Immediate Graduate Degree waiting for BOLC

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by paradoxer, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. paradoxer

    paradoxer 5-Year Member

    Nov 17, 2010
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    Looking for insights/suggestions on pursuing a graduate degree immediately after obtaining the bachelors. Seems like there are many unknowns when it comes to Army BOLC timing and tuition reimbursement in general.

    What are the drawbacks of starting a masters immediately after graduation with a requirement that it be completed within 5 years. Seems like you could have several months of down time before BOLC and with online courses you could fill the gap wherever you may be. Once BOLC is finished would the learning curve still be very steep? Would the branch assignment be key in how much energy one would have to work on a class? Is there some reason to wait and hope that there would be some tuition reimbursement from the army or more time to devote to studies? Or would taking initiative like this be a positive from the army perspective? What am I overlooking?
  2. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

    Feb 10, 2010
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    Sent you a PM
  3. mbitr

    mbitr Member

    Sep 28, 2012
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    Most of the officers I spoke to during my BOLC purgatory strongly advised me against starting a long-term degree program as a Lieutenant. I took a couple of online grad classes just to pass time, but I have no intention of pursuing a degree from that school. It's just nice to be able to put down a 4.0 graduate GPA on anything I may apply for in the future.

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