Discussion in 'Naval Reserves' started by PapaK, Mar 17, 2012.
This thread is for thos planning to apply for September 12 and March 13 Boards.
If you didn't make the March Board, are you planning to try again in September? How are you changing your packet to better compete?
If I dont get selected tomorrow, I wont be applying until September. I applied to this current board as well as the last board in September.
I plan on showing improvement by starting my masters and more IT certifications.
So my package did not make it to board. NRD requested more references. I guess my recuiter didnt see this as I wasnt made aware of it. So it looks like I am applying again in September along with you PapaK
For something so simple? A careless mistake by the recruiter. Damn, sorry to hear that JasonB. I was sure you were on your way to pro-rec. I think I'm at the point where bypassing my recruiter to get answers has become the norm. I've had two LCDRs, one LT and now a PO who is new at the officer recruiting game.
Yeah... when I called my recuiter this morning he was shocked that I didnt make it to board. He thought I was a shoe in. My OIC also thought the same. Thankfully I can use the same LOR's, interviews, and endorsement for Sept. Hopefully I get picked up this Sept.
I guess I will be applying for my second time for this board. I will be half way done with my masters degree by then. I don't have any management experience and thats not something I can really get by then. I am only 22. Is there a non-DCO program?
You can go OCS, but that is for active duty.
Thats what I thought. So the only way to become a Navy Reserve Officer is through the DCO program?
As far as I know.
I would like to stay as Reservists/Guardsman. I am considering active duty Air Force or Navy, but I will take a huge pay cut moving to an O-1. We'll see, I really want this and It isn't all about the money for me. The Navy Reserves, unfortunately, may not have a commissioning program for someone like me.
I will be applying for the SEP board, my packet was submitted but not reviewed since I did not get the required endorsement from the IDC region OIC; I was not made aware of this fact until after the deadline. In the meantime, I am working on obtaining more IT certs and possibly starting a Masters in CyberSec. Although dissapointed, I am still very motivated and will do what I can do enhance my packet. Good luck to those applying!
My recruiter just called me and it seems, I've been cleared by division officer to go for my physical. After that will be the interviews. Finally moving forward. I'm going to try to get a couple more LORs I already have three from a current army captain, a retired army major and my former boss but I feel like that is not enough so I'm shooting for a couple more.
What program are you applying for? Just curious, why are you doing your physical now?
Your recruiter shouldn't have to get clearance to send you to MEPS, he should just be doing it!!! there are a few NRD's that are control freaks NRD NE comes to mind.
Would like to pass on a bit of knowledge I picked up over the last 18 months. Personal statement: keep it short, no longer than half the space provided, the board has a lot of applications to look at and a limited amount of time. Letters of recommendation: three from people that know you well, if using military officers, shoot for O5 and above; purportedly too many LOR can actually detract from your application. Medical clearance: seek to have it complete and part of your packet, only makes you more competitive. Own your packet: trust but verify what you hear/read. Don't give up: keep at it; if you're not competitive put time/energy into yourself and others and try again a year, two or five later. If I remember correctly the average age of selects is early to mid 30's. Finally, I would suggest to those in this thread (or lurking) who don't consider the Navy their only choice to prudently pursue a reserve direct commission in either the Coast Guard (prior service) or Army (prior/non-prior service).
Confused on your post.
Reserve DCO application are required to have officer interviews (Intel one O-5, and one O-4 minimum), LOR's are dictated by the number of jobs held, at a minimum 3, if in the past 3 years you have had 10 jobs you will have 10 LOR's.
Medical clearance DOES NOT make you more competitive, the board NEVER sees it, the reason is they have no need to know and the info is confidential.
Is it beneficial, from a processing point of view, to go to MEPS before selection? Is it even possible? Can the physical examination be performed by a regular medical group? Thanks NavyOffRec!
By the book most designators have to go after selection, but we send people to MEPS before all the time, the usual ones are those that have a known medical issue and if so that is the beneficial part.
They actually can, however it can be a pain in the a** much easier to go through MEPS.
NavyOffRec, I know what you mean. I moved from NRD Chicago to NRD NE and the procedure seems a bit different especially since I had two LCDRs and one LT as recruiters and now have a PO who is new to the officer recruiting process. I just want to be the perfect candidate.
My degrees in International Relations put me in line for INTEL. So that's what I'm shooting for.
On the Medical Thing. My civilian job is on a Navy base. I was able to do my Phyical at the branch medical clinic. The recruiter has a deal worked out with them just for this stuff.
I am trying to think of ways that I can improve my "management or leadership" experience. I am 22 and will have my masters a year from now. I think I am very competetive in every other aspect except that I can't really put my leadership skills on paper. I was captain of my high school track team, Patrol leader for boyscouts, etc... That was 4 years ago though so I dont know if it will help.
Any leadership roles help. And it can be in a community service or volunteer type of environment, too. Coaching a team, acting as an officer of a volunteer group, neighborhood group, or similar...all of these things can be highlighted as leadership experience.
I have been lurking here for nearly a year, and have now signed up. I'm applying for the next board.
I'm 26, have an MBA, and working on my Doctorate. It's been a long process thus far, but things seem to really be moving with my recruiter now.
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