USAREC Messages

USAREC MESSAGE 13-066 Suspension of USAREC OCS Board Requirement

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1.  This is an IMMEDIATE MESSAGE.  Deliver to all recruiting personnel.

2.  The requirement for the HQ USAREC OCS selection board is suspended until
further notice.  Selection and contracting is based on the approval of the
Recruiting Battalion OCS selection board.  This applies to Regular Army and
Army Reserve applicants.  This change does not affect the boarding and selection
requirements for the WOFT Enlistment Option Program.  Applications for the WOFT
Enlistment Option will be forwarded to USAREC G3, Special Programs and Boards for
boarding and selection.  This policy will remain in effect until further notice.

3.  Processing instructions and information for Recruiting Battalions:

    a.  BNs will continue to conduct OCS boards as needed.  Board procedures
        will be conducted IAW UR 601-91 with the exception of the requirement
        to forward applications to USAREC G3, Special Programs and Boards.  BNs
        will ensure that all applicants boarded are fully qualified for OCS IAW
        AR 601-210 and UR 601-91.

    b.  BNs will ensure that all documents required for OCS are completed and
        scanned into the applicant’s GCRc record.  Required documents are listed
        in UR 601-91, Figure 4-1, page 9.

    c.  The UF 136 will be signed by the BN Commander or the BN Executive Officer
        and will be scanned into the applicant’s GCRc record.  No other BN staff
        is authorized to sign for the Commander unless under orders as the acting
        Commander during absences of both the Commander and the XO.

    d.  The Battalion OCS Board must consist of a panel of three commissioned
        officers.  Non-commissioned Officers are not authorized to be board
        members for the selection of applicants to attend OCS.  At least one
        member of the Bn OCS/WOFT Board will be an officer (O-4 and above) and
        one assigned to Cadet Command.  Bn S3s will coordinate with one of their
        local ROTC PMS to have a representative from Cadet Command participate
        in any OCS/WOFT board.  At least two of the three officers must
        recommend the applicant for enlistment into the OCS Enlistment Option
        Program.  Applicants not qualified for the OCS Enlistment Option will
        be advised on other opportunities of the Army.

    e.  Waivers for the OCS Enlistment Option Program are processed IAW AR
        601-210.

    f.  Recommended/qualified applicants will be scheduled for contracting
        within 10 days of selection at the Military Entrance and Processing
        Station (MEPS).

4.  Processing instructions and information for Guidance Counselors:

    a.  Conduct QC check of all OCS applications to ensure all documents listed
        in UR 601-91, figure 4-1, are scanned into GCRc.  Verify enlistment
        eligibility of applicants as prescribed in AR 601-210 and this message.
        Applicants must meet eligibility requirements established in the ‘QUALS’
        for MOS 09S (QUALS are listed in REQUEST).  Waivers for enlistment and
        waivers for the OCS Enlistment Option must be completed prior to
        enlistment in the Future Soldier Training Program (FSTP).

    b.  Contact the Recruiting Operations Center (ROC) for OCS reservations.
        Applicants will be placed in the first available OCS class seat.

5.  Program Qualification Considerations.  The below listed qualifications must
be met to be considered by the Board:

    a.  Regular Army:

        1.  RA NPS personnel entering OCS are fully eligible for enlistment if
            they ship to training on or before their 30th birthday.  Age waivers
            will be considered only for applicants who are 30 years old provided
            they graduate from OCS and accept commission prior to age 32.

        2.  RA PS personnel entering OCS must not have more than nine years of
            Active Federal Service and must enter Active Duty or ship to
            training on or before their 30th birthday.  Age waivers will be
            considered only for applicants who are 30 years old provided they
            graduate from OCS and accept commission prior to age 32.

        Army Reserve:

            AR NPS and PS personnel entering into OCS must enter Active duty or
            ship to training prior to their 33rd birthday.  RC OCS candidates
            must graduate and accept commission prior to age 34.

    b.  Applicants must meet the height and table weight of AR 600-9, regardless
        of enlistment category; PS, NPS, Glossary NPS and must be able to
        distinguish vivid red and vivid green (AR 40-501). 

    c.  Minimum GT Score is 110.

    d.  Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen.

    e.  PS applicants with over 12 years of active federal service (AFS) must
        have an AFS waiver approved by CG USAREC prior to enlistment.

    f.  All waivers required for enlistment (administrative, conduct, and
        medical) must be approved prior to enlistment.

    g.  Applicant must be eligible for a SECRET clearance.  UF 1227 must be
        completed and applicant found qualified for a SECRET clearance by the
        Security Interviewer.  Applicants not qualified for a SECRET clearance
        are disqualified.

    h.  RA OCS applicants must have completed a degree from an accredited college
        or university.  RA College seniors that have completed 90 semester hours
        may be boarded and contracted into the FSTP providing they are enrolled
        in a degree producing program with a projected degree completion date of
        less than 365 days.  Applicants that are considered degree pending must
        provide documentation (See note below) indicating the intention of
        accomplishing degree requirements prior to reporting for active duty.

Note:  Documentation must be provided in the proof of official transcripts
accompanied by a letter from the college indicating applicant is enrolled
in a degree producing program with a projected completion date.

    i.  Applicants processing for enlistment into the AR OCS program must have,
        at a minimum, a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or
        university in order to attend OCS for the purpose of earning a
        commission as an AR Officer.  Exceptions to the education requirement
        will not be considered.

6.  Processing procedures for USAREC G3, Special Programs and Boards:

    a.  Provide production status reports to the USAREC Command and Staff for
        the OCS Enlistment Option Program for both RA and AR as needed.

    b.  Submit residual packets to HRC-Alexandria on all contracted RA OCS
        applicants for branch consideration.  Submit residual packets to
        HRC-St Louis on all contracted AR OCS applicants.

    c.  Provide regulatory guidance to the field on the OCS Enlistment Option
        program.

7.  References:

    a.  Army Regulation 601-210, Active and Reserve Component Enlistment Program,
        dated 8 Feb 2011 with Rapid Action Revision (RAR) dated 4 August 2011.

    b.  Army Regulation 40-501, Standards of Medical Fitness, dated 14 December
        2007 with Rapid Action Revision (RAR) dated 4 August 2011.

    c.  Army Regulation 350-51, United States Army Officer Candidate School,
        dated 11 June 2001.

    d.  Army Regulation 140-50, Officer Candidate School, Army Reserve, dated
        15 October 1999.

    e.  Army Regulation 600-9, Army Weight Control Program, dated 27 November
        2006.

    f.  USAREC Regulation 601-91, Officer Candidate School and Warrant Officer
        Flight Training Programs, dated 31 January 2005.

    g.  MILPER Message 12-380, Regular Army Federal Officer candidate School
        Program Supplemental Board and Requirements for FY 13, dated 30 November
        2012.

    h.  USAREC Message 13-053, Age Policy Changes to include OCS/WOFT (Updated),
        dated 11 January 2013.

    i.  USAREC Message 12-082, Reinstatement of USAREC Regular Army Officer
        Candidate School (OCS) Board Requirement, dated 7 February 2012 
        (Updated).  (Rescinded)

    j.  USAREC Message 11-143, Army Reserve (AR) Officer Candidate School (OCS)
        Degree Requirement, dated 20 April 2011.