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									Texas Officer Candidate School

  Commander and Candidate
  Application Support Packet

       OCS Class # 53



“STANDARDS, NO COMPROMISE”




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                                CONTACT INFORMATION

SFC Clayton Hardee, Basic Branch NCOIC, (512) 782-5674, email: clayton.hardee@ng.army.mil

SGT Nate Killough, OCS Recruiter, (512) 782-5674, email: nathan.killough@ng.army.mil




               COMPLETE PACKETS SHOULD BE FORWARDED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO:

                                    PACKETS CAN BE MAILED TO:

                                         Attn: SGT Nate Killough
                           Recruiting & Retention / OSF / OCS Recruiting Section
                                               Camp Mabry
                                       2200 WEST 35th ST. BLDG 15
                                          AUSTIN, TEXAS 78703

            PACKETS CAN BE HAND DELIVERED TO RM 109, BLDG 15, 1st FLOOR, CAMP MABRY,




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                                            OCS Overview
    Officer Candidate School (OCS) is a mentally and physically demanding course of instruction
designed to develop and assess the leadership potential of Officer Candidates. The program of instruction
includes both classroom and field environment instruction and challenges. Candidates that successfully
complete the program will be commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the Texas Army National Guard
and receive Federal Recognition as Reserve Officers of the United States Army. While consideration is
given to past experience and individual preference, graduates will serve in a branch determined by the
needs of the Texas Army National Guard.

   The Traditional Texas Army National Guard OCS Program takes more than a year to complete and
consists of four phases.
   - Phase 0 ensures that applicants meet all requirements to be enrolled on OCS and are eligible for a
        commission. During Phase 0 the Cadre will assess applicant’s physical conditioning and mental
        preparedness for the rigors of Phase I. Phase 0 consists of three MUTA 5 drill periods. Phase I is
        conducted in Salina, Kansas.
   - Phase I is a high-stress environment that focuses on Land Navigation, Army Operations, and
        Small Unit Leadership. Phase I is a 14-day Annual Training conducted in June.
   - Phase II consists of 12 MUTA 5 drill periods conducted at Camp Swift, Texas. Phase II is a high
        stress environment that focuses on Leadership, Doctrine, Intelligence, Combat Service Support,
        and Tactics. Students will spend about half of Phase II in a field environment using tactical
        operations as a method of teaching leadership skills.
   - Phase III is a mentoring phase focusing on small-unit hands-on leadership in a tactical field
        environment. Phase III is a 14-day Annual Training conducted in July and August.
   - Graduation and commissioning usually takes place in September.

    Soldiers considering applying to Officer Candidate School must be dedicated. While OCS is stressful
by design, it is no more demanding than a Basic Training environment. The majority of OCS attrition
occurs because soldiers report to Phase 0 in poor physical condition. It is difficult to demonstrate the
ability to lead soldiers if you cannot keep up with them physically. Applicants must be able to pass the
Army Physical Fitness Test to ship to Phase I. If they cannot they are dropped from the program. As the
program progresses, Officer Candidates must successfully perform numerous road marches, the Combat
Water Swim Test, patrols, and negotiate a confidence course. During all of the physical events they will
be evaluated on how they are leading their units (a mental challenge).

Below is an overview of the course enrollment criteria. There is more detailed information later in the
packet.
            Age. 18-41. Must be commissioned before 42 years of age. No waiver available.
            Citizenship. Be a U.S. citizen.
            Test Scores. GT of 110 minimum. Not waiver available.
            Education. 60 college semester hours to enroll, 90 to commission.
            Medical. Pass a physical examination IAW AR 40-501, Chapter 2 Commissioning
              Physical prior to first day of OCS. Pass the APFT and meet height and weight
              requirements.
            Security Clearance. All candidates must be able to obtain a SECRET security clearance.




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               CHECKLIST FOR OCS ENROLLMENT AND COMMISSIONING

NAME OF OFFICER CANDIDATE: _________________________________

CLASS #_________

The purpose of this document is to assist the unit in preparing soldiers for school attendance,
while providing one single document, with appropriate attachments, for the training institutions.
This checklist will be completed by appropriate unit personnel, verified and signed by the unit
commander. Soldiers reporting for training must have a signed pre-execution checklist in his/her
possession. Soldiers reporting without the checklist signed by the soldier and unit commander
will be returned to their unit.

NAME OF UNIT REPRESENTATIVE: ________________________________

EMAIL and TELEPHONE: ______________________
When completed, this Checklist is page one of the applicant's packet for OCS. Attach all other
required documents in the order listed below.
 Administrative                                                        N/A   Yes   No   If no/Status

 EMERGENCY DATA FORM (DD Form 93)
 APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO OCS (351a)
 NGB Form 62 E (20061101 Version)
 COPY OF SOCIAL SECURITY CARD
 LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FROM O5 or above
 3/4 LENGTH PHOTO (ACU, Class A, or DA photo)
 BIOGRAPHY (Cover sheet, 3-5 pgs of text, double space, 1” margins)

 OCS Prerequisites

 COPY OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE

 PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP (if not natural born, pending approval or INS
 certificate) (BRING PROOF TO FIRST IDT WEEKEND) (DO NOT SUBMIT
 WITH PACKET)
 NAME CHANGE DOCUMENT (if applicable; i.e., married, divorced, etc.)
 CHAPTER 2 COMMISSIONING PHYSICAL, AR/NGR 40-501. (ORIGINAL)

