Decom during GMO?

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  1. BigNavyPedsGuy

    BigNavyPedsGuy Junior Member

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    So my ship might be decommisioned during the first year of my GMO. Anybody know what that will mean for me? I'm applying to come back to GME just in case it happens. I'm quite leary of the branch clinic--> IA --> 15 months in the sand box pathway.

    Any tips, especially from you salty Navy guys, about how to play this out?

    Obviously, if the ship extends, I want to stay with it.
     
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    BigNavyPedsGuy Junior Member

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    What is the Projected Rotation Date (PRD) on your orders and how does that compare with the decommissioning date?
     
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    They would keep you with the ship organization until orders were cut to reassign the wardroom and crew. Typically they would look to place you locally with another ship needing a doctor. Sometimes you get stashed at the local shore command where you are more likely to get tapped to forward fill (by TAD orders usually) a gapped billet in a mission-critical area--any ship anywhere, or the sandbox.

    Been there, done that.
     
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    trail doc I am a Navy of One

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    I know someone who was GMO at Roosevelt Roads. One year into that they closed the hospital, and she got into her first choice of GME, after only one year out. Apply for GME and it might work for you too.
     
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    Despite it all. DECOMs can still take a while. Apply for GME straight away so that you have a spot to go to.
     
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    Gastrapathy no longer apathetic
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    Good advice. Also, I would talk with your medical bosses (ie the FST or some such). Get it in their minds that they could use you in a shipboard capacity somewhere. Sitting in the yards for a 2 year decom would be a fairly miserable GMO tour and this might keep you from getting IA'd.
     
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    Yes, that was my plan 1) apply for GME 2) if not, then try and gap another ship.
     

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