Coast Guard DCSS - How Does it Work?

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I would like to find out more about this program. The Coast Guard web site says:

"College graduates who have been exposed to military training through collegiate-level Armed Services Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs, equivalent regimented programs at select colleges (enumerated below) or other Federal military academies, while earning an undergraduate degree are eligible to apply to the Coast Guard’s DCSS program. DCSS seeks to offer direct commissions to high performing individuals who have already proven their leadership ability and desire to serve others through rigorous programs."

They are looking for ROTC training, but how does one go through a NROTC program, for example, and commission into the Coast Guard?? I thought to complete NROTC you would be a 4 year scholarship or a college programmer selected for advanced standing. In either case wouldn't you be committed to the Navy? How could you then apply to Coast Guard DCSS? (And I don't mean after active duty in the Navy, I mean before)
 

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I would like to find out more about this program. The Coast Guard web site says:

"College graduates who have been exposed to military training through collegiate-level Armed Services Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs, equivalent regimented programs at select colleges (enumerated below) or other Federal military academies, while earning an undergraduate degree are eligible to apply to the Coast Guard’s DCSS program. DCSS seeks to offer direct commissions to high performing individuals who have already proven their leadership ability and desire to serve others through rigorous programs."

They are looking for ROTC training, but how does one go through a NROTC program, for example, and commission into the Coast Guard?? I thought to complete NROTC you would be a 4 year scholarship or a college programmer selected for advanced standing. In either case wouldn't you be committed to the Navy? How could you then apply to Coast Guard DCSS? (And I don't mean after active duty in the Navy, I mean before)
Keep reading the "DCSS eligibility requirements." https://www.gocoastguard.com/active-duty-careers/officer-opportunities/programs/direct-commission-selected-school-dcss-program

The Coast Guard DCSS program can only be participated in at select schools. Most of them are at SMCs (Senior Military Colleges), in which a student must participate in the Corps of Cadets. Along with that, two years of ROTC must have been successfully completed. This is easy at SMCs, because in order for one to participate and graduate as a member of the Corps of Cadets, a cadet must have two years of ROTC. Doesn't have to be a specific branch. There are many cadets here at my university that have jumped from taking NROTC to AFROTC to AROTC classes. This is normally because usually the first year of ROTC classes (doesn't matter which branch) are pretty easy. There are quite a few students here that have been selected for this program, as well as some at VMI.

Concerning your question about going through an ROTC program or a service academy and commissioning into that specific branch, there is such thing as "cross-commissioning." For example, the CO of my unit graduated from the Air Force Academy, but commissioned as a Marine Corps Infantry officer. This is a much rarer occurrence, as one branch has to be willing to lose and another branch willing to gain.
 

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Just a side note, almost ALL Direct Commission Programs are geared to "speciality fields" ie: cyber, engineering, law, medicine, intel, etc. There are instances of direct commission "line type officers' but they are rare. So if the desire is to be "operational" in the field insure do your due diligence and make sure that the program offers that option and you meet those requirements. Read thru the particulars and talk to someone. The SMC's mentioned above are not the only schools, check education para 2, says 2 years of successful ROTC will be considered on a case by case basis.
https://www.gocoastguard.com/active-duty-careers/officer-opportunities/programs/direct-commission-selected-school-dcss-program

Direct Commission Programs are fantastic programs and offer fast integration into the military, but IMHO OCS is a better route with more options for career fields.
 
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