Anyone happen to recall how selective the Engineer Branch has been the past few years? I realize that "needs of the Army" trump all and branch assignments can be complicated, but if a cadet is in, say, the top 1/2 of the class OML can he/she safely assume that an engineer branch slot is realistic?
Branch interest varies over time, but today top 1/2 should be safe bet to get Engineer without BRADSO. In the early 1980's EN usually went out in the top 1/3 and MI was easy to get. Now MI is one of the first to go out.
I had some info on the most recent class, but can't seem to find it. For the Class of 2011 here are the Engineer stats:
Rank of first cadet assigned EN without BRADSO: 4
Rank of last cadet assigned EN without BRADSO: 780
Range of rank of cadets assigned EN with BRADSO: 781 -1064 (ranks 701 - 780 did BRADSO but did not incur additional obligation because they would have made it on order of merit)
FYI, BRADSO is the process to improve branch satisfaction whereby a cadet can extend active duty service obligation by 3 years to get their branch of choice. The first 75% of a branch is filled by OML (Order of Merit List). The remaining 25% BRADSO. Some exceptions for specialty branches.