Officer
Candidate School

STATE OCS

If you already have at least three years of college credit and you meet the eligibility requirements, you can join the Army National Guard under the state Officer Candidate School enlistment option. Current National Guard soldiers and Prior Service soldiers who meet the eligibility criteria may also apply for state OCS. The state OCS program is a 15 to 18 month course of instruction conducted from March to August the following year. The OCS Academy is located at the Edward Cross Training Center in Pembroke, NH. Upon successful completion of OCS, you will become a commissioned officer in the Army National Guard.

To qualify for state OCS, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Earned a minimum of 90 semester hours
  • Able to complete the State OCS course and commissioning requirements prior to reaching the age of 42.
  • Have a minimum score of 110 in the GT section of the ASVAB
  • Be eligible for a SECRET security clearance
  • Complete Basic Combat Training

Accelarated OCS

The Army National Guard also conducts an eight-week accelerated OCS program for qualified personnel. To qualify applicants must meet the requirements for the state OCS program and be selected to attend. Candidates are eligible for commissioning upon course completion pending federal recognition.

Federal OCS

The Army National Guard also conducts an eight-week accelerated OCS program for qualified personnel. To qualify applicants must meet the requirements for the state OCS program and be selected to attend. Candidates are eligible for commissioning upon course completion pending federal recognition

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