Posted on Apr 26, 2021
Jared Moya
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I just want to preface this by saying I'm sorry if you all get asked this question a lot, but any answers really help me a lot.

I'm a senior studying Operations Management, my problem is I had a few "mess around" years my sophomore and beginning of junior year, so my GPA is far less-than-good (around a 2.5). I started to take care of my life more these past few years, and I got a ton of good work experience, including a ton of volunteer work and an internship with a pretty big hospital system, among other things. I have good faith that I can max out the PT test, as I like to think that I'm in very good shape, and have been in athletics all through school.

I guess my big question is, how realistically competitive am I, if at all, with my low GPA? I have a lot of good bonuses to complement it, but I'm concerned that my GPA is going to hold me back a lot. For the first time in a long time, I found something I'm very seriously dedicated to committing to, and getting a commission in the Army would really fulfill a dream for me, so I'm willing to put in the extra work if that's what it takes.

Thanks in advance for the help everyone!
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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With this low of a GPA, probably not very good. If you aren't too old you will have better luck enlisting and then applying when you have some more achievements on your resume
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Jared Moya I would see about holding off on the degree being conferred and see about retaking some of those undergrad classes. I would discuss this with a school counselor and see how your school does repeat classes. Some schools exchange 1:1 others take both grades and average the two classes. If you really want to commission see about speaking with an officer recruiter and see if any specialty fields that are easier to get commission in spark your interest. Back in 2003 all the Army cared about for me was a BSN and active RN license before coming on active duty. It has gotten much harder for nurses since then but there maybe specialty fields they need and you could change your education to one of those. Believe in God or wanna be a lawyer? Maybe social work or physicians assistant? Unless you are old and running against the clock there is nothing that says you cannot change majors to something that will help you commission.
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I commissioned ROTC, but my GPA was a 2.8 and I got my first choice of branch and competent. That may be a route for you if you decide to get another degree. You only need 2 years of ROTC.
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You have 2 very significant things going against you:
1. Low GPA
2. Low numbers of people off the streets to OCS.

The army will focus on promoting from within who have good GPAs and other metrics. Here is some life advice. Don't burn down the bridges you want to take in the future. I am adamant that you seek another course of action instead of OCS. You can still apply, but highly doubt you will have a favorite outcome.
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