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I'm currently completing my first 6 months of AIT in the Radiology (68P) series. In the next few weeks I'll be PCS to my new location to finish my clinic work that is an additional 6 months in length. After this I will get my orders for my first duty station.

If I have orders to stay somewhere for a little while I'm planning on working on my OCS. My first goal once I get to my duty station is attending boards every month and win a few (I will be doing allot of boards while at clinical to practice and study). I hope to make a good name for myself doing this along with representing my company. I would like to put in for OCS after about 6 months at my first duty station.

Education background:
1.) High school grad
2.) Biology Bachelors Degree
3.) Associate Degree in Radiology
ASVAB Scores:
GT: 108 (I know I'll have to take the "fast track" class to be allowed to retake asvab)

I didn't want to come in straight from civilian to Officer. To me it just didn't feel right. I've already learned allot from my fellow soldiers being an E4 and seeing how things work on the other end. I feel like this is started the foundation for building me into a future leader.

My main concerns with going OCS is how I should go about doing it? I'm not to sure how things work with approaching your chain of command about putting in a packet. How long should I wait before trying to put in a OCS packet? What is a good GT to have other than 110? Would getting letters of recommendation at my clinic phase help me have a stronger OCS packet? My platoon sergeant is writing me a letter before leaving to clinical because I felt it's good to show that I have a good trail wherever I go.

The way I look at the situation if I bring up applying to OCS to early:
Bob and Jane. (Met few times)
Bob: Hey, Jane can I borrow $100 from you?
Jane: what? Hell no.

Jack and Bill (know each other pretty good)
Jack: Hey, Bill can I borrow $100
Jane: well....yeah, your a good guy why not.
 
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Why do you want to go to OCS and why didn't you just do that when you came in? Why are you wasting a ton of money PCS'ing around when you have no intention on staying in your career field and fulfilling your contract.
 
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As a former Recruiter, you can't just retake the ASVAB if you have a qualifying score for Enlistment. With that being said, he flat out couldn't come in OCS. He may have also had law violations that he needed a moral waiver for.

Good GT score = anything above 110.
 
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When I decided I wanted to go into the Army I was wanting to try and go OCS but was still skeptical about going in straight officer. The recruiting office wasn't really much help for me at the time and didn't really work for me on anything dealing with officer. I was really hurting for money and needing to get a steady paycheck for me and my wife. I'm not trying to waste any money and as for the Radiology MOS I'm getting it's a great field to fall into as a civilian job.

The ASVAB should be available for enlisted soldiers to take. It's called BSEP or (fast class) for the older name. If I'm wrong on this let me know.

I have no law violations and never got in trouble for anything. No medical issues.
 
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Originally posted by mikehonda23:
When I decided I wanted to go into the Army I was wanting to try and go OCS but was still skeptical about going in straight officer. The recruiting office wasn't really much help for me at the time and didn't really work for me on anything dealing with officer. I was really hurting for money and needing to get a steady paycheck for me and my wife. I'm not trying to waste any money and as for the Radiology MOS I'm getting it's a great field to fall into as a civilian job.

The ASVAB should be available for enlisted soldiers to take. It's called BSEP or (fast class) for the older name. If I'm wrong on this let me know.

I have no law violations and never got in trouble for anything. No medical issues.


It is the BSEP class. You need to first take a TAB test so as soon as you get to your duty station go and see your education center to sign up (as a SPC this is part of career development anyways so it'll look good also as initiative). Once you take the TAB, then you can schedule the BSEP. Depending on the post and how backed they are with the BSEP is how long you'll be waiting for the class. Ensure you get what dates are available, then take it to your Chain for their Blesssing. It's an awesome class, I improved my score to 121. You can start looking at the requirements for OCS, but in all honestly without a 110 it's gonna be difficult for you to do anything thru your chain until you get that done. I agree that you should build rapport with your unit and commanders, and you will get this time while waiting for the BSEP. Do your best, but don't be a spotlight Ranger! If you wanna be an officer, don't worry about what others around you say about it...just work at it and don't quit, and find a way! I was denied numerous times OCS, and GOD finally Blessed me with getting picked up for Green to Gold (which worked out better for me, cause now I'll have 2 master degrees and be commissioned)! That is another option also because you already have a Bachelor degree, check out the Green to Gold Active Duty Option, which would allow you to still take care of your family while getting your Masters and then a Commission!
 
