-2. Did anyone else receive 0-2E pay?

    If you’re coming over as a straight O, you should not be getting E pay. Warrants do get the E pay, or if you were an O3E. But if not, it’s a mistake.
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    09 Sep 2019 04:36 PM
    If you receive a rank reduction, you pick up the "E." Not sure on the reason but glad because it reduces the pain of the pay drop.
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    11 Sep 2019 09:00 AM
    I just received a response back from OPM-1. She said the O-2E was an error and it should be just O-2.
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    13 Sep 2019 08:20 AM
    "If you receive a rank reduction, you pick up the "E." Not sure on the reason but glad because it reduces the pain of the pay drop."

    No you don't. You will only be paid as an O2. E-Pay is to acknowledge that someone did their time as an enlisted member or warrant officer before becoming a RLO (real live officer) So a drop from O-3 to O-2 is not what the "E" pay is for. One could try to argue they should receive "Save Pay" to offset the lower rank but nobody has been able to win that argument while making this transition for at least 20 years.
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    13 Sep 2019 11:50 AM
    RLO (real live officer) hahahahah that's hilarious.
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    13 Sep 2019 03:23 PM
    Sardaddy, thanks for the clarification. Next question... does flight pay start over or continue where it left off from previous service?
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    Posted By s_86_d on 13 Sep 2019 04:23 PM
    Sardaddy, thanks for the clarification. Next question... does flight pay start over or continue where it left off from previous service?

    Continues right from where you left off
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    Posted By s_86_d on 13 Sep 2019 04:23 PM
    Sardaddy, thanks for the clarification. Next question... does flight pay start over or continue where it left off from previous service?

    SAR, do you know where in DA it shows the start date of your flight pay? I’m getting paid correctly for mine, but I’m coming up on my next gate in a couple months and want to make sure they have the correct date in there. 



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    17 Sep 2019 06:30 AM
    Does anyone have an idea about how long you have from commission date to when you need to report to your duty station? I Need to start planning the exit strategy for both work and current house.
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    17 Sep 2019 08:14 AM
    CGRC is in the process of improving the accession process, so your experience may be different.  I couldn’t get orders until after commissioning, so I got orders I think 4 days after, and checked into my unit a couple days after that. I was essentially asked what day do I want to check in, which really helped out. Another rub is that you can’t get an EMPLID until after you commission, so you’re unable to set up a move until after you get your orders. This led to me doing a full dity move  which really sucked (though had a good experience with UPack), because I was selling my house and had to be out by a certain day.  I couldn’t risk not having movers for a couple weeks. If your new duty station isn’t as far as your Home of Record, your last service can pick up the move, but, in my case it was further so I would have lost money if I went that route.
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    17 Sep 2019 12:49 PM
    Not an aviator, but a submariner, current O-3. Any other prior Navy officers who received a reduction in rank through this DCO program should look at section 1.G.4. of the Accessions manual. It could help you out.
    https://media.defense.gov/2017/Apr/27/2001738868/-1/-1/0/CGD-170427-986-014.PDF
    It won't get you E pay, but the Date of Rank determination here will get you to the next promotion faster. Contacting the YN2/YN1 on your appointment letter would be where I would start to get this section to apply to you.
    -BRG
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    Posted By BRG23 on 17 Sep 2019 01:49 PM
    Not an aviator, but a submariner, current O-3. Any other prior Navy officers who received a reduction in rank through this DCO program should look at section 1.G.4. of the Accessions manual. It could help you out.
    https://media.defense.gov/2017/Apr/27/2001738868/-1/-1/0/CGD-170427-986-014.PDF
    It won't get you E pay, but the Date of Rank determination here will get you to the next promotion faster. Contacting the YN2/YN1 on your appointment letter would be where I would start to get this section to apply to you.
    -BRG
    This looks useful. Pardon my ignorance but what is YN2/1.

