DCO is Direct Commissioning Officer
ODS is Officer Development School
They are both listed under Officer Training Command, Newport, RI, but I have also found DCO school for AMDO (Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer) listed under Pensacola.
Can anyone clear this up for me? Where is the school for DCO?
DCO is a program where working professionals in a given area (IT, media, etc.) are commissioned as reserve officers.
For example, someone with a background in network administration and a masters degree in computer science would apply as an Information Professional.
A person working in the media as a reporter or public relations rep would apply for Public Affairs Officer, and so forth.
I thought AMDO was an active duty slot, but things change.
Informative DCO site here:
Thanks for the response! I am a 'googler' and I did find the LT Kelly Beamsley link. Problem with that is the subjects I clicked on, links were outdated and got me no where, DCO, AMDO. I found other links helpful.
My second problem was on some links, AMDO DCO school states it is in Pensacola. So did my recruiter who was also incorrect. I emailed OTC webmaster to find that DCO is now in Newport.
Thanks for the other responses. It is helpful to get a 'personal' breakdown of things.
Again, DCO is RESERVES. And yes, the school is in Newport.
But isn't AMDO active duty?
Aha, I did not get that from last post! Got it. DCO is reserves.
AMDO is not just active duty, it is also reserves.
ODS is active, DCO is reserve.
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ODS is reserves also. I am a reserve Chaplain and will be at ODS in a couple months.
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