I am new to this forum but I have looked around a good bit. I just got a basic application for the recruiter emailed to me and I figured I would ask you guys some questions.
First I will give you a little background on myself. I am 22 yrs. old and I am graduating from Virginia Tech in May with a BS in Biology. I came out of high school with a 3.9 GPA and an ACT score of 27 (91st percentile in the state of Virginia). That being said, my grades have dropped in college. I had a fairly traumatic sophomore year because my roommate and his girlfriend were murdered one night when they went out on a date. A year later, one of my other housemates was hiking and slipped and fell of a cliff and passed away. The result of this was my grades plummeting and will graduate with an overall GPA of about 2.8. I say these things not for pity, but for an explanation of my poor GPA. I recently took the GRE and a combine score of 306, which is good enough to get me into a mid level graduate school. I was wondering if an OCS panel consider me based on high school performance and the GRE, or would they just throw out my application based on my low college GPA?
I will have 8K of student loans when I graduate, which is not bad considering that have paid for the majority of my college education. Once I graduate, I will move back in with my parents and work until I can join the CG. But I also need to buy a car this summer since I do not have one at the moment. So that will put me another couple thousand in debt. Is that too much of a red flag for the CG?
The only other possible red flag I have is medical. I have gone to the hospital for seven broken bones, one of them being my hip, but all of these healed perfectly and none of them required surgery. I was also involved in a pretty bad snowboarding accident which resulted in me getting airlifted from the ski slope. I tore a few renal arteries which resulting in about 1/3 of one of my kidneys atrophying but it still is a fully functioning kidney. This did not require surgery either. Will that be a turnoff to the CG? Also, do I need to provide official medical records to the recruiter when I meet him for the interview or is that something that is sorted out at MEPs?
Sorry for the long email but any advice would be appreciated. I have had a very hard time getting in touch with a recruiter so I really do appreciate any input. Do you think I would be competitive for OCS? I am really excite to join the CG!