The Navy - Enlist or OCS?

I need clarification from someone that knows the answers. My background; MBA in Management (3.74 GPA) B.S. in Finance, minor in Information Sytems (GPA 2.8) -partly low GPA b/c I also did (90+ credits in Computer Engineering not so well but made it through Calculus 1-3, Differential Equations, Physics 1-2 etc, you get the point) I'm 29 and looking for a change and this is one I pursued 5 years ago with the Army. They messed up my getting my medical records and it took them over 4 months to get anything started, by that time I pursued other means. Details are I had cancer at 19 (Hodgekin’s Lymphoma) with chemo and radiation. Its been over 8 years since treatment and have had a clean bill of health. I am aware this can be a determining factor; although the recruiter told me its been some time and they usually look for 5 years. So here is where I need help and suggestions. I have spoken with a recruiter and asked my questions and details yet still some are conflicting with forums I have read. Thanks for anyone who can help me here. B/c I was prepared when I walked in, I also didn’t give him the time to throw the pitch but more utilized his time of what he could do for me. He told me there was no way to get into OCS due a 12-18 month waiting list? Although If I enlisted at (E-3 )I should be able to get in within the first 12. I asked him about the 29 age cutoff and he said you only have to be in and they could waiver if there would be a problem? I have a couple people talk about Officer recruiter one should talk to? Yet I can barely find any information, are there such contacts and are there in downtown Chicago? I enquired about potential sign on bonus (obviously varies upon job I know) in which I was thinking intel which he said had tons of vacancies and I’d assume nuclear or eod also would be open. Please don’t respond to the difficulty levels or pace of study, just if and what areas with my background would be most beneficial when I leave the service or might be fun for me to learn and specialize in. I have seen bonuses of $8k for those with degrees and upwards of $12k in high demand areas. And yes, I am aware of the ASVAB scores impact, I have taken the practice twice (80, and 92) without preparation. Obviously if this goes further, I’ll actually prepare things I haven’t used in many years, what level of score do you need to get into such areas also? The other area was educational bonus/reimbursements etc and best choices? I was told they would pay in full (not when they would pay) all of my $30k of grad school debt from something of $64 possible. But I would have to forego any sign on bonus due to this route if chosen. In addition, I would like to pursue other degree’s while in if possible, possibly another masters or simply add a few more undergrad degrees. I have read though that things like the GI will only pay for the first degree in each level, thus would only cover expenses if I pursued a Ph.D or DBA. Can you even take the upfront payoff and the GI and what would the best opportunities here be to get that educational money? Lastly, thanks to anyone who can provide solid information in details regarding issues or issues you can recommend.

Asked By: shulls17 - 2/9/2009
Best Answer - Chosen by Asker
There are too many questions here for me to answer before my next class. But basics: there is no across the board cut off at 29 years for OCS... More
Answered By: Ross - 2/9/2009
Additional Answers (3)
THank you for your interest in serving in the US Navy. The simple fact is only you can choose if the pros and cons steer you towards a Commissioning or the enlisted route. I do have some thoughts regarding your general questions... More
Answered By: Stranggore - 2/9/2009
My only advice is to make sure you talk to an Officer Recruiter and not an Enlisted Recruiter.
Answered By: Katelyn L - 2/9/2009
In my opinion, you should really try for officer with your education... More
Answered By: NavyCrab - 2/10/2009
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