Discussion in 'ROTC' started by basketball, Jul 2, 2010.
How soon after graduating from college does a cadet get stationed? Does it vary for each person?
About a month is what I read.
There is a lot of things that determine when you will get assigned to your station. You will first need to complete your BOLC training which is your branch specific training. You will be scheduled for training but it could take months before you actually start. A lot will depend on which branch you receive. I have heard some aviation branched cadets taking 8 to 9 months to start training after graduation. There are things you can get assigned to after graduation such as LDAC, LTC, or Gold Bar Recruiter, not everyone gets one of these spots. You could just be waiting at home for a while before your training starts. Maybe some of those who have gone through such training will be able to answer better.
It also depends on the branch. If you are AF and going to UPT you can expect up to a yr wait before going AD.
Here's the rule of thumb. SA grads go first, then ROTC grads go according to date of rank. Thus, if you graduate June 1st, all of the SA grads go, and all ROTC May grads go, then you go.
If you are going to a competitive slot with limited school dates, you can easily see how it will take months before you go AD. For example, UPT bases usually start up classes about every 4-6 weeks, additionally there are only a select few bases that offer the classes, thus it is a long wait. Currently, there are AFA grads not going to UPT for 6-9 months. SA grads will go AD on casual status. ROTC grads will not, in other words, find a job at home for at least 9 -12 months.
Best way to find out the timetable is to research it on the SA side from cadets going that route. If they are saying they are going the week after commissioning, then the chances are you will be a month or two out. If they say they aren't entering their "school" until Sept., then don't expect to enter until Dec.
In a situation where a commissioned officer has to wait almost a year to get their assignment, what date is counted for the purposes of computing fullfillment of their service obligation? The date of commission or the date of assignment?
Your commitment date is your longetivity date, in other words your commission date. HERE'S the twist which people never put into account if you take a school such as UPT, then your commitment starts the day you graduate from UPT. Same with any other school. It doesn't start at your commission date, or the date you started the school, but the graduation, thus, if you are ROTC, and take a UPT slot, but you wait a yr to get that slot, you will actually have 10 yrs of service by the time you can walk.
Your DOR (date of rank) is determined by taking 1/2 of the difference from graduation and report date...i.e. May 26 2010 commissioned, May 26 2011 report. Your DOR is Nov. 26th. DORs are used for promotion purposes.
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