 Note: A new physical is required if dated before 01 OCT 2007

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 DA Form 7349-R INITIAL MEDICAL REVIEW/ ANNUAL MEDICAL
 CERTIFICATE (if Chapter II Physical is over 12 months old at time of
 commissioning)
 MEDICAL WAIVER REQUEST/ MEDICAL WAIVER APPROVAL (minimum
 of request completed for enrollment)

 PASSING RECORD APFT, RECORDED ON DA Form 705 WITH
 ANNOTATED WEIGHT/HEIGHT IAW AR 600-9. Alternate event APFT must
 have approved memorandum from NGB.
      - DA Form 5500-R / DA Form 5501-R

 OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT(S) 60 HRS TO ENROLL (ORIGINAL)
      - PROOF OF GT SCORE (110 OR HIGHER) (On DA 2-1 and on
 commander’s verification memorandum)
      - COPY OF DA FORM 2-1 (Certified) from SIDPERS
PROOF OF BASIC TRAINING AND AIT- (DD 214, DD 220, OR NGB 22)
    - WAIVER FOR NON-COMPLETION OF AIT (not applicable to OCS Enlistment Options (09S)


      - IF OCS ENLISTMENT OPTION (09S), then COPY OF (DA 1966)

SECURITY CLEARANCE (DA Form 873), VERIFICATION OF LETTER OR
COPY OF SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUEST FORM (EPSQ Form SF 86,
e-Qip print out, or current JPAS statement).
MORAL/ CIVIL CONVICTION WAIVER REQUEST AND OR APPROVAL (if
applicable, minimum of request completed for enrollment)




I have read and been counseled on the above prerequisites and expectations applicable to the
course for which I am applying. Attendance at this course and class will not pose any known
hardship on me and/or my family that would detract from, or prevent me from, successfully
completing course requirements.

Student’s Signature: _______________________________ Date: ________________

I have reviewed the above soldier’s qualifications and potential to successfully complete
this course; have counseled him/her on these requirements and hereby verify his/her
readiness to attend OCS.

_________________________________________________
Commanding Officer (typed name)

_________________________________________Date:_______________________
Signature (Commander only)
                                                            Page 2 of 2




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                TXARNG OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL APPLICATION: CLASS #53
1. NAME (Last, First, Middle)                                2. PAY GRADE     3. SSN                      4. GENDER
                                                                                                            _____MALE _____FEMALE

5. ORGANIZATION (Include Address & Zip Code)                                           6. UNIT PHONE

7. HOME OF RECORD (Street, City, State & Zip Code)                                     8. HOME PHONE


9. EMPLOYER (Include Address & Zip Code)                                               10. EMPLOYER PHONE


E-MAIL ADDRESS:______________________________________________ (personal)

11. DOB / AGE                              12. ARE YOU A U. S. CITIZEN:                IF NO, DATE OF CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION:

   _______________ / ____________                YES_____ NO_____                              ___________________________

13. WAIVER(S) REQUIRED:             14. DO YOU HAVE A CHAPTER 2                        15. DO YOU HAVE A “SECRET" SECURITY
    YES_____ NO_____               PHYSICAL WITHIN SIX MONTHS                          CLEARANCE? YES_____ NO____
                                    OF 01 Mar 08?:                                     IF NO, DATE SUBMITTED: _________________
IF YES, ATTACH COP(IES) (APPROVED) (ORIGINAL) YES_____ NO_____                         (ATTACH COPY OF EPSQ PRINTOUT)

16. COLLEGE DEGREE: YES_____ NO_____                               DEGREE TYPE: AA_____ AS_____ BA_____ BS_____

    IF NO DEGREE, NUMBER OF COLLEGE CREDITS: ________              TYPE OF CREDITS: _______ SEMESTER (or) _______ QUARTER

   NAME OF COLLEGE: (Include Address, City, State & Zip Code)      FRESHMAN       _______       SOPHOMORE       _______
                                                                   JUNIOR         _______       SENIOR          _______
     __________

17. MILITARY BACKGROUND         PEBD : ________________            ETS DATE: (Must be 18 months from 5 June 2008) _______________

   PRIMARY MOS: ________________________________________           DATE OF TXARNG ENLISTMENT: ______________________________

   HIGHEST LEVEL OF MILITARY EDUCATION: ____________               TOTAL YEARS OF MILITARY SERVICE: _________________________

   GT SCORE (110 MINIMUM) :______________________________

18. LAST APFT SCORE: PU _______ SU _______ RUN ______ TOTAL: _________ DATE OF TEST: ______________________________

   LAST SEMI-ANNUAL WEIGH-IN:          HEIGHT IN INCHES _________ WEIGHT _________            DATE_____________________

   PASSED SCREENING WEIGHT: YES_____ NO_____ IF OVER SCREENING WEIGHT, PERCENT OF BODY FAT __________%
   (Attach DA Form 5500 for males, DA Form 5501 for females)

19. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN REJECTED FOR MILITARY SERVICE OR APPOINTMENT AS AN OFFICER? YES_____ NO_____

    HAVE YOU EVER BEEN COURT-MARTIALED? YES_____ NO_____

    DID A CIVIL COURT FOR OTHER THAN MINOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS EVER CONVICT YOU? YES_____ NO_____
    (If YES, attach APPROVED waiver(s) and statements of circumstances)

20. UNIT COMMANDER'S STATEMENT OF APPLICANT'S LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: __________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
IN SIGNING THIS APPLICATION THE APPLICANT UNDERSTANDS THE HE/SHE IS NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR A DIRECT COMMISSION
UPON INPROCESSING AT PHASE ZERO OF OCS. THE UNDERSIGNED UNIT COMMANDER HAS THOROUGHLY REVIEWED THIS
APPLICATION AND THE ENTIRE PACKET FOR COMPLETION AND QUALITY. THIS IS A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKET: NO
WAIVERS ARE PENDING; ONLY APPROVED WAIVERS ARE SUBMITTED TO THE BATTALION SELECTION BOARD AND OCS. AN
ORIGINAL CHAPTER 2 COMMISSIONING PHYSICAL AND PROOF THAT A SECURITY CLEARANCE IS GRANTED OR REQUESTED IS
INCLUDED IN THE PACKET.

