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At OCS, got NPQ'd

#32
Frankly, I'm glad I didn't go nfo. I've heard many horror stories from friends who are both sna and nfo about nfos. I made the right choice in my opinion.
This one bugged me. This board is full of people excited to be NFOs, and frankly, rightfully so. No need to put down a whole designator because you are butthurt you chose to DOR. Mind your situational awareness. It’s important in civilian life but it is magnitudes more important in the military, if you ever make it this far.
 
#33
Almost everybody who goes aviation wants to be a pilot. Both are going to have pilot time. I’ve been flying with Pilots/NFOs for the last 10 years, granted only in the maritime community, but I know that I’d be happy with either one. Furthermore, a bunch who have been given the same ultimatum, and for the ones that I’ve served with and accepted NFO, never regretted it. Officer first, designator second. That’s how the Navy works.
 

Flash

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#34
This one bugged me. This board is full of people excited to be NFOs, and frankly, rightfully so. No need to put down a whole designator because you are butthurt you chose to DOR. Mind your situational awareness. It’s important in civilian life but it is magnitudes more important in the military, if you ever make it this far.
I am genuinely curious just what 'horror stories' are being passed along though.
 
#38
I am genuinely curious just what 'horror stories' are being passed along though.
I never really heard any horror stories about being an NFO at OCS, there were a lot of people there who wanted to be NFOs. I heard more stories about the attrition rate that goes along with being designated at a pilot.

One thing I will say, OCS will test how committed you are to the Navy. If you went in only wanting to a be a pilot, and not an officer, then it'd be a horror story to be designated NFO. Don't get me wrong, as an NFO you get to do some awesome stuff, you're an officer, and you get to serve your country, but it's obviously not for everyone.

This is probably one of the best times to be a pilot in recent history. The Navy didn't work out for OP, but he still has some amazing opportunities ahead of him. He can continue in his civilian aviation career and live the good life at an airline, reapply for the Navy, apply for the Air Force Guard or Reserve and still fly for an airline, fly C-130s aerial firefighting etc. Keep your head up, it's a great time to be a pilot!
 
#39
I guess a frustration many of us feel is just wanting to know if we are "cleared" or not for what we set out to do. I was originally going for Intel and would go to another branch if the Navy did not work out for Intel specifically. However, after talking with my recruiter, I got excited about NFO and decided to give it a shot. I was cleared by Military Doc on a base rather than meps, and everything is set for OCS. Just the worry of a Nami wammy is the part that is getting to me.
 
#40
I guess a frustration many of us feel is just wanting to know if we are "cleared" or not for what we set out to do. I was originally going for Intel and would go to another branch if the Navy did not work out for Intel specifically. However, after talking with my recruiter, I got excited about NFO and decided to give it a shot. I was cleared by Military Doc on a base rather than meps, and everything is set for OCS. Just the worry of a Nami wammy is the part that is getting to me.
I wouldn't worry too much about it. Worst case if you were NPQ from NFO you can apply for Intel during OCS. I knew someone at OCS who did just that and was accepted.
 

BACONATOR

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#42
Good on you. If you don't want the designator, DO NOT accept it. If it means you come back later, great. If it means you part ways and go the regional/major route, great. Do what is best FOR YOU. The Navy doesn't owe you anything, and likewise, you don't owe the Navy anything either.
 

Flash

SEVAL/ECMO
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#43
I never really heard any horror stories about being an NFO at OCS, there were a lot of people there who wanted to be NFOs. I heard more stories about the attrition rate that goes along with being designated at a pilot.
I would still like to hear about these horror stories though, including from folks who went NFO according to the OP.
 

Ray-Ban

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#45
I went into OCS as an SNA, got NPQ'd, and now here I am an E-2 NFO finishing my first JO tour; alas I'm still alive and haven't succumb to the regret!
 
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