Officer Candidate Essay

9-10. Officer Candidate School (OCS) Enlistment Option
OCS Enlistment Option 09S should be used to entice NPS/PS applicants to the ARNG who wish to become a Commissioned Officer. GNPS applicants who were previously disenrolled from the OCS program and subsequently discharged from the ARNG are not eligible for this option upon reenlistment. The intent of the OCS enlistment option is to attract applicants to the ARNG and provide an additional source of potential candidates for OCS. At a minimum, the Recruiting and Retention Commander (RRC) will develop procedures to interview potential applicants enlisting under this option. Interviews should be conducted in order to determine an applicant’s eligibility and demonstrated potential to successfully complete the program. Applicants must understand the academic requirements and performance standards of the OCS program. They must further understand that they are required to complete Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC) upon successful completion of OCS. Applicants who enlist for the OCS may be eligible for the Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP). For additional SLRP entitlements and eligibility criteria refer to the current fiscal year SRIP guidance and ARNG-HRM-EDU Incentive policy for 09S OCS enlistment option.

a. ARNG-HRH OCS Enrollment Criteria: PPOM 12-025
b. Federal OCS: MILPER Message 17-311
c. Service Obligations: PPOM 13-023
d. Service Obligations: AR 135-91
e. OCS Enlistment Option: SMOM 17-001
f. Officer OPAT MOS List: DA PAM 611-21 Table 3-1-1

IAW SMOM 17-001, OCS enlistment standardization is needed to improve accession quality, packet completeness, and will aid in the accuracy of force shaping. All NPS OCS applicants must be fully processed at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and have a validated checklist (HRR Form 200 for State OCS and HRR Form 201 for Federal OCS) before REQUEST reservation and enlistment. Prior Service applicants that require Basic Combat Training (BCT) must also process at the MEPS.

a. Eligibility (NPS/PS). To be eligible for enlistment for the OCS enlistment option, applicants must:

(1) Meet the basic enlistment eligibility standards of AR 601-210.
(2) Be a U.S. Citizen.
(3) Achieve a General Technical Aptitude Area (GT) score of 110 or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). This requirement is non-waivable. Note: IAW SMOM 17-055, a 09S control number can be issued for State OCS without the applicant completing the ASVAB. Applicants for Federal OCS cannot receive a 09S control number until a valid ASVAB is present.
(4) Meet the eligibility criteria for federal recognition in NGR 600-100.
(5) Qualify for 09S per DA Pam 611-21 at time of enlistment.
(6) Contract for a minimum of six years (NPS), or three years (PS) applicants.
(7) Complete a personnel security application for the award of Secret clearance. The approval of a final Secret clearance is required prior to commissioning.
(8) Select three enlisted MOS positions to be annotated on DD Form 1966 series, prior to enlistment.
(9) Must have at least 90 semester hours from an accredited college or university prior to enlistment for accelerated and State OCS or a baccalaureate degree for Federal OCS. Applicants will be counseled that completion of an accredited baccalaureate degree is required for promotion to the rank of Captain.
(10) IAW SMOM 17-055, all 09S applicants (PS and NPS) require a MEPS Chapter 2 physical for enlistment. The MEPS Chapter 2 physical is not required prior to request/receipt of the 09S control number.
(11) IAW SMOM 17-001:

(a) Have a validated checklist HRR Form 200 or HRR Form 201 and control number via GCRc workflow.
(b) Applicants enlisting into the State OCS enlistment option must produce a 200 word minimum, handwritten and typed essay that exhibits their desire to become an officer in the ARNG. It must explain why the applicant wants to be an officer and the desired training path for OCS (traditional or accelerated). This will ensure that applicant and OSM have a mutual understanding of what is expected and can prepare for training requirements. The essay must be scanned under Handwritten and Typed Letter in ERM.
(c) Recruiters will complete the enlistment packet in Recruiter Zone (RZ) (100% complete) using the HRR Form 200 or HRR Form 201. The BN Operations NCO will QC the packet and submit a suitability workflow to NGB through GCRc. A notification will be sent to the BN Leadership, GCs, NCOICs and RRNCO approving, disapproving or requesting additional information. The OSM or designated representative (CPT or above) must read the applicant's essay (Federal OCS applicants are exempt from essay requirement) and digitally sign the completed checklist if the essay is satisfactory. Battalion Operations must verify that all documents marked on the checklist are uploaded in their correct location in Recruiter Zone prior to submission for a control number. The HRR 200 or HRR 201 must be uploaded into the OCS/SMP checklist folder. Processing may continue once the control number has been issued.

