Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by bosoxnation33, Feb 17, 2014.
For Army at least, officers do not choose an MOS, but instead select a branch.
I'm not sure I understand your question, but i'll make some assumptions and attempt an answer.
The only choosing you do in regards to MOC's is which ones to apply to for a nomination. You want to apply to all you can.
Presidential Nomination: Not everyone is qualified to apply for a Presidential. If you are, then definitely do so. (Use the search function to research the qualifications.)
Vice Presidential Nomination: Everyone is qualified to apply. Do it. It's my understanding that your WCS even gets a few points added to it for applying.
Congressional Nominations: Everyone can apply for a nomination from their US Congressman.
Senatorial Nominations: Everyone has two US Senators they can apply to. Apply to both.
Apply to all sources available to you. If you are applying to multiple SAs, a quick phone call to their offices (Congressman and Senators') can let you know how many slots each has open for each S.A. (If one Senator has two openings for USA and one for USMA, you might choose to "play the odds" and apply to that Senator for USNA and the other for USMA.)
Be absolutely honest in your applications. You will be asked by each your first preference. If you are called in for an interview you may be asked the reasons behind your choice. Some offices communicate with others.
My son had grown up believing since second grade that he wanted to go to U SNA (his uncle is a graduate). As the application process progressed, he developed an interest in USAFA, but he never had the opportunity to visit before time to apply for nominations. He was very clear about this in his applications. He ended up with a nom to both from his Congressman, a nom to USAFA from one Senator, and a nom to USNA from his other Senator.
My son is now a senior a USAFA. I'm not sure if his nom was charged to his Senator or his Congressman.
Apply to all sources available to you, and be honest! I hope I understood your question. Best of luck to you!
MOS, not MOC. MOS stands for military occupational speciality. Marines use the term MOS, Army has branches, and Navy has designators (for Officers, and rates for Enlisted). Air Force has ____??
7599 (Student Naval Aviator) here with no regrets.
Air Force has AFSCs (Air Force Specialty Codes).
Army officers have an mos, but we pick by branch here. So you pick "infantry" and your mos becomes 11A
Just for clarification, Officers have AOC's, not MOS's. Warrant Officers have WOMOS's.
Thanks for the clarification
And just to clarify the muddy river more, the Navy has "Designators".
Oops. Hurricane already said that.
Missile Operations (Minuteman III ICBM).
Was not a fan.
And if you really want to muddy the Navy waters you have to look deeper than just the Designator. There are also Naval Officer Billet Classification (NOBC) and Additional Qualification Designators (AQD). In my case:
Designator - 2300 (Medical Service Corps)
NOBC - 0866 (Medical Technologist)
AQD - 60V (Blood Operations)
Although a Naval Officer can have multiple AQDs, of the half dozen I earned 60V was my primary one.
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