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Calling the detailer
Last Post 07 Jul 2014 10:52 AM by Seabass. 5 Replies.
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06 Jul 2014 07:45 AM

    I'm wondering what I should say to the detailer if I call him?  Should I email him or is that too impersonal?  I think phone calls can be forgotten, but emails are in the inbox and can be found later on.  I'm putting in for a billet that I believe to be a long shot, but it is something I really want.

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    06 Jul 2014 07:51 AM
    As long as you have approval from your Chain of Command, I would send an e-mail describing what you're interested in discussing.

    Good Morning CWO Detailer,

    I saw a solicitation for the USCG Space Shuttle Door Gunner Program, and I'm interested in applying. I'd like to discuss my options with you. I can be reached at (contact info).

    V/r,

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    Give them a few days to call you back or e-mail you. I've had career counseling over the phone a couple of times with my Detailers, the conversation was incredibly productive. I learned a few things I didn't know.
    “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” ― Bruce Lee
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    06 Jul 2014 08:57 AM
    For a special assignment I always go through the chain and request to reach out, for regular rotation I follow the message instructions for contact. I usually send an email requesting to set up an appointment time where I can call him for career counseling. All three times I've gotten an email saying I'm in give me a shout. Then call say hello and explain what you are looking to do and ask for their feedback... They don't always tell you what you want to hear FYI, but always remain respectful!
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    06 Jul 2014 11:54 AM
    I've done the same, I've requested a time to go over my options and he called back same day. But like what chief said, the bosn pretty much said I have to put in for something realistic, meaning if I wanted to get underway then put in for all the boats, and then I have to compete for them.

    So coming from a priority two I put down 7 boats and then about 10 or something stations with 47s that had heavy weather. The detailers didn't give me any of the boats but gave me the first station on my list.whether or not it's because I am female and there wasn't berthing or that he didn't want me to do a back to back sea tour, I don't know.

    They try, but its a craps shoot. Don't set your sights on one billet you can be dissapointed and there's probably dozens of other people that really want it too.
    Take what you like and leave the rest behind.
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    06 Jul 2014 12:26 PM
    Usually junior personnel only want location, I wish more senior folks would explain the importance of prioritizing based on career progression. No one told me how bad a 3 year extension would be for me when I would be competing for CWO down the road. Last year when transferring I knew I needed an ESD to further my career, I only placed ESD's down starting with location and working my way down to crappy spots. I got my first pick luckily.
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    07 Jul 2014 10:52 AM
    Thank you all very much for the direction. I'm trying for the offseason solicitation for the WMSL CGC JAMES and I want to make myself as competitive as possible.

    Again, thank you for the help.
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