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  1. PhatFarmer35

    PhatFarmer35 Registered User

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    Hello:

    I was still a little confused about the BDCP and I had a few questions.

    When is the earliest time you could apply for BDCP? Is it only for junior and senior years?

    Also, would I be able to do NROTC while doing BDCP? I know it's not a requiremnet to do NROTC but if I was at a college with NROTC could I do it anyways?

    If I was doing Air Force or Army ROTC at another school could I apply for BDCP before my junior year of college (junior year of college is when you have to decide for sure if you want to go into the serivce ROTC you are doing right?)

    Does BDCP pay for 100% of your college education? Or can you accept scholarships by other ways (I'm hoping for a wrestling or lacrosse scholarship at a college that has one of those sports)?

    Thank you for replying.
  2. av8tor

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    Sophmore Year - 35 Credit / Semester Hours Completed
    Good For Two Years
    No Way / No How - I suppose you could take the classes cOR NROTC if you wanted, but why
    Choose either Rotc or BDCP
    BDCP Pays You Not the college, so yes take any other sholorships you are offered outside the military, but you can't double dip from your rich Uncle.
  3. austinfalnes

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    Depending on your major, you can apply earlier.

    technical majors can apply w/i 36 months of graduation
    non-technical majors : 24 months.

    yeah, and you definitely cannot be a ROTC student of any kind and apply for BDCP. In my opinion, BDCP would be the best, cuz you get a NICE paychek (E-3) PLUS a housing and food allowance....and you don't have ANY uniform or drill requirements.
  4. PhatFarmer35

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    Thank you for replying.

    Would it make sense for me to just go to college and not do NROTC, then sophmore year if I have enough credits apply for BDCP and if accepted just do that, but if not then start NROTC my junior year and do that for two years and try to get a pilot slot out of NROTC?

    If you are accepted for BDCP are you automaticly guarenteed a slot for SNA, SNFA, SWO or whatever it is you want to do as long as you qualify?

    Is Aviation Science considered a technical major?

    Thank you again for replying.
  5. austinfalnes

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    I honestly don't know about the requirements for NROTC. If you can only do it for two years, then it might be an option. You can apply to BDCP later also, even in your junior year. I am appling now, during my second to last semester. It's not advised, but it's still possible.

    When you apply to BDCP, you put three designator choices on your application just like anyone else. The code you use is jsut slightly different so the board knows you are applying for SNA, INTEl, or whatever.

    The way I understand it, if you are given a final selection for BDCP, it will be in one of the designators you chose.
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    I honestly don't know about the requirements for NROTC. If you can only do it for two years, then it might be an option. You can apply to BDCP later also, even in your junior year. I am appling now, during my second to last semester. It's not advised, but it's still possible.

    When you apply to BDCP, you put three designator choices on your application just like anyone else. The code you use is jsut slightly different so the board knows you are applying for SNA, INTEl, or whatever.

    The way I understand it, if you are given a final selection for BDCP, it will be in one of the designators you chose.
  7. av8tor

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    If your majoring in Aviation Science I'm supposing that you want to be a hmmm., Pilot. NROTC isn't a bad thing, but like blackjack you may get a winner or you may not. If you'll be happy as an Intel, Crypto, SWO, or any other officer then NROTC is a good bet. If you'll gouge your eyes out if you not entitled to wear a leather jacket and Ray Bans, I'd go with BDCP. For Technical Majors, Aviation Science is probably not going to be considered technical. To evaluate, are you required to take a year of Calculus or Calculus based Physics, I don't know. My suspicion is that many of the courses you'll take will be the ground school portion of the FAA written exams some business courses. I can't stress enough the need for a backup plan, i.e. get a cheap education in something that will make you happy if you don't get a pilot slot. Learn to fly with the money you saved at a local airport. Here some questions to ask your prospective instructor to test his qualifications and ability to teach. 1.) Before an airplane can enter a spin, what must occur - answer: the wings must have stalled and there must be an autorotation present. 2.) What is the speed restriction below 2500' and within 4 n.m. of a class C or D aiport - answer: 200 Kts. 3.) Your preforming touch and go's in Class G airspace at night remaining within 1/2 mile of the runway what are the weather minimums. Answer: 1 mile visibility, clear of clouds.
  8. PhatFarmer35

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    Thanks for replying and for the advice.

