Reclassification Process:

Step 1

The 51C Virtual Board is currently down until further notice. Please see Step 2 for submission instructions.

Step 2

To complete the application process, all documents must be digitally scanned and submitted as SEPARATE attachments via one encrypted e-mail to the following e-mail address: E-mail submission MUST BE titled “51C Reclassification Packet Submission FY18”. Soldiers who have issues with encrypted e-mail should contact SFC Gentle M. Gladney at 703-664-5718 or for additional instructions. Unencrypted e-mails WILL NOT be accepted.

Packets that contain attachments as one file will not be accepted. Each attachment must be in an Adobe PDF format and all information must be legible. Example documentation is provided in the next section. The Soldier will receive a confirmation email from the 51C Proponency team when the application and emailed documentation has been received and validated.

Step 3

All Soldiers will be notified by email regarding approval or disapproval status 30 days following the conclusion of each review board. Board results are posted below.

Step 4

Upon acceptance as a 51C, Soldiers will be scheduled for reclassification training and a follow-on assignment. The award of the MOS will be completed after successful completion of training.

Board Dates:


Packets Received Board Dates
11 Sept. 17 – 29 Dec. 17 29 Jan. 18 – 2 Feb 18
1 Mar. 18 – 18 Jun. 18 18 – 22 July 18


Packets Received Board Dates
1 Mar – 21 June 17 17 – 21 July 17


Packets Received Board Dates
18 Apr 15 – 13 Nov 15 11-14 Jan 16
1 Nov 15 – 15 Apr 16 CANCELLED


Packets Received
Board Dates
4 Apr 14 – 3 Oct 14 21-23 Oct 14
4 Oct 14 – 17 Apr 15 2 – 5 Jun 15 (T)


Packets Received
Board Dates
20 July 13 – 11 Oct 13 22 – 23 Oct 13
12 Oct 13 – 10 Jan 14 CANCELLED
12 Oct 13 – 04 Apr 14* 22 – 23 Apr 14
12 Apr 14 – 11 Jul 14 CANCELLED

Board Results:


Reclassification guidance and prerequisites for Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 51C – Acquisition, Logistics & Technology Contracting Noncommissioned Officer.

1. Prerequisites to apply for MOS 51C:
a. For (Active Component) SGT through SSG with less than 10 years of Active Federal Service in any Career Management Field at the time of submission for reclassification. The maximum time in service is 10 years (waiverable) as of the MOS 51C Reclassification Board date, in which the Soldier is applying for consideration. SGTs do not have to be promotable, but they must meet qualifications for promotion to the next higher rank including NCOES training and minimum time in service and time in grade requirements.

b. Recommendation letter signed by commander O-5 or higher.

c. Be successfully rated in a leadership position. Soldiers must provide the last four years of NCOERs. If the Soldier does not have at least 4 years of NCOERs, all NCOERs must be provided.

d. Must have at a minimum of 24 months rated time documented on a NCOER.

e. Must include copies of any DA 1059 (Academic Evaluation Reports)

f. Provide a copy of all college transcript(s) from an accredited institution for any college level work. A copy of the diploma must be provided if the Soldier has obtained a degree. Additionally, Soldiers must provide a memorandum from their local education center that verifies transcripts and the total number of non-duplicated semester hours.

g. Provide a copy of training certification related to contract training if applicable.

h. Soldiers must show proof that they have obtained at minimum a SECRET clearance. Security manager must provide a MFR that verifies a SECRET or higher security clearance.

i. Have no derogatory information in OMPF.

j. Exhibit stability in personal affairs IAW AR 600-20 (i.e. must be able to receive a Government credit card, and single parents need to have a Family Care Plan).

k. Meet height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9.

l. Provide a digital copy of a DA photo. Soldiers in the grade of E-5 who may not be able to obtain a DA Photo must e-mail the proponency team for an exception to policy memorandum to provide to the photo lab. Soldiers who are deployed shall include a letter from their company commander (or equivalent) verifying their deployment status.

