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Next OCS board to meet in March

Dec. 9, 2012 - 04:54PM   |   Last Updated: Dec. 9, 2012 - 04:54PM  |  
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TO APPLY FOR OCS

Soldiers interested in applying for the federal OCS program should look at Army Regulation 350-51 (Officer Candidate School), and MilPer Message 12-280, issued Nov. 30.

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A supplemental selection board will convene March 18 to consider eligible applicants of the Regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserve for attendance at federal Officer Candidate School.

Application packets for the out-of-cycle board must arrive at Human Resources Command by Feb. 15. Packets received after that date will be considered by the fourth-quarter fiscal 2013 OCS board that meets July 29-Aug. 2.

The application deadline for the July board is May 20.

Competition for OCS selection remains keen. The Army has a strong interest in applicants with science, technology, engineering and math degrees.

The Army's in-service OCS commissioning requirement for fiscal 2013 is 270, the same as in 2012, and 30 fewer than in 2010.

Personnel officials expect the OCS mission to remain 270 for the next few years, according to information provided by the Office of the G-1 (Human Resources) at the Pentagon.

Under tighter application standards imposed last year, the Army has suspended waivers for age, time in service, and medical, legal, civil and moral issues.

Here are some key policies for OCS applications:

• Application packets will be accepted only through the Army Knowledge Online organizational file. This means packets received via email, in hard copy or outside the designated application window will not be accepted.

• Active-component soldiers must submit their packets far enough in advance so that HRC can review the application before the soldier's 31st birthday.

• Active-component soldiers must graduate from OCS and accept a commission before age 32.

Reserve-component soldiers may apply for federal OCS, provided they will not reach age 34 before graduating from OCS.

• Active-component soldiers who will have more than nine years of service on the convening date of the selection board are not eligible to apply.

• Aviation warrant officers may apply for OCS, but if accepted, they will be required to stay in the aviation branch.

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