Posted By Jerryp0727 on 17 Oct 2019 05:58 PM
Hey guys, I thought i start a thread for the next upcoming board in 2020. I know its kinda early but i like to get things started early. Anything advice from past members, current members anything helps.
A-little background about me is i am a civilian no prior. I am a Police officer with 4 years experience, I am in my last semester of college with a degree in criminal justice and minor in Political science. I have always wanted to enter the military but did not go the traditional route going to college first but instead jumped into my career and went later. I am 28 years old and know i have until i am 31 to commission if picked up. I am heavily active in my community and have my own 501c3 non-profit.
I am hoping we can help each other when it comes to the packet and how to make a strong packet, such as letters, narrative, resume, etc. ANYTHING HELPS!!!!!
hope to hear from you guys GOD BLESS!
Whats up! I am very similar to your situation, civilian with no prior, graduated college and I am on my second round of applying.
Some of the best advice given to me was to tailor your resume/narrative/LORs around 3 categories: Athletics, Academics/Leadership, Volunteer work. Your police officer background will give you a lot of great experience to pull from academically, in leadership and also athletics so definitely highlight that as well as your volunteer work. That is HUGE. As far as your narrative goes tailor it around the 3 core values of the USCG. Pretty much what I did was write about my experiences and accomplishments by weaving them within the core values.
Probably the biggest encouragement I can give you (and its the one that has been given to me the most) is to keep trying! It is highly competitive and from my experience it takes civilians a while to get into OCS. You are highly qualified and are an excellent candidate but sometimes it can be like a lottery. The turnaround for another panel is pretty quick also. I found out in August that I wasn't selected and was able to re-submit for the deadline that is today and will know the results by the end of December. So don't get discouraged.
Last thing... meet as many current/former members of the USCG as possible! They are a tremendous help and love talking about their work. Visit stations if you can. Show them that you care and truly want to learn all that you're able. Your interview panel will greatly respect your effort in doing that. Being able to talk about people you know and stations you've been to can help you put your interview answers in better context.
Thank you for your service in the police force and I hope to cross paths with you in OCS or on active duty!
Good luck and God bless!