Air Force and Navy OTS/OCS/ODS Simultaneous Applications?

milmomsomeday

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I'm a long-time lurker and know that some very experienced people will give us great advice.

My son has decided he is interested in possibly pursuing a military career. He is a business management major with a few more years to go. Our question is, it seems like the officer route outside the Academies and ROTC is very competitive, and wondered if any of those can be pursued at the same time. Specifically, can he put his application in for the Air Force to go to OTS at the same time as the Navy's OCS/ODS?

Also, would the Navy route be the OCS or ODS route?

And finally, if the boards do not select him, would a good backup plan be to enlist and try to pursue an officer career once he gets started as an enlisted personnel?

Thanks in advance for any guidance. Appreciate all that you guys do for those of us who just have no clue.
 
There is nothing wrong with looking into OTS/OCS/ODS at same time, but at some point, he will have to make a choice. Until you sign a contract you have options. Though he should understand that some options may come faster than others, so he may have to give up one to wait for another. As he has time, I would recommend he look into each branch and really see which one is the one for him. My might not of picked what he wants to do in said branch, but with a few more years, he can really see which branch and mission he is interested in.

Barring some medical, education, or TBA issue, any of the branches will likely want your son to serve. Now what he would be doing in that branch is where the rubber meets the road. The more competitive the specific community is (Naval Aviation versus SWO, Infantry versus Army Corp of Engineers) makes a difference.
 
There is nothing wrong with looking into OTS/OCS/ODS at same time, but at some point, he will have to make a choice. Until you sign a contract you have options. Though he should understand that some options may come faster than others, so he may have to give up one to wait for another. As he has time, I would recommend he look into each branch and really see which one is the one for him. My might not of picked what he wants to do in said branch, but with a few more years, he can really see which branch and mission he is interested in.

Barring some medical, education, or TBA issue, any of the branches will likely want your son to serve. Now what he would be doing in that branch is where the rubber meets the road. The more competitive the specific community is (Naval Aviation versus SWO, Infantry versus Army Corp of Engineers) makes a difference.
Thank you for the advice. I think I might be overthinking the data as a mom whose life experience often makes me second guess whether my kid can do it. I am sending him off to research, research, research everything and to contact the officer recruiters as he gets within a year to year and a half of graduation. I think by then he will have a much better idea of what he wants, which should help him narrow it down.

Thanks!
 
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