 _______________________________________      ________________      ___________________________________     ________________
      SIGNATURE OF APPLICANT                 (DATE)                 SIGNATURE OF UNIT COMMANDER                  (DATE)

 TXRTI Form 351a, 10 Oct 03 (TXRTI)                                 ___________________________________
 All previous editions of OCS Applications are SUPERCEDED.          PRINTED NAME OF COMMANDER

                                                         PAGE 1 OF 2 PAGES


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21. OFFICER CANDIDATE SELECTION BOARD COMMENTS:

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


  IT IS THE OPINION OF THE OFFICER CANDIDATE BATTALION-LEVEL SELECTION BOARD THAT __________________________________
(SHOULD) / (SHOULD NOT) BE ENROLLED AS AN OFFICER CANDIDATE IN THE TEXAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD OFFICER CANDIDATE
SCHOOL CLASS #52.

  THE UNDERSIGNED BOARD MEMBERS HAVE THOROUGHLY REVIEWED THIS APPLICATION AND THE ENTIRE PACKET FOR
COMPLETION AND QUALITY. THIS IS A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKET: ALL REQUESTS FOR WAIVERS ARE SUBMITTERD
PER THE MOI AND A COURTESY COPY OF SUBMITTALS IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKET. AN ORIGINAL CHAPTER 2
COMMISSIONING PHYSICAL AND PROOF THAT A SECURITY CLEARANCE IS GRANTED OR REQUESTED IS INCLUDED IN THE
PACKET.

   THIS APPLICANT RECEIVED COUNSEL EXPLAINING THAT HE/SHE WILL NO LONGER BE ELIGIBLE FOR A DIRECT
COMMISSION, EVEN IF ALREADY APPLIED FOR, UPON INPROCESSING AT PHASE ZERO OF OCS (REF: NGB ALL STATES LOG P02-
021a).

  THE BATTALION-LEVEL SELECTION BOARD UNDERSTANDS THAT IF THIS APPLICANT IS DISENROLLED OR DROPS FROM THE OCS
PROGRAM, FOR ANY REASON, THAT THIS APPLICANT WILL RETURN TO HIS/HER ASSIGNED PARENT UNIT TO COMPLETE THE
REMAINDER OF HIS/HER ENLISTMENT. THE TXARNG OCS PROGRAM WILL FORWARD A DISENROLLMENT MEMORANDUM THRU THE
ADJUTANT GENERAL’S OFFICE TO THE BATTALION FOR ANY CANDIDATE DROPPING AFTER OFFICIAL ENROLLMENT AT PHASE ONE.

               BATTALION-LEVEL OCS SELECTION BOARD ENDORSEMENTS:

    _______________________________________________ ____________________________________           _____________
    PRINTED RANK AND NAME OF BOARD PRESIDENT           SIGNATURE OF BOARD PRESIDENT                       DATE
    (TXARNG OFFICER: FIELD GRADE OR ABOVE ONLY)


    _____________________________________________        ____________________________________       _____________
    PRINTED RANK AND NAME OF BOARD MEMBER                    SIGNATURE OF BOARD MEMBER                     DATE
    (TXARNG OFFICER: COMPANY GRADE OR ABOVE)


    _____________________________________________       _____________________________________       _____________
    PRINTED RANK AND NAME OF BOARD MEMBER                   SIGNATURE OF BOARD MEMBER                      DATE
    (TXARNG OFFICER: COMPANY GRADE OR ABOVE)




 RTI Form 351a, 10 Oct 03 (TXRTI)
 All previous editions of OCS Applications are SUPERCEDED.
                                                         PAGE 2 OF 2 PAGES



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                                            OCS Interview Questionnaire
Interviewing OCS applicants is vital to the selection process. The following are intended as open-ended questions to disclose
issues or challenges that may hinder an applicant from successfully completing OCS. OCS is deliberately very challenging,
time consuming, and stressful. TX OCS applicants, as future officers, are held accountable to high standards. Some major
difficulties for OCS attendees are listed below and should be discussed with the applicant. These questions are intended to
assist the interviewer in informing the candidates of these challenges and should be communicated or expanded based upon the
maturity and military experience of the prospect.

    1.   Have you incurred any physical injuries since your last medical examination? If so, has a military physician evaluated
         them? Do you have a current, qualifying, chapter 2 physical? Is it an Original?

    2.   For female applicants only. Are you pregnant? If so, under AR 40-501, you are medically disqualified from OCS
         training.

    3.   Your immediate family will play a major supporting role during your tenure at OCS. Elaborate on the support and
         any health problems that you expect you or your family members have that will interfere with your performance at
         OCS? Are you the sole custodian or guardian of a dependent? If yes, who will take care of your dependents during
         your two-week AT/ADT training periods?

    4.   Have you discussed the strenuous requirements you will be under while attending OCS with your immediate family?
         Are they supportive?

