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Junior Officer Advisory Group Voting Membership
Call for Nominations
Deadline Date: 15 May 2008

The Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) is seeking motivated, hard-working junior officers to fill positions vacated due to the expiration of term of voting members. JOAG is composed of officers of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) at the rank of Temporary O-4 and below. The mission of JOAG is to provide advice and consultation to the Surgeon General, Chief Professional Officers (CPOs), Professional Advisory Committees, and other Corps groups on issues of professional practice and personnel activities affecting junior officers in the Corps.

Three basic criteria are required for eligibility. Officers applying:
  • Must have a rank of Temporary O-4 and below;
  • Must meet force readiness standards; and
  • Must not be eligible ‘in the zone’ for O-5 until the 2010 Promotion Cycle.
In addition to five at-large positions (available to any/all categories), the JOAG will have category specific openings for the following categories (one each): Health Services; Therapy; Nurse; Engineer; and Dental.

JOAG meets monthly via teleconference; travel is not mandatory for membership. Officers must be willing to actively lead and/or participate on various committees, and regular attendance at meetings is mandatory throughout the term of membership. All new appointments will be made for a 2-year term, and self-nominations are encouraged. Because monthly meetings occur during normal duty hours and a commitment of time is required, officers must have supervisor approval to apply. Following Chief Professional Officer and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Operating Division/Staff Division or non-HHS organization endorsement of the selected nominees, JOAG will recommend successful candidates to the Surgeon General for appointment.

Any current JOAG voting member whose term expires in 2008 must resubmit all application materials in order to be considered for a second term.

Interested individuals may obtain all relevant nomination materials, as well as additional information, via e-mail to LCDR Richard Henry at Richard.henry@hhs.gov Applicants should send to the JOAG Membership Chair the following documents:
  • membership profile form;
  • supervisor approval form;
  • current curriculum vitae; and
  • cover letter stating interest in serving on JOAG and how their experience and abilities will benefit JOAG
All nominations must be submitted on or before 15 May 2008 to:

LCDR Richard Henry, USPHS
Chair, JOAG Membership Committee
1101 Wootton Pkwy, Suite 250
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 240-453-8804
Fax: 240-453-8456
E-mail: richard.henry@hhs.gov
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