Peace Corps?

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  1. Texan

    Texan Member

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    If i was interested in the Peace Corps after high school, would this deract from a West Point admittance? Would being abroad for 27 months hurt an application because you have not been right out of high school and may not have academics on your mind fresh from school? Thanks
     
  2. howacupcake

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    Well, I can't say much about this topic..but I do know that the Peace Corps wants individuals who have college degrees. So by the time you go to school, graduate, and the go to peace corps you might pass the age limit for West Point. Also, if you are determined to go to WP why would you stall?

    Good Luck!:thumb:
     
  3. MorganC

    MorganC Prospective

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    I read online somewhere that being in the Peace Corps DQ's you from some military jobs and has an effect on security clearances. Don't quote me on it though, just something to be aware of.
     
  4. DHinNH

    DHinNH USMA 1989

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    There are a LIMITED number of Peace Corps slots that do not require a college degree.

    I would have to guess that it wouldn't hurt one's chances for admission at all, assuming all of the other "boxes" are checked. It might even help, as it shows a willingness to sacrifice for a cause greater than yourself.

    Peace Corps service can disqualify you from some jobs in certain countries in the Army, but it does not preclude you from getting a clearance.

    For reference, check some of the AR 614 series at http://www.apd.army.mil/AdminPubs/series_range_regs.asp?search=614 , including

    AR 614-200 *Enlisted* Assignments and Utilization Management (mentions 4 year expiration)

    AR 614-30 Overseas Service (mentions exceptions to be allowed to deploy with unit)

    AR 614–100 *Officer* Assignment Policies, Details, and Transfers (absolutely no mention of the Peace Corps in this AR)
     
  5. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Why does joining the Peacer Corps disqualify you for some jobs?
     
  6. LongAgoPlebe

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    The rationale is that service in the Peace Corps may bring one into contact with potential insurgents, radicals, or other personnel who might take advantage of your new status as a member of Armed Services, USA.

    IOW, it's a CYA thing.
     
  7. BillSL

    BillSL USMA Class of 2016

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    Central Youth Agency. Got it. :thumb:
     
  8. DHinNH

    DHinNH USMA 1989

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    There is also a desire to avoid having the Peace Corps appear to be a training ground for military intelligence.

    Johnny (or Susie) goes to InsertCountryHere with the Peace Corps. Then joins the Army and is in military intelligence. First duty station happens to be InsertCountryHere, and some people who knew Johnny (or Susie) run into him (or her)....

    Those people are then more likely to distrust the Peace Corps.
     

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