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  1. Yeah, I don't think ArmyOCS.com really likes to hear about anything outside of the OCS program, so I didn't post on there. From what I was told I have to pick 5 jobs/branches. My performance dictates whether or not I get my 1st choice or my last. At least that is my understanding anyway. I would think that you are guaranteed a commission. I can't see why they would accept you in the program, spending a lot of time and resources, and then not offer a commission. Then again, I could be wrong and it's definitely going to be a question I ask when I talk to them again this week. As for AV, it's one of the many options that I am interested in. MP and AV are at the top of my list of interests, but I wouldn't mind intelligence or Infantry as well. The two I would not like to get stuck with is quarter master or transportation. No offence intended for anyone with those jobs mind you. Just not interested in them. At this point, I'm still in the information gathering part. It's the main reason I posted this. I wanted to hear as many opinions/fact/ and past experiences about ROTC without the sugar coating on GoArmy.com. I'm still pretty excited about it though. It's 1 of 3 options I have now that I know I could go OCS if I wanted. I still have my WOFT packet ready to go too. I just need to boost that run.
  2. Yeah, 30 days is what the Lt. I talked to told me as well. According to what he said they are ranked in the top 10% too and that LTC was like basic on steroids. Is LDAC the course you go through after your final semester before you graduate with a degree (senior year does sound like it would fit for me lol)? The branch I'm hoping to get is MP.
  3. I'm not really looking for a scholarship to be truthful. I got a small scholarship, due to my grades, from the University. My real interest is getting the degree and a commission at the same time. I'll be okay with student loans for the rest of the tuition I think. On a side note, I heard LTC is tough. Looking forward to it though. I'm excited about the whole thing really. Can't wait until June/July lol. How old were your friends? I'm asking because I was wondering how often someone has gone through the program at my age.
  4. I know this is not WOFT related, but I thought this would be helpful for anyone that might be interested in a commission as an Army Officer and did not know that ROTC is an option after 26. I recently contacted the Department of Military Science at a University in my area and found out at age 29, with a bachelors degree, I could still attend ROTC for my Masters, get a commission, and serve active. It came as a huge surprise to me and I have to say I'm excited to get started. I took their PT test for entry, pasted all except the run. I got 1.5 miles in 13 mins before I couldn't run any more. Not good I know, but it's progress. It's also not a huge deal that I did not pass the run right then because it is to late for me to start classes for the spring semester. Basically, I have 4 months to get my run time straight. From there, I'll have to attend LTC (Leadership Training Course) for 4 wks in either June or July. Upon completion, I was informed that a scholarship will be offered based on my performance during LTC. After that, I return home and start attending classes like a normal student, plus ROTC events, meetings, and PT three times a week. So far that is all the information I have at the moment. I will post what ever additional information I find out throughout the process of getting enrolled. Jay
  5. I was leaning towards getting all 6 letters. I want at least 2 of the 6 to come from CWO's or CO's if I can get them. I'm still working on getting a LOR from the Helms School of Government Dean at Liberty, but no reply yet. I think my next 1, or 2 depending on what happens with the Dean, will come from individuals in the Law Enforcement field. One is a Deputy Sheriff that I have worked with and known for 13 yrs or so. The other guy I have known for 10 yrs and he is the Chief of Police. I think they know me well enough to describe my qualities, good or bad, pretty well.
  6. I got 2 LOR's completed today. Both are from previous professors at Liberty University. 4 more to go. I also got the typed version of my essay completed. The hand written portion is more difficult than I thought it would be, mainly because I am never happy with my penmanship. Wanted to get some thoughts about getting the maximum amount of LORs compared to the required 3.
  7. Great thread! These videos are absolutely phenomenal!
  8. Just wanted to check in and say progress is still going slow. The recruiting station in my area is not willing to let me get started on the packet until I reach the weight requirements. I personally feel that is a waste of valuable time that could be used for making progress in 2 areas at once, but that's me. Current weight is now 199lb. So I am pretty close. Been hitting the cycling hard to burn those cals (5hrs worth yesterday no joke). I have started working on acquiring my LOR's and Essay. I asked a recruiter on how I could go about setting up an interview with a Warrant Officer or a Capt, etc but he informed me that they wouldn't interview me for a LOR until I meet all enlistment requirements. So still have to work on getting that LOR eventually. All in all, staying positive and working on what I can work on to get the process moving forward. I just wish I could be more pro active on more of the packet while waiting on the weight drop.
