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Old 04-15-2018, 10:30 AM
 
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My son is on track to get his math degree in December and has recently expressed an interest in the military. I'm not sure how serious he is at this point but would appreciate any information or experience you could share on the subject.
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Old 04-15-2018, 10:45 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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It appears current..
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Old 04-17-2018, 04:47 PM
 
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Tell him to go for it. It's a fantastic idea and career decision.
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Old 04-24-2018, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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But I didn't see any mention of OCS for the Navy.
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Old 04-24-2018, 11:46 AM
 
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But I didn't see any mention of OCS for the Navy.
Check here: Officer Training Command, Home of Navy OCS - Officer Candidate School
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Old 05-06-2018, 05:35 PM
 
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I would say first that attaining a college degree doesn't necessarily mean a person has what it takes to make a good military officer. Many people who make good grades in college lack the leadership and management skills that military leadership requires.

Historically, when a much smaller percentage of the population went to college, in times of war college educated people were made officers almost by default. And there's still a bit of "I have a college degree, I should be an officer" mentality left in our culture. Times have changed - a fair number of enlisted service members have college degrees, and OCS programs are generally quite selective. They look for demonstrated leadership experience, like in sports, fraternities, extra-curriculars etc. I believe Navy OCS has quite high demands for college GPA also.

In general, your son should try to be self-aware about his talents and strengths when deciding to apply. If the officer route doesn't pan out, serving as enlisted for a few years would still be a great life- and skill-building experience.
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Old 05-06-2018, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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I would say first that attaining a college degree doesn't necessarily mean a person has what it takes to make a good military officer.
The military will decide that. The key is to give it a shot.

No one and I mean no one, knows what type of military service someone will have.

People of all backgrounds join the military. There’s ex-gang members in the military right now. The military will fix you or kick you out, very simple.
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Old 05-09-2018, 12:01 PM
 
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I went through it!
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Old 05-09-2018, 09:33 PM
 
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I would say first that attaining a college degree doesn't necessarily mean a person has what it takes to make a good military officer. Many people who make good grades in college lack the leadership and management skills that military leadership requires.

Historically, when a much smaller percentage of the population went to college, in times of war college educated people were made officers almost by default. And there's still a bit of "I have a college degree, I should be an officer" mentality left in our culture. Times have changed - a fair number of enlisted service members have college degrees, and OCS programs are generally quite selective. They look for demonstrated leadership experience, like in sports, fraternities, extra-curriculars etc. I believe Navy OCS has quite high demands for college GPA also.

In general, your son should try to be self-aware about his talents and strengths when deciding to apply. If the officer route doesn't pan out, serving as enlisted for a few years would still be a great life- and skill-building experience.
agree with poster. doesn't mean not to go for that if that is the OP's son's desire. just that it isn't a throw spaghetti on the wall decision.
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Old 05-11-2018, 05:05 PM
 
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At least for Navy OCS when I went through...

You have to take an Officer selection test. It is quite difficult. Remember, it's for college grads and people who might one day be the CO of a nuclear submarine. After that the recuiter will review your grades and background to determine if they should even waste their time on submitting a package for you to a selection board. The selection board will make the final determination.

That's the short answer of how it works.
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