Best route to take to be a military officer?
Topic: Is problem solving a skill
July 21, 2019 / By Alysa Question:
I'm pretty opened minded on which service I want to serve in, even though I am considering Air Force or Army, Navy is on my list to go become an officer, however I am a civilian with a bachelors and an associates degree, I have had experience in leadership positions in different organizations ranging from student government, to starting my own organization on campus, to back up my academics i have some work experience as well. But I do want to become a military officer but do not know where to start, or if there is a program for civilians with no prior military experience, to go through a pipeline of some sort to become an officer. Any and all input will be appreciated.
Forgot to add, is there a type of officer recruiter to speak to? Any specialized easy to find office?
I became motivated for the military during the middle of my 3rd year in college, especially since i started losing weight and doing better physically. A couple of professors recommended the military to became well rounded in skills, etc. These professors are OCS army and navy, the academy and rotc are no longer options, there is only the ocs/ots route but what about direct commission? if someone were to get their graduate or professional degrees?
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Whether you are about to graduate high school or college, or just looking for a way to serve your country, here are some options on how to become an officer in the military.
Choose a branch. Whether you want to become an officer in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, or Coast Guard, this is the first step because each branch has their own commissioning sources.
1. Decide which option to take. Once you pick a branch you will have basically three options on how to become an officer. Each process is completely different. Each option will depend on your particular situation.
2. Service Academy, which usually is for high school graduates and is very competitive to get accepted. These include the Military Academy (West Point), the Air Force Academy (USAFA), the Naval Academy (Annapolis), the Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point), and the Coast Guard Academy (New London).
3. Officer Candidate School (OCS) or Officer Training School (OTS), which is for individuals who already have a college degree. This is also a common route for enlisted members who decide to become officers.
5. Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). This option is the most common way the military obtains officers. It is designed as an elective in civilian colleges. The program trains future officers by focusing on leadership skills, military history, strategic planning, and problem solving. Note: This is not an option for the Coast Guard.
6. Talk to a recruiter. Once you have chosen your commissioning source, you may want to talk to a recruiter. Be sure it is a recruiter for officers, not enlisted. Again, enlisting has a different procedure (See article on How to Enlist in the Air Force).
7. Start the process. Each method will have a different process. So, it is important to complete the paperwork and process exactly according to the program you decide on.
8. Tie up loose ends. Whichever method you choose to become an officer in the military, you will be spending much, if not all of your time on this endeavor. Be sure to tie up any loose ends (family, financial, etc.)in your civilian life so you can focus on becoming an officer.
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You're required to have a bachelor's degree to be an officer, so you're set so far. You need to go to a recruiting station and have them direct you to an Officer Selection Officer (or OSO, as we call them in the Marine Corps, I believe the other services call them the same thing though). Recruiters usually just handle enlisted personnel, so be sure to be clear that you want to see the nearest OSO. They'll point you in the right direction from there.
You won't be doing ROTC or a service academy since you already have your bachelor's and those are programs you go through during collose
They'll look at your record, have you go through a number of medical exams, have you perform a physical fitness test, and if you pass all those prerequisites, they'll send you to OCS (Officer Candidate School) or OTS (Officer Training School). The Army's OCS is in Georgia and I believe the Navy's is in Virginia, as is the Marine Corps'. I'm unsure as to where the Air Force OTS is located.
This will be a screening and evaluation process, however, like a very long and difficult job interview. You aren't guaranteed a commission just by going to OCS, you need to graduate, and THEN you'll receive your commission as an officer. However, if you don't meet their requirements or they find you're unable to make decisions under intense stress, they'll send you home. While at OCS, all officer candidates receive E-5 pay (at least, that's the way the Marines do it, I imagine the other services do to the same).
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The most intellectual go to the Air Force, but the best leaders join the army. If you notice all of our countries best leaders and current leaders are Army. Army offers the best/toughest leadership course in the military and probably the US - Ranger school which all branches (even world –wide) send their best to. Army also has the best of the best units if you can make it to that level.
Yes USMC has hardest basic level training, but they do the same thing the army does in combat but the army does it longer so it is more grueling and overall tougher and much more of a test of leadership. You have to ask more from your soldiers in the army than any other branch. Army also has airborne units which the marines do not (except at elite level). Ask yourself is it tougher to do patrols for 3-7months or 12-18 months under the same conditions. Also, as of now the Army is in the more dangerous place in the Stan, the East with the border to Pakistan. Also western Iraq (An bar) lost control after army handed it to the Marines, but when the army came back enemy activity was snuffed out and the war was won.
Army is also first in unless you go by commercials - see invasion of Afghanistan after Sept 11th and who they called first and who jumped into Kandahar and who showed up days after it was secure but then claimed to be first. Also see almost every war we have fought in our history. Of course the real first was the top tier special operations - which is army but at that level it is all branches are intermingled that nobody takes credit or cares to.
If you want to be a great leader in the field of science or engineering I’d say Air Force then Army. If you want to be the best overall leader that is easy, army. Just look at the army’s history their generals and the next three branches together don’t even add up.
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today if you do not commission via ROTC or the Service Academies you have only a very low chance of being selected. OCS/OTS selection rates are as low as 10%.
there will not be any more Navy selection boards this year . AF has been limited to Rated boards only( Pilot)
most O recruiters cover several states. there is no easy to find one
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Originally Answered: Is there any chance in hell that i could become an officer in the military?
Sure... there's always a mathematical chance.
But here's your competition. There's a young lady who's just turned 20. At 16 she was a JROTC student. That summer she went to an "Engineering Camp" (like those Baseball camps, and Music camps). Anyway, a college in New York recruited her. She went back and got her GED and enrolled in their ROTC program majoring in Aeronautical Engineering. She's interning at Lockheed this summer and will have her BS with an IT minor.
Granted, not all of them are that impressive, but a lot of them are.
Were I you, I'd get my diploma, go to college and get a degree in a solid major... Math ,a hard science, or engineering. That precludes liberal arts, or the social (pseudo) sciences (psychology, psychiatry, sociology, education). Business degrees are also pretty easy to get and don't really mean much to the military. While, technically, a degree in almost anything will qualify you to APPLY for an officer program, it doesn't guarantee you'll be accepted... even if it's in a field the military can use. If you can get into an ROTC program, that will probably give you a better shot.
A caveat: you don't learn to be an officer/leader/manager. That's not something you can learn in a classroom You can learn law. You can learn procedure. You can learn how others manage. But you can't learn how to DO it. You have to be able to multitask. You have to thrive on stress and conflict. And you won't know if you have it until you're thrown into the deep end and have to figure out how to make it to the side. Some make it look easy. Some struggle, flounder, swallow a lot of water, but finally, through perseverance and hard work make it to the side. And others struggle, flounder, and drown. Some have it. Some don't. (Kind of my doctoral thesis... in business... so I know just about anybody can get a business degree.).