That is normally a requirement for joining or commissioning. see below.
AR 40-501, para 2-12
f. Color vision (368.5). Failure to pass a color vision test is not an automatic disqualification. Although there is no
standard, color vision will be tested because adequate color vision is a prerequisite for entry into many military
specialties. However, for entrance into the USMA or Army ROTC or OCS programs, the inability to distinguish and
identify without confusion the color of an object, substance, material, or light that is uniformly colored a vivid red or
vivid green is disqualifying.
If you enlist in the Guard for OCS (College Option), at what point would it be best if you decided to go active? Before Basic, after Basic before OCS, or after OCS and promotion to 2LT?
Also, I have noticed in the Army regs that NG officer candidates were listed as E-6's, where Army Reserve and Reg Army OC's were listed as E-5's. However, I have seen some NG OC's online now saying they were reduced in pay grade to E-5's this year. Has this formally been changed?
The change took place in APR '08 (This year). So now ROTC Cadets and OCS Candidates will be the same rank. MAJ H
In short it depends. Gather all of your documents together, including the specifics on why you received an RE-4, your NCOERs, and at least 3 substantial letters of Rec as to why you should be allowed to commission in the CA ARNG. We can work the Waiver up front if we have ALL of the documentation. Shoot me an email direct so I can get you working with one of my officer recruiters. Also as you come off T-10 from Combat duties get a full CH II Physcial for Commissioning including all labs (drug/alcohol, etc). We have done so many waivers, it is difficult to say it will not go through, but the sooner we get working on the waiver, we'll be able to provide you feedback.
I read on a different forum that California will now be sending OCS candidates to Federal OCS at Fort Benning GA, beginning this fall, rather than utilizing an 8 week regional accelerated OCS program. Is this true?
Yes we are actively using FEDERAL OCS (12 Week Resident OCS Program) in FY08 and beyond. We are still sending CA ARNG soldiers to ARNG Resident OCS programs, but we have greater flexibility throughout the calendar year with Resident OCS at Ft Benning; courses begin approximately every 3 weeks. MAJ H
Dear Major Hoskinson,
After visiting this website and the rest of the ARNG discussion threads, the CA ARNG OCS website, etc. a few times, I have a question or two for you.
First, my situation:
Male, 33, no prior military service
Education: BA, JD
Attorney, practicing law for just over 6 years (mostly government service)
Admitted to practice in CA and federal courts
No criminal, drug, or professional disciplinary history (good standing w/ State Bar)
Interested in a JAG posting, or other officer slot if JAG not available
Residing in Fresno area
Question: Given my education and employment history and lack of prior military service, would I be able to get direct commission into CA ARNG, or at least go to CA ARNG OCS (Traditional course preferred) without going to basic training? Or am I fated to go to basic training anyway?
Start by considering this: You could potentially direct commission and not attend BCT. However if you desired to do something different then JAG, you would not be able to, unless you went through a normal commissioning source (ROTC, OCS). Consider this, do you want to do the same thing you are doing now in the military? If so, do you think you may want to branch out to try something different? We have many lawyers that do not serve as lawyers in the military. One 2-Star General is a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles; another a Cavalry/Army Commander, and yet another one of our major planners for the Kosovo Mission, for Infantry Battalion Commander, etc. There's no right or wrong answer, only what is right for you.[
In the end we are here to help do what you want toward that endeavor.
I think Basic combat training (BCT) is a necessary process to truly understand what a soldier is about. You will learn, grow, and, train side-by-side the soldiers you will serve. It gives you more credibility down the road.
Feel free to email me direct or call.
Here's the quick run down:
Male 40 yrs old, prior service (both Navy and Army active duty with both basic trainings, don't ask long story), presently serving with Navy Reserve, would like to get a commission in the Guard. I have 110+ units through the CSU system, high ASVAB scores and I've done the initial paperwork with the recruiter, we did the security clearance form and that has been run up the food chain, I have a conditional release approved through my current chain and BUPERS. Willing to go to the resident OCS because as I read the regs, I have until I'm 41 and 364 days to be commissioned (is that still the standard). I meet height & weight and score high on the PRT.
My recruiter has told me there is a hiccup because of my prior service status and I have been trying to get ahold of the officer recruiter he told me to contact (with no luck so far). What are my options at this point? Do I try an end run on the officer recruiter or do I stay patient and wait the process out?
4818596 (Chris Wilson). I think we covered everything in our conversation and CPT Mike Franklin should be able to work with you the rest of the way. If you have any other ???? that have not been answered, then give me a shout, or best, just shoot me an email.
Good day. I am thinking about joining the NG and I am weighing out some of my options. I just received my BA degree from CSUN, and I am currently enrolled in the MPA graduate program there. I am thinking about ROTC, but I have one question--if I am unable to meet the weight requirement for my height (69"), but I am close, at just ten pounds over, and have less than 34% body fat, will I be meeting the physical requirements to join thru SMP and hit BCT by next summer? I am not inactive, but rather am just a big gal with a large frame. I can run a mile and a half in 20 min, and can muster about 15 push-ups. I love sit-ups, and I was able to drag a 165-lb dummy across a field several times without tiring during a recent police department physical agility test (had a bit of a problem with the wall, however, and will have to re-test later). Do you think I have a chance? Thank you for your time, Sir.
