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DeGuire Cristian DeGuire Mr. Kovach English 101 3 August, 2016 Naval Officer A defender of our country and someone who serves a higher purpose. A person who makes the world a safer and better place for all. Someone who makes sacrifices for their country and puts their life on the line to do what is right. These are just some of the many qualities of a United States naval officer. Although these traits are required and needed in all future naval officers, not all people can bear and handle the stress and rigors of becoming an U.S. naval officer. In order to become a United States naval officer, there are several unique qualifications needed and many steps to land a career in the Navy. These requirements include either graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps ( NROTC ), Officer Candidate School (OCS), Direct Commissioning, or completing the Seaman to Admiral- 21 Program. Other criteria to pursue a career as an officer in the U.S. Navy is: having at least a bachelor’s degree, being a U.S. Citizen, not have reached one’s 27 th birthday by June 30 of the year of graduation, have a high school diploma and have no moral obligations or personal convictions that would prevent someone from bearing arms and defending the Constitution. An individual must also be of good moral character, be physically qualified, and meet the minimum scores on the SAT or ACT. One of the more popular paths to become a naval officer is through OCS. There are three different groups of people that attend OCS: Graduates from a traditional four-year college or 1
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DeGuire university, enlisted service members changing into officer roles, or direct commission officers with specialized skills or professional degrees. The goal of OCS is to prepare new recruits for the challenges of officer life, how to manage others, and the basic principles of military culture and law. The 12 week OCS course is built so that a person can have a working knowledge of the Navy and a preparation for the responsibilities of a Naval Officer. OCS is rigorous morally, mentally, and physically. Mental training involves memorization of military knowledge, academic courses, and military inspections. Physical training begins once a person arrives at OCS. PT consists of running programs along with calisthenics, and a swimming program. One must be committed to the goal of earning a commission as an Ensign in the Navy. For students who want to experience a military environment while attending a prestigious university and earning a great education, the five Service Academies are the optimal place to attend. The U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., all offer an outstanding education and full four-year scholarships. Tuition, books, board and medical and dental care are all fully paid for all four years. However, the competition to get in to these institutions is extremely competitive. In order to be qualified, one must have superior high school academic
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