Alright, so I am currently a rising senior in college and just finished applying for PLC with the Marine Corps. According to my OSO, only 6 out of 35 candidates were selected at the board my application went to, and I was not one of them. My PFT is about 280, which I can probably get up even higher. My overall GPA currently is 2.5, due to a calculus class and analytical chemistry class I failed. My major GPA is about a 3.1. The school I go to is pretty challenging academically (UNC-Chapel Hill). Anyway, from what I've been hearing it seems that my GPA is too low for me to get into Marine or Army Officer programs. I trying to explore other options, and could really use some ideas. My goal is to become an infantry officer. I have thought about enlisting and trying to become an officer through MECEP or a similar program. Also, maybe getting into a graduate school and doing ROTC/reapplying for OCS would be another option. However I am not sure how competitive either of those two options would be. I could really use some ideas and help. Thanks!
No military officer program is going to be impressed by a 2.5 gpa. A few years ago, when the economy was booming, the military was trying to grow, and the deployments were frequent, the services were forced to lower their standards. That doesn't apply any more, and standards are probably about as high as they have ever been.
ROTC has tightened up a lot recently as well. The expectations are that the military will be shrinking significantly over the next couple of years. You could enlist (coming in as E4 with a degree), with the plan of building a good record as an NCO to partly overcome the gpa, and hoping that OCS slots become more available in 3-4 years if the drawdown is complete by then.
I know this isn't what you want, but the last Air Force officer board for rated positions (flying jobs) had a 70% selection rate. You only need a 2.5GPA to apply.
You can apply for:
Air Battle Manager
Combat Systems Officer
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