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  1. threeforme

    threeforme New Member

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    I have a current midshipman (DD is in the class of 2019). I tried to become very knowledgeable while she was going thru the application and nomination process several years ago. Her older brother has now decided to try to get into Navy OCS. He is 2015 graduate with a BS in nursing. He has been working as a med-surg nurse for approximately 1 year. Any sources of information so that I can get up to speed on his application process & his chances for acceptance would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 5-Year Member

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    Is he trying to be a Navy nurse? That's a different type of OCS at Newport, RI, where they direct commission doctors, nurses, lawyers and other staff corps.

    https://www.navy.com/dam/Navy/Navy-IMG/Downloads/pdf/healthcare/nurse-brochure.pdf

    http://www.ocs.navy.mil/programs.html

    The needs of the Navy will govern selection.

    If he doesn't want to be a nurse (staff corps) but a line officer (warfare), then it is indeed OCS, also at Newport, RI. OCS is very competitive and depends, as always, on the needs of the Navy. Consider it as the adjustment intake for whatever new officer endstrength it needs, to add into USNA, NROTC, enlisted commissioning program numbers to hit that FY's target range. The Navy can "shop" through OCS applicants to find just who it needs to meet various goals.

    Your DS' BSN will have the attractive STEM element. He will also have some knowledge of the Navy's mission from exposure to his sister, which I hope he mentions as a source of inspiration for service. If trying to go Navy nurse, his actual med-surg work experience will be good.

    It's a more compressed application - transcripts, DODMERB stuff, personal application. Am not current about letters of recommendation or interviews. No nominations, of course.

    There is no way of predicting who or how many will be successful. I am an OCS grad myself and count myself very fortunate to have been chosen. USNA and NROTC (gradually) opened up when I was halfway through college, and the nice staffer at my MOC's office told me when I called about USNA that "you want to marry them boys at the Academy, not be one, and Rep X isn't inclined to nominate the fair sex." But that's a sea story for another thread...

    Best of luck! Let us know.
     
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    threeforme New Member

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    Capt MJ, thanks so much for your reply.
    He has completed his application, including letters of recommendation and verification of transcripts etc.
    He did his medical yesterday and my understanding is all that he needs to make is packet "complete and ready for review" is an interview with 2 navy nurses.
    He does want to be a nurse and he is being told there are "openings" for navy nurses.
    He is also being told by the station chief at the recruiting office that he is competitive (I'm not sure how candid they are in this assessment but it has been consistent)
    It seems to me like the process is drawn out but that he has had to do that much (my only comparison is USNA which is crazy complicate)
    I sure hope this works out for him because he is really excited to serve!
    As a side note he would love it if his sister has to salute him (LOL)
    I will keep you posted.
     
  4. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 5-Year Member

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    That's right - they get commissioned as LTJG ((O-2 paygrade) in most cases. Best wishes!