What’s the length of your contract?
-officers don’t really have a contract like enlisted members do. We have 3 year tours with the possibility of getting a 1 year extension.
What experiences did you have?
- I was an enlisted member for several years. I enjoyed my time as a BM. It was a hands on job that allowed me to learn about many things related to small boats. As an officer, I’m in the inspections department, which tends to be more administrative work with some days out on the field.
Where did you deploy to?
- I have been part of operations through ADOS orders. ADOS stands for active duty operation support. Last time I did it was in Vermont and it was a ton of fun. There are plenty of opportunities to do short term active duty time like summer stock. There’s also the option to jump on a PSU deployment.
Was it difficult interesting during deployments?
- I kinda answered this, but I’ll do add that being away from the family can be tough.
Was your reserve work spilling beyond your commitment?
- oh yeah! Especially as an officer.
We’re you ever forced to travel outside of RCD?
-I’ve been lucky so far I’ve only traveled about 30 minutes, but I know I’ll have a unit far from home. I’m a junior officer now so eventually I’ll get something outside my RCD.
I’m glad I was enlisted for the time I was. I learned a ton and enjoyed it. As an officer now, I know it’s a new gig, but I do feel I have a good sense of what needs to be done. In my opinion, it’s going to be hard for you to get selected as an officer without prior military experience. When I attended ROCI most folks were E6-E7 with more than 10 years of experience. You can always submit a packet and start the enlistment proces. If you get selected than you’d pursue the officer route, if not then you can continue the enlistment route and apply for the next panel.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.