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I have a 2.2 gpa can I still be a military officer?

I have a 2.2 gpa can I still be a military officer? Topic: Criminal case secrets
July 24, 2019 / By Arin
Question: So, I have a complicated question to ask the knowledgeable military people in this world. I recently graduated from The University of Washington and unfortunately I graduated with a low gpa of 2.28 (yikes, I know). Although, I do have reasons behind the slippage in gpa, as I can prove that I had both parents pass away in a four year span of my life from my senior year of high school through college. So, things in my life were chaotic, to say the least from the onset of my college years to the end. I do not have a criminal background in anyway, although I do have some credit problems, (last time I checked my credit score was around 600). I know that I do want to join the military as an officer I'm just not so sure on the reality of this because of the aforementioned road-blocks. What are my options if any? Thank you.
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Trudy Trudy | 10 days ago
The short answer is yes but with caveats. You don't say how you are going to "join the military"? Are you just going to try to join the OCS program as it seems you can't do ROTC since you have graduated. You can't get a direct commission as you are not a doctor or lawyer. So, it seems you will have to go see a Recruiter and ask what your chances are; some times its easier than others, depending upon how many people are applying to go to OCS. I assume you are not interested in going enlisted, see how that goes, then apply for OCS with the recommendation of your commander. Financial: all officers must apply for and maintain what is called a SECRET clearance. You lose it they fire you. If you cannot obtain one, you will never be allowed to attend OCS. That drivel aside, each case is independently looked at, esp credit since officers handle and manage money at some point in their career. There are no hard and fast rules in this regard. Yes, if you had a 3.5 GPA you would be a more attractive candidate but in the interview with the Recruiter, its important-in my opinion-not to hoist a boatload of excuses about your GPA. It is what it is. In summation, you have some roadblocks but remember, not everyone is superman or superwoman so go to the Recruiter and get the real skinny. Go optimistically with a viable story that you are motivated to become a Leader, not a follower who can help people succeed in their missions. Recruiters like to see motivated youngsters who want to make something out of their lives, not losers with a story who have no other options. Get it? Best wishes.
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Trudy 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.).
Trudy Originally Answered: Is there any chance in hell that i could become an officer in the military?
First of all you will need a bachelors degree. If the military wants you they will pay for most or all of your college education. If you really want to be an officer don't enlist, go to college first. Most people that intend to become an officer and enlist first never get the degree needed. Go to college first, have some fun, in the end you will have the degree. The coolest military t-shirts http://www.proartshirts.com/

Sandie Sandie
You will have an easier time joining the Army or Marines than you would with the Navy or Air Force. Nothing is impossible but that GPA will make getting into the officer program harder. Your major will also play a part. Best call a recruiter and let them know the situation. If they tell you to not bother than you can rethink your plan and talk to a different recruiter. Personal piece of advice, you should try and track down some people from each of the branches and see what they have to say about officer vs. warrant officer vs enlisted for each branch, while you might think officer is the way to go because you have a degree you may find that a different route is better suited to your interests.
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Noella Noella
Let me put it this way... You have to put in a package to be an officer, and you're competing against other applicants. Usually people who score in the top 1/4 have a chance to be an officer. In the USAF, the minimum requirement is a 3.0. Waivers exist, but highly unlikely unless you're going to be a pilot and you ace the flight portions. I can't imagine it being too much easier in the other branches.
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Noella Originally Answered: With a few mishaps in my background, will I still be able to be commissioned as an Officer in the military?
Take things one step at a time. You can't apply for OCS until you either have a bachelor's degree or know when you're going to graduate. However, you might want to look into ROTC once you transfer. If you do end up transferring to a four-year school, I'd advise you do one with ROTC in whatever branch you're considering (sounds like Navy? Since you mentioned SEALs) and contact the local ROTC branch before you set foot on campus. Your past mishaps won't be impossible to overcome, although they're certainly a smudge on your record. Depending on the rest of your package, they might be willing to make a waiver on your behalf. To get the security clearance, your family will be questioned. No ifs, ands, or buts. Maybe not your entire family, but they'll talk to people who know you well. If you've done nothing wrong, there's nothing to worry about. If your family doesn't like you and lies to the FBI contractor doing the security screening, and your family is caught lying, that family member would be commiting a crime. However, the fact that you claim to have no friends raises a red flag; maybe something tragic recently happened and your old friends aren't there for you anymore. But it causes some concern about whether or not you're officer material, can make decisions, mentally stable, etc. I'm not implying anything, but you better be able to defend why you don't consider that you have friends when questioned. The language fluency is definitely a plus. You might want to look into being an intelligence officer.

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