Nominations JCOC 88 are now open and will close January 26, 2018. 

CEOs of Fortune 100 companies and non-profit organizations, presidents of  universities, and public administrators from metropolitan cities have participated in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. 

The nomination process for the JCOC program is very competitive. Hundreds of individuals are nominated each year for the 30-40 slots to be filled. Selections are based on the qualifications of the nominees as determined by an inter-Service selection panel, not by ranks or positions of the nominators.  A nomination to the JCOC program is not a guarantee for selection.

How are participants nominated?
Nominations are solicited from select DoD officials, military commands, as well as JCOC alumni.

What are the criteria for nominees?
Nominees are private sector civilians, who are influential leaders in their professions, organizations, and communities. Nomination and selection procedures are designed to bring together a geographical, professional, and cultural cross-section of influential Americans who are leaders in their fields. 

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

  • U.S. citizens, who are in good health
  • Individuals with very little experience with or knowledge of the U.S. military
  • Individuals who have a strong national influence, a wide-ranging and diverse audience and backgrounds indicating participation may enhance public understanding of national security issues
  • CEO, president, or equivalent within their respective areas of expertise.  Candidates with technology backgrounds are especially good nominees
  • Must be over the age of 21
  • Individuals who are able to attend the entire conference

Who is NOT eligible for the JCOC program?

  • Past JCOC participants
  • Individuals who are in campaign status for Federal, State or Local political office
  • Individuals working for the U.S. Federal Government, to include Active duty, Reserve, Guard military members
  • Anyone who served in the U.S. Armed Forces since 1990
  • Employees of U.S. Government contractors whose primary area of responsibility is Department of Defense related
  • Anyone with business ties or serves in an advisory role to senior military officials, military installations, or White House
  • Anyone who has been on more than one military civic leader tour, cruise or participated in special opportunities, such as flying with Blue Angels, etc.

What is the responsibility of a nominator?
Nominators should speak directly with their nominees prior to nomination to establish that basic eligibility requirements are met and to ensure that, if selected, they are available to participate in the entire conference. Nominees must also be clearly informed that their nomination does not mean selection to the program.

How are selections made?
Eligible nominations will be reviewed by a panel of senior DoD military and civilians.  These officials are representatives of the Military departments and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  These officials have not been involved in the nomination process.

How will nominees know if they are selected to participate?
Once selections are approved, each Service will notify their nominees.

How is JCOC funded?
The conference is fully funded by the DoD.  However, each participant is responsible for the cost of round trip transportation to and from the registration site.

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