Staff officers of the 44th Infantry Division, New Jersey National Guard, in 1922. The 44th Infantry was a formation of the U.S. Army New Jersey and New York National Guard from October 1920 to November 1945.
The intent of the Army National Guard Direct Commissioning Program is to offer an alternate commissioning source to exceptionally qualified individuals. The Direct Commissioning Program is not intended to replace or adversely affect Officer Candidate School (OCS) or other commissioning programs. An individual will not request a direct appointment; rather, an individual must be nominated and selected for consideration by the chain of command. The following factors apply when determining whether an individual should be nominated for a direct appointment or should instead attend OCS:
a. An individual whose record exhibits two or more of the following situations should pursue OCS rather than a direct appointment:
b. Individuals meeting any one (or more) of the following conditions are not authorized for a direct appointment: Individuals currently enrolled in OCS.
Basic Eligibility Requirements
An applicant must have served a minimum of 24 months of active service in any federally recognized unit. The applicant must also have served at least 12 months in an active Army National Guard unit immediately preceding application. Applicants will possess the minimum grade of E-5; E-4 if a graduate of WLC. A certified transcript must be included in the packet as certified proof of the applicant’s completion of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. The applicant must have a GT score of 110 or higher on the ASVAB. Individual must also be a US Citizen.
At a minimum, the individual’s current Company and Battalion Commander must provide letters recommending the individual for a direct appointment. The letters must contain objective details outlining the traits, actions, skills, experiences, characteristics, training, and education that deem the individual exceptionally qualified to receive a direct appointment instead of being required to complete an OCS program.
For more information contact the Officer Strength Manager.