I am 25 years old and I have a Bachelors degree. I am in the process of joining the USCG as an enlisted member and not as an officer. I do intend on trying to become an officer, but only after 1 year as an enlistee. I have a few questions I would like answered.
1) Is it true or is it a misconception that I have a stronger appeal for becoming an officer after I have served for 1 year as an enlistee? I ask this question due to the following reasoning. Although I will have 1 year military experience, I will also already be locked into a contract as an enlistee. Is it possible that the military would be more interested in choosing someone unenlisted to become an officer, thus acquiring a new contract, then they would be in promoting an already enlisted serviceman? I know it seems antithetical, but my reasoning raises concern.
2) If I do decide to become an officer after 1 year of service, do I need to resign a new contract? That is, if I am on a 4 year contract, and I decide to become an officer after 1 year of service, will I need to resign a new 4 year contract?
Your answers are very much appreciated.