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ikebentley

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I'm in ROTC in my third year of school, planning to graduate in May 2018. I'm currently at a crossroads with my unit for numerous reasons that I don't feel like getting into, and I'm having thoughts of leaving my unit. Right now, I would be equally satisfied with either being a military officer in the future or finding a career in the civilian sector. Honestly, the only conflict that I'm having with leaving the program is the debt that I would accrue after being dismissed. However I've been told that I can repay the debt through financial means or government service.

So this leads me to my central question: What other ways are out there for repaying the debt through government service?

I still plan on finishing my degree, so could I enlist and go straight to OCS (then hopefully flight school) after boot? Could I serve as a government contractor (or in some other government agency) to repay the debt?

I feel like I'm stuck on a singletrack when I know there's gotta be other options out there. "If you don't know your options, you don't have any"

Thanks in advance
 

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I'm in ROTC in my third year of school, planning to graduate in May 2018. I'm currently at a crossroads with my unit for numerous reasons that I don't feel like getting into, and I'm having thoughts of leaving my unit. Right now, I would be equally satisfied with either being a military officer in the future or finding a career in the civilian sector. Honestly, the only conflict that I'm having with leaving the program is the debt that I would accrue after being dismissed. However I've been told that I can repay the debt through financial means or government service.

So this leads me to my central question: What other ways are out there for repaying the debt through government service?

I still plan on finishing my degree, so could I enlist and go straight to OCS (then hopefully flight school) after boot? Could I serve as a government contractor (or in some other government agency) to repay the debt?

I feel like I'm stuck on a singletrack when I know there's gotta be other options out there. "If you don't know your options, you don't have any"

Thanks in advance
Assuming Army - Ignore otherwise. Edit: Sorry you are going through this. Some cadre, not all, lack empathy and do not understand the commitment as a student and cadet. End Edit.

This could be costly if you are on scholarship. If you are not on scholarship then walk away and take out loans like most of your classmates - or transfer to a less expensive school.

If you are on scholarship and leave you are at their mercy to recommend you for repayment based on enlisted service and that this option is actually approved at levels above your battalion. With the current decrease in service members this has not been a likely outcome. Repayment is the most common outcome. If your issues are with performance what makes you think they will recommend you to continue service?

It is unlikely to go to basic training then OCS unless you have an approved OCS packet prior to enlistment. Failure to complete a commissioning program would be a strike against you in an OCS application. I don't know of anyone able to repay their scholarship commitment in a government service civilian position.

Can you change your behavior, improve your grades, or fix whatever is your contention with cadre to graduate and commission? Go talk to a counselor at your school if only to vent. If your issue is a new medical condition, do not quit, ensure you go through the process to alleviate the debt.
 
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kinnem

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Unlikely you would have any option other than to repay, and not through service. They also set the term in which it needs to be repaid, and they are not generous when they set it.
 

Dckc88

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I'm in ROTC in my third year of school, planning to graduate in May 2018. I'm currently at a crossroads with my unit for numerous reasons that I don't feel like getting into, and I'm having thoughts of leaving my unit. Right now, I would be equally satisfied with either being a military officer in the future or finding a career in the civilian sector. Honestly, the only conflict that I'm having with leaving the program is the debt that I would accrue after being dismissed. However I've been told that I can repay the debt through financial means or government service.

So this leads me to my central question: What other ways are out there for repaying the debt through government service?

I still plan on finishing my degree, so could I enlist and go straight to OCS (then hopefully flight school) after boot? Could I serve as a government contractor (or in some other government agency) to repay the debt?

I feel like I'm stuck on a singletrack when I know there's gotta be other options out there. "If you don't know your options, you don't have any"

Thanks in advance
I get that you don't want to go through it here, but go through it with someone you trust. Meaning exercise all options to not have the debt. Why? Because you are still interesting in serving as an officer. I also don't know what the issue is with your unit, and unless they are going to prevent you from commissioning, you literally have a year and a half to deal with them. Sometimes the "only way out is through." Good luck, and please remember my advice is based on facts about your situation I do not know. So seek some help, like with a school counselor as mentioned above. Your health, physically and mentally is the most important part.
 

Capt MJ

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Good advice above. If it's a personality clash, then it's good training for the array of seniors, peers and juniors you will encounter in the uniformed and civilian working world.
 
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