    5.   TX OCS Candidates are no longer authorized graduation with an Interim Secret Clearance. Derogatory background
         investigations accounts for more than twenty-five percent of candidates not receiving their commission. What are your
         personal, legal, or financial issues that will interfere with your performance or prevent you from receiving a Final
         Secret Clearance? (Especially: Previous Bankruptcy, DUI, civilian convictions, inability to show responsibility for
         financial liabilities)

    6.   How are you prepared to accept all aspects of your training, including those you may not like or immediately
         understand? How many hours of personal time between drills working on OCS and unit-related projects are you
         willing to do?

    7.   OCS requires numerous forced Road Marches of up to 10 miles as graded events. What is your Physical Fitness
         Regime? Describe your current level of physical fitness.

    8.   How many college hours do you have completed today? (If more than 60 but less than 90, then inquire: Do you have
         a plan to complete the remaining hours while you are attending OCS?) Do you understand that OCS Candidates have
         priority for tuition assistance?

    9.   Most prospects drop out of OCS in PHASE Zero, due to personal and financial hardships. What are your current
         hardships?

    10. Are you on AGR/ADSW/Technician status? (If so, the AGR Management Office must approve the student’s
        application.)

    11. Are you prepared to attend a Basic Officer course following OCS graduation that lasts an average of 17 straight weeks
        away from home?

    12. Why do you want to become an officer? TX OCS, historically experiences more than 50% attrition of its class on
        the first IDT weekend via Drop on Request (DOR). The most common DOR is that candidates did not realize
        the time, dedication, and commitment necessary to complete the OCS program. The Senior Officer may wish to
        elaborate on his/her expectations of the officer candidate and current junior officers.




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                    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BY OCS APPLICANTS

Q) What will my rank be while attending the Officer Candidate School?

    A) You will be promoted to the rank of Officer Candidate, E-5, if you are currently below that rank, and will
       be paid as an E-5 while you are in OCS. If a SFC becomes a Candidate, then that soldier will continue at
       the pay grade of E-7. If an AGR soldier becomes a Candidate, then the pay grade depends on the slot to
       which assigned. An AGR Candidate in an E-5 slot will continue at the pay grade of E-5. While enrolled in
       OCS, you will wear OCS insignia in place of your enlisted rank and will be referred to as “Candidate.”
       (Note: During Phase 0 you will be paid at your current rank. Promotions are submitted just prior to
       attending Phase 1, usually during the month of June. All soldiers enrolled in OCS, regardless of prior rank
       and duty status will be administratively promoted to the rank and MOS of “Candidate”).

Q) What are the requirements for age?
   A) You may no be any younger than 18 Years old in order to apply for a commission, and no older than 41
      years old and 364 days at time of commissioning. Age waivers are not required.

Q) If my GT Score is below 110 can it be waivered?
   A) No, if your GT Score is below 110 you must retest to bring up your GT score before reporting to OCS.

Q) Do I have to attend monthly training assemblies (“Drill” or “IDTs”) with my own unit?
   A) No, you will attend drill (IDT) at Camp Swift, Bastrop, Texas.

Q) What type of commission will I receive?
   A) You will be commissioned into the Texas Army National Guard and will also receive Federal Recognition
      in the form of a concurrent commission in the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR).

Q) Will I have to go on active duty when I graduate?
   A) No. You will serve in the Army National Guard. However, you must attend your BOLC II (6 weeks in
      length) and Officer Basic Course (OBC) for your designated branch within 18 months of commissioning
      (one six-month extension may be granted). OBCs are from 4 to 5 months in duration, depending on the
      particular branch.

Q) May I request to serve on active duty?
   A) Yes, provided you apply and are accepted by the U.S Army. Contact an Active Duty US Army recruiter in
      your area after you receive a commission.

Q) In what branch would I be commissioned?
   A) Your designated branch will depend on the unit and position that you are assigned to upon graduation. You
       will be assigned to a branch and unit based upon the needs of the state, your stated preferences, and
       geographical considerations.

Q) What happens to me if I drop out or fail out of OCS?
   A) You will return to your original status and rank with your unit. You will be counseled by several members
      of the chain of command, return all items issued by OCS, and contact your parent unit chain of command.
      Simultaneously, OCS will initiate a memorandum for record through the OCS Commandant to the General
      Officer in your Chain of Command to your parent unit chain of command. Reapplying for subsequent OCS
      classes will be handled on a case by case basis and a new application packet boarded by your battalion will
      also be required. Soldiers who have not attended AIT (09S contracts) will be given the option of remaining
      enlisted and attending an MOS producing school or be discharged. This is at the discretion of the soldiers
      Company Commander.




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Q) Q) What happens if I have to miss training?
   A) OCS requires that you attend all training assemblies. If you cannot make training events on time, you
      should reconsider applying for OCS.

Q) How much time is required for preparation?
   A) If you study as much as one-half hour for every hour of training, you should pass without any difficulty.
      However, you must plan to study. You will also be required to prepare yourself, your equipment, and
      communicate with your candidate chain of command and project teams prior to drills.

Q) Why is OCS demanding and stressful?
   A) The purpose of OCS is to develop and assess potential future commissioned officers. The OCS staff must
      assess the leadership potential of the candidates in a stressful yet professional environment. This includes
      physical and mental stress in garrison and field situations. While OCS is demanding, any candidate who
      applies the Army Values to every aspect of this transformation process has an excellent chance to graduate
      and receive a commission. Experience has shown that the vast majority of the candidates who do not
      complete the program withdraw voluntarily due to personal reasons that are not related to the OCS
      curriculum.

