Good Morning all,
I'm a Prior Service AF enlisted looking to continue/finish my military career in the Coast Guard Reserves. I was originally planning on joining up on the enlisted side but have recently been encouraged to consider becoming an officer if there is an opportunity to do so. After doing a bit of research I think the Selected Reserve Direct Commission (SRDC) program would be the option I would select if I wanted to give it a shot. I read it was very competitive and I'm pumped to give it a go, but If it didn't work out I feel the enlisted side would still be a very rewarding experience. I was hoping to get some honest feedback/recommendations from some seasoned Coast Guard members both officer and enlisted if folks are willing.
AF Intel (Imagery) with 4 yrs Active and 8 yrs Reserve, separated a year ago as an E-7. Bachelor's degree in International Studies. Current civilian job is a Linguist for DOD working in the National Capital Region. 35 years old.
I'm aware of the basic differences in Coast Guard Reserves for enlisted/officers, like as an enlisted member I would be stationed within 100 miles round trip if there is a unit available, but as an officer I could be assigned anywhere and would have to travel for drill at my own expense.
I'm hoping to get some feedback on members personal experiences, any opinions on whether my background would give me a realistic shot at acceptance (I know a big factor would be my board interview), if there are any folks who are IS what they would recommend (at an unclass level of course), if anyone has gone through SRDC process and has recommendations, etc.
I would appreciate any feedback people are willing to give on my enlisted/officer dilemma as well as CG Reserve life in general. thanks in advance!