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Culinary Specialist to Officer?
Last Post 08 Sep 2018 12:10 PM by boscoast. 2 Replies.
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07 Sep 2018 01:47 PM
    I am looking to enlist Active Duty hopefully within the next 2 years (my soon to be wife is finishing up a degree at the moment, so waiting until she is closer to done with that) 

    I'm interested in Culinary Specialist as my rate - I am curious if that would make it hard ot eventually become an officer, or if your Enlisted rate matters very much? I originally was most interested in Public Affairs (my bachelors is in a Liberal Arts focus) but my recruiter told me there are so few PAs that it is realllly hard to advance. 

    What can I do in the meantime to help strengthen myself as a future applicant if I am going to be a civilian for another year or two?

    In the process of hopefully joining the Aux, and also have been volunteering so anything else that I haven't thought of yet or should try to do/accomplish?
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    08 Sep 2018 10:31 AM
    I did it and there was one other CS in my OCS class. Most ratings were represented in my class.

    I think being a CS actually helped my application because I had clear leadership and budgeting/financial stewardship experience in the Coast Guard.

    Honestly, choose a job you will enjoy because if you enjoy your craft it's much easier to excel and stand out in your application.

    In the meantime, get as much leadership experience as you can. Volunteer. Do well at your current job. Take on and lead projects or special assignments. Mentor others when you can. All these things will help beef up your OCS package.

    And if you currently qualify to apply for OCS, don't hesitate to do it as a civilian if OCS is your ultimate goal.
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    08 Sep 2018 12:10 PM
    Thanks ebee! That’s very helpful and great to know. How long were you enlisted before you put in your OCS package?

    My primary reason for choosing CS is because I really think I would love t and it stands out from the other rates in that way; with a background in the arts, specifically business operations and communication, I am really only very interested in PA or CS despite being sure there are other rates I could do and hopefully be good at. With the direct to A school option for CS compared to the very lengthy wait for PA that definitely pushed me a lot more towards CS.

    What did you enjoy most about being a CS?
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