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    I need advice.

    I'm a competitive candidate looking into the OCS. I graduated from a great university with a 4.0 GPA, and will be completing my master's next spring. I'm a woman, clean record, no drug use, am in great physical shape, and have a great resume and references for my age (23.) On the exterior, everything is rosy.

    My question is this: when I was 21 I had a brief experience with depression (six months) directly related to some stuff that was going on in my family. There was no forced/voluntary commission or suicide attempts or anything like that. Long story short, my father was abusive and very controlling. I went on medication, which helped, but what really helped was leaving my family and disassociating from that negative part of my life. I did end up staying on the medication until three months ago, or about a year, simply because I wanted to make sure I had a good support network when I came off of it. I went off it with my doctor's blessing. I'm fine, happy as hell, and proud of where I am now.

    I'm worried this might disqualify me next year (or possibly the year after next year) when I apply to OCS. I have to be honest-- that just the right thing to do. But the thought of having to turn over my "medical records" makes my toes curl. That was a really dark period of my life and I imagine I said some pretty childish things about my father/sad things about my situation. I'm not sure what "medical records," means, however-- are they the notes that were taken? That method of treatment/diagnosis? A summary of what happened?

    Any advice/thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Hi Cat,

    Firstly, congratulations on your degree and your great GPA score. I think its great you want to serve as an Officer of the United States Army and others can give more informed advise on your issue.

    My 2c on it is firstly, the competition for OCS is very high so be prepared to face into it when going down that route to be an Army Officer. On your medical query, that side of your selection is handled by the Doctors whom may not have a choice on a condition that was once (and could still be) handled by Army Regs assuming you were diagnosed with clinical depression and are 1 year free of any related medications. You will also need your therapy and doctors records when presenting to MEPs. It may make your toes curl, but you need to accept it for what it is and forget about perceived stigma associated with it for one good reason, its doest matter! Medical decisions are made on medical grounds only so standing on a balanced mindset will only increase your chances of a positive outcome. Whilst I cannot say OCS is a no go, I would pursue it noting the obstacle that could disqualify you possibly on medical grounds depending on the decision of the presiding Medical Officer at MEPS. The others will know more, but I think there is an appeals process to an unfavourable decision which takes a couple of months to process before the return to MEPS if that is the final decision given.

    Good luck to you Cat and keep us posted on your progress!!

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    This is what I answered you on another site -

    I can't give any hard advise because they keep changing the rules. It all depends on the needs of the Army. When there is a need for Officers the rules are loosened to a certain extent. What I can tell you is getting into OCS is very difficult. More so since the Army's drawdown & the war in Afghanistan winding down.

    The only person who can tell you for sure is an OCS Recruiter. Even then he might say one thing & a few weeks later the rules may change.

    From past history concerning recruiting of any kind the absolute worst time to try to get into the Army is about this time of year. Recruiters are overloaded with HS & college grads & they can afford to be very selective working with those prospects that have no issues & are easy contracts. The best time is between Thanksgiving & early in the new year. If any waivers are granted that would be the time. Those are only in effect for areas that can't meet their recruiting goals.

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    This cat posts the same questions on other forums too

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    Roger that Chief & Top!!. I guess that Cat is spreading hedging her bets at getting a bite!!.. lol...
    Tenants of Bushido;

    ‘We should never obsess about if we are going to die, but instead focus on how we live as those whom live an honorable life will always die a glorious death.’

    Rectitude (義): Courage (勇氣): Benevolence (仁): Respect (禮 ): Honesty (誠): Honour (名誉): Loyalty (忠義)

    ...ergo veneratio est vires.

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