Q) What are the general demographics of an OCS class?
   A) A class is typically made up of an equalized mixture of prior-service National
      Guard/Army/Navy/Marine/Air Force, non-prior-service BCT/AIT graduates, 18-39 year-old, males and
      females. Each class varies in areas of strength and improvements and usually develops its own
      personality. Individual candidates come to the program for different and personal reasons, but soon after
      OCS begins, all are united as one team with the same goal and standards in mind.

Q) What is my service obligation after commissioning?
   A) Eight years. Six years in a unit and two years in the Control Group.


Q) What are the training dates for OCS?


                                               OCS Calendar 2009
             JAN        CL 52 PHASE II (IDT)                           TBD 09                        MUTA 5
             FEB        CL 52 PHASE II (IDT)                           TBD 09                        MUTA 5
             MAR           PHASE II (IDT)                              TBD 09                        MUTA 5
             APR        CL 53 PHASE 0 (IDT)                         17-19 APR 09                     MUTA 5
             MAY        CL 53 PHASE 0 (IDT)                         15-17 May 09                     MUTA 5
  2009
                      South Dakota Accelerated                    28 May – 25 July                     ADT
            JUNE         CL 53 PHASE I (AT)                 12 – 27 June    Salina, Kansas             AT
                        Alabama Accelerated           26 June – 8 August         Ft McClellan, AL      ADT
             JULY       CL 53 PHASE II (IDT)                        10 – 12 July                     MUTA 5
                      Pennsylvania Acclerated                  31 July – 26 September                  ADT
             AUG        CL 53 PHASE II (IDT)                       14 – 16 August                    MUTA 5
            SEPT        CL 53 PHASE II (IDT)                     18 – 20 September                   MUTA 5
             OCT        CL 53 PHASE II (IDT)                               TBD                       MUTA 5
             NOV        CL 53 PHASE II (IDT)                               TBD                       MUTA 5
             DEC        CL 53 PHASE II (IDT)                               TBD                       MUTA 5




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                  PREPARING THE OCS STUDENT AUTOBIOGRAPHY
SUBJECT AREA: Written Communication.


ASSIGNMENT: Write an OCS Student autobiography of 4-5 pages (1000 words max.)


ASSIGNMENT INFORMATION:
    a. Substance: Generally speaking, a writer reflects upon and describes his/her life, or part of it, in an
autobiography. For your first assignment as an OCS student, we ask that you write an OCS Student
autobiography, focusing on that part of your life which has led you to consider becoming an Army Officer. Here are
some suggestions for proceeding with this assignment:
       (1) Present vital statistics: date, place of birth, places of residence, schools you have attended, family
background, and prior military service or experiences.
       (2) Describe special events in your life; relate circumstances and happenings that make you different, that
help make you what you are, and that you expect your audience to find memorable.
       (3) Tell what you expect to contribute to society through gaining an education and what
you may contribute by completing OCS requirements and gaining a commission.


           NOTE: One of your principle writing tasks is to develop a fluid, readable
           narrative of your life, so do not merely list responses to these suggested
           questions. Instead, weave your responses into a narrative story of your life
           and your expectations in life and how this relates to your goal of earning a
           commission in the military.




    b. Format: Final paper will be typed or computer-printed on one side only. Number each page (except the first
page-cover sheet) on the center bottom of the page. The cover sheet format is provided. Your autobiography will
start on the second page and be numbered "1" in the numbering sequence of all the remaining pages.
    c. Fasten a ¾ length photo of yourself, head to knees, (3” x 5” or 4” x 6” photos or digital camera printouts on
high-quality paper are acceptable) in uniform (ACUs) to the bottom of the cover sheet. Use "Scotch Magic Tape" to
fasten photo to cover sheet. Local policy/SOP may require your class to schedule a date for all of you to take
photos together, or you may wish to get together with classmates and take each other’s picture.
    d. Evaluation: OCS Staff members will evaluate your autobiography. The OCS Selection Board of Officers will
read and review your autobiography to formulate initial opinions about you. Your autobiography will be judged on
four criteria: content, organization, readability, and presentability. Evaluators will consider the following questions
as they make their evaluation:
        (1) Substance. How much specific detail have you used? (Generally, the more detail the better) How
appropriate is the detail? How well does the reader get to "know" you, solely on the bases of your autobiography?
        (2) Organization. Does your paper develop smoothly? Does each part relate well with the rest of your
paper? Do you relate your earlier life to your present situation in college? Do your expectations regarding the
future emerge clearly from what you reveal of your past and present?
        (3) Style. Have you used effective transitions? Have you written directly? Have you chosen familiar,
unpretentious vocabulary? Have you avoided long, cumbersome sentences? On the other hand, have you also
avoided an extended series of very simply structured sentences? Has your punctuation assisted rather than
hindered or confused your reader? Overall, have you observed the conventions of standard written English?
       (4) Correctness. Is your text carefully proofread, and free of typographical errors? Have used the proper
format? Is your text neat, and free of smudges and wrinkles?
     e. Acknowledgements: Most writers benefit from various kinds of assistance. Most texts are read in draft form
by trusted readers who offer suggestions for improving the text. Also, many writers use proofreaders and typists.
Many colleges have tutorial services or writing centers where students can get individual assistance in writing. All
writers have an ethical obligation to acknowledge all such forms of assistance. If you need or want assistance in
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writing your autobiography, do not hesitate in obtaining it. However, you must understand that the substance and
content of your autobiography must be your own work. If you receive help in preparing your autobiography, then
you must acknowledge it on your cover sheet as such:
______(Name/Title)_____ read an early draft of my autobiography and offered recommendations.
_____(Name/Title)_____ proofread my final draft and/or the final text.
_____(Name/Title)_____ typed or word-processed my final text.


