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Non-Select

I got the bad news this morning.  I was sitting in my Computer Organization class and felt my phone ring, saw it was my recruiter and practically ran out of the classroom, hah.  Unfortunately it was for bad news, I am non-select for January IW boards.  The current plan is to get me some interviews with some higher ranking officers to get a few more competitive letters of recommendations.  Then my package will be resubmitted for consideration for hopefully February boards, or latest March boards.

In other working news, I’m getting a number of phone calls to set up interviews with a variety of companies for Spring and Summer CoOp.  Busy busy busy…

Comments

Dad

Jas,

I would really be surprised if any (or extremely few) applicant is selected the first time they apply. My guess is that they are going to see how committed applicants are to joining the Navy OCS program. I am confident that if you continue to choose this direction, and you keep pursuing it with committment and passion, you will be accepted.

Also remember that this is one of many roads that you will consider during your life’s journey. I often believe that God looks at how we handle the journey as much as where the journey takes us.

We love you.

Dad

Dave

Bob,

I stumbled on your blog. It was a great pleasure to read someone who writes with such authenticity.

I was curious to read if you are going to continue with your OCS plan or not, because you didn’t get IW. You could always do what they call “lateral transfer” after an initial stint of about 3-4 years in, and gain significant experience in the fleet that will only build you up; a signficant percentage of folks follow this route. In your current position, I think you are set up well and I definitely would not be discouraged! Best of luck, whatever you choose to do!

Dave

Michael

Jason,

I, too, stumbled upon your blog because I was looking for unrelated informaiton. First of all, rest assured that few, if any, applicants are selected the first time around. I empathize with how disheartening it is to hear the news because I heard it six times myself as I applied to my own accessions program over a period of about two years.

You seem to be on the right path because you are dedicated. Let me tell you how much the accessions boards appreciate dedication, hard work and perseverance. Your motivational statement is also key because it is your one and only chance (other than appraisals by senior officers, if applicable) to tell the board what you are about, what you have done (stress leadership) and what You can do for the Navy.

LCDR Mountel is my recruiter too, but he did not know it until after I was professionally recommended by the JAG accessions board. We literally had no communication until I was ready to get my SSBI underway and my physical done at the MEPS. For JAG applicants, they don’t waste a dime on the applicants until they have been professionally recommended, so you should be pleased with the fact that you already have the administrative part out of the way before you have even been selected. I have spent the last 4 1/2 months waiting for my commissioning papers to come through!

The bottom line is that it is really important to keep applying if this is what you really want to do. Keep a positive attitude because the board, your recruiter, your OPO processor and anyone else with whom you have contact will be able to hear the slightestbit of bitterness or fatigue.

I know this is unsolicited advice, but I have lots of experience in my own program and I thought you might like to know that there ARE people out there who fight for many months and even years to get what they want. Becoming a Navy JAG Corps officer is the highest goal I have ever set for myself. By the numbers, I never should have gotten my pro-rec, but the Navy recognized my practical abilities and they saw who I was and what I was about.

Don’t let this news get you down. Keep after the goal and you will be rewarded personally. No matter what, you will grow from the experience. I know I have.

Best of luck!

Christine

I just stumbled across your blog. Sorry about the non-select. I’m actually working on my own application for the Navy as we speak. I’m going NUPOC. Keep trying and don’t give up.

Maybe Navy Wife

So I’ve stumbled upon your blog and I’m desperate for some advice- hopefully you can help! My husband was accepted as a naval flight officer back in December and we have been working on everything else since. We have had minor set backs because of lost paperwork and technical issues but nothing due to his eligibility or qualifications. Most recently he has been told by his recruiter that they received a letter of non select for him because he took too long to respond. His recruiter told him he would appeal it since it is their fault. It’s been a week and we haven’t received a response back yet. I know we need to be patient but I’m starting to worry. Any advice or insight on the issue?

jasonapawlak

Maybe Navy,

Very sorry to hear, can be a very frustrating process because much of it is really out of your hands. Hopefully the recruiter will get it squared away.

If the worst happens and the non-select letter stays, don’t fear too much, can always apply again. He was picked up once so you’d think they’d be willing to pick him up again. Part of the resubmit package is a letter stating why you are resubmitting and what has changed since the non-select. Or at least it was part of it a few years back when I applied.

Just stay motivated, I know it’s tough but a few month hold up isn’t the worst when you really want the job and are planning for ‘years’ ahead.

Again, hoping the best for you both!

Jason

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