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    I am posting the latest MILPER message about the upcoming OCS board. This is just to show that how you can still get selected for OCS while you are already a soldier on active-duty.


    USAG Baden Wuerttemberg will be conducting an OCS local structured interview
    board for interested candidates on 8 December 2010. Attached is an OCS
    flyer, please disseminate to the lowest level possible.

    I added the MILPER Message pertaining to OCS eligibility for those who
    wanted to know.

    Milper Message Number
    10-164

    Proponent
    AHRC-OPD-A

    Title
    REGULAR ARMY OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL PROGRAM

    1. THIS MESSAGE RESCINDS MILPER MESSAGE 09-237. THIS MESSAGE EXPIRES 31
    DECEMBER 2011.

    2. REFERENCES:

    A. AR 350-51, OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL (OCS).
    B. AR 601-100, APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONED AND WARRANT OFFICERS IN THE
    REGULAR ARMY.
    C. AR 135-100, APPOINTMENT OF COMMISSIONED AND WARRANT OFFICERS OF THE ARMY
    D. AR 40-501, STANDARDS OF MEDICAL FITNESS [* RAR 001 2008/09/10].
    E. ASA M&RA DIRECTIVE MEMORANDUM SUBJECT: REQUIREMENT FOR OFFICER
    CANDIDATE SCHOOL (OCS) CANDIDATES TO POSSESS A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE TO
    ATTEND FEDERAL OCS, SEPTEMBER 2, 2009

    3. THIS MESSAGE PROVIDES INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARMY’S FEDERAL OFFICER
    CANDIDATE SCHOOL FOR REGULAR ARMY COMMISSIONS AND ACTIVE COMPONENT SOLDIER
    ELIGIBILITY, APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS, WAIVERS, SELECTION PROCEDURES, AND
    GENERAL INFORMATION FOR FY 11.

    4. THERE ARE SEVEN KEY CHANGES OR ITEMS OF INTEREST TO THE RA OCS PROGRAM
    ANNOUCED IN THIS MESSAGE. THEY ARE:

    A. APPLICANT’S STATEMENT "WHY I WANT TO BE AN ARMY OFFICER" MUST BE HAND
    WRITTEN AND WILL BE WRITTEN DURING THE LOCAL BOARD AS STATED IN AR 350-51.


    B. BRANCHING BY THE HQDA SELECTION BOARD IS SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY.
    SOLDIERS SELECTED FOR OCS WILL GO IN A TDY AND RETURN STATUS AND COMPETE FOR
    THEIR BRANCH WHILE ATTENDING OCS.

    C. RECRUITERS AND DRILL SERGEANTS/PLATOON SERGRANTS WHO HAVE BEEN
    SELECTED/SCHEDULED TO ATTEND TRAINING ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY UNTIL THEY
    ARE IN THE FINAL SIX MONTHS OF THEIR TOUR.

    D. SELECTION FOR OCS BY AN ARMY GENERAL OFFICER (DIRECT SELECT) IS SUSPENDED
    INDEFINITELY. THIS PROGRAM WAS PUT IN PLACE IN 2005 AND WAS DESIGNED TO
    EXPIRE AT THE END OF FY 2006. WITH REDUCED IN SERVICE OCS MISSION SINCE
    2006 COUPLED WITH A SUCCESSFUL USAREC EFFORT TO ENLIST OCS ENLISTMENT OPTION
    CANDIDATES, THE DIRECT SELECT PROGRAM IS NO LONGER REQUIRED.

    E. REQUEST TO WAIVERS FOR TIME IN SERVICE (TIS) 10 YEARS, AGE, AND
    MORAL/CIVIL CONVICTIONS ARE SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY.

    F. ACCEPTANCE OF MEDICAL WAIVER REQUESTS IS SUSPENDED INDEFINATELY. SEE
    PARAGRAPH 6M.

    G. AGE LIMIT FOR ELIGIBILITY IS CHANGED FROM 38 TO 35.

    5. ELIGIBILITY: OCS ATTENDANCE CRITERIA IS INTENDED TO SUPPORT THE
    ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR APPOINTMENT OF A COMMISSIONED OFFICER. COMPLETION
    OF OCS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ELIGIBILITY OF A COMMISSION. SOLDIERS MUST MEET
    ALL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN CHAPTER 1, AR 350-51 AND AS LISTED
    BELOW AND SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS OUTLINED IN PARAGRAPH 6. PRIOR TO
    APPOINTMENT TO SECOND LIEUTENANT REGULAR ARMY, COMMANDER OCS WILL VERIFY
    SOLDIER MEETS APPOINTMENT CRITERIA IAW AR 601-100 AND AR 40-501 ON THE DATE
    OF APPOINTMENT.

