The USAA Career Starter Loan offers newly commissioned officers an opportunity to borrow up to $25,000 to start their career. This includes students in the ROTC program, those attending a military academy, and newly commissioned officers coming out of Officer Candidates School (or the equivalent in other services).
You can take the loan out up to a year before you commission, or a year after. In order to take it out before commissioning you’ll have to get your command at the academy, or ROTC, to sign some forms to show USAA they have counseled you.
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The Marine Corps will be drastically changing it’s scoring for the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and Combat Fitness Test. Changes to the Body Composition Program (BCP) will also give fitter Marines a chance to bulk up without worrying about making height/weight or taping out. As you will see, these changes as a whole will challenge Marines to meet higher standards in order to receive higher scores on the PFT and CFT.
As MARADMIN 022/16 states these changes will “allow for greater distinction between Marines of different fitness levels and age groups.” If you look at the newest score charts that I’ve provided links for below, the Marine Corps is not joking around about this one. There are significant variances in how events are scored for different age groups. Currently, scoring is the same no matter what your age group. Classification of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd was dependent on age. Now scoring is also dependent on age group. There was no mention of changing the classification table, so we can assume for now that it is unchanged.
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