Non-Commissioned Officer MOS 51C: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where are the Contracting positions located? What will be the total numbers for the new 51C MOS?
    317 (AC); 54 (AR); 110 (NG). These numbers are subject to increase based on a new Army contracting requirement.
  2. How much will new selected Soldiers from the various MOS’ previous assignment weigh on 51C promotion board?
    The review process selects E5, E5 (P), through E7 across all enlisted fields.  Once a NCO has been in the new MOS 51C for 2 to 3 years, there will be sufficient amount of documented experience to evaluate the NCO for further advancement within MOS 51C.  Promotion are made on the “Whole Soldier” concept for potential, performance and personal growth..
  3. If an NCO has already completed BNCOC/ANCOC, will the NCO be required to go through MOS 51C NCOES training?
    Yes. You receive BNCOC/ANCOCO only once in a career. All selectees are required to attend the 51C Reclassification Training to become MOSQ. If you haven’t received BNCOC/ANCOC credit, you will receive it upon successfully completion of the training.
  4. What is the timeline for the fielding of the MOS?
    Official fielding is FY 08 – 12.
  5. Can NCOs still get assigned to jobs outside of contracting? (Recruiter, DS)
    No.  Due to the fact that this is a low density MOS and critical to the theater-wide contracting expeditionary missions, all contracting NCO positions are mission critical. Other positions outside of contracting are instructor, HRC 51C Assignment Manager, Combat Development NCO, Operation Coordinator and Army Staff.
  6. Will there be any ASI for 51C i.e., Program Management NCO, RD&TE etc?
    There will be no ASI for MOS 51C.  Base on the success of MOS 51C, there could possibly be other acquisition career fields added i.e., assistance PM, and AL.
  7. How will MSGs be considered for SGM without any 1SG time?  Will they compete just against 51C50?
    MSG who are currently serving, or have previously served, as Senior Enlisted Contracting Advisor/NCOIC/Operations Sergeant or Sergeant Major in contracting will be looked at highly for advancement to SGM in contracting without 1SG time.  MSGs, who have had 1SG time and other senior Army positions throughout their career, will also be looked at highly for promotion to SGM in contracting. In FY 11, 51C MSG will be given the opportunity to be 1SG at US Army Quartermaster Center and School, Advance Individual Training Unit, Fort Lee, VA.
  8. Who is eligible to receive the MOS 51C?
    The MOS 51C will only be awarded to Soldiers through the MOS reclassification process.
  9. How do I get an assignment in the contracting field?
    A soldier will have to request MOS reclassification, be accepted and complete the AIT training requirements while assigned to a Contracting assignment.
  10. How many career fields are in the Acquisition Corps?
  11. What field of Acquisition is open to NCOs?
    Contracting field (with specifics in installation and contingency contracting).
  12. What responsibilities are given to NCOs in contracting?
    They are given the same responsibilities as our Contracting Officers and Department of the Army Civilian (1102 series).
  13. What Training is required to obtain the MOS?
    Active component will attend the USAF Mission Ready Airmen Contracting Course, 8 weeks resident or Army Acquisition Basic Course, 8 weeks resident.
    Reserve Components only will attend Defense Acquisition University, (Distance Learning):
    CON 110 Mission Support Planning
    CON 111 Mission Planning Execution
    CON 112 Mission Performance assessment
  14. Where are the Contracting courses taught?
    Lackland AFB, Texas
    Huntsville, Alabama
    DAU – Distance Learning
  15. Does the Acquisition Corps provide the funding for the residence courses?Yes, only if you have been selected as a 51C NCO and a member of ATL workforce and the Soldier is performing 51% or more duties in contracting.
  16. Do NCOs have to meet the civilian education requirements outlined in the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA)?
    Yes.  NCOs will have to meet the Education requirements in order to receive certification in contracting.(All NCOs interested in pursuing duties in contracting are strongly encouraged to complete a 4 year degree in either accounting, law, business finance, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, organization and management).
  17. What is an Individual Development Plan (IDP)?
    This is a developmental tool used by the Acquisition Corps to assist individuals and supervisors in documenting and planning long range and short range training objectives. (It is a plan. Notification of IDP approval does not mean you have been approved for a seat in a residence course. Course seating is requested through Army Training (AITAS/ATRRS).
  18. Where are Contracting units located?
    The MTOE Contracting units are located both CONUS and OCONUS under the Army Contracting Command and Expeditionary Contracting Command, subordinates units of the Army Materiel Command. The TDA contracting units or organizations are located in CONUS under Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), Army Corps of Engineers and US Army Acquisition Support Center.