texaslawyer wrote:The Lantern, disenrolling from ROTC might not hurt you as much as you might fear. I will give you this caveat about the Marine JAG program. Marine OCS is no joke. You better want it more than anything in the world. If you aren't committed to the last strand of your DNA you will be out of there so fast it will make you head spin ! I remember when I was in OCS, lo these many years ago our DI was a Recon Marine, the equivalent of a Navy SEAL. Bad ass Marine. He was 5'9", 190 lbs and hated aviation candidates with a passion. He wasn't wild about JAG candidates either. I learned very early on to comply with his every little request and I might be OK. There was a candiate from UC Berkeley who reported with shoulder length hair and a big flowing full beard. I thought this poor guy was toast. I thought he was going to shit a brick when they shaved his head and beard. Anyway, best Marine I ever saw, went Recon, top graduate in OCS and retired as a Major General. He wanted to be a Marine officer more than anything and he was cracker jack. The Marines will probably give you a shot, but be in the best physical shape of your life and develop a very tough skin. Remember the DI's duty is to break your ass and run you off. Don't let them win. It's a game, remember that and you'll do fine.
I was literally like a few weeks from going to OCS... I trained nearly every day for 3 years to do it. I know the 5 paragraph order, all the book knowledge, etc. At my physical peak (which I am not at currently), I would have no problem passing OCS, barring injury. My ROTC unit was not a cakewalk like many others are. I am prior enlisted with certificates of commendation, other awards, etc. I had mental health issues that led me to disenroll from ROTC. I loved being an active duty Marine but I hated doing ROTC, college (pre med at the time), and working part time (all when I was an immature 20-22 year old). I had Marine OCS drilled into my head nearly every day of my undergraduate education, so that is really the least of my worries. I guess the best thing I can do is keep myself in shape throughout law school. I hear a lot of people let themselves deteriorate physically because there is such a heavy workload and so much stress. Also, is there an age limit for JAGs? I will be 29 when I graduate law school.
Actually, I would love to go to Marine OCS and I would love the basic school even more. I'm anxious to call the VA tomorrow and see what they have to tell me about this yellow ribbon thing.
edit: UGH JAGs probably have to do 10 week OCS huh?