How's it going everyone,
So I am not longer active duty after spending 6.5 years active and 2 years in the reserves (leaving as an E-5). My BA will be complete by the end if this year and I will be 29 years old. My record is spotless and I have always had very good Evaluations. I was informed that the chances of coming from civilian to OCS as a prior service is unlikely so I am considering going Enlisted for a few more years before dropping a package to OCS. I was looking for up to date opinions on the reality of this plan. My end goal is to retire as an Officer, and I will take whatever road necessary to see that done. My main questions are what my odds look like statistically. Other questions are related to officer duty. All advice is welcomed though!
1. How hard does it appear for Enlisted with degrees to get picked up for OCS?
2. About how long is it before you are allowed to apply? Is there a minimum timeframe?
2. I will be applying for OCS as a civilian (but my hope's aren't high). Is it a lost cause?
3. Do you pick a career field at OCS, or is it selected by the needs of the USCG? Does prior service time or prior experience (in say security) help sway the decisions of the detailers??
4. I want to work in Maratime Security/Law enforcement. I was curious of the officer's role in this job set. I worked as a Navy Corpsman with Marine Recon. So, I have a decent idea of the VBSS type job, but do officers get in the stack at all, or is it 100% command and control? Does this change if you managed to get the opportunity to work with MSRT?
5. If you end up in a career field you don't enjoy, is it possible to lat-move?
Thanks again, if theres any other general advice or maybe something I haven't thought of please send it.