Up-to-date gouge on BOOST/NSI

Discussion in 'Enlisted Commissioning Programs' started by k_smittay, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. k_smittay

    k_smittay New Member

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    Here is an e-mail I just recieved from a person who went through BOOST/NSI last year. He had some pretty good information so I thought I would share...

    "You are way ahead of the ballgame if you already have everything sent down there and approved saying it is good to go. I turned all my stuff in around the middle of December and did not get my orders until the 3rd week of January, but after getting to Rhode Island, I realized that I got my orders way earlier than a lot of other people. A lot of people did not get their orders but a couple of days before they had to leave and some even got them the day before they were scheduled to report. You should be in good shape though. I remember that I called down to Pensacola in the beginning of January and finally asked the LT that worked at the desk if they had requested my orders yet and the date he told me they would be requested, it took about 10 days for BUPERS to get the orders written and sent out. My advice would be to just keep in touch with Pensacola so they don’t forget about you. Definitely double check with them to make sure everything is in order because sometimes they update stuff on the computer but are still missing one small thing they need to request your orders that they don’t realize until you ask them about it again. Hopefully they get them cut for you early so you are not in a panic trying to get things done at the last minute because I know that was a headache for a lot of people.
    Now I will give you some gouge on Rhode Island. Boost was cool and definitely the better part of the two. The school work was challenging if you are not used to doing it. The schedule is Pre-calculus, Trigonometry, Physics, and English. When I was there, the hours were Mon-Fri 0745-1115, lunch from 1115-1230, and then one class in the afternoon until around 1400, from 1400-1500 is extra instruction(EI), which is one on one time with the teachers if you need it, but it is not mandatory. If you do good in the classes you will never need it. I think I went twice while I was there. The rooms are not bad. They are two-man rooms with two bunk-beds with a bed on the top of each one with a desk underneath it instead of another bed. Every person gets their own computer for their room and it has internet access and stuff, so that was pretty cool. There is a tall stand up closet and drawers in the bed for clothes. When I was there, a guy named Master Sargeant Fraas was in charge of all the Boost students. He was cool and pretty much left us to ourselves. When you are in Boost, there is no curfew or anything. As long as you show up where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there, nobody cares what else you do with your time. As far as your family goes, you are allowed to bring them and live out in town if you want. A couple of guys did that and it did not really ever seem like a problem for them with the schoolwork or anything. I know that last year the BOOST and NSI websites said that you were not allowed to live out in town with your families during NSI, but if you go for BOOST and your family is there, they will let you stay out in town with your family during NSI, you just have to be there most of the day while all the stupid stuff is going on. Two guys did that while I was there. Not sure if the policy changed, though. The PT thing for Boost was not really enforced when I was there either. We had to do a PRT when we checked in, but it did not really count for anything, and after that we were “supposed” to do group pt, but nobody was in charge of it so nobody cared. NSI was pretty much the complete opposite. It is sort of like a relaxed boot camp. They try to be hardcore and yell and stuff like that, but it really has no effect because we have all been there and done that in boot camp. The classes during NSI are pretty easy. Typical Navy classes with powerpoints and then telling you exactly what to study for the test. The first couple of weeks suck because there is no liberty at first, but after the first couple of weeks, things start getting more relaxed and on-base liberty is given, then off-base liberty, then over-night, but if you stay out in town with your family, it does not really affect you at all. PT is pretty good at NSI. Three days a week for about an hour or so. Very structured, but definitely doable. You will take 3 PRTs in NSI, the first two do not really count for anything and the last one you have to pass to leave. There will be a LT in charge of NSI and then a chief or senior chief will be directly in charge of your company. They were pretty cool. They show up around 0600 and then leave most days by 1600 or so. Assholes when they have to be, but overall they were pretty good. The five months went by pretty quickly and was not difficult to make it through at all.
    As far as your college goes, I did not know of anybody that did not get the college they wanted, so I would suspect you will get Colorado without any problems. You can call and ask and they will probably tell you whether you are good to go or not. ODU is pretty cool, though. Very big and a lot of people. Pretty relaxed, though. We have PT on Mondays and Wednesdays at 0600 and drill on Thursdays at 0600, and other than that, all I do is go to my classes. My major is General Engineering Technology. Definitely pay good attention in Precalculus and Trig, though, because Calculus is kicking my ass right now."
  2. et1nuke

    et1nuke Member None

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    Awesome gouge (rep points--not that they really count much from me)! Good to hear something...Been quiet on here with all of us running around getting our physicals and degree plans done.
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  3. erelislt

    erelislt New Member

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    Really good info, thanks!
  4. user2176

    user2176 STA-21 Core Selectee FY08

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    One of the most informative posts I've read in a while.
    Thanks!
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  5. jus2mch

    jus2mch MOTIVATOR

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    Here is something to give you an idea of what credits you will receive for attending 6 months BOOST. It's straight from the SMART transcript.

