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Becoming Officer after Enlistment
Last Post 12 Oct 2017 06:37 AM by Auxnoob. 3 Replies.
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11 Oct 2017 02:22 PM
    Hello,

    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.

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    11 Oct 2017 05:38 PM
    I can answer #2. You will be discharged from the enlisted ranks when you receive your commission. I'm not sure of the current officers commitment but yes you will start over.

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    12 Oct 2017 06:36 AM
    1) The CG loves promoting within its own ranks. Do not worry about applying as an enlisted member. I would start working on your package as soon as you get out of boot camp if that's the route you want to take. It often times takes more than 1 application cycle for a member to get selected for OCS, so just keep applying and working hard and let the chips fall where they may. From what you provided above you will be applying for the OCS-R program. 2) The above answer is correct, you will be discharged from your enlisted status and sign a 3 year contract as a officer. https://www.gocoastguard.com/active-duty-careers/officer-opportunities/programs/officer-candidate-school-ocs Link for reference
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    12 Oct 2017 06:37 AM
    OCS has a commitment of three years after commissioning.
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