Recruiting Frequently Asked Questions- Do you have questions about the recruiting process? We have compiled a few of the most asked here. If you don't see what you are looking for, please feel free to contact a RECRUITER.
JCU Recruiting at TechNet Land Forces South 2012
Our JCU Recruiters had a great week at this years TechNet Land Forces South Joint & Coalition Symposium. The event took place in the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Florida July 9-12, 2012. We were set-up in booth #823. If you happened to stop by and see our recruiters, please drop us a note on the contact page and let them know how they did. Please take a moment to read an article published in the Signal Scape magazine.
Updated: July 22, 2012
"If you're looking for a place that's like every other unit, this is not that place."
SGM Adcox (Retired)
JCU Operations Sergeant Major
Recruiting Frequently Asked Questions
- What is meant by question #24 PULHES?
- Who has to sign my Letter of Recommendation?
- How long does it take after I’ve submitted my application to find out if I’ve been selected for Phase III Screening?
- When would I go for Phase III screening?
- How long after selection will I find out if I’ve been selected?
- When would I report to JCU?
- What is the deployment schedule for members of JCU?
- Can I go to Airborne School? Do I have to go to Airborne School? Can I go to Military Free Fall (MFF) or High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) School?
- What is meant by the Phase III Requirement: IT, Radio Operator, and Electronic Technicians Assessments?
- For Air Force personnel, is there a certain specialty that the JCU could use most?
- How much emphasis is put into PT?
- I understand that my odds of going to HALO school are very slim, especially with no prior training in Jumping, but if all I can do is Airborne School, what could I do as an Airman to show my willingness to go above and beyond, and achieve HALO (or MFF) training?
- What type of environment for learning could I expect in SOROC?
- Is there a preferred rank/position that would benefit your Unit best?
- This is used to determine if you have a medical profile. PULHES stands for: Physical capacity/stamina, Upper extremities, Lower extremities, Hearing/ear, Eyes, Psychiatric, these are areas which identify your profile in detail if number 23 applied to you. If you are fit for duty with no limiting factors just leave this area(#24) blank. If you are not familiar with your PULHES code you can leave it blank but carefully annotate your health/medical issues in Section 1h Personal Health History.
- The intent is to have your Commander (first 05 in your chain of command) sign your LOR but we recognize that at some assignments, particular structure will dictate that it makes sense for another officer in the chain to sign the LOR. Our intent of the LOR is to make sure that your chain of command knows that you’re competing for a special duty assignment and that he/she supports your decision to do so. If you have a specific question about who can sign, please contact the recruiters.
How long does it take after I’ve submitted my application to find out if I’ve been selected for Phase III Screening?
- You will typically find out within two working days after you’ve submitted your application. The recruiting team will notify you ASAP confirming receipt of the application and then again within two days to let you know if you’re selected.
- If you are notified that you’ve been selected for Phase III Screening, this means that you are eligible to attend the very next monthly scheduled screening. All of the dates are posted to this web site. You let us know what date works best for you and your current organization.
- You will find out the same day of your Job Interview which is the last day of screening. You will know before you leave to return to home station.
- JCU does not have a practice of curtailing your current assignment/DEROS. We typically request report dates of either 10 June or 10 December to coincide with the two times a year that we run our six-month training pipeline (SOROC). Whichever of these dates that most closely coincides with your eligible rotation date is the one that will be used for planning purposes. Exceptions can be made when you have Chain of Command support.
- The typical ratio for deployments is 1:4 or more specifically, four out of every 16 months. So much of what JCU is responsible for relies on that fact that our members are highly trained communicators so a large percentage of your time will be spent training you; this is one of the reasons JCU maintains the motto of “DoD’s Finest Communicators”.
Can I go to Airborne School? Do I have to go to Airborne School? Can I go to Military Free Fall (MFF) or High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) School?
- Each military position in JCU is coded as a Jump Billet. This means that each service member assigned to JCU can go to Jump school and be on Jump Status (and receive $150 monthly). It is the JCU Commander’s intent that every member be jump qualified and on status but it is not mandatory. Each of the Line troop billets is coded as a MFF /HALO billet. So it is possible to go to school but the reality of it is that these school slots are very hard to come by and JCU is only allotted a handful each year. Most unit members who get the HALO school slots have already earned Static Line Jumpmaster status. If you do get on MFF/HALO status the monthly pay is $225.
What is meant by the Phase III Requirement: IT, Radio Operator, and Electronic Technicians Assessments?
- While attending the Phase III Screening, you will be given four Communications Assessments: Single Channel, Multi-Channel, IT, and Electronic Theory. The questions are asked using a multiple choice format. These are not pass/fail exams and it's understood that most candidates will not score well in all four of these distinct disciplines. The assessments are used to gauge what communications equipment that you have been exposed to. Scoring well does increase your chances of selection but scoring poorly is not an automatic disqualifier. The results of the assessments are also used to partner you during the SOROC course with a partner that offsets your strengths and weaknesses.
- We routinely need 3D1X3 and 3D0X2 and also have positions for 3D1X1, 3D1X2 AFSCs.
- PT is an integral part of the daily routine (typically 1.5 - 2 hours a day) and most students will admit upon graduation that they are in the best shape of their life. The PT is guided by a TAC NCO responsible for the health/welfare of each member assigned to SOROC and tailors the PT Schedule to achieve unit goals of a very high level of fitness.
I understand that my odds of going to HALO school are very slim, especially with no prior training in Jumping, but if all I can do is Airborne School, what could I do as an Airman to show my willingness to go above and beyond, and achieve HALO (or MFF) training?
- We do have opportunities to learn to sky dive. Our unit has Free Fall Instructors that are required to remain current and advance their skills. In order to do that, the unit can fund sky dives with instructors and students in order to maintain instructor proficiency.
- We have our own state-of-the-art training facility. Each student has their own equipment. We have eight civilian instructors whose job is to make our unit members DoD's Finest Communicators. Training consists of classroom instruction with hands on, written proficiency examinations, hands-on examinations, and Field Training Exercises for culmination validation. Training is key to everything we do in JCU and doesn't end upon graduation from SOROC.
- All of the positions within JCU begin at the E5 pay grade. We have on occasion, hired really sharp E4s.