    Course: Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST)
    Naval Education and Training Center
    Newport, RI

    ACE Identifier:
    NV-0400-0001

    Military Course ID:
    P-911-0003

    DESCRIPTION:
    Upon completion of the course, the student will have achieved learning outcomes at levels comparable to those expected from the corresponding introductory English, mathematics, and science courses traditionally found in colleges and universities. Students will not complete all tracks. NOTE: A transcript should be requested from the school. The course numbers assigned are P-911-0002, P-911-0003, P-911-0004 and they correspond to the amount of time the student is enrolled in the BOOST program.

    ACE CREDIT RECOMMENDATION:
    In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in introductory English composition for completion of English 110; 3 in advanced English composition and rhetoric for completion of English 115; 3 in introductory literature for completion of English 120; 3 in introductory humanities for completion of English 130; 3 in college algebra for completion of Mathematics 110; 3 in pre-calculus for completion of Mathematics 111; 3 in calculus I for completion of Mathematics 120; 2 in calculus II for completion of Mathematics 121; 3 in introductory physics for completion of Physics 040 and Physics 041; 4 in introductory physics for completion of Physics 100 and Physics 101; 4 in technical physics for completion of Physics 140 and Physics 141; 3 in introductory chemistry for completion of Chemistry 100 and Chemistry 101; and 4 in general chemistry for completion of Chemistry 140 (8/02).
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  6. Lightning26

    Lightning26 New Member

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    Thanks for the Great info K Smittay and Jus2much, does anyone have the smart transcript information for the 3 month boost? Thank you for your help.
  7. OneBadSSS

    OneBadSSS FY08 STA-21 Pilot Selectee/Currently at ODU

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    Wish we could still do 6-Month BOOST because it looks like your Calculus and Physics requirements are taken care of there!!
  8. mh53eflyguy

    mh53eflyguy Stashed...again.

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    Great to know, good to go!
    I just wish I was going to the six month BOOST now for the Calc and Physics credits!
  9. Lucky3

    Lucky3 P-8 Driver None

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    I just talked to P-cola because I am going to BOOST and had questions about how you incorporate BOOST credits into your degree plan. Here was the response:
    You don't count BOOST. BOOST classes don't count for college credit, they are college Prep. You get a degree plan based on what you have now.


    v/r
    Ed Straten
  10. mh53eflyguy

    mh53eflyguy Stashed...again.

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    Oh. good to know! Do some universities differ about excepting these credits or is it a universal Prep credit all around? I though that one of my buddies said that U of U takes some of those credits
  11. jus2mch

    jus2mch MOTIVATOR

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    Your Calc and Physics requirements are not taken care of at BOOST. That is an ACE CREDIT RECOMMENDATION. The core classes, CALC I and II, CALC PHISICS I and II, NS 401-402 will all be taken at your University. That being said it is up to the university to accept BOOST credits (It is usually up to the chair of that department ie. Physics chair, Math chair, English Chair). I transfered 6 humanities credits from BOOST. From what I have personally seen and know from friends at colleges around the country, you can bank on taking the math and physics classes mentioned above at the college. Also remeber that some colleges won't let you go straight into CALC. So if you are not attending BOOST, and don't meet the pre requisite for CALC or PHYSICS at your specific college, then you will take those pre requisites before they let you sign up for the class. In my case they looked at my BOOST stuff and waived the pre reqs.
  12. OneBadSSS

    OneBadSSS FY08 STA-21 Pilot Selectee/Currently at ODU

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    This is not accurate info! My degree plan for ODU was submitted and accepted already and I included the credits for English and Pre-Calc I will receive at BOOST in my degree plan that satisfied the English GEN-ED requirement as well as the Calculus prerequisite!

    My advice is to check with your advisor because, if they have any experience with STA-21 OC's in the past then they will more than likely be able to tell you whether they can give you credit for any of your BOOST classes...

  13. k_smittay

    k_smittay New Member

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    Just play it safe and don't expect anything to transfer. Every school is different. ODU accepted +30 transfer credit, and University of Colorado only accepted 6 credits. I just wrote my degree plan out as if NOTHING transfered and then everything that does is extra credit. I submitted my degree plan to CNET with zero transfer credit, and they thought it was fine.

    By the way, who else here is planning on going to U of Colorado?
  14. SuccessStory

    SuccessStory FY08 STA-21 SNFO SELECT

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    Man that was great info... Fills in all the dark areas that we are ALL experiencing right now! Thanks man
  15. SuccessStory

    SuccessStory FY08 STA-21 SNFO SELECT

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    I'm speaking of the original thread.

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