MIL Reservist enlisted to --> officer?

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  1. WildBull

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    Is it possible to jump ships while you're a reservist who is enlisted to another branch of the military as an officer?

    I'm assuming you can go Marine -> Navy, but can you go Marine -> Army or Marine -> AF?
     
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    Via OCS or ROTC...sure.
     
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    you can switch between any of the services to a certain extent. There also could be loss of rank, ect. involved.
     
  4. WildBull

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    I'm enlisted... I'm pretty sure I would be getting a high rank becoming an officer from enlisted :hsugh:



    Already have my 4-year degree- screw ROTC. They are gayer than gay.
     
  5. I hate to say it but yeah ROTC can be pretty lame at times. I have enjoyed my time in it though. Do OCS if you are ready, but if you want check out a decent ROTC program and don't single it out.
     
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    im pretty much thinking the same thing.

    (want to join the reserves as an enlisted and then after a year or two, apply for OCS.)

    Is the age cut off different for current military as opposed to applying for OCS fresh out of college?
     
  7. WildBull

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    If you're fresh don't go enlisted first. Good experience, waste of "your" time.
     
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    waste of "my" time, whats that supposed to mean?

    i mean, i figure being an enlisted reservist while i work to pay off school debt and learn to be a better career officer (since I'm not coming from a military academy) would be a good idea.

    granted, everyone says if im guna go, just goto OCS and bypass the enlisted stuff.
     
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    prior enlisted officers make the best officers.
     
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    eh, sometimes
     
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    not always true
     
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    how long would i be in the enlisted ranks prior to being eligible to apply for OCS?
     
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    If I'm not mistaken, your chain of command will also need to recommend you.
     
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    In my experience it is almost always true. I can't really think of any O's I know that were prior enlisted that were bad officers in any way.
     
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    I have encountered good and bad from both OTS, Academy, and ROTC...each place produces great officers and each place produces shitty officers
     
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    so the general consensus of the barracks is to go straight to OCS?

    (That was my original plan, but I figured enlisting into the reserves would give me a chance to work on working in the white collar world and gaining some exp there in case things don't work out with me and the military)
     
  17. WildBull

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    My suggestion is that you go officer right away. Going enlisted is just going to slow you down.

    Now on the other hand if you want to slow down your career a little sure go enlisted first and get that experience that will help you be a better officer.
     
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    I'm enlisted reserves going officer. Sometimes I feel like I made the wrong decision because I missed three semesters of school which is putting me behind a little as far as OCS goes. However, I wouldn't trade the past two years for anything. Whether or not it will help me be a better officer, we'll see in a few years.
     
  19. Julius

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    don't bother with enlisted and become an officer

    edit: please
     
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    ok, well not to hijack. but, after the responses here and in other threads of similar topic.

    i guess enlisted -> officer post college is a bad idea.

    If i do become an Officer, I'll just have to figure my way around being a good officer. (I've always had the mindset that a leader should be the one that is respected, and can lead by example....lets hope I can stick to that)
     
  21. do ROTC. you can't beat the financial package deal they have going.
     
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    Part of being a good officer is just being a good person. Most shitty officers are jerks outside of work anyways.
     
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    Academy's financial package is better, if you can deal with the added crap
     
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    definitely not
     
  25. truth, but i'd rather have my college experience as well.
     

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