Hello, I had a question on OCS GPA minimum requirement. I am currently set to graduate soon but have only a 2.8 gpa. I was hoping to make this up by having high-up management work experience and volunteer leadership experience. Someone just informed me though that the GPA minimum requirement for Air Force alone is 3.0 to apply to OCS. Just wanted to clarify this, thanks!
Last I knew, 3.0 was the minimum requirement for non-rated (non-flying position) boards. Rated (pilot, RPA pilot, combat systems officers, and air battle managers) positions require at least a 2.5 GPA.
The GPA is waiverable, but it requires a composite score of at least 150 on the AFOQT in the verbal, academic aptitude, and quanitative sections on the test. Waivers exist, yes, but they are EXTREMELY limited these days. There are just too many applicants that don't require them. Any waiver in today's environment has to be offset by something extraordinary in the rest of the application package.
Register over at AirForceOTS (dot) com for the best information.
They just released the statistics from the last OTS (not called "OCS" in the USAF)selection board in the Air Force. 5% of qualified applicants were accepted, 95% were rejected. Many with 4.0s didn't even get accepted to OTS.
With a GPA waiver, you don't stand a shot. Our officer recruiter would not even talk to you with under a 3.0 unless you were going for a rated slot.
Feel free to talk to an enlisted recruiter. The amount of enlisted with degrees is quickly growing!!!This message has been edited. Last edited by: USAFchic,
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I know, I had a few guys I was working with that were going OTS...denied!
GPA doesn't tell the whole story. What about AFOQT score...with particular attention to the Pilot/Nav portions. Also, WRT to college...what was the degree in? 4.0 in Criminal Justice is interesting but not terribly relevant. A 2.9 in Astro Engineering...lots of folks might want to talk to the guy/gal.
Bottomline, while the OTS board is tough, it looks at a lot of data points.
Yes, I understand that. But I'm telling you, we have two officer recruiters in the state I am in, and they WILL NOT talk to ANYONE with under a 3.0. That is a fact. If you have a 2.9 in some crazy astrophysics stuff, there is more than likely someone with over a 3.0 in the same field in that 95% that were turned down. Fact, under a 3.0, the officer recruiter where I am at will not even take your application, period. There may be officer recruiters in the country that will, but good luck finding them, and making it into the 5% that get picked up.
I know someone with a 4.0 in Aerospace engineering, good AFOQT scores, and letters from Senators and Congressmen who put in an application and was turned down. Now he is an E-3 in technical school. They do look at the whole package, and I think his work and community service history was light, but there are plenty out there with the whole package.
I'm not saying don't try to find a recruiter who will take the application, I just don't want anyone to get their hopes up with that high of rejection rates.
The Air Force is going to look at a great guy with a great package and a low GPA as someone who is not committed and not willing to work at full potential. It's sort of like, if you are so awesome, and can score so high on the AFOQT, then why did you let your GPA slip so low? Why didn't you have excellence in all you do? Apply yourself in all areas? Most of the schools in the Air Force have a minimum passing score of 70%, so anything under a 3.0 means grades in the 70s, and it means below average academic performance or application of one's potential, so why risk that you might fail our courses. Also, our courses are 40+ hours a week, in class, plus homework. No one goes to college 40 hours a week... you have more downtime in college then you would in our training programs, more time to study, more time to write your papers, and still couldn't pull off a 3.0? We don't want to risk you failing our rigorous training programs.
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It's funny when someone comes along thinks that's all there is to it especially when it comes to commissioning programs.
And the REAL BOTTOMLINE is the military, let alone the Air Force is NOT short on officers nor OTS/OCS applicants.
There's always someone out there that's better than you and all you can do is hope they select you first before they see their (OTS/OCS) package.
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