When Jim went to A School I stayed right where we were stationed, in Kodiak. It would have been incredibly expensive to move to Yorktown on our own dime and as luck would have it, guess where we ended up being stationed? MSD Kodiak, Alaska. Can you imagine the expense to move my sorry behind right back to where we just were because I decided I couldn't live without him for 16 weeks?!?!?! It was much easier to just stay put and go on with my day to day while he studied.
You are reassigned after A School. Ours was just a unique situation, we wanted to stay in Alaska, asked for MSO Anchorage. The MSO called Jim at school and asked if he would mind doing a 6 month stint at the MSD since there was no petty officer there. We said sure, so long as we got on base housing. At the end of the 6 months, Jimmy called Anchorage and asked when we might be able to move to Anchorage? Lo & behold our orders had been changed to PCS at Kodiak since we moved into base housing. That was a fun shocker but it was also OK since we were both happy right where we were.
As for OCS, you can apply at anytime if you have the college credits. There are rank stipulations if you don't but I don't remember what those are. Chukles or Cooch can help out with that answer.
I want to know why you think it will only be a max of 12 months prior to receiving orders for A school??? I know one guy just left Colin's ship, he has been in 2 years and only just got his orders. Our own resident Southern has been in 2+ years, almost 3 at this point and he is still patiently awaiting word on orders, he doesn't even have them at this point. Schools are moving at a snails pace right now because of the retention rate. If no one gets out, no one moves up, schools aren't needed to fill up because there are no spots available. Its all in the numbers game.
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SN Robertson, Colin