Officer Candidate School

Officer Candidate School

There are several ways to become a commissioned officer In the Nevada Army National Guard. Traditional Officer Candidate School (OCS), Accelerated (OCS) 501, Enlisting with the OCS option, direct commission, and Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps / Simultaneous Membership Program (ROTC/SMP) are the most popular.
 

There are several ways to become a commissioned officer In the Nevada Army National Guard. Traditional Officer Candidate School (OCS), Accelerated (OCS) 501, Enlisting with the OCS option, direct commission, and Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps / Simultaneous Membership Program (ROTC/SMP) are the most popular.

Traditional (OCS):

This program is a broken into four phases. Phase 0 is taken over a set of four drill weekends from February through May and includes orientation, administrative information, an Academic Leadership Board, and preparation for Phase I. Phase I is conducted over a two-week annual training period in June or July at Fort Meade, South Dakota. Phase II is conducted over 12 monthly drills from August to August and Phase III includes an additional two weeks of annual training at Fort Lewis, Washington.
 

Accelerated (OCS) 501:

This program gives officer candidates the opportunity to complete phases I, II and III and graduate from OCS within nine weeks. The winter program runs from January through March and the summer program runs from June through August. Training takes place at either Fort Meade, South Dakota, Fort McClellan, Alabama, and Fort Lewis, Washington. The Academic Leadership Board for this program is held in October and April of each year.
 

Enlist (OCS) Direct Option:

All new recruits with a minimum of 60 college credits from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university have the ability to enlist with the OCS option. Recruits must meet all minimum enlistment requirements and all OCS program requirements. New recruits will complete nine-week Basic Training before any OCS programs.

  • Must be a US citizen
  • Must possess 60 college credits for participation in the Traditional State Program
  • Possess 90 credits for participation in the Accelerated (501) State Program
  • Be able to pass the APFT and meet height and weight requirements
  • Must have a letter of recommendation from battalion and company commander
  • Must have a GT score of 110 or above
  • Must be less than 42 years old at the time of commissioning (41 years and 364 days)
  • Must be able to obtain a Secret security clearance
  • Must complete a Class 2 pre-commissioning physical
Direct Commissioning:

If you are a physician, attorney or chaplain, we would like to extend a special invitation for you to use your professional skills serving soldiers and your country. Contact the state officer strength manager for more information on Army Medical, Judge Advocate General, and Chaplain incentive programs.
 

ROTC/SMP:

The Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps / Simultaneous Membership Program allows you to attend Army ROTC and serve in the US Army National Guard at the same time, with additional training opportunities and experience. Cadets serve as officer trainees in the Nevada National Guard while completing college. You can earn Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances. Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty and Dedicated Army National Guard scholarships are available through the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps
 

Transfers:

If you are serving in the US armed forces in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Active or Reserve, we would like to extend an invitation to transfer to the Nevada Army National Guard. We offer several types of units throughout the great state of Nevada. For more details, please feel free to call.
 

Contacts:

Officer Strength Manager (OSM)
775.887.7399

Basic Branch Officer Recruiter (OCS/ROTC)
775.220.5587

UNLV ARMY ROTC Department
702.895.0452

UNR ARMY ROTC Department
775.682.7472