   If you received no assistance, simply write "none" below the acknowledgements entry on the cover sheet.


                                Cover Sheet Format




                                       OCS Student Autobiography
                                                  by

                                        NAME: (Last, First, Middle)

                                          OCS Program (State)

                                           OCS Class Number

                                              Date Prepared


                                           Acknowledgements:




                                              OCS Student Autobiography
                                                         By
                                              Candidate Photo

                                                  Last Name, First Name




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                                DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
                                    (Your Unit Name)
                               TEXAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
                       P. O. BOX 5218, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78763 - 5218


REPLY TO
ATTENTION OF

(Office Symbol)                                                              (DD MMM YYYY)


MEMORANDUM FOR Commander, B CO (OCS) 2-136th Regiment (CA), PO Box 5218, Austin, TX
78763-5218

SUBJECT: Commander’s Certification of Officer Candidate’s GT Score (OCS Class 53)


1. The purpose of this memorandum is to certify that (Rank Last Name, First MI.), SSN, attained a
General Technical (GT) Score of (???) on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) on
or about (DD MMM YYYY).

2. POC for this memorandum is the undersigned at (Phone Number) or via email at
first.last@us.army.mil.




                                             ANDREW J. COX
                                             CPT, AR, TXARNG
                                             Commanding




                                              EXAMPLE

       Ensure that a memorandum similar to this one is completed by your Commander and forwarded
                                            with your packet.




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                                  DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
                                      (Your Unit Name)
                                 TEXAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
                         P. O. BOX 5218, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78763 - 5218


REPLY TO
ATTENTION OF

(Office Symbol)                                                               (DD MMM YYYY)


MEMORANDUM FOR Commander, B CO (OCS) 2-136th Regiment (CA), PO Box 5218, Austin, TX
78763-5218

SUBJECT: Height and Weight Verification


1. The following individual was verified for height and weight on (DD MMM YYYY) in accordance with
AR 600-9 and OCS Procedures for OCS Class 53.

   a.   Name:                 (Last, First MI)
   b.   Rank:                 (Rank)
   c.   SSN:                  (???-??-????)
   d.   Height:               ??”
   e.   Age:                  ??
   f.   Weight:               ???
   g.   Max Weight:           ???
   h.   Body Fat %:           ??.?? %
   i.   Max Allowed BF%:      ?? %

2. I certify that this Soldier is in accordance with AR 600-9.

3. POC for this memorandum is the undersigned at 512-???-????.




                                                 ANDREW J. COX
                                                 CPT, AR, TXARNG
                                                 Commanding




                                                 EXAMPLE

        Ensure that a memorandum similar to this one is completed by your Commander and forwarded
                                             with your packet.




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                                  DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
                                      (Your Unit Name)
                                 TEXAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
                         P. O. BOX 5218, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78763 - 5218


REPLY TO
ATTENTION OF

(Office Symbol)                                                                    (DD MMM YYYY)


MEMORANDUM FOR The Adjutant General of Texas, ATTN: JFTX-PSO, PO Box 5218, Austin, TX
78763-5218

SUBJECT: Request for Waiver of Civil Conviction for OCS Enrollment


1. OC (First MI Last), (Social Security Number), (Unit), was convicted of a civil offense per the attached
court documents. OC (Last) complied with the court’s final judgment by (Your Punishment). His/Her
background is now clear and awaiting disposition of his/her security clearance. Request a waiver of this
civil conviction for appointment as a Second Lieutenant upon completion of the Officer Candidate School
(OCS) program.

2. (Give a 3-5 sentence summary of the Soldier’s military accomplishments and leadership abilities)

3. There is no record of indebtedness, questionable character traits, non-judicial punishment, problems
with civilian employment, or lack of substantive support by the chain of command. His/Her military
experience, leadership abilities, and professional qualifications uniquely suit him/her to make a significant
contribution as a commissioned officer and leader of Soldiers upon completion of OCS.

4. Please forward one copy of the approval/disapproval to the OCS Office and one to my office. POC
for this request in the undersigned at (phone number) or via email at (email@us.army.mil).




4 Encls                                          ANDREW J. COX
1. SM Court Documents                            CPT, AR, TXARNG
2. SM Statement of Circumstances                 Commanding
3. NGB Form 62-E
4. SM Request




                                              EXAMPLE
 - Commander writes this request.
 - Forward this memorandum, the court documents, Statement of Circumstances, SM’s Request Memo,
 and NGB 62-E to OCS with the SM’s packet.
 - Ensure this offense is annotated on the NGB Form 62E.
 - CIVIL CONVICTION WAIVERS ARE REQUIRED FOR ANY CIVIL CONVICTION TO
 INCLUDE CONVICTIONS THAT WERE DEFERRED, OR ADJUDICATED.
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                                  DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
                                      (Your Unit Name)
                                 TEXAS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
                         P. O. BOX 5218, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78763 - 5218


REPLY TO
ATTENTION OF

(Office Symbol)                                                                    (DD MMM YYYY)


MEMORANDUM FOR Commander, (Your Unit), (Your Unit’s Address), (Tour Unit’s City), TX (Your
Unit’s Zip Code)

SUBJECT: Soldier’s Request for Waiver of Civil Conviction for OCS Enrollment


1. I, OC (First MI Last), (Your Social Security Number), (Your Unit), was convicted of a civil offense per
the attached court documents. I complied with the court’s final judgment by (Your Punishment). My
background is now clear and awaiting disposition of my security clearance. I request a waiver of this civil
conviction for appointment as a Second Lieutenant upon completion of the Officer Candidate School
(OCS) program.

