14 June 2021

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SECTION I
OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL (09S)

9-10. Officer Candidate School (OCS) Enlistment Option (IAW AOC)
The Officer Candidate School (OCS) Enlistment option 09S should be used to entice NPS/PS applicants to the ARNG who wish to become a Commissioned Officer. The intent of the OCS enlistment option is to attract applicants to the ARNG and provide an additional source of potential candidates for OCS. OCS enlistment standardization is needed to improve accession quality, packet completeness, and will aid in the accuracy of force shaping. All applicants must meet the criteria for both enlistment and Federal recognition. 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) and control number before REQUEST reservation and enlistment. Prior Service applicants that require Basic Combat Training (BCT) must also process at the MEPS.

References
a. ARNG-HRH OCS Enrollment Criteria: PPOM 12-025
b. Federal Recognition: NGR 600-100
c. Service Obligations: PPOM 13-023
d. Service Obligations: AR 135-91
e. Officer OPAT MOS List: DA PAM 611-21 Table 3-1-1
f. ARNG Officer Policy Branch: milSuite
g. ARNG Officer/Warrant Officer Active Component to Reserve Component (AC2RC) Transition Program: SMOM 20-035
h. Marine to Guard Officer Direct Affiliation: SMOM 21-020
i. Officer ETP for Tattoo Processing and Guidance: SMOM 21-025

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

(1) Meet the basic enlistment eligibility standards of AR 601-210.
(2) Be a U.S. Citizen.
(3) 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.
(4) Meet the eligibility criteria for Federal recognition in NGR 600-100, except as changed in this paragraph.
(5) Achieve a General Technical Aptitude Area (GT) score of 110 or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB). No waiver authorized for this requirement.
(6) Qualify for 09S per DA Pam 611-21, at time of enlistment.
(7) Contract for a minimum of six years (NPS), or three years (PS) applicants.
(8) Security clearance is required prior to commissioning.
(9) Select three enlisted MOS positions to be annotated on DD Form 1966 series, prior to enlistment.
(10) A waiver is required for applicants with the following convictions or OADs.

(a) Any person adjudicated as a youthful offender.
(b) Any offense with a fine of more than $300 requires TAG exception memorandum to authorize applicant to continue processing.
(c) Any offense where confinement was ordered, regardless of suspended sentence or deferred disposition.
(d) Any offense resulting in a conviction or OAD listed as misconduct (300 and 400 level).
(e) Any offense other than traffic will require a suitability review.

b. Accelerated OCS. Applicants must meet the following requirements.

(1) Age:

(a) NPS applicants must be at least 18 and not have passed their 35th birthday prior to enlistment.
(b) PS applicants must be able to complete the Accelerated OCS course and commissioning requirements prior to reaching age 42.
(c) Requests for exception will be processed through ARNG-HRR (Waivers NCOIC).

(2) Education. Must have at least 90 semester hours from an accredited college or university prior to enlistment.

(3) Training:

(a) Soldiers will not be scheduled for Army BCT until 180 days after enlistment.
(b) Be formally counseled to ensure they understand the training path for Accelerated OCS.
(c) Meet any additional and specific guidance published by ARNG-HRH.

c. Federal OCS. To meet the requirements for Federal OCS, applicants will:

(1) Age:

(a) NPS applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have not reached their 33rd birthday at the time of shipment to BCT, and must accept a commission prior to age 34.
(b) PS applicants must not have reached their 33rd birthday at the time of shipment to BCT and accept a commission prior to age 34.
(c) Requests for exception will be processed through ARNG-HRR (Waivers NCOIC).

(2) Education. Provide proof of a Baccalaureate Degree or higher.

(3) Training:

(a) Soldiers will not be scheduled for Army BCT until 180 days after enlistment.
(b) Be formally counseled to ensure they understand the training path for Federal OCS.
(c) Meet the requirements as outlined in annual guidance published by HRC (MILPER Message).

