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  • Chances of becoming an Officer in the Texas National Guard?

    I am 30 and have a pretty decent job. However, I have always wanted to join the military, and I'm not getting any younger. The Guard seems like a good fit for me and I don't mind being deployed as I'm not married and don't have kids. I could likely always return to my job anyways. I have a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and have had employment since graduating.

    What can I do to maximize my chances of being accepted as an officer? It looks like the ASVAB is clearly important. Is there anything else I can do? I stay in good shape so the physical part will be no problem. How likely is it for someone to be accepted as an officer into the Texas National Guard?

    Thanks for any help.
    Last edited by Deuce; March 19th, 2013, 07:14 PM.

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    Re: Chances of becoming an Officer in the Texas National Guard?

    Originally posted by Deuce View Post
    I am 30 and have a pretty decent job. I have always wanted to joing the military, and I'm not getting any younger. The Guard seems like a good fit for me and I don't mind being deployed as I'm not married and don't have kids. I have a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and have had employment since graduating.

    What can I do to maximize my chances of being accepted as an officer? It looks like the ASVAB is clearly important. Is there anything else I can do? I stay in good shape to the physical part will be no problem. How likely is it for someone to be accepted as an officer into the Texas National Guard?

    Thanks for any help.
    If you meet all of the requirements and they're currently recruiting officers, your chances of getting contracted are about 100%. After that you'll have to make it through all the required training, but OCS ain't that hard. You'll be fine.

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    • #3
      Re: Chances of becoming an Officer in the Texas National Guard?

      I was 31 in Texas when I started the process. Being physically fit with a clean record with reasonable intelligence will get you into the OCS program as an 09S. Having intestinal fortitude and drive to succeed will get you through BCT and OCS. After that, well... BOLC is a breeze!

      PM me if you have any specific questions.

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      • #4
        Re: Chances of becoming an Officer in the Texas National Guard?

        Thanks for the response guys. How can I find out if they are recruiting officers? Also, what are the requirements to be an officer?

        I have no arrests and my credit is fine. Do I need to do anything besides be in shape and study for the ASVAB?

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        • #5
          Re: Chances of becoming an Officer in the Texas National Guard?

          Recruiting officers is bit different. Go to a NG Recruiter and tell them you want to go 09S for the purposes of OCS. They may/may not know all of the specifics, but enlisting you is pretty much the same.

          We always need officers, especially in Texas. Research the units in the state to get an idea of what you'll be doing as an "O" and what's available.

          Be advised that Officer branches are not guaranteed for the OCS route. As an 09S you'll be put up against your class for branch slots on the OML, so you may get stuck with a less than desirable branch if your performance is so-so or poor.

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          • #6
            Re: Chances of becoming an Officer in the Texas National Guard?

            Thanks McLaughlin.

            How is your OML scored in OCS?

            I want a combat branch in Infantry, Field Artillery, or Armor if possible. Do you know if that would be likely? Where does Texas need the most officers right now?

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            • #7
              Re: Chances of becoming an Officer in the Texas National Guard?

              OML is based on performance in Phase 1, final APFT, Leadership rotations, STX lanes, Land Nav, Phase 3 stuff (think - final grade) and a host of other activities.

              Texas is Armor heavy as far as combat units, with INF a close 2nd. Combat Arms is one of those things where we rarely have an issue filling. Most mid to low performers at OCS get something like QM, Ordnance or the like.

              You'll really need to research the state to see who needs what, but keep in mind, any info you find now may not be pertinent when you commission in 2+ years.

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              • #8
                Re: Chances of becoming an Officer in the Texas National Guard?

                There are almost zero armor slots in Texas now. We've got two full IBCTs, so it is a very Infantry-heavy state. That being said, in my OCS class, I think we branched 4 or 5 out of 36 Infantry. We had 13 or so FA, though.

                For OCS branch assignments, they take the class rank into account, but it's not the sole factor. They also take into account your geographic location, unit vacancies, needs of the state, and your preferences.

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                • #9
                  Re: Chances of becoming an Officer in the Texas National Guard?

                  And this is why I like KNelson so much. Him and I go way back to Phase 0. He just decided to gut it out in OCS while I bounced over to ROTC.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Chances of becoming an Officer in the Texas National Guard?

                    I'm in Dallas. What are the closest locations? Do they have a need for 2 LT's in combat branches?

                    Also, out of curiosity how do you like Field Artillery?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Chances of becoming an Officer in the Texas National Guard?

                      There are more units in the Dallas area than I can list. As for needs for 2LTs, I imagine there are some, but I don't know exact numbers or locations of vacancies. A recruiter and OSM will be able to tell you that.

                      I love FA.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Chances of becoming an Officer in the Texas National Guard?

                        What is the age limit on going to OCS (eithet federal or texas state ocs) thought the 09S route?

                        Also, does the age limit apply to when you begin OCS, or the age you must be when you finish?

                        Moreover, if the age is say 35, does that mean "less than 35" or "up to 35 but not yet 36" etc?

                        If someone has a link to the current regs that'd be super helpful too.

                        Thanks.
                        Last edited by mavs; August 28th, 2013, 04:50 PM.

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