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  • I really think it came down to timing. I hadn't finished my masters yet so I believe having one semester left after I would have to gone to FLETC kind of hurt me.

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    • Carbon, application manager doesn't tell you how many people applied; I remember the army portal used to, but they always seemed to hire someone they knew anyway. You have to assume that some people don't upload the documents correctly or do not meet qualifications before they apply.

      Duq, did you get an interview any of those times that you applied?

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      • Originally posted by ForzaMilan View Post
        Thanks for the info all. I was asking out of curiosity, because at the UMD event, there didn't seem to be many people at their booth. There was more interest at Sprint than OSI. Actually it took me two tries to find them

        I am also going to assume that not everyone that showed up will apply online to the vacancy, so that might bring the number down a bit.

        Duqjeep, care to share why you didn't think you made it last PAQ? Was it too many applicants? I was told that the DEV announcement from last year had a lot of prior 1811s applying, which of course means a lot of our entry level folks didn't get called for interview.
        When I interviewed for the DEV announcement, my interview group (about 18 people) was almost all non-1811's. I was the only former OSI military agent and everyone else was local LE, a couple lawyers and some with no military/law enforcement experience at all.

        They told us over 400 applied, but it was cut down by 150 right away because people didn't submit all of the right documents or something was filled out incorrectly. Just make sure if they ask you for something you fill it out correctly and review each document line by line. I'm sure there were plenty of qualified people who were cut, but failing to pay attention to detail on a single document cost them.

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        • I interviewed the first time for PAQ but not for DEV. I was selected for OTS but the 3 OSI Officer slots that were available on my board were taken by current Enlisted Agents.

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          • I just got back from the PAQ at George Mason. I finished sending off my application packet. For those who have been through this. What are some suggestions?

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            • Originally posted by k9james View Post
              I just got back from the PAQ at George Mason. I finished sending off my application packet. For those who have been through this. What are some suggestions?
              Once you send everything off forget you applied and go about your life. When I applied to the June announcement in 2011 I wasn't contacted until December/January timeframe to go for my interview. There was a hiring freeze during that time but the more you think about it the longer it will feel. Just check your e-mail as normal and if they need something respond right away.

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              • Were there any documents required to be brought by the attendee at the PAQ recruiting event?

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                • I just brought my resume for the afosi rep to look at.

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                  • For the PAQ applicants, I would take a look at the old job vacancy announcement from August on the OSI website. The position isn't relevant, but down on page 8 there is information about resume format, cover letter and things of that nature which are the same for all OSI applications. It might save you some time down the road if everything is already in that format.

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                    • Originally posted by Brasco View Post
                      For the PAQ applicants, I would take a look at the old job vacancy announcement from August on the OSI website. The position isn't relevant, but down on page 8 there is information about resume format, cover letter and things of that nature which are the same for all OSI applications. It might save you some time down the road if everything is already in that format.
                      Good suggestion.
                      Thanks

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                      • Anyone know where to find information about what privileges civilian agents and their families receive as civilians on base (CONUS)? Things such as school (if you do live on base), housing, shopping, services, ect... I've found that housing seems to be depending on the base.

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                        • Originally posted by Norda16 View Post
                          Anyone know where to find information about what privileges civilian agents and their families receive as civilians on base (CONUS)? Things such as school (if you do live on base), housing, shopping, services, ect... I've found that housing seems to be depending on the base.
                          As a civilian agent you would have access to the BX/Commissary, but I would never want to live on base or use the base medical facilities. As a civilian agent with your own medical plan, if you need a specialist, you just make an appointment and go. As a former military member, it took weeks to get an appointment for a specialist and I ended up in the hospital for two weeks because of it. As an 1811, I can call any doctor/specialist and just go. On base, you see your primary care doctor, then they have to refer you and it takes forever. You'll have your own health care plan different from the military members and can choose your own doctor in the city you live in.

                          In base housing you would be surrounded by military members 24/7. Most people prefer to live off base to get away from the military atmosphere. On base they have inspections and they'll write you up if your grass is too long. I've never lived on bases, I know some who enjoy it, but I would never recommend it to anyone.

                          Most of your questions though really depend on the base you're assigned to. Some have schools on base, some bases bus the kids to the nearest town. The same goes for the housing, you could be in a waiting list for months at some locations or the base could have something open.

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                          • Originally posted by Brasco View Post
                            As a civilian agent you would have access to the BX/Commissary, but I would never want to live on base or use the base medical facilities. As a civilian agent with your own medical plan, if you need a specialist, you just make an appointment and go. As a former military member, it took weeks to get an appointment for a specialist and I ended up in the hospital for two weeks because of it. As an 1811, I can call any doctor/specialist and just go. On base, you see your primary care doctor, then they have to refer you and it takes forever. You'll have your own health care plan different from the military members and can choose your own doctor in the city you live in.

                            In base housing you would be surrounded by military members 24/7. Most people prefer to live off base to get away from the military atmosphere. On base they have inspections and they'll write you up if your grass is too long. I've never lived on bases, I know some who enjoy it, but I would never recommend it to anyone.

                            Most of your questions though really depend on the base you're assigned to. Some have schools on base, some bases bus the kids to the nearest town. The same goes for the housing, you could be in a waiting list for months at some locations or the base could have something open.

                            Thanks Brasco for the info

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                            • Originally posted by AV8TOR View Post
                              Thanks Brasco for the info
                              Anytime, also, all base websites will have a "newcomers" section with tons of information on the base/local area to help you make the best decision for you and your family. Also, as soon as you know where you'll be assigned call the detachment, they'll set you up with a sponsor who can send you information and answer any question you have.

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                              • Thanks for the info.

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