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Subject:  Re: What is a FIRE Wannabee? Date:  8/7/2003  10:43 AM
Author:  mazske Number:  140 of 5068

alright dad you would be proud. I said earlier on the REHP that I was thinking about the STA-21 program. For you non-miltary types that is an enlisted to officer program. My major hang up is my Boss. He is an idiot. he is the senior officer in our department(reactor) and he is a heart attack man.

Allright Nick. I may be older than you, but I think it's more like a big brother age difference, not father and son. <grin>

I vote to go for an Officer program. When I reported to my first duty station in Panama after my electronic schools, the Master Chief pushed me to put in for the BOOST program. That was/maybe still is an enlisted to Officer program for young folks. I turned him down on applying.

When I received my Bachelor degree at my next command, my CO called me into her office and encouraged me to apply for OCS. I didn't.

When I reported to my next command, the CO eventually called me into his office after hearing about me and tryed to get me to apply for OCS. I didn't.

I was and still am hard headed. Initially, I didn't have enough gump to really want to be an Officer. Then, it was more like I'm getting out of the Navy no matter what.

So, I became a civilian, but since I didn't want to throw away 9 1/2 years of active duty I kept my Navy ties by going into the Reserves.

Still, I thought about becoming an Officer. I was told that to apply for OCS with the Reserves, I almost had to have a Masters degree. I was told by an Officer Recruiter for active duty that he thought I had a great chance of getting accepted for OCS for active duty.

I tested on 9/12/01. Yep, the day after 9/11. I think that would have helped my chances as the place where I tested was closed, but since I had driven several hours to get there, they gave me the test and I scored well on it.

I thought long and hard about applying for OCS after hearing my score. The recruiter pretty much, but not completely, guaranteed that I could get accepted.

My love for the area I'm in plus the love for my kids caused me to not finish the application process. There are pros and cons to everything, and for me personally I felt and still believe that it was best for me to become a civilian. This is almost 100% due to the fact that I have kids.

Now, on the other hand, both of my sons know about the Navy, the Naval Academy, NROTC and OCS. I'll let you know in the years to come what happens with this.

Bottom line, Nick. If you are eligible to apply for an Officer program, you would be foolish not to. You can still do your time, even if it's 6 more years, and get out. But, why do like me and get out as an E-6, when you could get out as an O-3? Plus, I will retire from the Reserves as an E-7, but if I could have made O-3 on active, gotten out and let's say made O-5 in the Reserves, I would have a much nice pension.

Nick, stay Navy and go Officer. Bad bosses are everywhere. Don't let them defeat you, but go for the gold and become a good boss yourself. In the meantime, keep planning to FIRE and leave the workforce at a fairly young age.
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