Military carrer help. Former or active only. Ocs vs enlisted. What route for me?
A couple things before I get started: 1.Im writing this on my phone so bare with me 2. If you are not millitary, this question isnt for you, dont waste your time posting something I dont care about. 3. Please speak of YOUR branch only, to avoid heresy amoungst branches. Also so I can obtain the most accurate info. Thank you for taking the time to answer my question, I am going to take your advice into account in making my final dicision. Heres the scenerio. 1. Ive been talking with Army,AF,and Marine recruiters about enlisting. I will enlist in some way (barring a no go on a physical at MEPS) 2. 5 foot 10, 24 yrs old, awesome physical shape, extremely determined, great leader. 3. Score of 90 on ASVAB, all enlisted jobs avaiable to me (if there is a need) in any branch. 4. Senior at Southern Oregon University (3.0 GPA) major Busniess emphasis in management. Army recruiter is pushing me to go enlisted everytime I talk to him. He says odds of getting accepted into OCS are very slim for me. He says enlisting as an E3 would be my best route. However, I meet/exceed ALL current requiremets to submit an OCS packet with a Delayed entry (pending grad of college). Air force is a little more up front. The recruiter gave me the OSO's contact info in the first meeting. He also said it is VERY competetive, i shouldnt consider wasting my time if I dont have a 3.5-4.0 gpa... Period. I dont have ANYTHiNG against enlisted. But when I went into the army office, I saw many 18-19 yr olds signing up as the same rank as i would. I know im smarter, more educated, in better shape, more determined, and better qualified than ANY I saw. This makes me think I'm "backtracking". I have 15,000 in loans, and 5 years wrapped up in college. It also feels like I would be tossing all of this away if I went enlisted. I dont want to hear the "you will be more respected if.." Route. What brach and what option do you think, based off the intel above, would be right for me?
Asked By: Max T - 4/27/2012
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OCS is the major commissioning source for the Marines. All Marine Officer commissioning programs require a 1st class Marine PFT, 225 minimum, to be considered. A 280 is considered competitive for OCC... More
Answered By: Tom - 4/28/2012
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With your degree you should go into the Army as an E-4... More
Answered By: Yak Rider - 4/27/2012
The Army recruiter is correct when he says chances are slim. The Marine Corps and Air Force have incredibly competitive OCS acceptance rates, and having a 3.5 gpa is practically the bare minimum. While I do believe that the Army gives you the best chance, I have heard that acceptance rates are abysmally low currently... More
Answered By: The Fear Boner - 4/27/2012
1. Forget air force or navy, your GPA is just not good enough to be an officer... More
Answered By: jeeper_peeper321 - 4/27/2012
Keep in mind it is these recruiters job to recruit you only as enlisted, not as an officer. So naturally they will all be pushing you towards enlisting... More
Answered By: Mike - 4/28/2012
Im sorry but with your credentials / education, I would go National Guard or Reserves. I personally went in at age 17 & out at 37. I have a retired ID card with VA medical benefits. My concept has always been if you can be a civilliany & play uncle sams game, why not do both.The military is all about the experience... More
Answered By: Patrick - 4/28/2012
for what its worth, i got into Navy OCS with a bachelors degree in psychology and a 2.8 gpa! Assuming you have a clear record, i think you have a good shot. A friend of mine got in with a graphic design degree. You'll have to find an Officer recruiter willing to help with your package. Do not talk to an enlisted... More
Answered By: Batou - 4/28/2012
It may be to late, but go talk to the ROTC staff. They can give you some guidance on how to get into OCS.
Answered By: Jay L - 5/1/2012
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