ASTB Success!

To get into OCS with a flight contract, one must pass a written/computerized test battery and then take an additional physical in Pensacola, FL.  Last week I took my Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB) and passed with a perfect score!  Some of the recruiters had never seen a perfect score before, so I was thrilled as I had to study in between my final round of college finals ever.  The study guide was very helpful, so if you are thinking of going pilot, that is your ticket in based on my personal experience.

Now in June to complete my application I am going to be flown down to Pensacola for a few days of physicals, and I’ll let you know what that entails!

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The Latest Word on Minimum PFT Scores

  • Hi all, if you’re in the process of applying to OCS now with a PFT score between 225 and 275, I wouldn’t feel totally confident that my score is above the minimum if I were you!  With the economy the way it is, there have been an unusually high number of applicants, especially college grads.  Since the Corps can’t accept everyone, some applicants with passing scores have been rejected, or bumped for consideration in the next pool.  
  • My OSO has heard in the last week that a “probable” score to get in has dropped from 285 to 275 recently.  
  • In other news, officer selection officers have been instructed that air contracts are preferred.  
  • Last tip of the day: you might not hear if you get accepted to OCS until even the month before you would have to deploy!  So hang in there, get that PFT score up, don’t count on OCS class you pick!
  • Just some good tips you all might be able to use. 

 

My PFT Score Is Too Low??

My PFT Score Is Too Low??

Medical Examination, Check

Yesterday I woke at 0400 (courtesy of 5 alarms) and drove down to Pittsburgh’s Federal Building for morning-long physical exams.  With about 35 other young prospects for all branches, I got my blood drawn, took eye tests, hearing tests, a really fun urine test where they watched me and 3 other guys pee into our cups at the same time to ensure no cheating, and got a comprehensive sports-type physical from a doctor.  We had to do some weird things like demonstrate we could walk around squatting like a baseball catcher.  Most of the morning (this ended about 11am) was waiting, filling out paperwork, or getting awkward and/or invasive testing and probing.  Most of the waiting itself was with a bunch of other males in our underwear in a big cold air-conditioned room.  Of course we were all starving from not eating all morning, too.
The Vitruvian Man represents a physical.

But could I complain?  Heck no.  First off, I passed everything in my physical with flying colors.  Even remember some of my numbers:
eyes: 20/16rt, 20/25lft
pulse: 61
blood pressure: 105/56

Secondly, I was finally doing something official in my journey to becoming a Marine Officer.  I was surrounded by other military-minded young men.  The group of us talked quite a bit; the excitement level was clearly high, as many of them were swearing-in in a ceremony that afternoon.  Everyone was manly like me, patriotic like me, and eager for challenge, violence, and duty.  Talk about a thrill to be with young men of my own quality!  College can never be strictly lonely with all my friends here; but sometimes, all the nerds, selfish, apathetic people, and effeminate males make me frustrated.  Most guys here either seem to be getting fat living in front of a screen; or are pathetic in their own insecurity about their stunted, confusing (to them) masculinity; or only live for a never-ending chain of one narcissistic pleasure after another.  Sad.  And unlike me.  Being in the band of brothers will be glorious.

Lastly, I couldn’t complain because out of all the kids there I was one of only a few Marine candidates; and out of all the kids, I was the only officer candidate.  I don’t know how, but just being an officer candidate made me proud in that sea of new enlistees.  Being an officer and a leader is a very exciting goal and I am proud of it, and it’s that simple I suppose.

I realize I veered a little off my goal of strictly providing other officer candidates a roadmap, but hopefully my enthusiasm isn’t useless either.  

Here is a link to a much more complete run-down of the medical examination (physical) process.  Enjoy.

 

Beginning my search online

First off, I will shamelessly link to some more comprehensive sites where a Marine hopeful can find a wealth of generic information.  Obviously I hope my story will inform well, but I don’t intend to clearly spell out each and every step it takes.  That stuff is available elsewhere, and it’s not personal but it is boring.  

A great site to begin one’s search is http://wpamarineofficer.com/, which is the website of the recruiter I’ve been working with, Major Wolf.

He is out of the OSS (Officer Selection Service) of Pittsburgh.  For each state or geographic area (portion of a state) there is a USMC OSS to recruit specifically for officers.

I’m copying straight from his site some portions that apply to my plan:

 

Officers Candidate Course

Officer Candidate Class (OCC) is designed specifically for college seniors and graduates with ambitions to become a Marine Corps officer. Candidates in this program attend a ten-week course at Officer Candidates School (OCS) in Quantico, Virginia. Those who graduate from OCS are offered a commission as a Marine officer, and those who accept are immediately assigned to active service and begin attending The Basic School.

 

Pay and Benefits

Candidate Status:

  • Approximately $ 4,530.00 for ten week course
  • Best summer leadership internship in existence.
  • No obligation to serve in the military after training. You decide.

Marine Officer Status:

  • Your salary as a Second Lieutenant will exceed $ 43,000.00 per year with pay increases annually.
    If you start PLC as a freshman your annual salary will be over $49,000 annualy
  • Full medical and dental coverage for you and your family
  • 30 days’ paid vacation annually
  • 100% Tuition paid for any further education you take on active duty
  • Post-graduate educational opportunities
  • Retirement after 20 years of active service
  • Adventure and daily professional challenge
  • Transferable and marketable skills. Inc. Magazine has described Marine Corps officer training as
    “the best management training in the world.”
  • Unmatched camaraderie, pride, and esprit de corps