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Officer Candidate School (OCS) Site

Officer Candidate School (OCS)


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit a packet without SAT ACT results?

OCS selection boards are conducted at HRC (Accessions Branch). The school here at Fort Benning does not have any influence over what is required, nor who is selected or not. All questions for the board should be directed to the board.

U.S. Army Human Resources Command:
https://www.hrc.army.mil/Officer/Officer%20Candidate%20School


Will TA-50 be provided in school?

TA-50 will be issued here from the Central Issue Facility (CIF).


Are we authorized to bring cell phones?

Candidates are authorized to have cellular phones while at OCS. Use of phones is limited by the training schedule and to certain locations.


Are Candidates authorized POVs (Privately Owned Vehicles)?

Yes, Candidates are allowed to have POVs (no motorcycles), but they are off-limits unless specifically granted permission during the course due to COVID-19 concerns. Student parking is available near the intersection of Wold Ave and Dilboy St.


Will there be Internet access since we are authorized to bring laptops?

BOINGO WIFI Company has a program by which wireless internet can be purchased by the hour\day\month. You will be responsible for all costs. Computer Labs, with internet will also be available for official use only, but access is limited.


What address can I use to send packages and letters to OCS candidate?

(CANDIDATES NAME)
3-11TH INFANTRY
6510 MCVEIGH AVE, BLDG 76
(COMPANY, IF KNOWN)
FORT BENNING, GA 31905


Can you tell me approximately how long I should expect to wait for orders, or when I will need to conduct an interview?

The average wait time to be selected to OCS is 5 months after the packet is submitted. Average wait to attend OCS after being selected for "in-service" Army personnel is 12 months.


What holidays are observed during OCS?

Candidates will be informed at the beginning of the course which holidays will be observed during their time at OCS.

What uniform is used for OCS?

Your daily duty uniform consists of the Operational Camouflage Pattern Army Combat Uniform (OCP-ACUs) and ascot w/ OCS embroidered emblem. Candidates will wear ASUs for formal events, during senior phase inspections and graduation. The Army Physical Fitness Uniform (APFU) w/ yellow reflective belt will be worn during physical training.

The FRACUs (Fire Resistant Army Combat Uniform) and the Army Combat Shirt are not authorized in OCS.


What are the physical fitness requirements for OCS?

You must be able to take and pass the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). There is a 6, 9 and 12 mile foot march requirement along with a timed 4 mile run you will also have pass in order to successfully progress through the course.


Do you get any time off during OCS?

Yes, but initially you are in an immersion environment and what free time you have, you will not be allowed to leave the Battalion Area. As the candidates matures through the course the Company Commander may grant additional privileges. Currently all students are restricted to the OCS campus due to COVID 19 concerns until further notice.


How many weeks is OCS (BOLC A) and follow up classes?

OCS (BOLC A) is 12 weeks, and is followed by your branch specific BOLC B (6-16 weeks, depends on the branch), then based on what unit you are going to you can received additional schooling (e.g. Airborne, Stryker Leader Course, etc) before arriving at your first unit.


Is branching done during OCS?

Branching is done during OCS for all active duty personnel. National Guard and Reserve Personnel will receive their branch from their state or unit respectively. Branches are chosen by candidates based upon their ranking in their class and the branches available. All branches will not be available all the time.


Is there any additional information on BAH while attending OCS, 3-11 IN REGT?

See information below.

SERVICE MEMBER SINGLE NO DEPENDENTS
If service member is single and has no dependents, service member will not receive BAH while attending OCS.

SERVICE MEMBER MARRIED TO SERVICE MEMBER (NO KIDS)

If service member is married to another service member and has no dependents the service member who is attending OCS will not receive BAH while attending OCS.

SERVICE MEMBER MARRIED TO SERVICE MEMBER AND BOTH ARE ATTENDING OCS
If service member is married to another service member and both are attending OCS at the same time they will not receive BAH while attending OCS.

SERVICE MEMBER MARRIED TO SERVICE MEMBER (WITH KIDS)
If service member is drawing BAH w/dependent, service member will receive BAH w/dependents while attending OCS. Service member will need the following information.

  • DA FM 2142 (PAY INQUIRY)
  • DA FM 5960
  • MARRIAGE LICENSE
  • LEASE OF AGREEMENT / MORTGAGE CONTRACT / NOTARIZED LETTER
  • CHILDREN BIRTH CERTIFICATES
  • TERMINATION OF GOV’T QUARTERS
  • ORDERS BRINING TO OCS / DD FM 1610 / FORMAT 400
  • ORDERS FROM MEPS TO AG
  • ORDERS FROM AG TO OCS

**If service member is drawing BAH w/o dependent your BAH will stop while attending OCS.

SERVICE MEMBER MARRIED TO A CIVILIAN
If service member is drawing BAH w/dependent, service member will receive BAH w/dependents while attending OCS. Service member will need the following information.

