Cross commission?

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  1. Flying_duck

    Flying_duck Member

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    I'm just curious, is it realistically possible to cross commission in to two branches? Might be a stupid question but I was just wondering.
     
  2. CherokeeBC2016

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    I may be wrong, but I'm reading it as you're wanting to cross-commission into two different branches, which you cannot do. You have to select one branch and stick with it. However, you can go through one branch's ROTC/SA and graduate as an officer in a different branch. I do not know how likely that is since the ROTC/SA program you attend already spent a lot of money on you with hopes that you'll commission in that branch. It is possible, though. For example, I know USAFA has the Bulldog program where cadets have a chance to commission into the USMC, but I don't know much about that program. ROTC-wise, I do not know much about cross-commissioning; I just think it is highly improbable that the branch's training you attend will let you cross-commission.
     
  3. AROTC Parent

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    Your question is not clear. What is it you want to know? Can you be an Transportation officer and Infantry officer? Can you be on AD Navy and in the Army Reserve?

    Generally cross commissioning is reference completing officer training in one service (Army) but commissioning in another (Marines).
     
  4. Flying_duck

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    So to clear it up me and a friend were having a discussion on whether or not it would be possible to commission into two branches of the military (Ex: navy and army, Air Force and marines, etc.) by no means am I considering this. I have chosen a branch and plan to stick with it, this is simply a curiosity question because my friend believes it can be done however I do not. I figured someone on this forum could clear it up for sure
     
  5. Flying_duck

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    I'm not planning on commissioning in another branch, I have chosen the army and the army has chosen me. This is simply to clear up a friendly debate with a friend who believes cross commissioning is remotely possible
     
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  6. AROTC Parent

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    You likely just lost the bet - sorry.

    Cross commissioning is remotely possible, both from the Service Academies and ROTC. However it is remote. http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r145_1.pdf Read section V starting on page 44.

    From the SA it is possible too. An AFA Cadet is commissioning into Marines in May. He is an olympic shooter at the AFA.

    A small part of the Regulation...
    6–34. Appointment in the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Marine Corps (other than Regular Marine Corps)
    Graduating Army ROTC cadets may be released from the Army to accept appointment in a component of the USAF or USMC if one of the following criteria is met: a. The cadet has served 12 months or more of active duty in the Service concerned. b. One or both of the cadet’s parents are currently on active duty or a retired member of that Service. c. The cadet’s spouse is a member of that Service.

    Note this does not indicate the officer is commissioned in the Army and AF/USMC at the same time.

    Once commissioned, the regulations regarding Interservice Transfer apply.
     
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  7. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    Agree that cross commissioning is difficult but possible. There have been other threads on this topic. (e.g. graduate from USMA but commission Marines)
    However I don't think that is the OP's question.

    I read the OP's question as being, "can an individual be a member of the Navy and Army simultaneously?"
    If that is the question, I believe the answer is no.

    While I know several acquaintances who were members of one branch and after completing their obligation, "re-upped" to a different branch, I have never heard of an officer (or enlisted) who was a member of two branches at the same time.
     
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  8. Flying_duck

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    Yup! that's the question and answer I was looking for, thank you
     

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