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Navy DCA pilots
Last Post 09 Sep 2020 11:39 PM by hazelrat10. 2 Replies.
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08 Sep 2020 11:54 PM
    Hello everyone,

    I was hoping to find some answers regarding the DCA program and any navy pilots who have gone through it. To my knowledge, DCA’s make up a significant portion of the coast guard aviation community, and Navy pilots make up no small portion of DCA’s. If there happen to be any prior navy here:

    1. What were your service commitment to the navy? To my knowledge, pretty much every recent navy pilot is signed on for 8 years AFTER they get their wings, with winging taking about ~2 years. At the very least, this is the contract I signed prior to OCS. The OJAK is pretty explicit on DCA’s not having longer than 10 years non-coast guard and also being younger than 35, so I’d imagine quite a few navy pilots would just barely fall beyond one or both of these.

    2. How much did your previous airframe influence what you fly in the coast guard?
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    09 Sep 2020 01:52 PM
    To clarify, not a DCA - but after researching the process a few resources have helped with the "Black & White" programmatics vs. gouge/rumor/etc.

    https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-C4IT-CG-6/The-Office-of-Information-Management-CG-61/About-CG-Directives-System/Commandant-Instruction-Manuals/

    The link above is for all Commandant Instructions, notably CIM M1100.2F Recruiting Manual. Table 7-3 does a good job outlining the program overview, to include service obligation. For DCA applicants, a five year extended active duty contract. How you relate to the component is all Title 10, i.e. accepting a reserve commission. CIM 1000.3A Officer Accessions and CIM 3710.1H Air Operations Manual (essentially CG CNAF) have also been helpful.

    To my understanding the age is waiverable. Based on program needs this has been fluid or rigid (like most programs).

    Lastly, I've spoken with a lot of DCA or AD CG Pilots - I don't think having an MH-60 background necessarily weights your chances of staying within the airframe. That said, the CG has acquired additional MH-60 for conversion and fielding as the MH-65 reached airframe limitations (see Traverse City conversion for more details). The MH-65E is also being slowly fielded (assuming your a rotor guy).

    Hope this helps!
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    09 Sep 2020 11:39 PM
    Thanks for the awesome resources, I really appreciate this response!
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