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Roles of an officer???
Last Post 19 Sep 2010 08:11 AM by sardaddy. 6 Replies.
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12 Sep 2010 07:29 PM
    I was wondering on a few things. I know OCS is 17 weeks long, do you have to go to bootcamp for 8 weeks or is this included in the 17 weeks? As an officer are you entitled to the same opportunities as enlisted personnel? so for example if you're an officer and you wanted to go the route engineering could you do that?
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    12 Sep 2010 08:15 PM
    OCS is all you attend no enlisted bootcamp. As far as opportunities as enlisted what are you talking about?
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    12 Sep 2010 08:43 PM
    as an officer are you just there to be in charge of enlisted personnel or do you get the opportunity to got to A school like enlisted do?
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    12 Sep 2010 09:17 PM
    No you do not get to attend A school like enlisted.
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    12 Sep 2010 09:18 PM
    A school is a technical school for enlisted personnel only. Officers require different skills.
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    13 Sep 2010 06:32 AM
    I know you don't understand the differences, so it is a good question. However, complaring enlisted schooling and advancement to officer advancement is similar to comparing apples & oranges. But you will get it all figured out. Keep asking the questions, it will start to make sense and once you are in the CG it will become even clearer.
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    19 Sep 2010 08:11 AM
    Here's the gist. As an enlisted member, you will eventually be trained to do a fairly specific task. Let's us a YN for example. You will be trained to complete adminitrative duties for a unit. As an officer, you will eventually specialize in something as well but the way you get there is very different.

    Officers are not just in charge of enlisted members. They make poilicy, do upper level admin functions, fly helicopters, command boats, are lawyers, etc. The paths for officers are not really set in stone as much as they are for elisted members. Officers can float from job to job, while enlisted members generally stay in specialty for their entire career.

    To answer your question, yes, if you want to be an engineer as an officer you can compete for the engineering program. Officers are often afforded the opportunity to go to graduate school and engineeering is certainly one of the specialties that will let that happen.

    Good luck.
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