I have been searching numerous threads looking for someone that may be able to answer a question I have, and I think you may that person! After reading your thread, I would like to know from an OSO perspective what my history would look like to you in an interview.
Law School: Nova Southeastern University (Graduated in ’10)
1) Founding member of my school’s Toastmasters club (Nova chapter)
2) Was selected for and spoke on behalf of Georgia State University Law (where I was a transient student my 3L year) on firearms and toolmark evidence at the annual forensic conference in Dalian, China
3) As a teacher’s assistant as a 3L I contributed to a book on “legal knowledge for college students” written by my advanced criminal trial advocacy professor
1) Paralegal at a securities fraud/consumer protection law firm (2 years)
2) Clinic at State Prosecutor’s Office (tried misdemeanor cases as lead counsel) my 1st semester of 3L year. Best experience of my life! God bless the Third Year Practice Act.
1) I am a big brother (in Big Brothers-Big Sisters) of a 15 year old named Bailey and have been a big part of his life for the past year and a half.
2) I am the founder of a non-profit (M.A.T.U.R.E=Martial Arts Training and Understanding while Returning to Education) established to help troubled youth turn their lives around.
3) I volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem with the Truancy Intervention Program in Atlanta, Georgia
Family: Wife, no children
Coming out of law school I was hired as a Criminal Justice instructor and program director at college in Norcross, GA. After a year, I was hired by another small college as the Director of Education. I am currently working in that position, leading two program directors and 17 instructors. The pay in my current job is great, and I would be taking a pay cut to join JAG, but I could not think of anything that I want more than to be a JAG in the USMC. I love the USMC’s physical, moral and intellectual demands and more importantly I want to serve my country. I have had a good time as an instructor but I see an incredible future in the JAG program. I would like to one day prosecute federally and believe that the USMC’s JAG can provide me that opportunity in the future. I am not looking for a four year stint but instead a 20+ year career.
1) Moral – I arrested and plead guilty to a DUI when I was 19 years old. I was also arrested but had the charges dropped for a drug charge when I was 15. The DUI was completely my fault and something I have spent my entire life trying to make up for. I hope that others can see as clearly as I can how it has shaped my life for the better and made me the man I am today.
2) Academic – I dropped out of high school, got my GED, went to community college, then a four year university, and then finally law school. I never took the SAT, so I assume that means I must take the ASVAB. I scored a 152 on the LSAT, my GPA in law school was a 2.7, and I will be taking the bar exam in July.
3) Physical – I can complete each of the physical requirements you listed at a 300 score level. I am a competitive Mixed Martial Artist so my training regimen is quite rigorous (especially come fight camp).
4) Medical – I am 29, so this may be a problem. Also, I had my ACL repaired when I was 20, a sacroiliac joint fixation to decrease hyper mobility, and my shoulder labrum tissue cleaned out and reattached where there was a minor tear last year. This does not hinder me physically from training or competing. Will the OSO and accession board take this into consideration?
Sorry to be so long winded, but I want to put it all on the table and appreciate you weighing in.
So when we look at a candidate, we try to look at "Red weights" (Bad) and "Green weights" (Good)... so with you
DUI (Big problem but not insurmountable by itself)
Drug charge (not a huge deal in of itself, but coupled with the DUI it becomes worse, the good thing is that you were so young, likely it will be
Age (another big problem but somewhat offset by your PFT if, in fact, you can run a 300).
Shoulder Injury (maybe the biggest problem, the Marine Corps has a huge problem with shoulder injuries. assuming the other issues are waived you would need to be flown out to Quantico in order to have your shoulder evaluated by their physical therapist.
PFT (if you actually can do a 300. Im not saying you are a lier, but I've learned in this job that many people are just not cognizant of what it takes to perform a 300 until they actually do one)
Extensive volunteering (highly regarded on the selection boards.
All of this being said, it will be very difficult for you to convince an OSO to work your package. If you do get your OSO on board, your chances of waiver approval are slim, and your chances of selection to attend OCS are slim to none.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the military is getting smaller and it is becoming more and more difficult to get in.