It is always good to hear/read people that have plans and would like to pursue them. Traditionally, the SRDC panels required some sort of military background. It is my understanding that this year's panel did not require such requirement. Most folks I have met that were selected on the SRDC panel and later on attended ROCI had 8 or more years of military experience and were E6 or above. Of course, there is always the exception, but for the most part most had military experience and have advanced thru the ranks.
I will share my personal experience with you. I was enlisted for about 5 years before being selected on the SRDC and attending ROCI. Personally, I am glad I was enlisted for that time because it allowed me to meet many folks and learned about the Coast Guard. Now as an officer, I do understand how the enlisted side works and can connect with those members.
One thing to have in mind that reserve officers rotate every 3 years and you will be responsible for the cost on getting to your unit. Some commands will allow to batch drills while others like PSUs you have to show up on a monthly basis. Batching drills is when you drill continuously for several days and you can miss a few month's worth of drills. For example, you drill 6 days in a row; that will count for 3 months worth of drills, but that all depends on your unit and the command.
In my opinion, to be selected on the SRDC panel you need to be a well-rounded individual. Your packet should be verstaile. What have you done for your community? What have you done professionally? What have you done for your education? What will you do to benefitthe Coast Guard? Etc, etc.
I believe there is a need for reserve junior officers.
Feel free to ask questions.