2. (Give a 3-5 sentence summary of your military accomplishments and leadership abilities)

3. I attached copies of all related court documents and a memorandum for record stating the
circumstances that caused the incident, resulted in charges, and led to the resolution of the incident. In
my Statement of Circumstances I also included what I learned from the incident.

4. POC for this request in the undersigned at (your phone number) or via email at
(your.email@us.army.mil).




3 Encls                                          JOHN D. DOE
1. Court Documents                               OC, TXARNG
2. Statement of Circumstances
3. NGB Form 62-E



                                               EXAMPLE
   - Ensure that a memorandum similar to this one is completed by you and not your Commander.
   Forward this memorandum, the court documents, and the Statement of Circumstances to your
   Company Commander. Your Company Commander will write another memorandum that is similar
   and states that you are of good morale character and should be commissioned as an officer in the Texas
   Army National Guard.
   - You must also annotate this offense on your NGB Form 62E.
   - CIVIL CONVICTION WAIVERS ARE REQUIRED FOR ANY CIVIL CONVICTION TO
   INCLUDE CONVICTIONS THAT WERE DEFERRED, OR ADJUDICATED.


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Texas




                                 Para 2-11a, NGR 600-100




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                                        PACKING LIST
MINIMUM               ITEM DESCRIPTION                      ITEM # / NSN        X=
QUANTITY                                                                        ON
                                                                               HAND
                    HOME STATE S-1 / ADMIN ISSUED ITEMS
1 each     Identification Card, Military                      DD Form 2
1 pair     Tags, Personnel ID w/ chain
5 each     Orders, Annual Training
                                  ISSUED CLOTHING
1 each     Belt, Trousers                                       B60252
2 pair     Boots, Combat, Tan                                   C06749
1 each     Buckle, Belt, Black                                  C32045
2 each     Cap, ACU                                             C01123
1 each     Coat, Cold Weather, ACU/BDU or Jacket, Gore-Tex      E43851
1 pair     Gloves, Shell, Black Leather w/ inserts              J63269
4 each     Coat, ACU (Temp & HW)                            C64956/C43302
1 each     Jacket, IPFU or Sweat Jacket, PFU               NSN based on size
1 pair     Pants, IPFU or Sweat Pants, PFU                 NSN based on size
1 each     Shirt, long sleeve, IPFU (not used with PFU)    NSN based on size
2 each     Shirt, short sleeve, IPFU, or Shirt, PFU        NSN based on size
2 each     Shorts, black, IPFU or Shorts, gray, PFU        NSN based on size
1 each     Cap. knit, black (watch cap)                    8405-01-006-1074
10 pair    Socks, Wool, Boot                                    T93335
4 pair     Trousers, ACU                                    T35160/T52743
6 each     Undershirt, Tan                                     X86565
                              INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT
1 each     Bag, Duffel                                          B14729
1 each     Bag, Sleeping (Mummy or MSS)                         T71706
1 each     Bag, Waterproof                                      B15825
1 each     Bag, Laundry                                         B13907
1 each     Belt, Individual Equipment                           B59567
2 each     Canteen, Water, Plastic (1 qt)                       C96536
1 each     Case, First Aid with field dressing                 D11812
2 each     Case, Small Arms                                    D64043
1 each     Compass, Lensatic with case & Lanyard                E63317
           (FUNCTIONAL)
2 each     Cover, Canteen                                       F30391
1 each     Cup, Canteen                                         F54817
1 each     Entrenching Tool w/ Carrier                      L00210/D11812
1 each     Flashlight, (w/ all lenses and batteries)       6230-00-264-8261
1 each     Frame, Strap, Shoulder (ALICE)                      H90705
1 each     Helmet, PASGT or ACH (Without cover)                K34733
1 each     Jacket, Wet Weather                                 N39848




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MINIMUM                ITEM DESCRIPTION                        ITEM # / NSN         X = ON
QUANTITY                                                                            HAND
                         INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT (continued)
1 each     Poncho                                                   P17415
1 each     Liner, Poncho                                            L70789
1 each     Mat, Sleeping                                            M37042
1 pair     Overshoes, Wet Weather                                   N39848
1 each     Ruck, ALICE, with frame (recommend LARGE)                H39835
1 each     Shelter half, w/ 1 rope, 3 poles, & 5 stakes             T00150
           (snaps, not buttons)
1 pair     Suspenders, individual equipment or Tactical             U73323
           Load Bearing Vest
1 each     Protective Mask (M40 / M42)                              M12418
1 each     Bee-sting allergy kit (by prescription)
1 pair     Trousers, Wet Weather                                    N37752
               HOME STATE ISSUED ITEMS (OCS WILL PROVIDE)
1 each     Bee-sting allergy kit (by prescription)
5 each     Bag, Zip-Lock, Plastic (12 x 12)                    8105-00-837-7757
5 each     Bag, Zip-Lock, Plastic (8 x 8)                      8105-00-837-7755
5 each     Bag, Zip-Lock, Plastic (6 x 6)                      8105-00-837-7754
1 roll     Tape, OD, 1”                                        7510-00-890-9872
1 pair     Plug, Ear w/ case                                   6515-01-100-1674
3 each     Pen, Black, ball-point                              7520-01-060-5820
2 each     Pen, Sharpie, fine point, black                     7520-01-360-7742
1 each     Ruler, 12”                                         7510-00-935-1005 or
                                                               7510-00-161-6215
1 each     Sewing Kit                                          8315-01-222-0680
2 each     Book, Memo 3.5” x 4.5”                              7530-01-060-7511
1 each     Marker, Permanent, Black                            7520-00-973-1059
1 each     Notebook, Steno Type                                7530-00-223-7939
1 pack     Paper, Loose Leaf                                   7530-00-559-9836
2 packs    Index Cards, 3” x 5” (100 per pack)                 7530-00-247-0325
1 set      Pens, Alcohol, super fine, red, blue, black, green  7520-01-392-5295
1 each     Pen, cleaning (alcohol)                             7520-01-385-5271
2 each     Pencil, mechanical                                  7520-00-590-1878
2 each     Coordinate Scale and Protractor                        GTA 5-2-10
1 each     Camouflage Compact or Stick                         6850-01-262-0635
25’        Cord, 550                                           4020-00-262-2019
2 sets     Insignia, OCS, non-suACUed (on uniforms)            8455-00-985-7452
6 sets     Insignia, OCS, suACUed                              8455-00-126-9290
1 each     Calamine Lotion                                     6505-00-687-4534
1 each     Chigg-Away                                          6505-01-137-8456
1 each     Foot Powder                                         6505-01-008-3054
1 each     Insect Repellant                                    6840-01-003-9590
1 each     Lipstick, Anti-Chap                                 6505-01-436-0607
1 each     Pre-Sun 15, 4 oz                                    6505-01-121-2336
1 each     Whistle, Plastic, Black or Dark Green               8465-00-254-8803
1 each     Camelback (Camo or black) OR 2qt canteen                  71000




