Hi, I’m a freshman CS student who otherwise had never considered the military, but a recruiter hooked me with the financial aspect of CSPI and since then I’ve been reading and thinking about the CG a lot, to he point that now sometimes I feel like I can’t imagine myself doing anything with my life but the coast guard (especially compared to a depressing programming career).
Even if I don’t get into cspi I’d probably at least try to join the reserves but I really want to do everything I can to get in.
Is it possible to know how eligible I am, or is it sort of just up to the board? My high school GPA was garbage (in the 2s) but I’ll probably have a >3.5 by the end of my first year of college. I’m an Eagle scout, my SAT was 1390, and I’m in a stem major. I’m not the captain or president of anything, though. Is it super important that I have some leadership experience to be accepted to this?
Sorry if I’m putting too many unrelated questions in one post, but that reminds me of another thing I worry about. I’m not really a leader type, I never have been. I like the coast guard and its mission but I’m a little worried about the idea of leading people, which I’m not used to. It’s a weird question but do I have to be a leader-type going in, or will they make me into one? I’m just kind of quiet and not comfortable with telling people what to do. If I get a commission as an O1, I’ll outrank enlisted guys who are older, more experienced, and probably better than me in every way, and I don’t really know how I feel about that.
Thanks in advance,