Good afternoon, fellow NOAA Corps officers,
I recently had the honor and privilege of traveling over to New London, CT, this past weekend to swear in our eleven new members of BOTC 138. I couldn't be more impressed with the richness and diversity of these officers and know that they will bring fresh energy and enthusiasm to the NOAA Corps. The next seventeen weeks will certainly test their dedication and resolve while increasing their stamina and leadership; the future of the NOAA Corps looks bright! Please continue reading and see below for some pictures as well as more detailed information from BOTC 138 and NCOTC.
Additionally, I am excited to report that the Director, NOAA Corps, has recently approved proposed changes to the NOAA Corps Directives, Chapter 12 - Uniform and Awards, Part 3 - Special Circumstances. These mirror the changes to female grooming standards recently implemented by the United States Navy and the United States Air Force, which were developed in response to the request of thousands of service women nationwide. In addition to addressing issues associated with personal health and hair loss, the proposed changes support ongoing efforts to promote cultural diversity and inclusion in our service. Furthermore, the ability to wear hairstyles appropriate to the required PPE will enhance our officers' ability to be safe and effective leaders at sea and in the air. Specific changes to female grooming standards have been incorporated within the overall Officer Bearing and Grooming Standards part of the NOAA Corps Directives.
These changes will be fully broadcast next week and be posted under the announcements section of the CPC homepage. I commend the Uniform and Awards Board for continuing to improve the quality of life for our officers and thank them for their efforts. These, as well as all other approved proposed changes, will be captured in the forthcoming update to Chapter 12. Yet again I stress, the future looks bright for the NOAA Corps!
CAPT Douglas MacIntyre, NOAA
Director, Commissioned Personnel Center
|04 Aug 2021||Officer Assignment Board|
|Early Sep 2021||Command Advisory Board|
|Early Nov 2021||Aviation Advisory Board|
|LT Michael Silagi||01 Aug 2021|
|LTJG Sarah Donohoe||31 Aug 2021|
|LT Danial Palance||20 Sep 2021|
|CAPT Anne Lynch||01 Dec 2021|
|CAPT Catherine Martin||01 Dec 2021|