thinking of joining to become a officer

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  1. joeythemuffin

    joeythemuffin New Member

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    I completed college going to do my master degree or higher what could be my options to gain entrance to the military. Someone suggest I check this site to see what information available
     
  2. MidCakePa

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    Depends. What’s your goal for joining the military? What do you want to do? What do you want to achieve? What branch are you considering? Your question is overly vague to provide meaningful answers.
     
  3. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Welcome to the forum. Congratulations on your degree.

    Which branches of the military interest you and why? What is your reason for want to serve?

    (X posted with mid cake.)
     
  4. Tbpxece

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    To broadly answer, there are two (maybe three) routes for you:

    OCS/OTS - more or less "Basic Training" for officers. Very competitive for civilian applicants, potentially the fastest way to join (if you are picked up quickly)
    ROTC - will take you 2-3 years, depending on your masters. Much less competitive, allows you to ease into your desired branch of service

    There are a few other rare routes if you have a specific degree and experience (think doctors, dentists, lawyer, cyber, etc), but these vary from branch to branch.

    Theoretically, you could also enlist and then apply to OCS/OTS from the enlisted ranks, which would be slightly less competitive, but this would take just about as long as just doing ROTC.

    All of the above is assuming you want to go regular officer.

    If not, then you have the regular enlisted route, or the Army Warrant Officer route (you'd pretty much have to go in to be an aviator, though, to be considered straight off the street). Enlisted go to basic training. Warrant Officers go to Warrant Officer Candidate School.
     
  5. Physicsguru

    Physicsguru 5-Year Member

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    If you have a bachelor's degree already, apply directly to officer programs for the service you are interested in. Then you'll jump through the hoops to get into an officer training school. Once you finish, you'll be commissioned in the appropriate service. ROTC is not an option if you already have your bachelor's.

    Better question would be, which service? Do you want to fly? Outdoor activities? Special operations? Cyber security?
    Where do you want to live? Where do you want to serve? Answer these and you'll be on a clearer path.
     
  6. Anguswarrior112

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    Not necessarily true, if you have a bachelors and attend grad school, you can still go though ROTC.
     
  7. Anguswarrior112

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    Agree with Tbpxece, it depends on what you want. There is OCS for all branches, hpsp, JAG, ROTC is available but you need to check with recruiter if that is the case.
     
  8. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc Teufel Doc

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    I hate to be the teacher here but I am a teacher. Did you keyboard your post on your phone or some sort of cryptic device? No offence intended.
     
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  9. Tbpxece

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    Offence or offense? :)
     
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  10. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc Teufel Doc

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    D'oh, now who's the teacher. Drinking and posting should be against the UCMJ.
     
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  11. joeythemuffin

    joeythemuffin New Member

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    I am thinking of joining Navy or Air Force through direct commission. I do not like flying so Air Force might not be good idea unless there other options that you all might suggest.
     
  12. Anguswarrior112

    Anguswarrior112 Member

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    Again, it depends on what specifically you want to do. Being in the Air Force isn't about flying. Air Force has plenty of ground jobs as an officer you can do.
     
  13. Day-Tripper

    Day-Tripper 5-Year Member

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    US Navy OCS - SWO (Surface Warfare Officer). Always a lot of openings. Best chance for OCS selection.

    Of course, odds are even better for US Army or US Marine Corps OCS. Got a BS/BA & in good health? That's your ticket!

    Spend 4 years active duty as a junior officer, then use those GI Bill benefits to get a free Master's.
     
  14. USAFA10s

    USAFA10s USAFA Class of 2012 Kirtland, AFB 10-Year Member

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    Looks like your questions have been answered - but you would probably get much better tailored responses if you added some info on what your degree is in, what you are thinking of getting a masters in, and what its is you generally want to do - maybe go look at the lists of classification codes (AFSC for the air force - https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/104484/officer-afsc-classifications/, you can google these and find lots of info). Once you have a better idea what interests you come back and let the forum know - we have experts or those that know experts in pretty much everything here.