NASA Astronaut Candidate Program
NASA's Astronaut Program is in the process of selecting the Astronaut Candidate Class of 2017. NOAA Corps officers who meet the minimum eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply through the
USAJobs application open December 14, 2015 – February 18, 2016. Among the requirements are a
bachelor's or higher degree in engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science or
mathematics and at least three years of related, progressively responsible, professional experience
obtained after degree completion, or at least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft. An
advanced degree is desirable and may be substituted for part or the entire experience requirement.
Detailed information can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/423817000.
More details about the full program can be found at the NASA website https://astronauts.nasa.gov/content/broch00.htm with a timeline for astronaut candidate selection for
at https://astronauts.nasa.gov/content/timeline.htm. Be sure to bookmark this site if you are tracking this process.
Contact CDR Devin Brakob, Chief, Officer Career Management Division, at 301-713-7748 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information and before submitting an application.
NOAA Corps Policy Update
In an effort to better streamline NOAA Corps Directive and policy questions, Sherrita Irby, NOAA Corps Policy Program Manager, has created a policy email account. The account will be monitored daily. Officers are encouraged to utilize the account for any NOAA Corps Directive clarifications or questions
that they may have. The email address is email@example.com.
Sherrita is also currently working with CPC IT staff to create a Policy Section on CPC's website. This section will provide NOAA Corps officers with snapshots of the directives currently being revised and
provide a "brief" summary of the recommended changes. It will also allow officers to see the status of
each chapter as it is going through the clearance process.
Command Advisory Working Group: CO and XO Assignments
The CAWG will meet on January 25, 2016, to make recommendations for Command and Executive Officer assignments. Any officer within 2 years of rotation could be considered for
these ship assignments. Please ensure your assignment preferences are updated to reflect your latest interest. For any questions, please contact CDR Nicholas Chrobak at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 301-713-7694.
Direct Access Mailing Address
All NOAA officers are reminded to ensure your mailing address is current in Direct Access for the mailing of their W2s. If the address is not current the W2 will not be forwarded and a duplicate will need to be requested.
Notes from Payroll
We are requesting that all officers check midmonth payslips for the correct entitlements due to the legislative pay changes effective January 1, 2016. If you note a discrepancy or have any questions, please email Carol Holley at email@example.com.
Any leave taken during the holidays will not be reflected on payslips until end month January.