NavalAviator wrote:Thanks for the reply. There are many more aviators, even though most won't admit it, with the same questions.
NavalAviator wrote:There's no good way to answer that. First, your situation is far different than those who winged and finished out their 6/8 year MSR. Not a dig on anyone who attrite's or DOR's, but it's the truth. Ironically, it's easier for people who attrite to lat transfer than people who winged, and for various reasons choose a different path down the road. You're in a good position if you are an Academy or ROTC guy because the Navy wants to get some payback for their investment in you, meaning they are inclined to send you somewhere. The reason you are hearing good things from aviators who transferred to the IWC community is because they are the ones that got picked up for a lat transfer, which probably saved their career and/or is helping them get to retirement. However, for each bubba that got picked up, dozens of people 2XFOS'ed and were sent packing. If you want to see the actual numbers of who transferred to what community when, just check out the link in the reply to my initial post. As far as the CW/IWC community exploding with opportunity, this is statistically true when you compare the abysmal promotion rates of the aviation community to IWC (or any other community for that matter). Though, in true Navy fashion, PERSCOM will over recruit for the IWC community because cyber is all the rage right now, and eventually that community will be closed out and facing the same problem the aviation community is facing now. My advice- get in while they are accepting applicants!!!
NavalAviator wrote:...Though, in true Navy fashion, PERSCOM will over recruit for the IWC community because cyber is all the rage right now, and eventually that community will be closed out and facing the same problem the aviation community is facing now...
CNO Guy wrote:Lateral Transfer (separate from POCR) remains competitive for the IWC communities due to a few things:
1 - There is a lot of interest in what we do
2 - Our business is growing where the rest of the Navy is not, and in some cases shrinking
3 - Not all officers are allowed to consider IWC at commissioning, ROTC & USNA specifically
4 - The IWC/Staff LDO Off Ramp has forced all LT LDO's to pursue lateral transfer to their Sister RL/Staff designator if they wish to serve beyond LT (much more to this topic, but won't hijack the thread)
5 - Officers often hit career impediments in their parent designator (DH/XO screening, milestone/command screening, etc.) and seek to do well elsewhere
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