  9. Thank you for your suggestions, information, and opinions. Hey Lindsey, thanks for steering me in the direction of this site. I have started working on the SF-86 form today. Man that form is long lol. I know my PT is pretty weak at the moment. I am working hard to try and get to where I need to be physically. My goal is to make the Jan 2013 Board. Not sure on how realistic that expectation is, but that is what I am shooting for. I have a few individuals lined up for the LOR's. The one thing that I am unsure of is how to go through the proper channels to set up an interview with a Senior Warrant Officer or a CO that is a CPT or higher. I will probably get started on the essay this weekend as well. For the resume portion of the packet, do you put it together just like you would for a regular civilian job or is there a different format it should be in? I am also in the process of finding and piecing together all the forms that are needed for the WOFT packet. The recruiter station that is in my area has been reluctant to lend a hand, so I'm stepping up and getting as much of it done on my own as I can. They seem to want me to enlist as an MP, because of my degree more, than anything else. I've gotten next to no info about OCS (Hate that I am to old to go this route lol) or WOFT from the recruiting station, probably because they are unfamiliar with the process. Thanks for the welcomes to the site. Glad to be here and expand my knowledge on the WOFT process. I have learned a great deal in the last week thanks to everyone on this site and others sites that I have been browsing through. Jay
  10. I used this template from the ArmyOCS website. I thought it was a pretty good template to use when making an intro and providing enough information about myself so that others could answer any questions I may have based on what I have provided below. 1) Username – Jay1829 2) Hometown – Momence, IL 3) Military Experience - None 4) Age - 29 5) School – Liberty University 6) Major – Criminal Justice 7) Minor – Business Administration 8) Progress Towards Graduation – Graduated May of 2012 9) GPA – 3.6 10) Sports – Tennis, Volleyball, Occasional Backyard Football 11) Activities – Walking/Running local park trails, Bicycling, and Tennis when I can get someone to play against. 12) APFT – 13) Why I Want to be a Army Officer – I want to be a part of something larger than myself. I do not have the desire to work at a typical 9 to 5 job. I enjoy challenges and in my opinion, being an Army Officer is a position that would meet all of the expectations that I look for in a career. I want a career that is honorable and I want to make my family, friends and country proud. My main goal is to leave my mark on future generations. 14) Possible Branch Interest (i.e. Infantry, Aviation, Signal Corps) – Aviation 15) Current Progress Towards Application – In the process of finding out more information about WOFT before I see a recruiter. 16) Component Applying For (Regular Army, Army Reserve, National Guard) – Regular Army WOFT Program 17) Additional Comments – Other background information that might or might not be of value for selection as an Army Officer: 1. I have been an Auxiliary Police Officer for Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department from 2005-2008. After making the choice to attend college full time along with a full time work schedule, I was no longer able to volunteer adequate amounts of time for the department. I was asked, under good terms, if I would resign in order to make room on the full roster for new recruits who held an interest to get a fill for police work. 2. I held a senior position for a previous job where I was entrusted with the responsibility of training new employees. I was also giving the responsibility to preform closing duties when regular scheduled managers were not able to come in that day or were on vacation 3. I have had the opportunity to be a game time leader for kids in our local church AWANA group 4. I was the captain of a paintball team that I organized during and for a few years after high school. 5. I am a member of TAU SIGMA National Honors Society for my freshmen year and a member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society for my senior year. I was on the Dean's List three out of the 4 semesters I attended Liberty University and graduated Cum Laude. With all of the information that I could think of on the table, I wanted to know what my chances would be for getting selected, what I need to work on, and what types of information I might need to know about WOFT. I am currently 6lbs over the weight limit, but losing that shouldn’t be a problem. I have started running more and I can do 35 pushups in a minute and 31 set ups in a minute. I have not timed my run yet though. What I have learned so far from everyone's postings that I have had the opportunity to read through is that finding a recruiter to work with you can be extremely difficult. You basically have take care of the packet on your own and I'm looking to start that process as soon as possible. Thank you for your time and information, Jay1829
  11. I used this template from the ArmyOCS website. I thought it was a pretty good template to use when making an intro and providing enough information about myself so that others could answer any questions I may have based on what I have provided below. 1) Username – Jay1829 2) Hometown – Momence, IL 3) Military Experience - None 4) Age - 29 5) School – Liberty University 6) Major – Criminal Justice 7) Minor – Business Administration 8) Progress Towards Graduation – Graduated May of 2012 9) GPA – 3.6 10) Sports – Tennis, Volleyball, Occasional Backyard Football 11) Activities – Walking/Running local park trails, Bicycling, and Tennis when I can get someone to play against. 12) APFT – 13) Why I Want to be a Army Officer – I want to be a part of something larger than myself. I do not have the desire to work at a typical 9 to 5 job. I enjoy challenges and in my opinion, being an Army Officer is a position that would meet all of the expectations that I look for in a career. I want a career that is honorable and I want to make my family, friends and country proud. My main goal is to leave my mark on future generations. 14) Possible Branch Interest (i.e. Infantry, Aviation, Signal Corps) – Aviation 15) Current Progress Towards Application – In the process of finding out more information about WOFT before I see a recruiter. 16) Component Applying For (Regular Army, Army Reserve, National Guard) – Regular Army WOFT Program 17) Additional Comments – Other background information that might or might not be of value for selection as an Army Officer: 1. I have been an Auxiliary Police Officer for Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department from 2005-2008. After making the choice to attend college full time along with a full time work schedule, I was no longer able to volunteer adequate amounts of time for the department. I was asked, under good terms, if I would resign in order to make room on the full roster for new recruits who held an interest to get a fill for police work. 2. I held a senior position for a previous job where I was entrusted with the responsibility of training new employees. I was also giving the responsibility to preform closing duties when regular scheduled managers were not able to come in that day or were on vacation 3. I have had the opportunity to be a game time leader for kids in our local church AWANA group 4. I was the captain of a paintball team that I organized during and for a few years after high school. 5. I am a member of TAU SIGMA National Honors Society for my freshmen year and a member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society for my senior year. I was on the Dean's List three out of the 4 semesters I attended Liberty University and graduated Cum Laude. With all of the information that I could think of on the table, I wanted to know what my chances would be for getting selected, what I need to work on, and what types of information I might need to know about WOFT. I am currently 6lbs over the weight limit, but losing that shouldn’t be a problem. I have started running more and I can do 35 pushups in a minute and 31 set ups in a minute. I have not timed my run yet though. What I have learned so far from everyone's postings that I have had the opportunity to read through is that finding a recruiter to work with you can be extremely difficult. You basically have take care of the packet on your own and I'm looking to start that process as soon as possible. Thank you for your time and information, Jay1829
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