First off, my name is Chris Ruppel. I'm currently in DEP, and set to leave April 26th. I have a BA in history, so I signed up to graduate basic as an E-3. Thanks to Google, I stumbled across the following sites:
The aforementioned sites state that if one is pursuing a critical rate (IS/OS/FS) that their four month wait is waived before they can put their names on one of the three's A school lists. My question is, does this mean that after I graduate basic, and report to my first duty station (as an E-3) that I can go ahead and put my name on a crit. rate A school list, or are there other qualifications I'd need to meet that might not be mentioned on the list?
Now I've noticed upon graduating A school, there is an obligated time in service. Does this mean I will be unable to apply for OCS until I've met my obligation, or do the orders to OCS trump the obligated time in service?
On a side note, find it interesting that IS is a critical rate, yet has a projected wait time of over 24 months.
Thank you all in advance for any help! This is my first post here, and I look forward to working with (well some of) you soon!