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									                                 General Career Path
We encourage all officers to think long-term and develop a career plan whether you plan on
staying for a career or not. To help you think along those lines, below is a generic tour
progression up to O5. No two career paths look the same so try not to get too locked into
this generic one:
      Operational tour
             Initial Navy experience in a non-OCEANO experience either on a ship or other
              deployable unit.
             The goal of this tour is to develop a solid understanding of the Navy missions
              and operations from a war-fighters perspective.
      Initial 1800 and/or Discipline tour
             Initial 1800 tour either within a Directorate or Center.
             The goal of this tour is to develop a solid understanding of the Navy missions
              and operations from an OCEANO perspective.
             By the end of this tour you should have a good understanding of both the
              OCEANO community (structure, mission, and operations) as well as a good
              idea of what you would like to focus in (Discipline and Focus Area).
             Your first tour does not lock you into any particular path.
      Education tour
             Formal education in the OCEANO Disciplines.
             All O4 and above billets have a sub-specialty code of 6401P which signifies
              graduate level education in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology. This is a
              2+ year course of study at the Naval Postgraduate School and is normally
              accomplished at the 6-9yr point in a career.
             Your NPS thesis should be in your preferred Discipline area.
      Operational tour
             Mid-grade Navy experience in a non-OCEANO experience either on a ship or
              strike group staff.
             This is also known as the “O4 sea-tour” and is a wicket for promotion to O5.
      Discipline tour
             Your second (or third) OCEANO tour at a mid-grade level.
             Ideally in your preferred Discipline and/or Directorate.
      Education tour
             Informal education in the business of the Navy.
             This tour relies on your operational experience and discipline tours but is
              centered on a particular Focus Area (such as budget, manpower, etc.).
             Primarily accomplished via a STAFF tour (CNMOC, NOOC, N84).
      O5 Milestone tour
             This is a capstone tour of the previous 15 years or so of your Navy
              experience.
             Your specific career path can both qualify and disqualify you from specific
              milestone tours. For example:
   If you want to be CO of the Fleet Survey Team and have no
    hydrographic experience or education at this point, you are not the
    best fit for this job.
   If you have a strong acoustics background and have operational
    experience in either ASW or IUSS, then you would be a good fit for an
    ASW CO position.

								
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