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    17 Sep 2019 05:41 PM
    A YN1 or a YN2 is a Yeoman 1st class or 2nd class, respectively. It is the enlisted rate involved with administration. Please tell me you were not a Naval Aviator.
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    17 Sep 2019 10:44 PM
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    18 Sep 2019 07:18 AM
    Everyone still waiting for the list of available assignments from the assignment officer? Be away from the office for a bit still...just making sure that email didn’t come out yet.
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    18 Sep 2019 08:09 AM
    Has anyone on here come over from the Reserves or National Guard? For some reason it seems like the process is different. I spoke with OPM-1 today and was told that I would commission on the 9th of December but my orders would not start until the 6th or 13th of Jan and that I would be listed as a reservist on a 5 year contract. I just spoke with a friend of mine who is coming over from Active duty and he was told he was commissioning on the 9th and would be on active duty status starting then, as an active duty member. Does anyone have any insight on this?
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    18 Sep 2019 08:10 AM
    I haven't received anything yet.
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    18 Sep 2019 08:19 AM
    I’m pretty sure everybody but academy grads come over on reserve commissions, but go Extended Active Duty status. Once your commitment is done, provided you make O3, you’ll be assessed into the active duty. You should be IRR upon hiring, and then when you check into your unit start “EAD”. The reserve commission makes it easier for them to fire you if you mess up, is how it was explained to me. But for all intents and purposes, you’ll be active duty.
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    18 Sep 2019 08:22 AM
    Does everyone come in as IRR or just those coming over from Reserve, Guard, or civilian?  I would rather start after commission than wait till January so I can leave my current position.
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    18 Sep 2019 05:21 PM
    You are still on active duty with out being active duty if that makes sense. I believe it is similar to how the Army treats warrants. You technically are not active duty until you reach CW2 but you are still active duty for retirement, etc.
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    18 Sep 2019 06:06 PM
    It looks like everyone is mixing up reserves with the IRR. The DCO handbook details the process. You take the oath on the 9th. Immediately enter the IRR (you're not getting paid). Then 4-9 days before you report to your unit, you activate, leaving the IRR and starting extended active duty as you move to your next unit. For the next three years, you're an activated reservist.
    This is all unless you're currently active duty, then you skip the IRR step. This is to avoid gaps in your record.
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    23 Sep 2019 12:42 PM
    To follow up with S_86_d's question, when do you actually start getting flight pay? Is it right away once your on active duty status (minus hiccups in them getting your pay right) or after you go to the Transition Course?
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    24 Sep 2019 07:02 PM
    Posted By 64_Guy on 23 Sep 2019 01:42 PM
    To follow up with S_86_d's question, when do you actually start getting flight pay? Is it right away once your on active duty status (minus hiccups in them getting your pay right) or after you go to the Transition Course?

    You start getting flight pay as soon as you commission.
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    30 Sep 2019 11:41 PM
    Has anyone successfully contacted our assignment officer? I sent an email early last week asking about any updates and have had heard nothing back.
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    01 Oct 2019 08:05 AM
    This is the busiest time of year for Assignment Officers. We only have have 2 (one for O-1 thru O3 and another for O4+) for every aviator in the Coast Guard.
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    01 Oct 2019 09:30 AM
    I get it. We are all busy, but at least give an acknowledgement given we are two months from commissioning and have no idea where we are going or even what the options are. If an email this simple gets lost in the sauce I can't imagine what else gets ignored up there.
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    01 Oct 2019 09:48 AM
    You are 2 months from commissioning? You have at least another month before you have to worry. People in boot camp find out in week 5 of 8. People in OCS typically find out in week 14 of 18. You'll know when they have the time. It will be plenty of time to make the necessary plans. Hurry up & wait, it is the military way!
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    01 Oct 2019 06:46 PM
    Lol. That may be “plenty of time” if you are moving from somewhere in the continental United States to another duty location in the continental US. For those of us in Alaska or anywhere else overseas having less than a month to get things moving is not ideal. Especially when you take into account shipping vehicles, scheduling a ferry if need be, scheduling household goods movements, plane tickets for children, etc. It’s certainly a frustrating timeline for some.
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    02 Oct 2019 03:56 AM
    When I was married to my Coastie... boot camp to Kodiak (we both lived in NJ so we both moved that distance). Kodiak to OCS to New Orleans back to Alaska then to Virginia then back to Alaska. So yeah, I get it. Been there, done that, lost household goods and waited for cars to prove it. It is plenty of time.
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    02 Oct 2019 06:20 AM
    Just to follow up with my point... My ex followed up with another Alaska tour, another Alaska tour, Iraq, Alaska, Texas, The Netherlands, Texas. The longest "advance" notice we had of ANYTHING, be it with me or after we were divorced, was boot camp and Iraq. Even when he went to OCS, we had orders to Cape Cod. The movers were coming in 2 weeks. He got picked up for OCS. OK, do I stay on Kodiak, do I go home to my family? Notify movers. He went to Yorktown (this was 30 years ago), I went to NJ and then we waited again not knowing where were going. Found out New Orleans only 4 weeks before he finished OCS. It was more than enough time. Of course with Iraq he had a fair amount of advance notice because there was more intense training in Ft Dix NJ before he left for Iraq. So please, don't tell me you need months and months of advance notice, no matter where you are going.
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    02 Oct 2019 10:15 AM
    Not trying to get in a pissing contest with you by any means. This is the DCA thread, which means we’re all prior service of some form or fashion and therefore we have all been in this situation before. Doesn’t make it any easier despite how many weeks or months notice you get. Simply stating it’s a frustrating timeline. Also, not saying we need “months and months notice” either. Some, if not all of us, are transitioning into the CG from other branches as Aviators. Going from a different branch into another is a slightly different scenario than yours as in we have to completely leave one service to commission into another which adds other frustrations that go along with that aspect. But, either way that doesn’t make it harder or easier. Just frustrating as you clearly understand.
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    02 Oct 2019 11:31 AM
    Don't worry about Old Guard. She is all knowing about the Coast Guard due to her husband's service. She clearly understands the angst of leaving one service to another. Or the bureaucracy of dealing with your current service and trying to coordinate with your new service as you transition. If you cannot complete the transition in the timeline she has dictated, you are obviously not as well suited to military service as she was during her many years on active duty.

