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The Department of Defense (DoD) is charged with coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the United States armed forces. The mission of the Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.

The Department of Defense is America's oldest and largest government agency -tracing its roots back to pre-Revolutionary times. Today, the Department is not only in charge of the military, but it also employs a civilian force of thousands. With over 1.4 million men and women on active duty, and 718,000 civilian personnel, DoD is the nation's largest employer. Another 1.1 million serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces. More than 2 million military retirees and their family members receive benefits.

Perhaps you are working for the DoD or interested in working for the DoD. Here is a forum to share your experience with the DoD.
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FedStew  
#1 Posted : Thursday, January 11, 2018 5:40:01 PM(UTC)
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I'm a current Fed, GS-13, high performer, not a veteran, and looking for more meaningful work without leaving government. I've seen some interesting positions with SOCOM pop up on usajobs, hence my specific mention of them.

How much of the hiring process with SOCOM or a similar entity allows for bringing on people with potential, intelligence, etc. but without the specific background referenced in the PD? Do I even have a shot? I would obviously prefer not to take a drop in grade, but would consider it if absolutely necessary. Appreciate any feedback.
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#2 Posted : Friday, January 12, 2018 8:36:44 PM(UTC)
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What specific attributes of SOCOM interests you over other commands or for that matter, other federal agencies?
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#3 Posted : Saturday, January 13, 2018 1:33:00 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: JustFedUp Go to Quoted Post
What specific attributes of SOCOM interests you over other commands or for that matter, other federal agencies?


I'm not dead-set on SOCOM over other commands by any means; I mentioned them specifically for a few reasons:
-I've seen some SOCOM positions pop up on USAJOBS that sound interesting
-SOCOM seems to be reviewed as a great place to work on sites like Glassdoor; not true for all of DoD
-SOCOM is based in a part of the country that I would and could easily relocate to

I am not opposed to working for another Federal agency, but I'd like to work toward a mission I really believe in, and to accomplish satisfying work. My current position has a lot going for it, but I am not passionate about the type of work that my team/agency does.
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#4 Posted : Saturday, January 13, 2018 1:48:10 PM(UTC)
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Maybe take a position at Bragg or Tampa and try to network your way in?
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#5 Posted : Saturday, January 13, 2018 2:27:26 PM(UTC)
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A couple of years ago I switched from the Air Force to NASA.

I'm a veteran, but frankly found it a bit refreshing to work for an organization where people with prior service are the minority. It was a culture shock at first and took some getting use. Innovation is encouraged and the hierarchy is not as rank structured as the DoD. SES level leaders are called by their first name, and the large number of college interns working there fosters a good degree of mentoring.

Goddard, Langley, Hq NASA in DC, Stennis, Wallops, Johnson, Glen, Marshall, Kennedy are all east side of the country.
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, January 16, 2018 5:16:29 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: JustFedUp Go to Quoted Post
A couple of years ago I switched from the Air Force to NASA.

I'm a veteran, but frankly found it a bit refreshing to work for an organization where people with prior service are the minority. It was a culture shock at first and took some getting use. Innovation is encouraged and the hierarchy is not as rank structured as the DoD. SES level leaders are called by their first name, and the large number of college interns working there fosters a good degree of mentoring.

Goddard, Langley, Hq NASA in DC, Stennis, Wallops, Johnson, Glen, Marshall, Kennedy are all east side of the country.

I’m going to second this sentiment, I went from AF to Coast Guard to NASA (1year anniversary this Friday!). There is a HUGE difference in cultures in a purely civilian agency vs a military or para-military agency.

When I was active duty, I spent time in AFSOC, and while the mission was interesting, it was no more interesting than that of NASA is.
You should have voted Cthulu...the greatest of all Evils
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#7 Posted : Tuesday, January 16, 2018 2:07:42 PM(UTC)
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SpecOps rarely hires non-Vets for any positions other than Financial/HR/IT. Most Vets hired are previous Operators. That being said, it can occasionally happen. But, you will definitely be in the minority. You will have to adjust to the unique culture. Still, it can be gratifying to work with the guys "at the tip of the spear." I say guys because there are next to no women in SpecOps. At a GS-13 level, look for Program Analyst/Specialist jobs. Networking is what usually gets people hired in SpecOps. But sometimes, it's the quality of the individual. Can't hurt to try. You never know, you could be the rare individual that doesn't know anyone there and isn't a Vet.
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