EastCoaster wrote:Hey all, quick question that I hope someone here can help me with: If I went to Marine OCS - PLC Juniors (the first half) during undergrad, but did not commission, then is it true that I should answer "no" when asked if I have ever served in the armed forces?
I realize that the contract simply called for a commitment only during the Summer training, but I am curious to clear this up and make sure that I am correct - as I am in the process of filling out the 'dreaded' bar exam application and I don't want to contradict myself by stating "no, I have never served" and then listing it as summer employment within the last five years in another section!
Thank you for your assistance and best of luck.
For everything like that on my bar application, I answered as thoroughly as possible. While the military may not consider that as military service, I wouldn't want to leave it to the bar examiners to conclude that my work didn't technically equate to service in the armed forces. Thus, I would check yes/no depending on whatever official answer you received on that matter (if possible) and would write an explanation about my response to ensure (or at least try to ensure) that the bar examiners won't get the wrong idea. Some bar examiners are pickier about these things than others, but I would try to eliminate any prodding from their end and give them too much information rather than not enough. Additionally, giving explanation now rather than later helps with the appearance you're presenting since unprompted explanations don't look as defensive as explanations to requests for further information.