    So when I apply for BDCP I can choose 3 jobs that I would want to do? So I could just pick SNA, SNFO and Intelligence and as long as I qualify chances are I'll get at least one of them? And if I get accepted for BDCP and SNA, will I be guarenteed a pilot slot after I am comissioned?

    Thank you again for replying.
  9. austinfalnes

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    You will have 3 choices on your application. You can decide to fill it out in a number of ways. Some people just put one choice cause that's all they want. If you can get excited about 3 different designators, you have three chances at getting selected.

    Youll find some posts on here, and at usnavyocs.com that suggest it might matter (at least for INTEL) what number choice you make it. Some people seem to think that INTEL boards want to see thier applicants with INTEL as the first choice. Whatever...I don't know how important that really is. Your applicaion will go before a different board for each designator you list on your app.

    As far as being guarranteed a pilot slot...If you are selected to SNA, then I think you are guarranteed a slot at flight school...but then you're on your own.

    I'm not a pilot candidate..so I don't really know about those issues

    Godd Luck
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    Yes, you will be guaranteed whatever you are selected for. This means you'll go to OCS and then you'll go to the respective school. As long as you don't fail, you'll enjoy a career doing something you enjoy. On the other hand, if your unfortunate enough to fail, two things may happen 1. you'll be administratively separated from the service or 2. you'll be trained to do another job. We had a female who continued to get air sick and finally requested to stop flying, the Navy simply redesignated her for PAO and I believe they cut her committenment back to four years. With the exception of Nuclear none of these peograms are tremendously difficult if you have a desire to complete the program. Those who fail typically do so because they mentally defeat themselves and their performance quickly follows south. As long as you enter with good study habits this will be a small hurdle to get through. Also, take time for yourself. Pick a day each week to do something you enjoy that has nothing to do with training and then refocus for the upcoming week and tackle it.
  11. PhatFarmer35

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    Thank you for replying.

    If I only applied for SNA and wasn't selected, then would the Navy just select me for another job they need to be filled?

    If I wasnt selected for SNA and when into the Navy with a different job like SWO, would I eventually be able to apply for a SNA slot again later on in my Navy career?

    If I was selected for BDCP I would attend OCS the summer after my junior year of college? Then after college I would start pilot training right?

    Thank you again for replying.
  12. av8tor

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    BDCP - You are only looked at for the jobs you apply for. OCS is completed after you graduate college, then you cross the street to begin API.

    SWO's can redesignate by applying for a transition board that is held each year. I believe you can apply after you are warfare qualified. BUPERs posts the how toos and when too. www.bupers.navy.mil
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    Thank you for replying.

    So when you apply for I applied for a SNA slot with BDCP and I am accepted then I'll be guarenteed a pilot after after college. And if I am not selected then nothing will happen and I won't have any kind of commitment with the Navy?

    If I applied for BDCP my sophmore year of collee and wasn't accepted, then I could just do NROTC and apply for a pilot slot with NROTC right? Would I be able to again apply for BDCP while in NROTC?

    Also, during my sophmore year of college, would I be able to also apply for PLC with the Marine Corps as well as BDCP?

    Thank you again for replying.
  14. austinfalnes

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    NO...

    You can only be one of those things, NROTC, BDCP, or PLC...

    If you were a BDCP candidate, then you have a committment to the NAVY anyway, and could not enter PLC with the Marine Corps.

    You will ulitmately have to decide how importnat it is for you to be in the Navy, or a pilot in the Navy.

    You should talk to an officer recruiter about the specific time frams for applying to anyone of these programs, should you not be selected for any one of them.

    BUT yes...
    If you are selected to BDCP for a particular community, you are guarranteed a spot in the school for that designator.
  15. PhatFarmer35

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    Thank you for replying.

    I ment to ask if I could just apply for PLC and BDCP at the same time. I know I can't do both of them if I was accepted to each program.

    When applying for BDCP what do they look at when considering you? Do they look at your high school grades or just college grades?

    Thank you again for replying.
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