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I am trying to get into Navy OCS. I want to know what I should do prior to going before the review board. My recruiter is a jerk and isn't helping me at all and discouraging me from trying. Even if I don't get in I'd at least like to know if I can. What are some tips prior to going before the review board.
What are u trying to do in the navy? Recruiters usually act in accordance with how much pressure is on them to fill slots. I applied as a pilot after getting my private pilot license. My grades were average and he basically said I didn't have a chance. Told me he would call me with the results of the board's decision in a couple of weeks. 5 days later he called me and told me I was in. That was 16 years ago and I'm still flying navy jets.
My point is that the recruiter is a middle man only. Needs of the navy dictate whether you will be accepted or not. So again, what are u applying for? Some things are hard to get and some are not. Timing is a huge factor as well.
With my degree and work experience intelligence.
What do you want to do in the navy? Supply corps, pilot, NFO, surface warfare officer, SEALS?
With your degree don't go enlisted no matter what your recruiter says, he has an agenda. Find another recruiter if you have to. Congrats on your decision to join. The navy was the best thing I ever did and it changed my life for the better. I wanted to be a pilot and it didn't happen in the navy but the time I spent in gave me the money for civilian flight training and ill be flying for the airlines in another year or so. Never would've dreamed I'd have the opportunity.
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I actually considered applying for Navy OCS to go Intelligence considering I have a BA and MA in Communication Studies (focus Organizational Communication).
But I was discouraged from applying when I found out that if you go OCS they won't pay off your student loans.
They won't pay your loans? Way I understood it they would pay 1/3 of your loans every year as long as you were signed up for 4 years.
All depends on what you are trying to do. Going SWO is probably your best bet at getting in. But as stated previously don't let the recruiter talk you into enlisting. Oh, and start working out if you don't already.
Back to the original question of what you can do to prepare. Get familiar with Navy history and tradition, just in case you are asked. Highlight your leadership experiences and qualities, these are as important as your academics. Be calm be confident, remember you have made it to a selection board, this interview is to learn more about you and your fit to the Navy. As in most interviews if invited you already meet their qualifications so relax and give it your best shot. If Navy falls through you can always apply to USMC, ooh rah! Semper Fi
I was an Officer Recruiter for the Navy before I got off active duty (Sub Officer). It was my shore duty and I did fairly well at it (Officer Recruiter of the Year). I was not a salesman, but rather a straight shooter that didn't waste my time or that of the recruits. The fact is that only 1 in 10 Navy officer applicants are accepted.
I am trying to get into intelligence. I am in the process of trying to find another recruiter. He asked was I available to meet with another guy Tuesday and I said I have to work and he told the other guy I'd meet with him. Stuff like that pisses me off since I don't want to burn bridges with my current job. My brother is in the Army and knows a Navy recruiter so I'll talk to his friend even if I don't sign with his friend, I'll at least be prepared for whats to come. My big "red flag" right now is I am "overweight" according to their standards but I have muscle/bone and not body fat. I aced the ASVAB and all enlisted jobs are open to me.
ASVAB is pointless for an officer position. You have to take the ASTB (officer version - aviation selection test battery, the OAR officer aptitude rating is key for you. You will need to get well over a 50 on this to be competitive.
Intel - you need a good GPA in history, poli-sci, international or anything technical. Knowing a 2nd language is big. Google Navy body fat standards, take the test (formula with height, neck and waist measurements). If you are close, diet (I don't care what your BF is - do it the way the test says). The easiest thing to do is a lot of neck exercises (lay with your head off the edge of the bed and do 50 4-count side to sides, try to touch your ear to your shoulder and then 50 up downs - try to touch your chin to your chest). You need to find an Intel O-5 or higher for an interview (can be active, retired or reserve). This is not required, but it is highly suggested. You really need to highlight your analytical skills.
Really Good Shot:
- 3.5 or better in a related major (history, poli-sci, anything technical)
- 55+ OAR on the ASTB (nothing to do with the ASVAB)
- Interview with Commander or higher (O5+) in the Intel community
- Good High or better on all 3 events of the fit test (obviously pass ht-wt or tape for Body Fat)
- Clean background (security clearance).
- No meds (no Rx meds for ADHD or other psychoactive drug Rx valid in the past year - in the past year invalidates, hurst period)
- relevant work experience will help too and can offset a bad GPA to a point.
Be honest if you have used mary jane, they will find out. Also, your appearance is every thing, you are trying to be an officer, you have to have the confidence of one when answering questions. Always keep eye contact, and don't use a lot of "umms" and "uhs." If they ask you something and your answer puts you in a negative light, be accountable for yourself and say you f'd up, but have learned from that mistake and you hope to help others to avoid it every chance you get. Lastly, you DO NOT want to join for any type of job. If you want to be an officer say that, leadership and officership is everything and saying that you want to do such and such will get you passed over. With recent cuts in all services they are extremely picky now, especially in the officer corps since it is 80% smaller. Good luck, RTR.
Join the Marines. Better uniforms, easier to get laid.
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