Discussion in 'BDCP' started by redsox06, Dec 18, 2008.
A con? You have to go to OCS.
Far outweighed by the benefits though.
Plus . . . by the time they graduate after two years of BDCP and get sent to OCS, they'll even more benefits.
No squad bay, no lunging around the chow hall, no "fun" in the chow hall, no eating by the numbers standing with a war spoon, no rolling into H for PFA failure, no rigged RLP failures, and of course . . .no DIs!
And hopefully no more 'war stories' about how tough OCS was from the grads.
It is a 2.7 cumulative GPA, right? If you get less than a 2.7 in a single quarter/semester, as long as your cumulative is still above a 2.7, you are fine.
Am I mistaken?
^^ You are mistaken. You need to keep your GPA above a 2.7 each and every quarter/semester. However, I actually ran into this problem by getting a 2.61 one quarter and am still in BDCP with an OCS date in 12 weeks. I am sure it is on a case by case basis.
Yuck ... going into my last year of a Computer Science degree. The quarters are all filled to the brim with technical electives.
Not going to Great Lakes ... a whole new perspective of motivation!
a couple of questions on BDCP
I currently have 52 credits aproved in my university i am also on the wrestling and judo teams in my university and i compete in both. Im majoring in natrual science with a concentration in computer science and mathematics. My GPA however is 2.56. I would like to know what are my chances for getting into BDCP here in Puerto Rico were i attend college?
I may be wrong but as far as I know your chances are 0% because you must have a minimum 2.7 gpa in order to be in the program
You sure? What happened to you? Everything I've ever seen said cumulative.
You need both, to be above a 2.7 cumulative, and be above a 2.7 semesterly.
Yeah you're right, it says that in the service agreement. I had never noticed that. I always assumed it was just by semester.
What happens if you just have an absolutely terrible semester for whatever reason but keep your cumulative high? Great Lakes? I'm kinda surprised. Although I guess zachman was okay. He's probably right-- case by case.
I've never heard of that happening. I think it would take extraordinary circumstances for a BDCP guy to go to Great Lakes before even arriving to OCS. If one were to have a horrible semester they could avoid a lot of trouble by keeping their recruiter informed.
My horrible quarter came from overloading on Physics and Math (2 upper level phys, 2 upper level math) with no "buffer" classes. I did poorly in my math classes but that was easily the hardest I ever worked for school. I think I was okay because it was just under 2.7 and my cumulative was still at 3.2 or something. However, if you absolutely fvck up and get a 1.0-2.0, I could see them bagging your ass.
You get one freebie if you royally f*ck up a semester. Your options are to change your major, NEVER get a bad GPA again or go to Great Lakes. Don't play around with this.
I'm in this situation right now. I pulled a 2.4 this semester. It really snuck up on me too. I started the semester off with all A's and B's and figured that I could coast through the rest of the semester, seeing as I had already reached my goal of getting into the program and all A's seemed a bit tacky. Big mistake. Now I've been told have have to have a sit down with my CO and my recruiter has been of no help because he has been in OCS for over a month and new one has yet to be assigned to me. My cummulated GPA is still a 3.5, however, so I'm hoping they will let this slide with a "Don't f*ck up again." The last month has been absolute hell worrying about Great Lakes and I have still don't know when I'm going to meet with my CO. Any words of advice from someone who has been in my Shoes?
Yeah, I've been there and I did a lot worse than you did. Was finishing up my third year of Aerospace Engineering (read Fluid dynamics, Thermodynamics, Differential Equations and Engineering Physics III). Ended up with C's across the board (and one C-) (sub 2.0 semesterly GPA, but had a 3.1 cumulative).
REALLY got my pee pee schwacked, HARD by the CO. Said if he saw I had less than a 2.7 again, we wouldn't even have another meeting, i'd just be on a bus to great lakes. Had to write a letter explaining why it happened and why it wouldn't happen again, which he pretty much tore apart.
It was a strong lesson learned.... What did I do? I switched my major to Management, graduated in a year (had all the electives from a prior school) with a 3.3. Wasn't going to take the chance again with even harder classes.
I've always just sucked at college/academics. Trust me on this one though guys, DO NOT PLAY WITH IT. THEY WILL SEND YOU TO GREAT LAKES. I know one BDCP'er that got sent to Great Lakes because he failed the PRT twice (couldn't get into shape). I know 2 that have been sent there for college grades.
That's some great gouge right there. Luckily I haven't ever failed a PRT (nor will I ever) but I'm glad to have this info for the grades. I absolutely must avoid senioritis... Thanks for that information. Very helpful.
Good gouge godspeed.
Best advice I've ever gotten from current and retired officers..."Don't fuck it up" simple and to the point.
Followed by, "Don't suck."
Right, but I've gotten mostly just "don't fuck it up" for the moment I'm sure don't suck will follow when I get out of school next spring.
I figured this might be a good place to post this question -
Let's say i'm in BDCP for supply - Is it possible to switch designators to SNA later? Also, what are the chances of getting switched compared to not applying for BDCP at all until later? Basically the issue is that my eyes aren't anywhere near good enough and I would get them fixed ASAP but I'm studying abroad this fall and I really don't want my vision in the hands of some random foreign doctor should a problem come up. I honestly think I'd be happy in either supply or aviation - but aviation is definitely my first choice. Any advice would be appreciated!
I already used the search function but didn't find anything - apparently my searching skills are lacking ...
If aviation is your first choice then get your eyes fixed then apply for aviation. Don't apply for something just to get in.
How the hell are all A's "tacky"? I 4.0'ed my last four semesters of college outright, three of which were spent on BDCP. Attempting to excuse yourself from having to get all A's is just plain stupid. Grad school.
Agreed. I don't see anything tacky at all about making dean's list and getting the pay increase.
Yeah, landing safely every time is a bit tacky too. I hate those overacheiving, suck-up sons-of-bitches.
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