    A. POSSESS A BACCALAUREATE DEGREE FROM AN ACCREDITED COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY.
    SEE PARAGRAPH 6J.

    B. SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE OR HIGHER. SEE PARAGRAPH 6M.

    C. MUST BE A U.S. CITIZEN. SEE PARAGRAPH 6N.

    D. HAVE NOT REACHED 35TH BIRTHDATE AT TIME APPLICATION IS RECEIVED BY HRC.
    FOR THOSE APPLYING FOR AVIATION BRANCH, HAVE NOT REACHED 30TH BIRTHDATE AT
    TIME APPLICATION IS RECEIVED BY HRC.

    E. PASS THE STANDARD ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST (APFT). ALTERNATE APFT NOT
    AUTHORIZED.

    F. MEET ARMY HEIGHT AND WEIGHT STANDARDS IAW AR 600-9.

    G. RECOMMENDED BY COMMANDER O-5 OR ABOVE.

    H. LESS THAN TEN YEARS OF ACTIVE FEDERAL SERVICE.

    I. SOLDIERS IN BCT, AIT, DFLIC, OR ANY TYPE OF INITIAL ENTRY TRAINING
    STATUS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE.

    J. RECRUITERS AND DRILL SERGEANTS/PLATOON SERGRANTS IN IET OR HAVE BEEN
    SELECTED/SCHEDULED TO ATTEND TRAINING ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY UNLESS THEY
    ARE IN THE FINAL SIX MONTHS OF THEIR TOUR.

    K. ALL SOLDIERS MUST APPEAR BEFORE A STRUCTURED INTERVIEW (LOCAL BOARD.
    SEE PARAGRAPH 6S.

    L. RESERVE COMPONENT SOLDIERS IN ANY CAPACITY ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS
    PROGRAM. RC SOLDIERS MUST APPLY IAW THEIR COMPONENT’S POLICIES AND
    PROCEDURES.

    M. MUST MEET THE PHYSICAL STANDARDS FOR ENLISTMENT, APPOINTMENT, AND
    INDUCTION IAW AR 40-501, CHAPTER TWO. NOTE THAT THE ACCESSION STANDARDS ARE
    MORE STRINGENT THAN THE RETENTION STANDARDS FOUND IN AR 40-501 CHAPTER
    THREE. MUST POSSESS A PHYSICAL PROFILE SERIAL OF AT LEAST 222221. SOLDIERS
    CANNOT HAVE A PERMANENT PROFILE WHICH WOULD PROHIBIT THEM FROM TAKING THE
    STANDARD APFT. ALTERNATE PT TEST NOT ACCEPTABLE. APPLICANTS MUST MEET
    PROCUREMENT MEDICAL STANDARDS (EXCEPT HEIGHT AND WEIGHT) PRESCRIBED IN AR
    40-501, CH. 2, AND POSSESS A PHYSICAL PROFILE SERIAL OF AT LEAST 222221.

    6. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS (FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED THROUGH THE ARMY
    PUBLISHING HOMEPAGE OR AT A LOCAL PERSONNEL SERVICE CENTER): DO NOT SUBMIT
    DOCUMENTATION NOT REFLECTED BELOW.

    A. RECOMMENDATION FROM COMMANDING OFFICER.

    B. CURRENT PHOTOGRAPH IN UNIFORM.

    C. COMPLETED DA FORM 61 (APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT). ENSURE ALL
    APPROPRIATE ITEMS ARE COMPLETED AND SIGNED. CHAIN OF COMMAND ENDORSEMENTS
    (COMPANY & BATTALION COMMANDER) MUST BE LISTED IN PART II. IN ITEM 41 LISTS
    ANY CIVILIAN OR MILITARY LEADERSHIP POSITIONS OR AWARDS (SUCH AS CAPTAIN OF
    BASEBALL/FOOTBALL/SOCCER TEAM, ETC) THAT ARE NOT LISTED ELSEWHERE IN THE
    APPLICATION.

    D. COMPLETED DA FORM 5339-R (COMMANDER'S EVALUATION SHEET). HEIGHT AND
    WEIGHT OF SOLDIER MUST BE LISTED HERE IF NOT INDICATED IN THE COMMANDERS
    ENDORSEMENT ON THE DA FORM 61.

