OCS Point of View About West Point

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  1. tug_boat

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    Got me thinking, if we don't need West Point because OCS and ROTC can produce officers cheaper, why do we need expansive private colleges when public colleges also produce college graduates?

    Of cours, private schools are not tax payer funded. If you believe private colleges are totally prviate and it gets no tax payer suport, I like to sell you some beach front property in Arizona.
     
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    It's interesting that the writer left SMCs out of the equation. Where would the SMC officers fall on the stereotype scale? Seems some might fall in line with "ROTC" for the "regular college" life that is available to those who look for those experiences (TAMU, UNG, VTCC), but other schools might be closer to the "all military all the time experience" of an academy (Norwich(?), Citadel, VMI). Probably comes down to physical preparation, talent, innate leadership potential, common sense, academic preparation, adaptability and mission focus. It's a fairly individualized distinction, but going into it, the academy recruit would generally have an edge in terms of academic preparation.

    The overall message I get from that is that education, and continuing education, is key. That would hold true for an academy grad, an SMC grad, an ROTC grad and an OCS grad as well.

    I don't think this is something the general public appreciates about the military. (It is certainly not something I fully recognized until I started paying attention to it.)

    (P.S. Norwich has a civilian population, but I don't know if the cadet experience is more like the "all cadet all the time" life at VMI, or more like the "you can choose to participate in outside-the-corps college life in your free time" like at UNG. Which is it?)
     
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    Interesting point of thought^^ I too have often pondered such. I know of many students who were well qualified, motivated and 3q'd but were not "Lucky" enough to win an appointment. They either tried again, or went on to another school and never pursued the military again. How well would they have done at a SA?

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    Seperation in ROTC, OCS, and USMA only broadens the diversity in the army, different leadership styles will be valuable and separate from each source.


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