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Old 11-04-2012, 11:49 PM
 
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How many people who started as Non-Prior service attended Officer Training School in either Military Branch you are in?

Is there anyone? If so, I'd like to know what is it like about Officer Training in Air Force or Navy like. Any of you have any Officer in military experience? How was it? I'd like to know.

I am interested in probably applying for Office in either Air Force Reserve or Navy Reserve..

However, I don't know if I'm fit for a Leader. Although it's interesting to join Officer to get higher rank.

I'm generally shy and quiet person. I am eager but I don't know if I'm good enough for officer. I do have Bachelor's and Master's degree. But I also have interest in other career as well.

But I will inquire about it through the Recruiter.

Thanks,
webgirl01
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I was non-prior service before going to OCS in the Army so I couldn't tell you how it's like in the AF or Navy.

Being shy and quiet isn't an issue, IMO. The biggest issue will be your competence both in job knowledge, capability and physical fitness capability. There are plenty of introverts, I consider myself an introvert.

Are you fit to be a leader? Are leaders born or made? Can anyone really answer that question? LOL.

My first suggestion would be to speak with recruiters from multiple branches, take the ASVAB and the physical. If you are eligible to join, then come back.

All these questions and concerns you have are naught if you are physically ineligible to join for whatever reason.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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You will do fine so don't worry about it. They will teach you some of the aspects of being a good leader. You can read some books about leadership and get some of the basic ideas down. Good luck.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:01 AM
 
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I was non-prior service before going to OCS in the Army so I couldn't tell you how it's like in the AF or Navy.

Being shy and quiet isn't an issue, IMO. The biggest issue will be your competence both in job knowledge, capability and physical fitness capability. There are plenty of introverts, I consider myself an introvert.

Are you fit to be a leader? Are leaders born or made? Can anyone really answer that question? LOL.

My first suggestion would be to speak with recruiters from multiple branches, take the ASVAB and the physical. If you are eligible to join, then come back.

All these questions and concerns you have are naught if you are physically ineligible to join for whatever reason.
Thanks for your reply Army_Guy.

If I do go to OCS, I do hope to do well. I just don't know or how I feel about leading. I guess it's either that or join as a enlisted. Well I'll have to be confident and positive. I am going to try talking to the recuiters about this. I also posted another message in the thread. I hope you can read it. Sorry if you think it's too long. I know I'll need to improve my writing skills, LOL!.

I see there's plenty introverts in military.

Is it possible to take ASVAB and the physical without being obligated to enlist first?

Does that mean I can keep taking ASVAB's on each branch? lol
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:03 AM
 
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You will do fine so don't worry about it. They will teach you some of the aspects of being a good leader. You can read some books about leadership and get some of the basic ideas down. Good luck.
Hey Totsuka,

Thanks for your reply and tip. Where you in a military too? If so what branch? I will see about some leadership books. Were you in OCS too? Thanks.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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Introvert here. Hate public speaking (did it when I had to, but was never comfortable w/ it) but was able to survive. Made it to lieutenant colonel before calling it quits. I know a lot of quiet people who did the same. You'd be surprised what you can do, and don't even know it. Take it one day at a time, be proactive and hard working, take initiative, be positive "can-do", look after others - pretty simple formula.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:44 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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You'd be surprised what you can do, and don't even know it. Take it one day at a time, be proactive and hard working, take initiative, be positive "can-do", look after others - pretty simple formula.
Agreed...
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Old 11-06-2012, 09:39 AM
 
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I wouldn't worry too much about being shy and/or quiet. The military training and culture will mold you into a person that you've never thought you could become. I was an NCO (non-commissioned officer) and served 6 years on active duty in the Army. Looking back, I can say that it was one of the best experiences of my life.

Go do it...and good luck!
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:41 AM
 
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Thanks for your reply Army_Guy.

If I do go to OCS, I do hope to do well. I just don't know or how I feel about leading. I guess it's either that or join as a enlisted. Well I'll have to be confident and positive. I am going to try talking to the recuiters about this. I also posted another message in the thread. I hope you can read it. Sorry if you think it's too long. I know I'll need to improve my writing skills, LOL!.

I see there's plenty introverts in military.

Is it possible to take ASVAB and the physical without being obligated to enlist first?

Does that mean I can keep taking ASVAB's on each branch? lol
The ASVAB is not branch specific, the scores are used for the all the branches.

You are not obligated to sign if you take the ASVAB and/or physical. Think about it, it doesn't make sense. How can you sign a contract before the physical if the physical ends up later excluding you for whatever reason?

As for public speaking, they're not going to just throw you up in front of a group of people and say speak. Rehearsals are a big part of the military life.

As for enlisting first, being an Officer is totally different than being Enlisted. The job requirements and duties are totally different. Your subordinates will not respect you more or less if you were previously enlisted, they will respect you on the competency that you do your job and the respect with which you treat others (peers, superiors and subordinates).
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:01 AM
 
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I wouldn't worry at all about being shy. From what I have seen, it is less of an issue in the Navy and Air Force.

I am a shy person and in the Army. From my experience, other officers are mostly supportive and you will get plenty of practice getting over your shyness by giving briefs and working together to solve problems. It is not a bad thing and I have enjoyed my time in the Army so far.
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