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#1418 - 06/24/15 01:20 AM Advice for hopeful CRO, STO, or ALO  
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Hello to all,

First, I would like to state that I am a recent college graduate with the goal of becoming a CRO, STO, or ALO. As to which I prefer, I don't believe it'll have any relevance to my questions (but please inform me if it does!). I also understand that you don't necessarily "pick" what you want.

Second, I understand that there is no path to becoming any of these straight off the street, so my questions are as follow: what is my best choice to make my phase 1 application more competitive? Should I apply for OTS and work towards being selected that way, or should I enlist and begin the PJ, CCT, or TACP pipeline? Would an enlisted (E3 if that matters) have to attend OTS to become CRO, STO, or ALO? Would the phase 1 application look better while in the enlisted counterpart pipeline, or should I save myself some time and apply for OTS and go from there? If able to apply for the "officer counterpart" while in the enlisted pipeline, would any of the schools have to be repeated? I simply want to have the best phase 1 package possible, even if it means spending extra time to do so. The way I see it, I'll have 20 years to become what I want to be.

Thank you, and this forum has helped tremendously!

#1419 - 06/24/15 10:37 AM Re: Advice for hopeful CRO, STO, or ALO [Re: ENETT]  
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Read the each of the separate ALO, CRO, and STO application information packages. Most of your questions are answered there a few are not.

Other than a battlefield commission (extremely unlikely these days) an enlisted service member cannot obtain a military commission without getting accepted into and completing a Basic Officer Training course. OTS is the most common route.

Awareness must be obtained that being enlisted in any AFSC brings no assurances of being accepted into a Basic Officer Training program. Further no assurances can be given that if individual in an enlisted BA AFSC gets into and completes Basic Officer Training program that this will result in an entry classification into te ALO, CRO. STO AFSCs.

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