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Type of degree for OCS

Ben Callison

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I am currently in college at liberty university and I was wondering how picky OCS is with the type of degree and GPA requirements. I am a aviation student, I hold a Private pilots license and am working on my instrument rating by the time I graduate I will be a CFI. Is this a good degree to have when applying to OCS? Is this a a degree that the navy considerers a technical degree? I would appreciate any tips or advice,

Thanks
 

Ken_gone_flying

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I am currently in college at liberty university and I was wondering how picky OCS is with the type of degree and GPA requirements. I am a aviation student, I hold a Private pilots license and am working on my instrument rating by the time I graduate I will be a CFI. Is this a good degree to have when applying to OCS? Is this a a degree that the navy considerers a technical degree? I would appreciate any tips or advice,

Thanks
If you have a non-technical degree you need a higher GPA to be competitive. Use the search function to avoid asking questions that have been answered on here a million times already, thus helping you avoid getting shit on.
 

RecruitingGuru

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I am currently in college at liberty university and I was wondering how picky OCS is with the type of degree and GPA requirements. I am a aviation student, I hold a Private pilots license and am working on my instrument rating by the time I graduate I will be a CFI. Is this a good degree to have when applying to OCS? Is this a a degree that the navy considerers a technical degree? I would appreciate any tips or advice,

Thanks
This question has been asked SO MANY times before. Simple searching and asking your recruiter will get you where you need to go.
 

Ben Callison

New Member
If you have a non-technical degree you need a higher GPA to be competitive. Use the search function to avoid asking questions that have been answered on here a million times already, thus helping you avoid getting shit on.
haha ok
This question has been asked SO MANY times before. Simple searching and asking your recruiter will get you where you need to go.
okay thanks, but do you know if a aviation degree is considered a technical degree to the navy its not engineering
 

NavyOffRec

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I am currently in college at liberty university and I was wondering how picky OCS is with the type of degree and GPA requirements. I am a aviation student, I hold a Private pilots license and am working on my instrument rating by the time I graduate I will be a CFI. Is this a good degree to have when applying to OCS? Is this a a degree that the navy considerers a technical degree? I would appreciate any tips or advice,

Thanks
Tip 1: do well on the ASTB, if you suck on it you won't be flying for the USN.
Tip 2: don't sweat CFI or anything like that, unfortunately many I sent to OCS as SNA that were CFI failed out of flight school, just like many other recruiters have had happen.
 

Uncle Fester

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Getting all those private tickets when you want to fly for the military is sort of like wanting to drive NASCAR someday so you go get a CDL and drive big rigs. Roughly the same basic skill set, but doesn't really help you with your ultimate goal.
 

Ben Callison

New Member
Tip 1: do well on the ASTB, if you suck on it you won't be flying for the USN.
Tip 2: don't sweat CFI or anything like that, unfortunately many I sent to OCS as SNA that were CFI failed out of flight school, just like many other recruiters have had happen.
okay thanks, Im just going to focus more on doing well on the ASTB then
 

Ben Callison

New Member
Getting all those private tickets when you want to fly for the military is sort of like wanting to drive NASCAR someday so you go get a CDL and drive big rigs. Roughly the same basic skill set, but doesn't really help you with your ultimate goal.
thanks for the feedback,
Getting all those private tickets when you want to fly for the military is sort of like wanting to drive NASCAR someday so you go get a CDL and drive big rigs. Roughly the same basic skill set, but doesn't really help you with your ultimate goal.
I get what your saying and appreciate your feedback, but I disagree just because getting my pilots license is a way of me working toward my goal to get commissioned and one day fly for the navy.
 

Uncle Fester

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I get what your saying and appreciate your feedback, but I disagree just because getting my pilots license is a way of me working toward my goal to get commissioned and one day fly for the navy.
Okay...how? I mean, if flying and getting a CFI on your own is just your bag, great, by all means, go for it. But your original question was slanted towards whether it was a good path for OCS and Naval aviation. All the Navy really cares about is that you're teachable, and in general would prefer raw material than having to get you to unlearn habits first. I saw a lot of students with prior flight time and a bag full of certs come to grief in the program. I had one student whose last job before the Navy was FO at a regional, and he flunked out of API.
 

Ken_gone_flying

"I live vicariously through myself."
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Okay...how? I mean, if flying and getting a CFI on your own is just your bag, great, by all means, go for it. But your original question was slanted towards whether it was a good path for OCS and Naval aviation. All the Navy really cares about is that you're teachable, and in general would prefer raw material than having to get you to unlearn habits first. I saw a lot of students with prior flight time and a bag full of certs come to grief in the program. I had one student whose last job before the Navy was FO at a regional, and he flunked out of API.
I don't know whether or not prior flight time will help get you selected because I've never sat in on a board. What I do know is that prior flight time will help you once you start flying in primary. Depending on which certificates you hold, it may put you light years ahead of the competition. If you only have a private pilots license, you'll be better than those who don't have one through about the first 4 flights before the playing field is level again. But if you have an instrument multi-engine rating with a few hundred hours, once you get to BI's and RI's you are going to pull away from the pack. The only guys that came in with a lot of valuable flight time that I ever saw struggle was due to their piss poor attitude. If they were humble and put in the same amount of work as their peers they would have excelled. That being said, I also flew with students that were solid with no prior flight time. Those were the guys crushing the prof-sits every day (simulator practice on their own time). If you only have time in a Cessna, its going to take you some time to catch up to the speed and technology of the T-6. Whatever the case may be, if you get selected, remain humble and work hard.
 

RecruitingGuru

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thanks for the feedback,

I get what your saying and appreciate your feedback, but I disagree just because getting my pilots license is a way of me working toward my goal to get commissioned and one day fly for the navy.
You are wasting your/parent's money on getting a pilots license if the only intention is to become a Naval Aviator. ASTB scores followed by GPA is perhaps 95% of what the Pilot/NFO boards are looking for.
 

Ben Callison

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You are wasting your/parent's money on getting a pilots license if the only intention is to become a Naval Aviator. ASTB scores followed by GPA is perhaps 95% of what the Pilot/NFO boards are looking for.
Okay ,well I'm also doing this so that I can learn as much as I can before if go to navy flight training and hopefully get a head start because I'm going for jets (of course) if I do get selected. Thanks for the advice. I greatly appreciate it.
 
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