A few ROTC questions

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  1. mike24bryant

    mike24bryant New Member

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    First off, I will need a waiver to get into the program for prior service in the Air Force. The ROTC recruiter I spoke with said if I did well on my PT test to send in the waiver I would get accepted in. The PT results will go along with my 3.5 GPA in college so far.
    My questions are:
    A: I've been training 2 weeks and can now run about 1.4 miles at a good pace; how should I use the remaining 5 and a half weeks to train for the 2 mile run? Right now I am doing interval running and biking on rest days so I don't get shin splints. I will be able to get a 100 on Pushups and Situps so I am not worried about that.
    B: What are some good ideas to mention in my waiver? I know I will mention how the Army will be a better fit for me than the Air Force and that I would like to serve my country. I was sitting behind a computer in the Air Force and was miserable. (College degree is for Criminology) What are some other good key points to mention to ensure that my waiver gets accepted? I'm also going to include how I will do the SMP program to prove how committed I am to becoming an Army Officer.
    Thanks! I'm not trying to have someone write this for me, I'm simply looking for guidance and advice.
     
  2. Jcc123

    Jcc123 Member

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    A: run more and longer
    B: doing SMP doesn't really "prove" anything, so I'm not sure I'd base your waiver application on that.

    All you can do is be honest in your explanation of why you desire a commission as an Army officer. I would not focus as much on why the Air Force wasn't a good fit. Hint: you'll spend a lot of time behind a desk as an Army officer as well.
     
  3. Pima

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    +1 Jcc123

    You will sit behind a desk as you make rank in the Army too, thus, if your quote below is a sign what you will say, than I probably would back off of it.
    That says to me it is more about you than the different mission that the Army has compared to the AF.

    You state you want Criminal, which to me would be the same as AF from a mission aspect if you go MP/SP. So look at how you can state how you are sure that the Army is a better fit for a career that both offer to their members.
    ~ Your post reads that as an AF enlisted member you did not like sitting behind a desk, and you think that the Army in a new career field will be a better fit for you.
    ~~ If I was sitting across from you, I would ask how you believe this is true in your opinion since now you are not only entering a new career field, but also as an officer?
    ~~ What do you see is the difference between AF and Army when it comes to their mission from a criminology major? ~~~ If you can't answer that with a clear, concise answer than you may be in trouble.
     
  4. mike24bryant

    mike24bryant New Member

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    Good points, I will not mention sitting behind a desk now since that directly correlates to being an Officer. I was doing Airfield Management in the Air Force so I was behind a desk and answering phone calls all day. I should mention how I have a passion for Law Enforcement and the Army's mission statement for MP would fit me perfectly?
    Very good last question as well, definitely gave me something to think about.
     
  5. Pima

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    It does not correlate directly to being an officer. It does correlate directly, impo, to the needs of the military.
    ~ You also do not the interviewer's background. Maybe they loved sitting behind a desk as an officer because of the mission.

    Saying to them you hated being in the AF, because your day was .... and not what you expected just opens you up to follow on questions...some maybe gotchas.
    ~ Airfield management. Are you saying you were in the Tower? Why were u not upgraded after years in the AF to a higher level?

    Here is the AF Security Police Mission and vision statement:
    Our Mission: Air Force Security Forces Center, Lackland AFB, Texas: Organizes, trains and equips Air Force security forces worldwide. Develops force protection doctrine, programs and policies by planning and programming resources to execute the missions of nuclear and non-nuclear weapon system security, physical and information security, integrated base defense, combat arms, law enforcement, antiterrorism, resource protection and corrections. Identifies and delivers emergent and future force protection and force application solutions through modeling and simulation. Acts as the executive agency for the Department of Defense military working dog program.

    Our Vision: A dedicated and innovative team providing the warfighter a decisive operational edge through the timely delivery of the best Integrated, tactical and technical enablers.

    Here is the Army's:
    "Provide professional policing, investigations, corrections, and security support across the full range of military operations in order to enable protection and promote the rule of law."

    Vision
    "A premier integrated Military Police force recognized as policing, investigations and corrections professionals who enable the Army's decisive action in unified land operations in concert with our partners to achieve tactical, operational, and strategic outcomes in unstable and complex worldwide environments."

    Just saying they are basically identical and you probably will need to find something unique to answer why Army's mission is a better fit from a mission statement.
     

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