So I enlisted for Active Duty recently. I will be shipping out next month, right after I turn 26.
My tentative MOS is 35P, Cryptologic Linguist, which I am very excited to take on. I enlisted for 5 years, the first of which should be spent training at DLI.
A lot of friends of mine who are prior service slapped their heads when they found out I didn't apply for OCS. I have the desire to start off as enlisted, gain the experience, and learn the basics of soldiering. However, I understand how becoming an officer is something I should have pursued since I plan on being married within the next year or two.
I hear there aren't many slots for OCS. Recruiters don't mention OCS to Army applicants, and those I know that have asked more about it were advised to just go in enlisted, thus giving a better shot at applying during service. Is this just a ploy by recruiters to get these men to go through the quicker process?
Do I have any options? Would one have to wait until re-enlisting before applying for OCS? An issue for me is that I have a 5 year enlistment, and would be 31 when finishing it. Would I be past the age limit by that point?
I was also considering the possibility of going into the reserves after serving active duty, and possibly trying to earn a commission at that point.
I obviously have very much to learn about what applying for, becoming, and serving as an officer entails. But it's something that I have been convinced by friends that I should look into.
I am happy going in as enlisted. I want to start off learning from the very basics, and to determine what kind of skills I can bring to the table. I just want to know what my options are. Any help appreciated.
oh yeah, I also heard some things about Green to Gold. I don't really understand the info on the websites, so I would like to hear any info about that. Such as, how would it apply to me, already having a BA.