FrogLaw wrote:For those that got PRed, did y'all just get a congratulatory phone call, or did you get a more substantive one (instructions about meeting a recruiter, etc) as well? I was told to expect a second phone call but never got one. Maybe its coming Monday?
So I wanted to write a follow up post, now that the celebration and shock has settled a bit after these spring board results.
First, I would like to echo the other posters congratulations to those that got professionally recommended. And to those who did not get it this time, I'm sure you will next time! And if not, apply again! If this is what you really want it, it will
happen sooner or later.
Someone PM'd me asking to share some insight on the interviewing process, and if I had any suggestions. They also asked me to keep the forum updated throughout the medical clearing process and beyond. I thought for posterity purposes it would be best to post it on the open forum so everyone would have the benefit of being a part of the conversation, and have a chance to chime in as well. I have received a lot from this forum and I'd really like to give back and pay it forward.
Moreover, I think it would be a good idea for everyone who got PR'd this board (and last Fall 2014) to post a snap shot of their stats. I believe this will serve two valuable purposes, (1) give the people not PR'd on this board an idea of where exactly they fell in regard to competition, and how they can improve for next board. (2) And provide future board applicants the ability to look back through the forum posts and see how the makeup of this board was so they may analyze their own chances for a PR.
In regard to the Navy interview process, I can't really provide much insight or advice. The questions are designed to get your off the cuff responses, there is no real meaningful way to prepare for it. These questions are (I felt at least) designed to determine how good of a leader you are, if you'd make a good naval officer, if you're going to be a strong attorney, and if you can handle the military lifestyle.
Although the Navy wants these questions to be objectively based and graded, I still feel as though there is a strong subjective element involved. How your interviewers interpret your rambling answer is certainly subjective, and whether or not they like (or respect) you is bound to play a part in how they grade your answers. So respect them and carry yourself well and you'll likely get a warm and respectful response in return.
In regard to your answers, take your time and think about the question and answer. I don't believe you are penalized for how long you take and it is best to jot down notes and outline your answer before you respond. Your interviewers are not going to respond whatsoever to your answer, they will simply take notes. They will let you answer for as long as you want and then move on to the next question. Simply be respectful, articulate, concise if possible, and think carefully about your answers, and you'll likely receive a good result.
One more quick word about respect. The military holds respect in a very high regard; your interviewers are naval officers. They are not your peers, they are your superiors. So "yeah" or "man" or "dude" isn't appropriate. Although they are likely not to call you on it because you are a civilian, they will surely take note of it. You're trying to be a naval officer, and being an officer in the U.S. Military is a HUGE responsibility. You have a lot of men who will be looking to you for your leadership. They will try to emulate your example, so you need to set a good one. You need to be locked and cocked and show your interviewers you can handle the extraordinary privilege of being a military officer. Furthermore, the correct response to a male officer is “sir,” and if you have a female officer interviewing you it will be “ma’am.” This is just a word to the wise and you’re free to do what you like, the prior service guys here are obviously already aware of these common military courtesies. Although your interviewers may seem relaxed and friendly, do not forget what they are, and where you are. The military is a serious organization, so take it seriously. In short, demonstrate and maintain discipline.
Board PR’d for: Spring 2015 Navy SP Board
2L at a T25 (Transfer from low T2)
Top 25% at T2; fell to top 50% when I transferred to the T25
Undergrad GPA: 3.9 LSAT: 155
LOR’s: one law school professor from transfer school, one from prior supervisor at district attorney’s office from 1L summer, one from a prior enlisted military supervisor (E-6, SSgt), and one from prior military officer supervisor (0-3, Mustang Captain (prior E-7))
Softs: prior enlisted Marine Corps … active duty (2008-2012); strong interest both expressed and demonstrated in the military and public service.
Jags Applied to/ and why: This was my first Jag board I applied to for any branch; I didn’t apply 2L Fall to the Navy. I had a strong interest in the Navy because of its close relationship with the Marines; I wanted to stay in the family so to speak. I did not want to go back into the Marines because of how poorly they treat their people, and because of their small size promotion and retention was a very valid concern of mine. I want to do the full 20 years, so I had some long term considerations when picking which Jag Corps I wanted to try for. For me, it was either the Navy or the Army, but I just happened to get the Navy before I could apply to the Army. I am very happy I got the Navy, and will never have to apply to the Army. Not because I don’t like the Army. But because I know a lot more about the Navy because of my affiliation with the Marines, and I really want to still be involved with my fellow Marines in some capacity.
In regard to the application process . . . so far I have received one congratulatory phone call from the Navy accessions detailer. From my understanding we will be receiving an email next week regarding what to expect next. We should get contact from a recruiter in our region, and begin security clearance paperwork and begin working on getting medically cleared. I will continue to check in periodically throughout the process.