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09 Oct 2019 04:53 PM
    Hello everyone, 

    I am a Marine, I have been out of active duty for 3 years or so. I have been contemplating joining the USCG since I got out, and now I am beginning to think I may regret not joining. I had A LOT of debt when I was going to try and start my enlistment process. Now I am getting out of debt plan on being debt free in about a year unless my wife gets a better job.

    Anyway I am currently in school full time for Business Admin. and I am curious about how commissioning goes. Is it easier to enlist then apply for OCS or is it easier to just apply and go straight for OCS? I am not dead set on being an Officer or anything, just trying to figure out what my best option is to become an Officer and I just want to get all my facts straight before I sit down with my wife and talk to her about this.

    Thanks for helping out!

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    10 Oct 2019 08:56 AM
    Are you looking at AD OCS or Reserve? Look here for additional on AD https://www.gocoastguard.com/active-duty-careers/officer-opportunities/programs/officer-candidate-school-ocs and here for Reserve https://www.gocoastguard.com/reserve-careers/officer-careers/programs

    Active duty OCS is very competitive, and there seems to be an emphasis on those applicants with a STEM background. However, this isn't to say you couldn't apply, being a Business major. The Reserve program isn't so STEM focused, but does require prior service (which you have). If you plan on enlisting in the active duty component, know that there is something called High Year Tenure (HYT). This is a career management tool designed to ensure personnel don't stagnate in one paygrade for too long. For example, if you're an E-4, you have a certain number of years to make E-5. If not, you'll be processed for separation. Your USMC time will be factored into this.

    You'll need to finish your degree before you can apply to either program, so you still have some time to gather info. You might consider joining the Reserves to get some experience which will help you, regardless of whatever OCS program you ultimately apply to.

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    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."-Jonathan Swift
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