Thanks for the info WeatherdoG, my main concern regarding reaching Cpl is the CEOTP, Commissioning from the Ranks and other NCM to Officer related programs offered by the forces. Since the VIE for MET TECH is 5 years, I'm hoping I would make Cpl no problem to take advantage of these programs. I'm also applying for NCI OP which has a VIE of 4 years, which might be tight to make LS, depending on obtaining my security clearance and course dates.
I am in the middle of completing my degree and want to gain some real-world experience, if I enjoyed my time in the Forces, I would 'Officer-Up' with my first choice being MARS Officer. This is why I would like to spend as much time as possible at sea or within a naval environment. I am working towards a B. Sc. degree which is most similar to MET TECH compared to all the other NCM trades which is why I am considering the trade, so that, if I decided at the end of the 5 years for my VIE as a MET TECH and that the Forces was not for me, I would have applicable work experience for my civilian career.
The main reason why I do not apply directly to MARS Officer is that I do not have any friends or family in the Forces so I can not get the candid discussion of whether or not it would be an ideal place for me to make a career. With a 8 year VIE for MARS, not including additional years for paid post-secondary education, it is too great of a time investment in a potential field that has minimal transferable skills to the civilian-world with my current educational background.
My only fear is that due to low numbers (assumption based on the "In-Demand" always seen on the Forces website) with MET TECHs I would not be able to apply to CEOTP and would have to quit and reapply through ROTP or DEO.