2. Soldiers must possess the following qualifications to maintain MOS 51C – AL&T Contracting NCO:

a. Be eligible for reclassification per AR 614-200.

b. Successfully complete 51C reclassification training.

c. A physical demand rating of moderately heavy.

d. A minimum physical profile 222222 rating. If you have a profile, then you must submit a copy of your profile with your application request.

e. Minimum 110 GT score (not waiverable).

f. Be a U.S. citizen.

g. A security eligibility of favorable National Agency Check; Entrance National Agency Check, per AR 370-67, para. 3-613

h. Have a valid U.S. driver’s license.

i. Meet Service Remaining Requirement (SRR) as outlined in AR 614-200, Chapter 4 (SRR for MOS 51C is 60 months). Soldiers must serve an additional 60 months upon completion of reclassification training. Soldiers must re-enlist to meet the 60 month requirement IAW AR 614-200, Chapter 4, through extension or reenlistment prior to attending reclassification training.

j. Meet height and weight standards as outlined in AR 40-501.

k. Soldiers must maintain their deployable status as outlined in AR 40-501 and AR 600-60.

l. MOS qualification issues will be forwarded to the 51C Career Management NCO, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center via e-mail to

m. Formal training and successful completion of MOS 51C qualification courses is mandatory before a Soldier is awarded MOS 51C. For more information contact the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (USAASC) 51C Proponent Office at 9900 Belvoir Road, Building 201, Suite 101, Mail Stop 5567, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5567.

3. Army Reserve and National Guard personnel must contact the following to receive further guidance.
a. Army Reserve NCOs will request reclassification for MOS 51C through Army Human Resources Command- Ft. Knox HRC,KNOX-HRC-EPC-Q. ATTN: Maj. Dawn N. Eakins, email, telephone: 502-613-6211.

b. National Guard NCOs will request reclassification for MOS 51C through National Guard Bureau, Acquisition Career Management Officer, ATTN: NGB-ZA-PARC-ACM, 111 S. George Mason Dr., Arlington, VA 22204. Maj. Teresa E. Childs, telephone: 703-601-6893.

Instructions and Example Documentation:

Word Document (13.8 KB) MOS 51C DA Form 4187
Word Document (19.5 KB) MOS 51C Reclassification Instructions
Word Document (12.3 KB) MOS 51C Soliders Reclassification Request
Word Document (14.8 KB) MOS 51C Commander’s Recommendation
Word Document (12 KB) MOS 51C Security Clearance
Word Document (13 KB) Counseling Memorandum

Before your packet can be accepted for consideration, all documents must be digitally scanned and submitted as SEPARATE attachments via one encrypted email to the following email address: Soldiers who have issues with encrypted e-mail should contact SFC Gentle M. Gladney at 703-664-5718 or for additional instructions. Unencrypted e-mails WILL NOT be accepted.

The attachments must be submitted in the following format:

  • Each document should be scanned front to back and in PDF format.
  • NCOERs should read from the oldest NCOER to the newest NCOER.
  • Documents not received in the below format or naming convention will not be accepted for consideration by the board.
    1. A-4187.
    1. B-ERB.
    1. C-NCOERS.
    1. D-O-5 Letter of Recommendation.
    1. E-Career Counselor Memo.
    1. F-Soldier Reclassification Request.
    1. G-Security Clearance Verification Memo.
    1. H-AERS.
    1. I-DA Photo.
    1. J-Transcripts and Education Center Memo. (if applicable)
    1. K-TIS Waiver Request.PDF (if applicable)
    1. L-Profile
    1. J-Additional Documentation.PDF (if applicable)

The MOS Award requirements include:

The MOS 51C will only be awarded to Soldiers through the MOS reclassification process.

Step 1

Approval/selection for reclassification further assignment to a contracting unit.

Step 2

(Reserve Component) NCOs selected for 51C Reclassification Training will complete via Distance Learning and resident Defense Acquisition University courses in contracting.

For Active Duty Soldiers, no action is required by the local installation, the MOS will be top loaded by the HRC Reclassification Branch upon completion of required training.

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