b. Additional requirements for Accelerated OCS:

(1) Be at least 19 and not have reached their 35th birthday prior to enlistment. Be able to complete the Accelerated OCS course and commissioning requirements prior to reaching age 42. Prior service personnel are eligible to enlist after age 35, if otherwise eligible based on prior Active or Reserve service computation and be eligible for non-regular retirement by age 60.
(2) Must be formally counseled that they understand that they will be attending Accelerated OCS.
(3) Meet the additional and specific guidance published by ARNG-HRH.

c. Additional requirements for Federal OCS:

(1) Be at least 19 and (IAW SMOM 17-001 Para 4h(2)) not have passed his or her 33rd birth date at time of shipment to BCT. They must complete the Federal OCS course and accept a commission prior to age 34.
(2) Obtained a reservation through REQUEST by their 33rd birthday. (Superseded by SMOM 17-001 requirement above).
(3) Possess a Baccalaureate Degree.
(4) Conduct, Administrative, and Medical waivers for Federal OCS will be considered only on a case-by-case basis for exceptional reasons.
(5) Must be formally counseled that they understand they will be attending Federal OCS.
(6) Must meet the requirements as outlined in annual guidance published by HRC (MILPER MESSAGE).
(7) Soldier must possess final secret clearance prior to attending Federal OCS.
(8) Soldiers will not be scheduled for Army BCT until 180 days after enlistment.
(9) All applicants will attend and be recommended by an in-person board conducted by the Recruiting and Retention Battalion. A panel of three Commissioned Officers will conduct the structured interview. Board President must hold the grade of O-4 or above, while the remaining board members hold the grade of O-3 or above. Interviewers will ask as many question as possible from the DA Form 6285 (Interview Plan #2), but are not limited to the questions on the form.
(10) Note: BT to BOLC Program cancelled on 03 October 2017.
(11) Additional instructions IAW SMOM 17-001:

(a) Must have a FOCS Memorandum For Record signed by a MAJ or above that states the applicant attended and was recommended by an in-person board as outlined above.
(b) Have a validated checklist HRR Form 201.

d. Additional requirements for State OCS:

(1) Be at least 19 and not have reached your 35th birthday prior to enlistment and be able to complete the State OCS course and commissioning requirements prior to reaching age 42. Prior service personnel are eligible to enlist after age 35, if otherwise eligible based on prior Active or Reserve service computation and be eligible for non-regular retirement by age 60.
(2) Meet any applicable State or local requirements.
(3) Meet the additional and specific guidance published by ARNG-HRH.

e. Personnel management of OCS applicants.

(1) MEPS GCs will make reservations in REQUEST using MOS 09S1. OCS applicants may be trained at any basic training installation.
(2) Applicants may be carried excess in any unit to which assigned. For State OCS, upon entering Phase I, the Soldier may be assigned to a position at the discretion of The Adjutant General (TAG) of each State.
(3) Upon successful completion of basic training, the following administrative actions apply:

(a) Advanced to pay grade E4.
(b) Issued and authorized to wear the “OCS” insignia. (see AR 670-1)
(c) Commence pre-OCS training at the discretion of the TAG. This training may be with a unit, battalion, brigade or regional training institute (RTI). The purpose of the pre-OCS training is to prepare the Soldier for the Officer Candidate School program.
(d) Change training pay category (TPC) in SIDPERS to “A” and training status to “I”.