  • DA FM 2142 (PAY INQUIRY)
  • DA FM 5960
  • MARRIAGE LICENSE
  • LEASE OF AGREEMENT / MORTGAGE CONTRACT / NOTARIZED LETTER
  • CHILDREN BIRTH CERTIFICATES
  • TERMINATION OF GOV’T QUARTERS
  • ORDERS BRINING TO OCS / DD FM 1610 / FORMAT 400
  • ORDERS FROM MEPS TO AG
  • ORDERS FROM AG TO OCS

SERVICE MEMBER SINGLE (NOT MARRIED / DIVORCED) WITH KIDS
If service member is drawing BAH w/dependent, service member will receive BAH w/dependents while attending OCS. Service member will need the following information.

  • DA FM 2142 (PAY INQUIRY)
  • DA FM 5960
  • COPY OF DIVORCE PAPERS
  • PROOF OF CUSTODY OF CHILDREN
  • LEASE OF AGREEMENT / MORTGAGE CONTRACT / NOTARIZED LETTER
  • CHILDREN BIRTH CERTIFICATES
  • TERMINATION OF GOV’T QUARTERS
  • ORDERS BRINING TO OCS / DD FM 1610 / FORMAT 400
  • ORDERS FROM MEPS TO AG
  • ORDERS FROM AG TO OCS

SERVICE MEMBER PAYING CHILD SUPPORT
If you are paying child support you are authorized BAH DIFF. You will need the following information.

  • DA FM 2142 (PAY INQUIRY)
  • DA FM 5960
  • CHILD(REN) BIRTH CERTIFICATE
  • PROOF OF SUPPORT
  • COURT ORDER
  • ORDERS BRINGING TO OCS / DD FM 1610 / FORMAT 400
  • ORDERS FROM MEPS TO AG
  • ORDERS FROM AG TO OCS

I was in an ROTC program prior to enlisting and was disenrolled. Am I still eligible to Commission through OCS.

You are not eligible for OCS since you have been previously disenrolled from another commissioning program.


Where can they go to find out information about the Degree Completion program?

The degree completion program has been suspended indefinitely. All candidates must come to OCS with a 4-year degree from an accredited university.


Who can I ask a question to concerning my application packet for OCS?

OCS selection boards are conducted at HRC (Acessions Branch). The school here at Fort Benning does not have any influence over what is required, nor who is selected or not. All questions for the board should be directed to the board. https://www.hrc.army.mil/Officer/Officer%20Candidate%20School


What Uniform should I wear when reporting to OCS for class?

OCP-ACU


Do we receive a DA 1059 (Service School Academic Evaluation Report) for OCS?

No


Can I take a pass between Basic Training and starting OCS?

That is dependent upon what your orders say, and your basic training unit. Currently due to COVID 19 concerns, all students are transported directly to OCS from basic training. You must sign into OCS according to what your orders say. Once you sign into OCS you will not be put on pass and will immediately begin prepping for the upcoming class. If your basic training unit allows you to go on pass, that is something that needs to be worked between the candidate and their basic training unit, but you will incur a 14 day quarantine upon arrival to OCS. /i>


I have a 4 year degree and less than 6 months before I ETS.  Do I have time to put in my packet for Officer Candidate School (OCS)?

To apply for admission to OCS in-service perspective candidates must have at least 1 year of retainability.


I attended OCS over a year ago and was released due to medical reasons. I do have a letter of recommendation to re-attend after my injuries are fully healed.  Do I have to re-submit my packet or can my old one be used?

You must resubmit your packet with all of your updated documentation for approval by the board if it has been over the year allowed in your recommendation to re-attend memo.


I am graduating later than scheduled from present training and will be unable to report for my scheduled OCS class.  Will I be moved to the next OCS class?

If the Soldier is going to be late to OCS, they need to contact 502-613-6352, to reschedule for the next available OCS class. Otherwise, the Soldier will be considered a "No Show" for the originally scheduled class.


I am an IRR soldier currently in an activated status and deployed. I am considering returning to active duty. I have a Bachelor's degree, and I want to go to OCS. What are my options?

After deployment go to a recruiter to process and submit an OCS packet for active duty. Or, contact a Reserve unit and submit an OCS packet for reserve duty status if active duty is not desired after commissioning.


Are there any formal gatherings prior to the graduation ceremony where family of the students may attend?

Due to COVID 19 concerns, family members or anyone not directly assigned to the 199th BDE are restricted from attending any events or ceremonies to include graduation. The events will be livestreamed for viewing by friends and family. The training company will direct which platform will be used.