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Old 09-17-2009, 05:48 PM   #1
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Joining the Military? Want to goto College? Already in college?

Lately I've seen or read about a lot of people wanting the join the military. I have some knowledge on that... if you don't want to enlist but still want to join, why not become an officer.

My background, I AM NOT A RECRUITER! I'm currently pursuing my graduate degree in Monterey, CA. I am a LTJG (02) and will be advancing to LT (03) December 1st. I've been in the Navy for just about 6 years. I'm a Supply Corps Officer, I'm pursuing my Master's of Business Administration and hold a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Washington. I already had college paid for (grants, scholarships) so this was just extra beer money while in college.

Here's what you should do if you're in college, want to go to college, and want to join the military. Do not join ROTC.

I did a program called BDCP (Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program) (theres also a similar program for prospective nuclear engineer career path, pays a little more).

You get E3 pay (currently, $1,649.70 per month, plus benefits and housing allowance depending on schools location, mine was ~$1700 per month, you also recieve BAS (food $$) about $270 per month). You have to maintain a 2.8 or better, graduate with atleast a 3.0 and pass all Navy physical readiness standards.

Can participate for 2 years max (3 years for NUPOC (E5 pay)). afterwhich you will attend Officer Candidate School and upon successful completion of that you'll be commissioned as a Ensign (01) in the USN. (01 pay, currently $2,763.60 per month +housing/food). You will owe between 4-5 years depending on community. Unlike ROTC/Academy your 2(3) years in College count as time in service. So upon completion of OCS you'll be paid as 01 (w/ over 2 years service) which equals more money.

So, if you'd like to join the Military and want to serve your country but want to go to college this is a program for you. Ask an Officer detailer about these programs.

Oh no uniforms for 2 years while in school, (actually not allowed to wear them) plus full base access and priviledges (commissary, NEX, etc). No grooming standards, just meet with your local detailer monthly. If you recruit someone else you get advanced in rank (E4, currently $1,827.60). A friend of mine who did NUPOC, started as an E5 and recruited people he went to OCS as an E7 (currently, $2,515.50 per month)


So, you'll only need to come up with 2 years of college money... or transfer from a Community College to an University


BTW, The Navy always considers walk-ons to OCS... "off the street" applicants

http://www.navy.com/navy/joining/edu...rgraduate.html
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seems relevent again... so bump
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So what advice for those of us (i.e. me) who have a masters degree and are considering?
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So what advice for those of us (i.e. me) who have a masters degree and are considering?
if you already have an Master then just give you local NRD officer recuiter a call... you can "walk-in" to OCS.
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Old 02-14-2010, 09:09 PM   #6
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if you already have an Master then just give you local NRD officer recuiter a call... you can "walk-in" to OCS.
What is OCS like? How long is it?
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What is OCS like? How long is it?
I am pretty sure its 12 weeks.
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Mark this info is great it definitely helps me out since I have been considering the Navy myself thanks for the good info and bump for those who are curious!
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does the airforce offer the same program?
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What is OCS like? How long is it?
its not bad, a bit of a psychologic shock with the marine corps drill instructors... but challenging.

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I am pretty sure its 12 weeks.
correct, it might be different now though, it was 12 weeks when I went through it

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does the airforce offer the same program?
I don't know
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Bump..

Just because you're a LT!
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Old 02-14-2010, 11:14 PM   #13
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its not bad, a bit of a psychologic shock with the marine corps drill instructors... but challenging.
So how much yelling at me is involved?
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So how much yelling at me is involved?
if you are perfect and follow all the instructions exactly as stated?

A LOT!

if you are not perfect and not follow the instructions exactly as stated?

A SHIT TON!

Its meant to take civilians and turn them into service members... it requires a lot of indocturnation and they only have 12 weeks. So, as you could imagine there will be a bit of yelling and bodily punishment, but nothing too extreme... they can't physically harm you.
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enough to weed out the girly men i would guess
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I can handle the physical fitness aspect. I enjoy a good work out. I'm just not a fan of being yelled at in an attempt to "break" me.
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I can handle the physical fitness aspect. I enjoy a good work out. I'm just not a fan of being yelled at in an attempt to "break" me.
Its not to break you it is to make you be able to perform in a high stress environment.
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Is there really a lot of stress in training?
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does the airforce offer the same program?
you have a higher chance of flying jets in the Navy than the Air Force... you know that right?
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Is there really a lot of stress in training?
the "stress" at OCS is fake... but the navy definitely has it stressfull situations. Its really for indocturnation... make you stop thinking like a selfish civilian.
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