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  MINIMUM                              ITEM DESCRIPTION                                  ITEM # /     X = ON
  QUANTITY                                                                                 NSN        HAND
                                            COMMON ITEMS
1 each        Athletic Supporter (Male)
3 each        Brassiere, Athletic/Sports type (Female)
1 pair        Shoes, Running
1 pair        Shoes, shower
2 pair        Laces, Combat Boot (spares)
5 pair        Socks, White, Running (no logos or stripes; length = between ankle &
              mid-calf)
2 each        Tabs, Blousing (Velcro)

1 kit         Toilet Articles, (as required): toothbrush, toothbrush case, toothpaste,
              soap, soap dish, shaving gear, mirror, comb or small brush, feminine
              hygiene articles, dental floss, mouthwash, antiperspirant.
3 each        Towel, Bath, Brown                                                          W69891
2 each        Washcloth, Brown
6 each        Undergarments
3 each        Padlock, combination (SERVICEABLE, must fit on duffle bag)
1 each        Watch, Wrist

1 pair        Blousing rubbers (elastic with hooks)
2 rolls       Tape, Black electrical
1 each        Sewing Kit                                                                 8315-01-
                                                                                         222-0679
                                           MISCELLANEOUS
10 each       Coat Hangers, Copper
2 pair        Government Issued eyeglasses (if required by prescription; no
              contacts) 1 pr worn, 1 extra
1 pair        Protective Mask corrective lens insert (if required by prescription)

1 set         Civilian clothes (worn in transit)

4 each        Battery, D cell (2 in flashlight)                                          6135-00-
                                                                                         120-1020
              Money to cover incidental expenses – do not bring excessive amounts of
              money to training.
COLD WEATHER ADDENDUM (Do not bring unless instructed to do so)
1 each        Cap, Cold Weather (Pile Cap)                                               NSN varies
                                                                                          by size
2 each        Top, Underwear, Polypropylene                                               U86178
2 each        Bottom, Underwear, Polypropylene                                            D49418
1 each        Trousers, ECWS (Gore-Tex™)                                                  T35375
1 pair        Boots, ECWS (Gore-Tex™)                                                     B09054




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What not to bring:

 Aerosol articles of any type (only exception is shaving cream)
 No over the counter medications (prescription medications can be brought but they will be turned over to
  the medical staff for your consumption per labeled directions)
 No weapons of any type (This does not include knifes with a blade length less than 3 inches )
 No personal listening devices (i.e. portable tape/CD players)
 No cellular phones
 No Computers or PDA’s
 Personal/private firearms
 Ammunition
 Pyrotechnics
 Knifes with blades longer than 3”
 Any dietary supplement
 Cosmetics, perfumes, colognes, fragranced lotions, soaps, and hair care products are not authorized for wear
  or use until Senior Phase privileges are granted. All items not listed are hindrances. If there are items in
  question that may be authorized but not listed; they can be purchased locally once the list is approved by your
  commander.
 Tobacco products of any type
 Civilian GPS
 Contact Lenses
 Filled in Operations Order, FRAGO or ANNEX Formats,
 Nonmilitary or Modified issue Boot Soles
 Spandex type Athletic Wear/Underwear
 NO PERSONAL TA 50
 CASH OVER $100




                               SECURITY CLEARANCE INFORMATION

The Army has recently changed the application process for security clearances from the EPSQ (SF 86) system to e-
Qip. If you have previously filled out an EPSQ (SF 86) and do not currently have a clearance you need to contact
your unit’s security manager. You must include your full name, any aliases, social security number, date of birth,
MOS, ETS date, your email address, and your phone number. This program is web based so you will need access
to a computer and you must have an email address.

NOTE: This is the most difficult part of your packet and it takes the longest to complete with the exception of your
college hours.


                                             PHYSICAL FITNESS

If you need help improving your physical fitness and score on the APFT go to this website and follow this program:
http://www.apft.net/maxyourapft.html. You need to be scoring at least a 250-270 on the APFT. This will ensure
that even on your worst day that you can still pass with a 180. Every year we are forced to drop students during
Phase 0 and Phase 2 who cannot pass the APFT. Don’t be one of those students!




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