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SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT AND NOMINATION PROCEDURES FOR JOINT CIVILIAN ORIENTATION CONFERENCE 95//
POC/CAMPBELL, T.H./CIV/UNIT: HQMC COMMUNICATION DIRECTORATE/COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR/TEL: 703-614-1034/EMAIL: TRACEY.CAMPBELL2@USMC.MIL//
POC/VANDERSCHANS, M.S./CAPT/UNIT: HQMC COMMUNICATION DIRECTORATE/COMMUNITY RELATIONS DEPUTY/TEL: 703-695-1601/EMAIL: MALLORY.VANDERSCHANS@USMC.MIL//
POC/STACY, B.S./MAJ/UNIT: HQMC COMMUNICATION DIRECTORATE/COMMUNITY RELATIONS/TEL: 703-695-5206/EMAIL: BRIAN.STACY@USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. This message solicits nominations for the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference 95 (JCOC 95). Nominations will be accepted by Headquarters Marine Corps (Communication Directorate) until 1 March 2024. Nominations will not be accepted after 1 March 2024.
2. JCOC is the oldest public liaison program in the Department of Defense (DoD) and is the only Secretary of Defense-sponsored outreach program. Since its 1948 inception, JCOC has provided thousands of outstanding civilian leaders with an unparalleled, hands-on experience of U.S. military operations. The JCOC experience provides participants insight into the capabilities of the Armed Forces. The program’s objectives are to acquaint participants with the strength and readiness of the Armed Forces through observation of Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard training activities, and to facilitate a candid exchange of Defense matters among senior Defense officials and JCOC participants.
3. Nominations for JCOC 95 are now open. JCOC 95 is scheduled for 23 to 29 June 2024 and will include movement to various U.S. military installations and activities around the Pacific region of the United States.
4. JCOC is provided at no cost to the participants. However, each participant is responsible for the cost of his or her roundtrip transportation to the point of origin.
5. Any Marine may nominate a JCOC candidate through the appropriate chain of command with a commanding officer’s endorsement. Nominators should focus particular attention on leaders of institutions and organizations who professionally and personally communicate on an ongoing basis with diverse audiences. Examples of appropriate candidates include, but are not limited to: Presidents and CEOs of large corporations and organizations; Presidents of Universities; owners of media outlets; national association leaders, religious leaders, and medical experts; and state and local elected officials who are not in campaign status during the dates of the program. Nominators should focus particularly on prominent leaders who have the potential to rise to positions of increased responsibility and authority and have national-level reach. While many individuals in this category are likely to have partisan affiliations, JCOC is a non-partisan program.
6. Candidates must be U.S. citizens in good health and able to withstand 12 to 16 hour days of strenuous activity. They should be recognized leaders within their field of expertise and communities, with broad areas of responsibility and demonstrated outreach capabilities.
7. The following persons are not eligible for JCOC: JCOC alumni; employees or retirees of the DoD; employees of government contractors whose primary area of responsibility is military related; anyone who has participated in more than one trip that is military service sponsored; anyone who has served in the Armed Forces since 1985; anyone who has attended a Service Academy or military graduate course; and anyone with significant personal or professional relationships to Defense officials.
8. Contact POCs listed above for nomination forms and visit the website for nomination requirements and frequently asked questions: https:(slash)(slash)defense.gov/jcoc. Nominations for JCOC 95 must be received NLT 1 March 2024.
9. Nominations for this program are extremely competitive. The Office of the Secretary of Defense will select approximately forty (40) candidates for JCOC 95, from an anticipated pool of more than 400 nominees. The JCOC staff will issue invitations to selected candidates. The invitees will be given a deadline by which to accept or decline this invitation. Ten (10) alternates will be selected to fill any remaining vacancies. Nominators will receive information on the status of their candidates after the list has been finalized.
10. Release authorized by Lieutenant General Gregg P. Olson, Director, Marine Corps Staff.//