Having a full time job and going to school while in the Reserves


New Member
Jan 15, 2017
It is my last semester of college and I currently have a 2.40 GPA in my major there is still room for some improvement since I have not graduated it (Government and International Politics with a minor in International Security) I will be commissioning as an Engineer Officer in the reserves and have acquired tons of leadership experience through my ROTC program at my university--many of which show that I can manage a large group. I also have a security clearance (if that makes any difference for my case) apart from all this I have held other leadership positions via student government and campus organizations and have some academic honors from my previous institution prior to transferring to a 4 year institution. I have not taken the GREs yet as I would like to wait until I complete BOLC for my branch (Basic Officers Leadership Course) until then I plan to hold a "big boy" job and take the GRE until I go off to my training which won't be until awhile. I am worried that I won't get accepted to grad school, or get a pretty decent job until I go off to BOLC--any advice?


5-Year Member
Dec 21, 2011
I've read your question several times and I'm still having trouble understanding it. Considering that my son had to wait 8 months for his BOLC date and that he will be at Benning for approx. 9 months, why wait to take the GREs? You're in testing study mode now-why postpone it when you may be out of the habit of studying and test taking. I would think that you should take the GRE as soon as possible so you don't get rusty. Then depending on scoring, apply to grad schools, you'll have your BOLC date and perhaps you could adjust when you start your career or grad school around your BOLC date. Does that make any sense? Am I missing something?


10-Year Member
Feb 10, 2010
I agree, take your GREs soon after graduating, use some time before BOLC to study and brush up on areas of need. You will want the best scores you can get since your GPA is below average for your major so waiting may result in lower scores.