Officer Interest After College

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  1. thebassmaster

    thebassmaster New Member

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    So, I'm currently a freshman in college and I'm interested in pursuing a career as a naval officer after graduation. I'll probably major in Gov., and I"m taking Arabic every semester, so I'll be fluent by graduation. However, I'm completely unfamiliar with what it takes to become an officer. So, my question is: what kind of actions should I be taking now and throughout the rest of college to better my chances?
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    This probably isn't the right forum for your question but I'm not sure we have a better one on this site.

    You should check with your local officer recruiter -- you can find him/her in the "phone book." :smile:

    This link will provide some information about post-college USN officer accession programs: http://www.ocs.navy.mil/ocs.asp
     
  3. thebassmaster

    thebassmaster New Member

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    mhc123wc USNA 2015

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    "fluent by graduation"...thats a very bold prediction right there
     
  5. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Exactly. :smile: I took four years of French and still use it in Quebec every year, but at no point did I ever consider myself fluent.

    My kid is taking Arabic in college. I love asking him how you say "hummus" in Arabic! :shake:
     
  6. Gatton18

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    Especially for a language like Arabic. I've had four semesters of college Arabic, and I will definitely not even be close to fluent after four more semesters. Also, there are the dialects to learn and perfect, so add a couple more years.
     
  7. Whistle Pig

    Whistle Pig Banned

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    Hey! The kid's a big-time lunker fisherman! He/She has to be an eternal optimist.:wink: Or does she sing in the back row of the choir?:confused: "Mama sang bass, papa sang tenor, me and my Mid-kid were hangin' right in thar!":rolleyes:

    My understanding is that few-and-none USNA Arabic students have sufficiently scored the competency exam to merit the extra pay upon graduation. Anyone know the stats? There was but one (and she was a native speaker) our year. Tain'teasy!:frown:
     
  8. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    WRT Arabic and Chinese, here's what USNA said a few years ago. Assuming someone who has aptitude but is starting from scratch . . . .

    Completing a major at USNA including a semester abroad puts you at Level 1 of the DLI three levels (Level 3 being highest). Obviously, if you have prior fluency from your home or elsewhere, potentially different story.
     

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