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Old 04-12-2010, 10:07 AM
 
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What are the reasons why someone would not be an officer when they join the Navy with a Bachelor's degree?

Do many people join the Navy with a Bachelor's degree and not become an officer right away?
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:14 AM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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Each person has their own reason, but just having Bachelor's degree does not automatically make you qualified to be an Officer. There are a lot people with degrees just trying to get in the service. Many times the waiting list is too long.

I have known many Soldiers who were either drafted or enlisted who had a Bachelor's degree without becoming an Officer.

That is not to say a degree is not important, because it is in the military.


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Old 04-12-2010, 12:45 PM
 
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If you have a degree the recruiter will try to get you to go officer....

Poncho_NM is EXACTALLY correct....just becasue you have a degree does NOT make you officer material...the problem now-a-days...is that is what most junior officers think...I have a degree and you do not...therefore...i'm better than you....(some show it some don't).

Sorry, I am retired with 21+ years in...all Aviation...I had my disagrements with those types...no way in heck, can a 4 year officer tell me how to run those Soldiers who are in my platoon....better than me....becasue the oficer has a degree....

****pushes soapbox back into the closet****
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Bayou City Megaplex
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I think it is safe to say that you'll have a hell of a lot more credibility as an officer if you come out of OCS with some enlisted time under your belt.
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Old 04-12-2010, 02:00 PM
 
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I think it is safe to say that you'll have a hell of a lot more credibility as an officer if you come out of OCS with some enlisted time under your belt.

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Old 04-12-2010, 08:28 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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I know a retired Army bird Colonel with 34 yrs under his belt...up thru the ranks and then OCS. He was on the list for a star the last two yrs before retiring...everyone here thought he would get it...I knew differently as it's not too common for a Non Academy Officer to get a Star. He never saw any combat and wanted to discuss Korea with me as I had been there in 1952...heck he was never born yet at that time. He was mainly real echelon CO. during his service.

Steve
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:21 PM
 
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Maybe they never put in an officer package for some reason, or maybe they did and were turned away. Aside from those plausible scenarios, I can't think of one good reason to bust your rump for several years for that degree, only to pursue a career that never required any degree in the first place. It's one thing to get a degree, have a change of heart and then pursue something else, but no one gets say, a mechanical engineering degree for the sole purpose of becoming a mechanic - that would be a monumental waste.
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:43 AM
 
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I think it is safe to say that you'll have a hell of a lot more credibility as an officer if you come out of OCS with some enlisted time under your belt.
Too true. The only butterbars we ever paid any attention to were are the ones with a few ribbons.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:50 AM
 
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Maybe they never put in an officer package for some reason, or maybe they did and were turned away. Aside from those plausible scenarios, I can't think of one good reason to bust your rump for several years for that degree, only to pursue a career that never required any degree in the first place. It's one thing to get a degree, have a change of heart and then pursue something else, but no one gets say, a mechanical engineering degree for the sole purpose of becoming a mechanic - that would be a monumental waste.
Go check out a PSY OPS world.....enlisted have masters degrees....
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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What are the reasons why someone would not be an officer when they join the Navy with a Bachelor's degree?

Do many people join the Navy with a Bachelor's degree and not become an officer right away?
You get an automatic pay raise if you enlist with a Bachelor's degree. I think they start you as an E4.
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