    47 Guy- My board took six months to get resolved and then they notified all of us less than two weeks before we were supposed to report to the DCO course. Most of us didn't make it. Instead we were sent to our units to check in or in my case, I went right to the H65 transition course a couple of weeks later. trying to sell my house, figure out where my wife and son would be living if I sold the house before I was done with the transition, what I would do if I didn't sell the house, etc. was a challenge. Although trying to get to Puerto Rico right after the T-course was not easy either. 

    It all works out in the end but working with the Coast Guard before you go is definitely a challenge. 

    Good luck to all of you. 
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    02 Oct 2019 02:37 PM
    Thanks for your info. For some members on this forum, just because you can doesn't mean you should. 47_Guy, I'm right there with you. If it comes down to it I will bug the crap out of someone but from what I heard we should know by the end of next week what our choices are and hopefully soon after where we are headed.
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    02 Oct 2019 03:47 PM
    Sardaddy- Haha each branch has those “SMEs” on everything lol. Wow, that sounds awful! My wife would likely kill me if that happens haha I’m glad it all worked out for you in the end but damn that sounds terrible.

    64driver- that is good news. I hope that is the case for sure. I am more wanting to know for my wife’s sake. She wants to figure out where we’re going so she can apply for jobs and what not. She asks me everyday if I have heard anything haha. Fingers crossed we hear something next week. I did email the assignment officer and she said she’s currently working the flight school assignments and then we’re next so here’s to hoping for the best!
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    08 Oct 2019 08:14 AM
    Alright guys... Who was the one who sent the nasty gram to the assignment officer? Haha.
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    08 Oct 2019 07:43 PM
    I just checked my civilian email for the first time in a week (underway internet...) Yeah not cool whoever did that. At the same time, that scared me as my first thought was "oh $%!&, the email didn't go to my .mil mail! I hope I didn't miss the deadline!"
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    11 Oct 2019 12:55 PM
    Good news. Assignment List is out!
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    11 Oct 2019 01:02 PM
    Did you get the list in your personal or military email?
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    11 Oct 2019 01:03 PM
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    11 Oct 2019 04:52 PM
    Thank goodness! y'all gave me the heads up. I did not have it in my .mil email and was defeated for about .5 seconds. Hope we all get our #1 pick (yay diversity......) :-)
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    12 Oct 2019 05:25 AM
    Quick question, did a search with no results... What is OPBAT?
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    12 Oct 2019 09:09 AM
    Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos. Clearwater goes TDY to support a drug interdiction type mission with the Bahamian government I guess. That’s about all I know though.
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    14 Oct 2019 05:45 AM
    just an FYI, OPBAT is not an actual assignment. it will say that on your orders and that will be your billet within the organization but you will just be a regular pilot at the air station and rotate to an OPBAT tour just like everyone else. OPBAT is just a forward in the Bahamas for a couple of weeks at a time. Not much there at the airfield but it is interesting.
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    15 Oct 2019 05:57 AM
    I just got an e-mail this morning saying that flight school at Pensacola and Corpus Texas were accidentally and that these were options if you wanted to extend. Does anyone have any insight on this? Would they send a new DCA right in to flight school as an instructor and what kind of an extension would this entail?
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    15 Oct 2019 07:36 AM
    I saw that also. I guess for us helicopters pilots you could go to Pensacola and train new pilots on the TH57? Corpus Christi is one of their fixed wing training locations. So I could see a new DCA teaching the TH57.
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    15 Oct 2019 09:54 AM
    Posted By 64_Guy on 15 Oct 2019 06:57 AM
    I just got an e-mail this morning saying that flight school at Pensacola and Corpus Texas were accidentally and that these were options if you wanted to extend. Does anyone have any insight on this? Would they send a new DCA right in to flight school as an instructor and what kind of an extension would this entail?

    No. That is meant to say you were a navy school flight instructor already, and instead of moving you the Coast Guard will just extend you a year to help fill their flight instructor tax to the Navy. As a DCA anywhere else, they will not send you to flight school.
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    15 Oct 2019 10:56 AM
    Guess that makes more sense.


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