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    Hi all,

    I'm 27, have a BBA, a full-time job (which I hate with a passion), a mortgage, soon to be married, no criminal records, and last week became a US Citizen. I want to join the Guard, and become an officer, but I'm not sure what path to take. I'm confused about the difference between ROTC and OCS.

    Another issue I might have is my rather think Slavic accent. If I don't qualify to be an officer, which Enlisted rank would I start with?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,
    Marcin

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    Re: Becoming an officer

    Originally posted by grom2468 View Post
    Hi all,

    I'm 27, have a BBA, a full-time job (which I hate with a passion), a mortgage, soon to be married, no criminal records, and last week became a US Citizen. I want to join the Guard, and become an officer, but I'm not sure what path to take. I'm confused about the difference between ROTC and OCS.

    Another issue I might have is my rather think Slavic accent. If I don't qualify to be an officer, which Enlisted rank would I start with?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,
    Marcin
    OCS is a route of becoming an officer for people who already meet the education requirements (bachelors degree).

    ROTC it a trianing program you participate in while you are enrolled in college as a student. Technically, even though you have a bachelors degree you could still participate in OCS as a graduate student.

    If you enlist and don't become an officer you will enter as an E-4 specialist.

    If you enlist and pursue OCS you will still come in as an E-4 Specialist, but be promoted for pay purposes to E-5 (it might be E-6, someone else on this board please confirm).

    You really need to just take the first step and go talk to a recruiter.

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    • #3
      Re: Becoming an officer

      Originally posted by grom2468 View Post
      Hi all,

      I'm 27, have a BBA, a full-time job (which I hate with a passion), a mortgage, soon to be married, no criminal records, and last week became a US Citizen. I want to join the Guard, and become an officer, but I'm not sure what path to take. I'm confused about the difference between ROTC and OCS.

      Another issue I might have is my rather think Slavic accent. If I don't qualify to be an officer, which Enlisted rank would I start with?

      Any help will be greatly appreciated.

      Regards,
      Marcin
      Hi Marcin,

      I'm a prospect on this website as well. You already have a four-year degree so you do not need to join ROTC (usually done 2-3 years with your undergraduate studies) but you've already completed your undergrad. You can enlist as an O9S (which is what I am trying to do), go through BCT (Basic Combat Training), and instead of going to AIT (Advanced Individual Training) with the rest of your battle buddies, you go to OCS (Officer Candidate School).

      If you don't qualify to become an officer, (to my understanding), you come in as an E-4 (which is how the other E-4's came in with a bachelor's who didn't qualify for O9S) and you proceed to AIT after BCT.

      Cheers,

      Kim

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      • #4
        Re: Becoming an officer

        I just meet with individuals who run OCS in Vermont, and I was told I would be paid as an E-6 after BCT. However, I also heard from the recruiter it would be E-5. So I don't know who miss spoke but I would be more inclined to think the people running the OCS programming would be correct.

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        • #5
          Re: Becoming an officer

          I am a naturalized American, with a thick accent. I have a masters degree. I joined the guard in december '12 and heading to basic training next week then federal OCS later.

          Don't sell youself short. You are educationally qualified and seem to have a genuine urge to serve your country. Talk to a recruiter and push for 09S so you can become an officer. Don't let your accent hold you back

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