What the heck is a “Super JO” & the doldrums of deployment.

This will be a short post, as I am “hard at work” (or, hardly working?) on a paper that is due tomorrow morning. The topic is the role of the central nervous system in appetite and obesity. Truly fascinating stuff, but I’m not feeling this paper.


My husband’s very good friend contacted us this morning about a possible Super JO job out here! By “us”, I mean he asked me for my husband’s boat email address and I was nosey and asked why he wanted it. Ha. I’m in the doldrums of deployment right now, and I need all the excitement that I can get!

Our friend has been offered a job at one of my favorite squadrons out here, and I am seriously grinning from ear to ear. The job is that of a “Super JO”. Essentially, pilots who are entering their 3rd tour are sometimes sent to a squadron to fulfill a specific role in the squadron that other JOs (junior officers – O-4 and below) cannot fulfill. Most JOs in a squadron are on their 1st tour and are brand new pilots; new pilots don’t have the experience to fulfill all of the JO roles in a squadron.

For example, you would not task a brand new JO with the role of training officer, who ensures that all the pilots and WSOs are receiving adequate and appropriate training. So, in order to fill these positions that require fleet experience, the Navy sends pilots who are on their 3rd tour back to squadrons to fill those positions.

Super JOs are different then Department Heads (DHs). Super JOs are usually O-3s that become O-4s during their tour. DHs are already O-4s, and they are higher then the Super JOs and their jobs usually oversee the Super JOs. A Super JO will progress to DH next.

My husband thinks that most Super JO jobs are pretty good because it ensures that the pilot continues flying. Not all jobs for a pilot’s 3rd tour will keep him or her flying.

Alright … back to my paper … or maybe I’ll run errands … errands are sounding pretty good right now!

Have a good day, and please keep your fingers crossed that this super typhoon gets less super in the coming hours! My friends in Okinawa are riding out the storm as we speak. For those of us living on a military base overseas, unless we are evacuated by the military, our only option is to ride out storms. Given that our Japanese base homes (aka armageddon bunkers) are made of cinder blocks and concrete, we’re usually okay riding out anything. But, with these huge storms, I worry about another nuclear disaster. Please send all of us in Japan good vibes, prayers, or whatever it is that you do. Thank you!

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