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Originally posted by nremtp:
Why do you want to go to OCS and why didn't you just do that when you came in? Why are you wasting a ton of money PCS'ing around when you have no intention on staying in your career field and fulfilling your contract.


He just said "it didnt feel right" which probably means he wanted some enlisted time before going Officer, and he will still serve, so what do you care if he he does not stay enlisted...


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Originally posted by mikehonda23:
When I decided I wanted to go into the Army I was wanting to try and go OCS but was still skeptical about going in straight officer. The recruiting office wasn't really much help for me at the time and didn't really work for me on anything dealing with officer. I was really hurting for money and needing to get a steady paycheck for me and my wife. I'm not trying to waste any money and as for the Radiology MOS I'm getting it's a great field to fall into as a civilian job.

The ASVAB should be available for enlisted soldiers to take. It's called BSEP or (fast class) for the older name. If I'm wrong on this let me know.

I have no law violations and never got in trouble for anything. No medical issues.


It is the BSEP class. You need to first take a TAB test so as soon as you get to your duty station go and see your education center to sign up (as a SPC this is part of career development anyways so it'll look good also as initiative). Once you take the TAB, then you can schedule the BSEP. Depending on the post and how backed they are with the BSEP is how long you'll be waiting for the class. Ensure you get what dates are available, then take it to your Chain for their Blesssing. It's an awesome class, I improved my score to 121. You can start looking at the requirements for OCS, but in all honestly without a 110 it's gonna be difficult for you to do anything thru your chain until you get that done. I agree that you should build rapport with your unit and commanders, and you will get this time while waiting for the BSEP. Do your best, but don't be a spotlight Ranger! If you wanna be an officer, don't worry about what others around you say about it...just work at it and don't quit, and find a way! I was denied numerous times OCS, and GOD finally Blessed me with getting picked up for Green to Gold (which worked out better for me, cause now I'll have 2 master degrees and be commissioned)! That is another option also because you already have a Bachelor degree, check out the Green to Gold Active Duty Option, which would allow you to still take care of your family while getting your Masters and then a Commission!


Thanks for your help and valued information. I didn't know about the TAB so thats one more bit of information I have gathered to complete this Puzzle. I know of the green to gold and I suppose if that was my last choice I would take it. Nothing wrong with some more education. I'm sure I'll be back on here in about 6 months when things start getting closer.
 
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Originally posted by nremtp:
Why do you want to go to OCS and why didn't you just do that when you came in? Why are you wasting a ton of money PCS'ing around when you have no intention on staying in your career field and fulfilling your contract.


He just said "it didnt feel right" which probably means he wanted some enlisted time before going Officer, and he will still serve, so what do you care if he he does not stay enlisted...


I don't care about him not staying enlisted. He is still in AIT though even though it is a long one. I just don't understand the rush to be an officer when he hasn't even made it to his first unit. Call me old fashioned but when you sign a contract for x number of years especially in an MOS that most people will try and get if they qualify I think it is BS to eat that slot and as soon as possible start trying to get out of it and go to OCS.
 
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going the enlisted route will net him a little extra $$ over brand new officers if he goes OCS and gets comissioned.

not saying that is a motivation, but sure is a nice perk.

besides, my opinion is...
I see nothing wrong with any enlisted going OCS, if thats what they want. I would rather see someone go Officer early in thier career rather than later when they have moved up in the ranks, and have experience. would you like to see a SSG take off on you, or a SFC? you have built up rep with the guy, know how he works, how to depend on him.. then he/she is gone. not saying it is bad as that experience will carry over and he can understand things from an enlisted view.
with the amount of Soldiers that sit stagnant in a MOS, or move around, or get fat and chaptered out... this route is actually going to produce something better for the Army, and himself.
 
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If you are looking for a MS appointment, you'll probably have to go a different route.

My command processes OCS packets for the USAR, but we can't touch CH, JA, AN, MC, or MS branches. They have their own accession force.


This is a ten level task
 
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