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Accepted for Navy OCS but want to apply for Coast Guard.
Last Post 03 Feb 2020 06:28 PM by CPORJM. 1 Replies.
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29 Jan 2020 12:38 AM
    I applied to Navy OCS and was accepted with a Naval Flight Officer training slot. However, due to clerical errors on the recruiting station side, my OCS date has continually been pushed back over and over. This has given me some time to think about whether I have made the right choice, and so I have a few questions:

    1. Would the fact that I was given a Navy OCS slot and turned it down be detrimental to applying for a CG OCS slot?

    2. I already have ASTB scores from my navy application (7s across the board), would I have to retake this? I understand I would be competing for an aviation slot throughout OCS, but I am quite happy with my scores and would rather not retake it.

    3. Fun facts: Age 27, 2 1/2 years teaching high school chemistry, Biochemistry major (3.6 GPA), leadership roles in collegiate marching band including being on staff senior year. Do I at least look OK on paper?

    Please understand that the Coast Guard is not a “fall back plan”. I wanted to be an officer in any service first, the branch came second. After some thought, the Coast Guard and Navy became my top two. I chose Navy in the end only because the board was sooner, and both recruiters were pushing me to choose. (I also wanted out of teaching asap, love/hate relationship) In retrospect I wish I had put it off for one more board to give it some more thought.

    Thanks for any clarity you all can provide!
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    03 Feb 2020 06:28 PM
    What stands out to me is that you selected the Navy because of the fact that the selection board met sooner. This is similar to what some CG enlisted will do in regards to selecting their rating (job). They'll select a rating that has a short school waiting list, even though it's not really a job they're really interested in. Consequently, they're usually not too happy years down the road. However, if aviation is truly what you want, stay with the Navy. There's absolutely no guarantee that you'll get accepted to flight school out of Coast Guard OCS. In fact, there's no guarantee you'll get CG OCS, if you turn down the Navy slot. CG OCS is very competative, given it's a much smaller service. My advice: Stay with the Navy. At least you have a guaranteed slot. In a few years, you can always apply to be a CG officer via the Prior Trained Military Officer Program.

    I realize some of my ideas my seem in opposition to one another,but I wanted to give you various thoughts to consider.

    Good luck!
    "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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