(4) Obtain a memorandum for record signed by an O-4 or higher, which confirms the applicant attended and was recommended by an in-person or telephonic board conducted by the RRB. The board will consist of three Commissioned Officers in the pay grade of O-3 or higher and the board president will be an O-4 or higher. Interviewers will ask as many questions as possible from the DA Form 6285 (Interview Plan #2), but are not limited to the questions on the form.

d. State OCS. To meet the requirements for State OCS, applicants will:

(1) Age:

(a) NPS applicants must be at least 18 and not have passed their 35th birthday prior to enlistment.
(b) PS applicants must be able to complete the State OCS course and commissioning requirements prior to reaching age 42.
(c) Requests for exception will be processed through ARNG-HRR (Waivers NCOIC).

(2) Education. Must have at least 90 semester hours from an accredited college or university prior to enlistment.

(3) Training:

(a) Soldiers must attend Army BCT prior to the start date of State OCS.
(b) Be formally counseled to ensure they understand the training path for State OCS.
(c) Meet all applicable State or local requirements and any additional guidance published by ARNG-HRH.

e. Personnel management of OCS applicants.

(1) Applicants who contract under an Enlisted MOS enlistment option are not authorized to Renegotiate (RENO) into Officer producing enlistment options (09R/09S).
(2) 09S applicants (NPS and PS) require a MEPS Chapter 2 physical for enlistment. The physical is not required prior to request/receipt of the 09S control number.
(3) Recruiters will complete the enlistment packet in Recruiter Zone (RZ) using the 09R/09S HRR Form 200/201. State Operations will QC the packet and submit a suitability workflow. Processing may continue once the control number has been issued.
(4) State Operations will QC the packet and submit a suitability workflow. Processing may continue once the control number has been issued.
(5) MEPS GCs will make reservations in REQUEST using MOS 09S1. OCS applicants may be trained at any basic training installation.
(6) Soldiers 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.
(7) Upon successful completion of basic training, the following administrative actions apply.

(a) Advanced to pay grade E-4.
(b) Issued and authorized to wear the “OCS” insignia which conforms to AR 670-1.
(c) Commence pre-OCS training at the discretion of TAG. This training may be with a unit,battalion, brigade, or regional training institute (RTI).

(8) Soldiers who enter the State or Accelerated OCS program will be advanced to pay grade E-5 on the first day of phase 1 and are authorized to wear the OCS insignia. Upon graduation from OCS, orders may be published for BOLC.
(9) Soldiers who enter the Federal OCS program will be advanced to pay grade E-5.
(10) Soldiers who voluntarily withdraw from, or are involuntarily removed from the OCS program or fail to be commissioned must enter IET within 180 days of the effective date of the OCS drop memo. These Soldiers are required to complete their remaining service obligation.

(a) Soldiers will revert to their former enlisted grade based on their original DD Form 4. The Soldier must be deployable within 24 months (time starts the day the applicant is no longer in OCS) or will be processed for discharged.
(b) Soldiers who refuse to attend IET will be immediately processed for discharged.

(11) All PS applicants enlisting into OCS, 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.
(12) The following statement must be entered in the remarks section of DD Form 1966: “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 advance individual training or discharged without board action or appeal.”

f. Processing waivers for applicants of an officer-producing program.
This also pertains to Basic Branch Direct Commissions, AMEDD, JAG, Chaplain and Chaplain Candidate Direct Appointments.

Note: Refer to SMOM 20-054 Para 7 Appointment Conduct Waivers

(1) All applicants must meet the criteria for both enlistment and Federal recognition.
(2) Conduct waivers are not authorized under the OCS enlistment option for NPS applicants after enlistment.
(3) Conduct, Administrative and Medical waivers for Federal OCS will be considered only on a case-by-case basis for exceptional reasons.
(4) Applicants who require a suitability review, a civil conviction waiver, or administrative waiver (RE code) are not authorized to access until approved.
(5) If required, suitability review will include:

(a) Hand-written applicant statement.
(b) Court documents/police checks for charges being reviewed.
(c) Complete discharge documents (if applicable).
(d) OSM endorsement (telephonic or in-person) including the meritorious consideration.