This. The FAA maintained all along that hiring from the general public was a method of hiring. It was on their frequently asked questions page.The Federal gov never said there were only two paths. CTI school admin might have fed you that line, but in reality there has been the OTS path for over 40 years. It was unfortunate that you were mislead by the CTI school as you could have followed the military ATC path and actually be doing the job.