    E. DA FORM 705 (ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST SCORECARD) WITH A MINIMUM OF TWO
    (2) SCORED TESTS FOR RECORD WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF APPLICATION SUBMISSION.

    F. DA FORM 5500-R (BODYFAT) IF NECESSARY.

    G. A MAXIMUM OF FOUR (4) LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION, EACH NOT EXCEEDING ONE
    PAGE IN LENGTH AND NOT MORE THAN 1-YEAR OLD (OPTIONAL).

    H. DA FORMS 1059 REFLECTING COMPLETION OF PLDC, BNCOC, OR ANCOC (IF
    APPLICABLE).

    I. PROVIDE COPIES OF LAST TWO EVALUATION REPORTS (NCOERS/OERS) IF YOU ARE A
    NCO OR WARRANT OFFICER.

    J. COPY OF COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT, DEGREE CERTIFICATE AND MEMO FROM LOCAL
    EDUCATION COUNSELOR VERIFYING THE AWARDING OF A 4 YEAR DEGREE FROM AN
    ACCREDITED COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY.

    K. A COPY OF A CURRENT ENLISTED RECORD BRIEF, OR ORB FOR WARRANT OFFICERS.
    THE ERB MUST REFLECT THE GT SCORE AND THE UIC CODE MUST BE CURRENT.

    L. A COMPLETED DA FORM 4255-R (INITIAL ACTIVE DUTY ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
    REQUEST. COMPLETE FORM AS THOUGH A LIEUTENANT.

    M. A JOINT PERSONNEL ADJUDICATION SYSTEM (JPAS) PRINTOUT INDICATAING A
    INTERIM SECRET OR HIGHER CLEARANCE OR SIGNED STATEMENT FROM THE LOCAL
    SECURITY OFFICE INDICATING THE SOLDIER HAS SUBMITTED A REQUEST FOR SECURITY
    CLEARANCE. A SOLDIER MAY APPLY FOR OCS IF A SECURITY REQUEST HAS BEEN
    INITIATED AND RECEIPT OF THE REQUEST HAS BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE DEFENSE
    SECURITY SERVICE (DSS) ON THEIR WEBSITE VIA THE ELECTRONIC PERSONNEL
    SECURITY QUESTIONNAIRE (EPSQ). A COPY OF THE DSS EPSQ RECEIPT OR RESULTS IS
    ACCEPTABLE. SOLIDERS MUST HAVE APPROVED SECURITY CLEARANCE TO ACCEPT
    APPOINTMENT TO SECOND LIEUTENANT.

    N. PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP: FOR SOLDIERS NOT BORN IN THE USA. APPLICANTS WHO
    ARE NOT UNITED STATES CITIZENS BY BIRTH WILL SUBMIT AN APPROPRIATE STATEMENT
    (SEE AR 135-100, FIGURE 2-1). A STATEMENT FROM THE UNIT COMMANDER OR
    PERSONNEL OFFICER THAT HE/SHE HAS REVIEWED NATURALIZATION PAPERS OF THE
    APPLICANT IS ACCEPTABLE. SOLDIERS CANNOT APPLY FOR OCS IF NOT US CITIZENS.
    ALL SOLDIERS BORN IN PUERTO RICO MUST POSSESS THE NEW BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND
    HAVE IT CONFIRMED BY COMMANDER OR PERSONNEL OFFICER PRIOR TO SUBMISSION OF
    APPLICATION.

    O. A COMPLETED DA FORM 4322-R (OCS CONTRACT).

    P. A COPY OF DD FORM 2808 INDICATING THE APPLICANT IS QUALIFIED FOR SERVICE
    IAW CHAPTER 2, AR 40-501 BASED ON A PHYSICAL NOT OVER 1-YEAR OLD FROM DATE
    OF APPLICABLE OCS BOARD. IF AN ENLISTED SOLDIER IS REQUESTING AVIATION AS A
    BRANCH PREFERENCE, THE PHYSICAL MUST CONTAIN THE APPROVAL STAMP OF THE ARMY
    AEROMEDICAL CENTER AT FT RUCKER.

    Q. COPY OF DA FORM 6256 (AFAST) FOR ENLISTED SOLDIERS REQUESTING AVIATION
    AS A BRANCH. ENLISTED SOLDIERS 30 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER ARE NOT ELIGIBLE
    FOR ASSIGNMENT TO AVIATION. THIS AGE RESTRICTION CANNOT BE WAIVED.

