Hello all and thanks in advance,
Hoping that you might be able to answer some questions I have about Maritime Enforcement billets, the Reserve Direct Petty Officer Program, and SRDC.
1). Realistically how difficult is it to get a billet in Maritime enforcement these days. I've read some posts about how billets are being reduced and how the CG is fat all around. Hoping that doesnt rule ME out for me.
2). Im assuming there is a Direct Petty Officer Program for ME. Is this true and if so how competitive is it to get in or would the program not be specifically for ME and would i have to apply for ME after initial training? I really dont think I'd be interested in something else although I could be wrong as I only know what I've read on the net...
3). If the reserve petty officer program is an option for me, how long would I have to wait for SRDC after making it through the program or do I only have to wait for E5? Any chance I can get in as an E5 through the direct petty officer program?
My ultimate goal (as of now with little exposure to military life except for njrotc in hs and a semester of rotc in college which i know isnt much), is to become an Officer. Im 26 with about 90 credits... but only 75 towards my major. I've been a police officer for 5 years. Im also interested in the Investigator IV position but from what I've heard it requires extensive investigative experience and to be honest I think a deployment or 2 or 3 as ME would be great experience for me. Don't want to get too ahead of myself and realize that going in as enlisted in no way guarantees me a spot in SRDC, nor am I absolutely positive wouldn't prefer to stay enlisted. Right now I would just like to know if its even possible and if very unlikely i'd like someone to tell me.
I'm in the beginning stages of talking to a recruiter in the Baltimore area who so far has been very helpful. It just seems that these guys are way over worked and if I can answer some of my questions here it would be great.