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!