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Acceptance rates or ratios for OCS-R ?
Last Post 19 Oct 2018 03:16 PM by db207. 10 Replies.
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20 Jul 2018 11:38 AM
    Good morning,

    Although I understand that it is difficult to predict, I was wondering what the acceptance rates are at for OCS-R. I graduate on December with a BS on Biological Sciences and plan on joining Coast Guard upon doing so, hopefully as an Officer through the OCS-R program.

    The O-JAK lists very low acceptance rates but they are before 2016. I wanted to know if this trend still persists.



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    21 Jul 2018 03:49 PM
    I wish I could offer more recent numbers. I was also in your shoes at one point, searching for more recent statistics to see if my dream to serve in the Coast Guard was a realistic one. Your recruiter might be able to give you a rough idea of more recent OCS-R panels, but I don’t think it’s worth your time. Rather than continuing to search for and stress over the low selection statistics, I would pour time and energy into pursuing opportunities that will make your application packet stand out—leadership, service, etc. If this is a career you really want, it will take work but is totally possible—despite the dismal selection rates.

    Though you didn’t explicitly ask for this advice, I’ll share a couple of things I’ve learned in my limited experience. First, when it comes time to interview for OCS-R, the panel might not care much about your Biological Sciences degree. It’s a great degree, but your technical knowledge is not necessarily what they’re after. They might care more about the life lessons and extracurricular experience gained in your college/university experience. They will grill you on leadership, service, and your ability to communicate with and resolve conflict with others. The more experiences you have that tie into and teach those things, the more valuable you will be to the Coast Guard. There’s no “magic formula” that will win you a primary selection to OCS-R, but definitely network with other Coasties and learn what qualities they are looking for in the “ideal” officer candidate and strive to fill in the gaps in your own experience.

    Best of luck finishing school, and good luck with the OCS application process!

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    22 Jul 2018 08:43 AM
    The good news for you is that we recruited A LOT of Officers post 9/11, many of which were prior enlisted. Many of them are going to be retiring very soon, creating what I would anticipate the best selection rate for officers in the past 15 years. But it is still going to be competitive. I would imagine a 30-35% selection rate compared to what it was 4 or 5 years ago when it was 10-12%. I highly encourage you to do both enlist and complete an OCS package. It looks great when you show up to your interview with that "I am in this regardless" attitude. As an Officer and former recruiter, nothing bothers me more than someone who walks in to an interview thinking they DESERVE to be an Officer and will take nothing less. Not only that, the selection rate for OCS-R (not OCS-T) jumps to over 50% when people are applying from the Enlisted corp. It is not uncommon for someone to get passed up the first time, join, reapply and they are off to OCS 6-12 months later. I had a recruit actually get picked up as an Alternate for OCS while in basic training. At least she showed up to OCS in great shape

    Also, we are directed to get those who have STEM Degrees a higher amount of consideration (we don't use the word "preference", but that is exactly what it is)

    Best of luck. 
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    29 Jul 2018 11:19 AM
    Does anyone know the average time it takes results to release for an OCS panel? We had to wait about 2 months for the DCO results but I have been told that the results for an OCS panel are released relatively quickly but wasn't told much more than that.
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    29 Jul 2018 12:33 PM
    Typically 16-18 days (Wednesday, Thurs, or Friday).
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    09 Aug 2018 12:57 PM
    Acceptance rates for any of these programs is 50%. Either you make it or you don't.

    My point is that it doesn't really matter what the acceptance rate is. It only matters that you put a good packet together and apply.

    Good luck
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    04 Sep 2018 08:21 PM
    Every year the CGRC CO's acceptance rate goal is about 20-25% or less. Persistence pays off, most people that I saw get selected for O-1 appointments took 2 or more panels from 2013-18.
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    15 Oct 2018 09:52 PM
    Hi All,

    New here, but I'm glad to see that this thread already exists! I am in the process of filling out the OCS-R packet and saw that the rates do in fact seem to fluctuate year-to-year, though it seems that the most recent data may not be available. I am on the older side for a recruit (just turned 30) but hopefully have enough life/leadership experience to make me competitive.

    My recruiter seems to think I have a shot coming from the outside, but of course can't guarantee anything. He has encouraged me, and I've heard the same from a couple of people, that it helps my chances to enlist simultaneously. This is my plan. I'm headed to MEPS this week for physical/ASVAB, etc. Naturally, I'll see where I stand after that, but if I'm going to dive in, I want to commit completely, regardless of what rank I may end up being.

    I have two questions along these lines (I'm sure there will be more later):

    1) Does enlisting simultaneously actually benefit an applicant? And if so, will the panel take note of the fact that I did so? Or, will my packet be submitted as someone from the outside since I wasn't enlisted at the time of submission?

    2) Is there any benefit/drawback to Enlisting Active vs. Reserve? Is one viewed more favorably by an OCS panel? I'm leaning toward going active at the moment, but in a branch where the reserves seem to basically perform all the same duties as active members, I wonder if they are viewed as the same in the eyes of a panel.

    Long questions, I know, but any assistance/opinions/feedback would be appreciated!
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    16 Oct 2018 02:23 AM
    It’s my understanding your packet will be submitted like all other civilians. However, if you do plan on enlisting regardless of the outcome I would sure as heck include that in your personal narrative so the panel knows! Now what weight does that carry in the eyes of those on the board?? Whooooo knows! Different individuals sit on every board.

    Best of luck! It’s a long application process that takes lots of effort, but you can get there. I’m a civilian attending the upcoming class this January. Feel free to message me if you ever have questions, I got a lot of my knowledge and hel from this forum!
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    16 Oct 2018 08:58 PM
    To piggyback on flyingbeaver (something I never thought I’d say), it’s a must add in your narrative. Enlisting active duty would be a great way to show the panel that you are 100% in on serving your country in the USCG. That would probably be the only way they would know that you were doing both. I’m enlisted and attending the next class as well, so feel free to throw any questions my way.
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    19 Oct 2018 03:16 PM
    Thanks to you both, flyingbeaver and Ematthew! I will most certainly take you both up on the offer for advice.

    I've just finished processing through MEPS, so I'm all ready to take the plunge for active duty, and now I can revisit my packet, and especially my narrative! I will be sure to make mention of the fact that in addition to applying to OCS, I have also enlisted active duty. If anyone has any gems about writing narratives they'd like to drop on me, I'm all ears! Otherwise, I'll likely pm you both as I move forward.

    Thanks again.
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