Rachel, every body's body frame is different. Bottom line is the weight criteria is a screening standard. Can you do the APFT and meet our qualifications?? Sounds like while you have challenges with the screening weight, worry less about that and more about your level of fitness.
For 69" (screening weight is 169-176 Lbs (ages 17-40)
more importantly the body fat is
ages 17-20 30%
Female Score Breakdown:
Min Push- 19 (60 pts), max is 50 (100 pts)
Sit ups -53 (60 ptd), max is 78-80 (100 pts)
2 mile run - max time (18:54 - 60 pts)
best (15:36 - 100 pts)
The bottomline with the body fat % is you can work within the limits of the system as there are 3 measurements: Neck, waist at belly button and hips. So if you work your neck out...you can do alot to improve you theroetical body fat percentage.
I have had 19 years of practice, so trust me, you fitness level has less to do with your weigh and more to do with your level of fitness. My last 2 APFTs or fitness tests were in the 260s out of 300 pts, so all in all not doing too bad given I have been in the Army for 17.5 years.
email me if you want to discuss specifics. I can email you the spreadsheet and you can tinker with the measurements on your own and figure out where you will need to sculp your body to be within the limits by AR 600-9.
A quick question:
I was just looking over the State OCS on the Calguard website and it looks like the entire program is conducted during drill weekends and 2 Week ATs, along with alot of homestudy I'm sure.
Now upon completion of OCS, a new officer would have to complete Branch Training. Is that also completed over the course of drill weekends and AT or would you need to go to a resident school to complete that training?
If you have the Semester Credit Hours (and Security Clearance)-we can send you to officer training in as little as 4 months...the Resident or accelerated option is either 8 weeks or 12 weeks depending on where we send you. Our preference is to send you to Federal OCS (at Ft Benning), as it is 12 weeks long and offers you alot more diversity in terms of the training and interaction.
Once commissioned you will have to attend BOLC II (True Officer Basic Training), and BOLC III (Branch Specific Training).
If you are at Pendleton or Miramar here in CA, we have a satellite OCS Program in San Diego or if you prefer to come to Los Alamitos, it is entirely up to you. Please feel free to give me a call or email me direct.
We can work your packet as you transition, so most items will be secured in transition. If you want me to link you up with a recruiter, who will work directly with us to get your packet completed most efficiently...we can also do that.
Okay here is my question. How do the drills for Traditional OCS work. I have heard they are friday night to sunday afternoon. Unfortunatly I work evenings and weekends and with child care issues I cannot take the three days off work.
If anyone can explain how the drill weekends work I would be appreciative.
You need to get in touch with POC Below at the schoolhouse:
Headquarters, 205th Regiment
OCS Phase III Consolidation
Building 90, Camp Murray
Tacoma, WA 98430-5044 CPT Chris Robinson
(253) 512-8737 Primary
(253) 512-7822 Alternate
(253) 512-7819 Fax
I have a question in regards to joining the ARNG in Southern California.
I am currently enlisted in the Navy Reserve (contract is up on June 1, 2009) and I spent 14 years on active duty.
I am 35 years old with about 80 semester hours and wanted to know when a good time would be to start talking to a recruiter?
Can you recommend one in the LA area?
I want to finish up my time in the Naval Reserve before I join but would like to have a smooth transition to the ARNG. I believe the only waiver I would need is the age waiver but not sure. Also, what branches are in the Southern California area? I read that there is an Engineering unit here somewhere..the 315th? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Here's what I need from U:
Shoot me your email/phone #. I will shoot you a bio format.
Also do you want to become an officer or Warrant Officer?? If so, we need to get you up to 90 Semester Credit Hrs from an Accredited Institution.
shoot me your BIO (I will send you a format).
Once we do some analysis into what is the best route for you and also review where we can best utilize your job skills, then we'll put in touch with the right people.
We have plenty of time until next summer, so want to do everything we can now.
***The biggest thing you can do NOW is get ALL Your military records in order...hard copy of all critical documents, including enlistment, re-enlistment docs, school certificates, awards, etc.*****
The 578 Engineers are HQ'd in Manhattan Beach.
- They have units in Long Beach and Oxnard (aka Pt Magoo).
The 578 EN recently transitioned to a vertical/horizontal construction company from a CBT ENGR Btln.
I have read the entire blog and want to thank you for taking time to answer alot of questions. If you could clear up a few things for me I would greatly appreciate it. I am interested in OCS for ARNG. I am prior service Army 13F 1999- 2002. I had a secret clearance during active duty. I have over 90 semester units but I do not graduate from CSULA until June this year. Should I get the ball rolling now? I also understand there is many different ways to get commissioned in the ARNG. Traditional, accelerated, and now federal at Ft. Benning. From reading the blogs I'm guessing that enlistment under 09S is the way to get to one of these OCS schools? Is the method (traditional, accelerated, or federal) gauranteed in the contract? How soon after commissioning can you attend BLOC II, III at San Deigo or Los Alamitos? I would really like to take the fastest way possible so I can get back and help with the fight.
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