Service Options

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  1. leskgo22

    leskgo22 New Member

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    Hello, I received an appointment to USAFA and was wondering about specific service options. I understand that CRO is a difficult and sought after position in the Air Force and I was wondering if graduates from USAFA have a good chance of getting a slot to train to be a CRO. I know it is listed as a service opportunity after the academy so I suppose what I would like to know is how attainable a slot is.
     
  2. Blueblood1

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    Hi Leskogo. Congratulations on your appointment! My first question is what about CRO (or STO) interests you? They each certainly have enhanced training and physical requirements, but missions and responsibilities are very different from their enlisted counterparts. Search the older threads and there are discussions about special operations assignments with others more knowledgeable than I am. Here is one of those threads though. "Special ops Jobs after the academy."

    Here are some links as well:

    http://www.airforce.com/careers/detail/combat-rescue-officer/
    http://www.airforce.com/careers/detail/special-tactics-officer
    http://www.airforce.com/careers/detail/tactical-air-control-party-officer


    Having said that - this is not a decision that has to be made right away. During BCT, you will be focused on finishing BCT. Your first semester, you will be focused on finishing that, SAMI's, running the lines, etc. There will be many briefings and information sessions available about career paths offered before you have to make a decision.

    Get to USAFA, work hard, keep your class rank up and you will have many opportunities to pursue a path that interests you, and that path often changes once you get through your Doolie year.

    Congrats again.
     
  3. leskgo22

    leskgo22 New Member

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    Thank you so much! The information and links are great. To answer your question, I think leading people who risk their lives in order to save those of others is such an incredible honor that requires so much. I know that the academy is an incredible place to learn and develop the leadership skills necessary to do so. Again, thank you. I really appreciate it!
     
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    Lesgo -- I agree with you 100%. Having said that, there are many ways to serve. Spec Ops is not for everyone, just like Academy life is not for everyone. I commend all those that have the commitment and desire to go down the Spec Ops -- few do, and God knows what the world would be like if we did not have the best elite forces in the world doing what they do. In Spec Ops, the officers' mission is different than the enlisted counterparts as well. You will have a good deal of time to acclimate to military and Academy life, determine how you want to serve and find the right fit. You will also have exposure and the ability to speak with officers/enlisted to get their perspective.
     

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