Candidates, there is no sure thing when it comes to applications and the boards right now. We have heard of good candidates with 300 PFTs not getting selected. Work as hard as you can to have an airtight application, and do not hesitate to APPLY EARLY AND OFTEN. One current Second Lieutenant applied several times over a time period of about a year before being selected.
Do not pass up an opportunity for leadership, for a favorable recommendation, do not skip a workout. You are competing against very motivated, qualified young men and women for a shrinking pool of spots.
A recent comment from a male applicant for a ground contract sparked this update. Read below
From the candidate:
I just wanted to let everyone here know that getting accepted is extremely hard right now. My application just went to the board for an October OCS date and I wasnt accepted. I had a 298 PFT, GPA was 3.14 from a highly competetive University, I was a division 1 football player, and I had recommendations from former military officers. The only things that I can think of that deterred my acceptance was a tattoo waiver and my OSO said average SAT scores accepted were 1220 and mine were 1120. I guess I’ll just have to wait another year to apply.
However, my point is this, DO EVERYTHING. If you are still in school then you should take up as many leadership roles as you possibly can. Do everything and anything you believe will make your app jump out to the board. It’s hard to get in, nevermind get commissioned. [minor edits for grammar]
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