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Possible DUI conviction impact on joining Army OCS

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Whereas this person wants to get into “Officer Candidate School” (OCS) in the Army, part of the difficulty is the limited number of openings that the Army, or other arms of the service, may have open for any one particular year.  Apparently, the “driving under the influence” (DUI) arrest happened in the same year as this person wants to join the Army OCS.  Oddly enough, the limited numbers or closing of applications and waivers for OCS might actually work to the advantage of the person inquiring.  For one thing, it would allow this person the time to ask his questions to an Army recruiter, or someone that this person knows who may already be in the Army, maybe even in the OCS.  The DUI, if it goes to a conviction, is its own problem.  While currently under some type of personal recognizance while awaiting a hearing or trial, the outcome of the trial could prevent this person from even attending OCS if selected to OCS.  This person would do well to consider that situation and possibility a bit more diligently.  Imagine being selected to join the Army OCS, then, because of a civil conviction, possibly having to do jail time and having to push off OCS entrance or losing the slot because of being unable to attend.  That would be disastrous.  If there is a conviction, the Army OCS requires the filing of a “moral waiver request” along with the application.  Some people who were in the same situation stated that their attempts to join failed and that they took other options first, regular contract, college and ROTC, just waiting some years.  A few whose DUI convictions were some years (three, four or more) in the past stated that those convictions were not a problem and that they were able to get into OCS.  Some stated being pushed back because of GPAs of low threes (3.2 and the like).  Others had a “lack of leadership experience”.  But all were encouraged to enlist and go the two to three year route to develop a packet with a high-up recommendation for OCS.  This was close to the same in Navy OCS information reviewed.

Some recruiters provided some insight and a few even had reasonable suggestions.  The recruiters stated that with a DUI conviction in the same year, it was very unlikely that the applicant would be chosen.  Not impossible but “highly unlikely” (was how it was stated).   The suggestions were to join the regular Army not as an officer candidate, serve three years, keep a pristine service record, then, as a point of re-enlistment, get a very big boost by applying for OCS with a letter of recommendation (LOR) by the first colonel (O-6) in the chain of command.  The recruiters said that the LOR would be the key to open the OCS door. Also, the person would be three or four years down the road from the DUI conviction.  Some people responded that the recruiters were only trying to get a contract and that the person should apply now and again later if he fails this time.