    R. DD FORM 785 (RECORD OF DISENROLLMENT). ONLY REQUIRED IF PREVIOUSLY
    ATTENDED AN OFFICER PRODUCING SCHOOL (OCS, ROTC, USMA). (SOLDIERS PREVIOUSLY
    DISENROLLED FROM AN OFFICER PRODUCING PROGRAM MUST REQUEST A WAIVER FROM THE
    DCS, G-1 TO ATTEND OCS.)

    S. DA FORM 6285 (STRUCTURED LOCAL BOARD INTERVIEW) RESULTS. MUST BE
    COMPLETED BY EACH BOARD MEMBER (MINIMUM NUMBER OF 3 OFFICERS). ALL PANEL
    MEMBERS MUST BE COMMISSIONED OFFICERS IN THE GRADE OF CAPTAIN OR ABOVE; THE
    BOARD PRESIDENT MUST HOLD THE GRADE OF MAJOR OR ABOVE, AND THE OTHER TWO
    PANEL MEMBERS MUST HOLD THE GRADE OF CAPTAIN OR ABOVE. WRITTEN COMMENTS BY
    BOARD MEMBERS ARE HIGHLY DESIRED. PRIOR TO BEING INTERVIEWED, EACH OCS
    APPLICANT MUST MAKE A HAND WRITTEN STATEMENT ON STANDARD 8 ˝ BY 11-INCHES
    PAPER INDICATING "WHY I WANT TO BE AN ARMY OFFICER". AFTER THE LOCAL
    INTERVIEW, THE THREE INTERVIEW WORKSHEETS AND THE HAND WRITTEN STATEMENT
    MUST BE ENCLOSED IN A SEALED ENVELOPE AND FORWARDED WITH THE COMPLETE OCS
    APPLICATION TO DA.

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    T. COPY OF DD FORM 214 REQUIRED FOR ANY PRIOR MILITARY SERVICE.

    U. ADDITIONALLY, THE OCS PERSONNEL INFORMATION SHEET AT
    https://www.hrc.army.mil/site/Active...S/OCS_APPL.htm IS AVAILABLE
    TO ASSIST SOLIDERS WITH APPLICATIONS.

    7. SELECTION PROCEDURES:

    A. SOLDIERS MAY SUBMIT A COMPLETED APPLICATION THROUGH THEIR CHAIN OF
    COMMAND TO HQDA, HRC FOR CONSIDERATION. NO PACKET SHOULD BE MAILED TO HRC
    PRIOR TO 31 OCTOBER 2010. THE NEW HRC MAIL ADDRESS FOR OCS PACKETS IS:

    U.S. Army Human Resources Command
    ATTN: Reserve Appointments and Accessions Branch AHRC-OPD-A (OCS) 1600
    Spearhead Division Avenue, Dept: 240 Fort Knox, Kentucky 40122-5204

    B. BRANCHING BY THE HQDA SELECTION BOARD IS SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY. HRC
    WILL SCHEDULE ALL SELECTED APPLICANTS FOR OCS IN ATRRS. SOLDIERS WILL
    ATTEND OCS IN A TDY AND RETURN STATUS. BRANCHING WILL OCCUR DURING
    ATTENDANCE AT OCS. GRADUATES, UPON RETURN TO HOME STATION, WILL PCS FROM
    HOME STATION IAW THEIR 2LT ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS

    C. SELECTION RESULTS AND OCS CLASS ASSIGNMENT WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY MILPER
    MESSAGE ON THE HRC WEBSITE, APPROXIMATELY ONE MONTH AFTER THE BOARD HAS
    ADJOURNED. IAW STOPLOSS/STOP MOVEMENT MILPER INSTRUCTIONS, SOLDIERS ARE NOT
    TO BE DEPLOYED WHILE OCS APPLICATION IS PENDING AT HRC. ONCE ANNOUNCED,
    SELECTED SOLDIERS ARE NOT TO BE DEPLOYED. DEPLOYED SOLDIERS WHO ARE
    SELECTED WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR OCS AFTER POST DEPLOYMENT STABILIZATION
    PROVIDED THE SOLDIER REMAINS ELIGIBLE..

    D. THE FOLLOWING OCS SELECTION BOARD SCHEDULE HAS BEEN TENTATIVELY
    ESTABLISHED FOR FY11:

    (1.) 21-25 FEB 2011. PACKETS MUST ARRIVE AT HRC NLT 21 JAN 2011
    (2.) 25-29 JUL 2011. PACKETS MUST ARRIVE AT HRC NLT 24 JUN 2011.

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