Hello all, and thanks in advance for any information!
I'm 20, and graduating in December 2017 with a BS in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee. I'm 6'5 and 175, in good shape. I am torn between bothering with OCS or just enlisting, and desperately need some advice..
I want to be able to join right after graduation. However, the OCS application process is long and I am not a prime candidate. We all know the Army is downsizing, and according to two recruiters (if they're telling the truth), OCS has a 21% acceptance rate currently for civilian applicants.
The Army seems to be searching for STEM majors with high GPAs, and good recommendations, and lots of athletics in high school and/or college.
I have a 3.1 GPA. I played sports through high school and college, but just for fun. I never did so for the schools, nor did I ever go to competitions. I only joined a handful of boring outdoors clubs in college and didn't stay.
ASVAB Scoring consisted of an 82 AFQT. and GT of 119. I can do anything enlisted that I want.
Work has always been a very important part of my life, which is why my athletics suck so bad. I have paid for everything since high school. I started at Lowe's after graduation where I've worked for almost 3 years and been promoted to sales specialist, now making more than I'd make in the military as enlisted E-5. I drive a brand new car and rent my own house, and am going on my third solo backpacking trip overseas, (Africa this time).
On top of my work, I'm graduating a semester early after going to school full time since I started. Furthermore, I intern for a Congressman. I have no life because of work, but I do have money!.......not sure if that's better or worse.
Anyways, based on this info, what kind of chance do you REALLY think I stand for OCS? Be brutally honest. Is it worth trying, or should I just go ahead and enlist with delayed entry until I graduate?
More than anything, I want to join Special Forces. I've always wanted to, and the 18X candidate program sounds perfect. I'm not in the best shape, but I've got time to be ready by the time I ship out. However, the difference in pay from E4 to O-1 is huge. I know it isn't all about money, but jeez. That's a big difference. Furthermore, there are many more really cool opportunities for officers that I'd be interested in.
Enlisting with a degree I am sure will get me ridiculed by other recruits. What kind of lifestyle would it be compared to an officer's lifestyle? I don't want to waste my degree doing the same thing as some high school graduates and kids with GEDs.
My long term goal is to gain experience to work for a federal agency after the military, preferably FBI. I want to work on a master's while in the Army, and may go on after that for a Ph.D. Being an officer in the army or in special forces would be beneficial, but i'm not sure anything else would be a significant help.