Posted on Apr 7, 2015
PO2 Tim Waller
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I get out of the Navy in 6 months and I am going to attend college. I am wondering, if I get my degree and try to serve as an officer, would it be difficult because of my prior enlisted service? Thanks
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I was active duty Army as an enlisted Soldier first. I completed my initial contract and earned my degree and missed the military so I joined the Army Reserves and commissioned. From my experience, I was glad I was prior service first. I had a better grasp of the basic Army tasks when compared to a lot of my peers directly out of college and I also have more life experience to lean on when completing a task for the first time. A lot of the senior NCOs appeared to treat me differently than other LTs because they knew I could handle myself. My biggest complaint from NCO to Officer is you become strictly hands off. Instead of being on the ground doing the grunt work with your subordinates, building the relationships, you will be managing from above. I still get down and assist but am often told to take a step back because they can handle it. Those relationships are never as strong.
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CPT Zachary Brooks
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Have you considered switching to a reserve component during your time in college and going to OCS afterwards if they do not have an ROTC program that applies to you? Be nice to get a few more years in, utilize some of the benefits while in, and keeping in contact with possible units or jobs if you wish to stay in the reserves.
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PO2 Tim Waller
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Yes. I am currently awaiting my application for the Navy reserves. I think that would be the best thing to do.
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PO2 Walker,

I am currently serving on recruiting duty and learned something very interesting last week. You need a certain GPA in college to become eligible for OCS. I didn't realize this either until a fellow recruiter denied a Prior Service Navy Corpsman for going to college and having a 2.7 GPA. He got his degree while he was serving in the Navy, therefore my heart goes to him as he earned his 2.7, as I struggle every class to keep my GPA above a 3.5. Call a recruiter, and if they cannot cite their regulation, call me at [login to see] and I will put you in contact with a Navy Recruiter who will be able to point you in the right direction.
As a recruiter, I have to ask, have you considered going into the Army Reserve into the SMP program? This is a great way for you to serve 1 weekend a month, 2 weeks a year, have extra money for college, use the Reserve GI Bill and save your Active Duty GI Bill for a family member later on? Look into it. http://www.goarmy.com

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SN Kevin Neff
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What are the GPA requirements for commissioning in the Army?
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SFC Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
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Call a recruiter. I have been off duty for 3 years.
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