DOCA is limited to 550 members. This is necessary so that DOCA members will have opportunities to participate in DOCA’s programs that are usually limited to a maximum of approximately 50 participants. When DOCA’s membership is full, qualified applicants will be put on a waiting list and approved on a first-come-first-served basis. DOCA members cannot seek special favors, political advantages, or material gains through DOCA. DOCA has no direct or indirect affiliation with business, political or religious groups or organizations. DOCA membership is obtained by one of two methods. The first method is to be selected by the Secretary of Defense for participation in a Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC). Following such participation, admittance into DOCA is by invitation. The second method is for those persons who have not participated in a JCOC program. In this case, a present DOCA member in good standing nominates a candidate. Such nominees must be approved for membership by the DOCA Selection Board, and subsequently participate in a DOCA program arranged by either the Department of Defense or Department of State. In addition, DOCA members must:
- Be U.S. citizens residing in the U.S.
- Not currently serving in the military.
- Be physically able to participate in a DOCA program.
- Be willing to pass on to associates, other opinion leaders, and organizations what the member learns.
- Have no felony convictions or outstanding warrants.