(4) Soldiers who enter the State or Accelerated OCS program will be advanced to E-6 on the first day of phase 1 and are authorized to wear the OCS insignia. Upon graduation from OCS, orders will be published for BOLC.
(5) Soldiers who enter the Federal OCS program will be advanced to E-5, and awarded SRC 00T as their PMOS.
(6) Those OCS members who voluntarily withdraw or are involuntarily removed from the program or fail to be commissioned must enter IET within 180 days to remain a member of the ARNG. Soldiers will revert back to their former enlisted grade based on their original DD Form 4. The member must be deployable within 24 months (time starts the day the applicant is no longer in OCS) or be discharged. Immediately discharge applicants that refuse to attend IET. They will not be entitled to SRIP incentives; however, they may be eligible for Federal or State educational benefits. See NGR 600-200 para 6-35d (4 or 5) for discharge authority.
(7) All PS applicants enlisting into OCS, regardless of component that have not completed an Army BCT, U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) BT, completed training for U.S. Navy Special Operations Forces, or U.S. Air Force Security Police during previous military service are required to attend Army BCT.
(8) The following statement must be entered in the remarks section of DD Form 1966 series: “I am enlisting for the Officer Candidate Enlistment option. I must attend basic training prior to enrolling into OCS. If I fail to complete the OCS program, I will be ordered to advanced individual training or discharged without board action or appeal.”
(9) Upon failure to complete OCS the Soldier will be processed to attend BCT and/or AIT (if applicable), or be discharged.

f. Processing waivers for OCS applicants.

Note: IAW AOC Annex A Para 2-2f, Under the 09S Enlistment Option, applicants who require a conduct waiver per AR 601-210 para 4-6 or NGR 600-100 are not authorized to enlist until approved by ARNG-HRH-O. Approvals must be processed through ARNG-HRH-O via the eTRACKER-HRH. Refer to AR 601-210 Para 4-6 and NGR 600-100.

(1) Conduct waivers are not authorized under the OCS option for NPS applicants after enlistment.
(2) All requests for conduct waivers of NPS applicants will be sent via ARISS for the waiver approval. Once the waiver is approved the state will upload the ARNG-HRR waiver along with other required documents into the E-Tracker system to send to ARNG-HRH-O prior to enlistment. All applicants must meet the criteria for both enlistment and Federal recognition. Applicants who require civil conviction waiver IAW NGR 600-100 are not authorized to enlist until waiver is approved by ARNG-HRH-O.

I probably should have written this a couple months back when many of you were just starting your application. I’m trying to help out my fellow procrastinators get back in the game. Many of the applicants on my list still haven’t submitted everything, so this information may be relevant to more than a few of you.

Got an email from one of my applicants the other day. The applicant was asking about the essay on the Army ROTC scholarship application. He wanted to know how important it was, and what it should say. I would start out by saying that it is certainly not the most important part of the application. Your whole person score and your SAL attributes will carry most of the weight.

Here is what I would suggest you do when you write your essay. By no means is this the official answer, but my thoughts are that this may score you a couple bonus points and get you the slight edge in the process. There are two blocks on the application where you can add narrative input to your submission. These blocks are titled “Applicants Additional SAL Achievements” and “Personal Statement”.

Here is what I would suggest for the first. Take a look at the PMS interview sheet, and make sure you annotate anything on the front side of that sheet that would “check a block”. Highlight anything that has to do with Scholar/Athlete/Leader things you do. If you are weak in one area, don’t lie. Just make sure you are strong in another. Don’t discount things like responsibility at a part time job to show your leadership potential, or an individual sport to highlight your Athletic attributes. Don’t leave anything off the table in this block.

For the essay I suggest you look at three things (Google them):

I’ve linked each of these to the best link I found on Google. Once you have looked at these three topics I feel you have enough information to know what we are looking to instill in an Officer, and what we want in our Cadets. If you sit down and now write your personal statement describing why you want to be an Army Officer, and throw in some statements that sound like your values and beliefs align with the Soldier’s Creed/Warrior Ethos/Army Values/Leadership Dimensions you should have a personal statement that will convince a board member that you have what it takes.

Hope that makes sense…What do you think???

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