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RFA: Enlisted to Officer Commissioning Programs

RUFiO181

Making Recruiting Great Again
#16
Question regarding the expiration of interviews, from my general research I've been able to find that any officer interview will expire 6 months after it is conducted. Does this also apply to the Commanding Officers Endorsement? Thanks!

V/r
Yes but usually the endorsement is one of the last things needed in the package.
 
#17
This point was brought up by almost all the priors at OCS. I had a break in service so essentially I was applying as a civilian which made the process easy for me. The graduating class at OCS gets to speak with RADM Bernacchi during their last week and the point about fleet career counselors being clueless about commissioning programs was brought to his attention.

I feel like the Navy in general doesn't do a good job of promoting OCS though. Most people think the only way to get a commission is to go ROTC or one of the service academies. Almost everyone I talked to in my class had never heard of OCS until they stumbled into a recruiter's office. The only people that did know about it was because one of their parents graduated from OCS.
 

Kirk G

GilThunder5
#18
@AULANI Interesting point you make, truth be told the most help I've received have been from some of my O's whom were prior enlisted. Which is far more than most enlisted can say from the general consensus. I love my CCC we get along great, but he's not too familiar with the process of applying. I've taken every step I could to find Garcia in this matter, everything short of messaging ocsquestions@navy.mil.

My officer mentors have added that I should seek my CO's approval first before venturing out to complete my remainder, seeing as how he is the sole approver in this process, it is best to get the omni omni from him first before proceeding. Currently deployed and just finished my BS, the time envelope is closing quickly.
 
#19
@AULANI Interesting point you make, truth be told the most help I've received have been from some of my O's whom were prior enlisted. Which is far more than most enlisted can say from the general consensus. I love my CCC we get along great, but he's not too familiar with the process of applying. I've taken every step I could to find Garcia in this matter, everything short of messaging ocsquestions@navy.mil.

My officer mentors have added that I should seek my CO's approval first before venturing out to complete my remainder, seeing as how he is the sole approver in this process, it is best to get the omni omni from him first before proceeding. Currently deployed and just finished my BS, the time envelope is closing quickly.
I was a prior IS1, got out and did Intel work for a few 3-letter agencies and then applied to OCS. My officer recruiter was great and like I said, the whole process for me was easy. The other priors I talked to at OCS all told me they had to move heaven and earth to get into OCS. Most of them went straight to their CO since they weren't making headway with their CCC. Most of them received bad gouge along the lines of them not being eligible for OCS (which they all were obviously).

The process for active duty enlisted sailor's should be no different than it is for civilians with the exception of maybe routing a chit asking to submit a package. Other than that, I'm not sure why the whole process for fleet applicants is such a CHARLIE FOXTROT.
 

Kirk G

GilThunder5
#20
I've considered potentially going through an officer recruiter, not for the purposes of submission, but more for guidance. The 1420 is terrible at listing out step by step actions required as well the little stipulations such as medical and interviewer expirations. My mentors have given me their OCS packages and I've been fortunate enough to model it off theirs. Find the winners and do what they do right? I've chit to begin the process has thankfully been approved by my Skipper, as much as we know it's only a formality, it at least gives me the inkling that my command is willing to help me through this process. I'm hesitant in messaging the ocsquestions@navy.mil for answers to clear up any potential gouge.
 

NavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
#21
I've considered potentially going through an officer recruiter, not for the purposes of submission, but more for guidance. The 1420 is terrible at listing out step by step actions required as well the little stipulations such as medical and interviewer expirations. My mentors have given me their OCS packages and I've been fortunate enough to model it off theirs. Find the winners and do what they do right? I've chit to begin the process has thankfully been approved by my Skipper, as much as we know it's only a formality, it at least gives me the inkling that my command is willing to help me through this process. I'm hesitant in messaging the ocsquestions@navy.mil for answers to clear up any potential gouge.
The steps an OR knows for his applicants and the steps someone on AD or reserve has to go through are different.
 

NavyOffRec

Well-Known Member
#22
This point was brought up by almost all the priors at OCS. I had a break in service so essentially I was applying as a civilian which made the process easy for me. The graduating class at OCS gets to speak with RADM Bernacchi during their last week and the point about fleet career counselors being clueless about commissioning programs was brought to his attention.

I feel like the Navy in general doesn't do a good job of promoting OCS though. Most people think the only way to get a commission is to go ROTC or one of the service academies. Almost everyone I talked to in my class had never heard of OCS until they stumbled into a recruiter's office. The only people that did know about it was because one of their parents graduated from OCS.
The main job of a CCC is enlisted career paths, a command should have an officer designated to provide guidance to those wishing to pursue a commission, my ships did.
 
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