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Getting into OCS
Last Post 28 Oct 2010 08:27 AM by CaptNick. 3 Replies.
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27 Oct 2010 04:11 PM
    I have talked to a recruiter about getting into OCS and he said that it is very hard to do at this time, and he advised me to just enlist and said that I would go in as an E3 and then after boot camp I would be E4...i scored a 92 on my ASVAB and have a 4 year degree....and I have done 2 years of ROTC(I don't know if that counts for anything or not).  I am just wondering if what he mentioned is the best way to go or if it is even true about being an E4 right out of boot camp?  I would also like to know if there are any other options? I want to become a helicopter pilot eventually. I don't feel like I am getting enough information from the recruiter.
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    27 Oct 2010 04:26 PM
    Well, my son had a four year degree and a similar ASVAB score and he did exactly what your recruiter is recommending that you do. You can always do both: Enlist and apply for OCS, since you already have the degree. If you make it, they will release you from your enlisted service and cut you orders for OCS. A couple of years a girl got picked up for OCS while she was at boot camp and they graduated her early before sending her to OCS.
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    27 Oct 2010 04:38 PM
    My son also had a four year degree and a very high ASVAB. He enlisted while waiting to hear about OCS and went through 8 weeks of Boot Camp. I think he was an E3 after Boot. He was chosen for OCS a few weeks after Boot Camp Graduation and then spent 17 weeks at OCS. There were quite a few people in his OCS class who had enlisted while waiting to hear about OCS. This was about two years ago and unfortunately I have heard that getting into OCS is even harder now and that the Coast Guard in general is harder to get into. Best of luck with whatever you decide to do!
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    28 Oct 2010 08:27 AM
    You will come out of BC as an E3, NOT an E4. Im in the same boat as you. My OCS package was submitted this past week and Im also heading to BC in January.

    It may be even harder for you if you want to be a pilot, I think that particular program (Blue 21) is even more selective than OCS.

    If its what you want, dont stop till you get it!
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