This MOS is open to Soldiers from any Enlisted Career Management Field (balanced or over strength).

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 (Reserve 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 13 years 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.

*A change relaxing or deleting the restriction on USAR NCOs with over 10-13 years of service has been proposed to the Director of Acquisition Career Management (DACM). We hope to have the proposal authorized in time for January 2017’s reclassification board, thus allowing NCOs with over 13 years’ time in service to be reclassified into MOS 51C. We encourage all otherwise qualified NCOs to apply for January’s board with the understanding that their board packets will be considered provisional if they have over 13 years’ time in service.*
b. 51C reclassification is for non-AGR only.

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

d. 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.

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

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

g. 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.

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

i. 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.

j. Have no derogatory information in OMPF.

k. 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).

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

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 USAR Proponency Officer, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center via e-mail to ryan.d.leonard.mil@mail.mil.

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 National Guard personnel.

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.

Reclassification Process:

Step 1

All interested U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) Soldiers must review the basic requirements for the 51C MOS in DA PAM 611-21, Military Occupational Classification and Structure to ensure they meet the established physical standards for performance, understand the specifics of the Acquisition, Logistics & Technology (AL&T) Contracting NCO mission, and understand the incurred service remaining requirements (SRR) for the  51C MOS.  Interested USAR Soldiers must fully review the associated documentation requirements within the USAASC web page and submit a USAR 51C MOS NCO Reclassification packet as described below.  All packets must be provided to the Reserve Component Proponent Office for USAR 51C MOS NCO reclassification consideration by the dates stipulated on the date’s section of this information guide.  Reclassification packets will be submitted individually with each file in PDF format named using the following example: Smith-4187, Smith-DA 2-1 etc. Submit the complete packet in order to the e-mail address: ryan.d.leonard.mil@mail.mil

At a minimum, all reclassification applicant packages will contain (incomplete packets will be returned):

a. A DA 4187 requesting MOS reclassification.

b.   A copy of the Soldier’s DA Form 2-1 and 2A (pulled within 90 days of panel convening) to verify:

  •  Maximum Years of Service (MYOS). The ideal USAR candidate NCO is the rank of SGT (P) through SSG with less than the prescribed MYOS in accord and with AR 140-10 in any Career Management Field at the time of submission for reclassification.
  • The candidate NCO possesses a minimum score of 110 in aptitude of GT (not waiverable).
  • DA Form 2-1 reported profile must not exceed 222222.  Soldier must state they are deployable to a combat zone in accordance with Army Regulation (AR) 40-501 (Standards of Medical Fitness) and AR 600-60 (Physical Performance Evaluation System). A copy of existing medical profile must be included. DA Form 3349, Physical Profile (If PULHES is other than 111111), must submit copy of profile.

c. Last four NCOERs – Rated “Successful” in a leadership position:

  • Be successfully rated with a majority of “Among the Best” evaluations and “Successful” ratings.  Include most recent Non-Commissioned Officer Evaluation Report (NCOER) (no more than four) in the board file packet.

d.   Recommendation letter signed by O-5 or higher commander including:

  • Verification the Soldier possesses a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Verification of a Family Care Plan for single parent or dual military Soldiers.
  • A verifying statement that the Soldier exhibits stability in personal affairs in accordance with AR 600-20 (Army Command Policy).
  • A verifying statement that the Soldier meets height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9 (The Army Weight Control Program).
  • A verifying statement that the Soldier does not have derogatory information in Official Military Personnel Files.

e.   Service Remaining Required Memorandum signed statement from the candidate Soldier (must include the:

    • Agreeing to the Service Remaining Requirement (SRR) as outlined in Chapter 4 of AR 614-200, Enlisted Assignments and Utilization Management.  Note: The specifics of this requirement will be coordinated with the Soldiers gaining unit upon successful reclassification.
    • Confirming stability in personal affairs in accordance with (IAW) Army Regulation (AR) 600-20 Army Command Policy.
    • Confirming that the Soldier meets height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9, The Army Weight Control Program.

Confirming that the Soldier does not have derogatory information in Official Military Personnel Files.

f.   Soldiers Reclassification Request

  • Utilizing the example provided (see example below) as a guide for the required format and content required.

g.   Verification that Soldier has a secret security clearance or interim secret security clearance via:

  • Official letter from Security Manager or letter from BDE S2 stating verified level of security clearance.
  • Copy of Soldier’s security information obtained by the Joint Personal Adjudication System (JPAS).
  • Be a U.S. citizen verified by the Soldier’s JPAS printout or a valid U.S. passport.

h.   An official copy of college transcript(s) from an accredited institution showing 24 business hours in accordance with DAU requirements.
i. If applicable, a copy of training certification related to contracting training.

Step 2

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center (Army Reserve 51C Proponent), in conjunction with the USAR’s MOS 51C NCO virtual board authority, will review Soldiers’ reclassification packet for completeness. Soldiers will be notified via e-mail if their board packet is deficient. The Soldier must rectify any and all discrepancies within their individual board packets and resubmit before the board convenes.

Step 3

Expect notification of approval or disapproval between 25 – 30 days following the closure of the virtual board. Simultaneously, the respective USAR Contracting unit will be notified of the Soldiers’ status to allow for initiation of contact and coordination for attendance of reclassification training.

Step 4

USAR Soldiers selected for reclassification to MOS 51C must attend and satisfactorily complete their MOS 51C Reclassification training before they ultimately are awarded the 51C MOS as per AR 614-200, Chapter 4.  Attendance/participation of this training will be coordinated with/thru the individual Soldier’s respective gaining unit to ensure the most viable, expedient, and cost effective method of attendance is resolved.

Step 5

Upon successful completion of MOS training, the Soldier will be awarded the MOS 51C and managed as an AL&T Contracting NCO.

Reclassification Packet Examples:

Award requirements:

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

Step 1

Approval/selection for reclassification by the USAR MOS 51C NCO Reclassification Panel completion of 51C MOSQ training followed by assignment to Contracting MOS51C billet within a Contracting unit/organization

Step 2

NCOs selected for 51C MOS Reclassification will complete 51C MOSQ training: via Defense Acquisition University (DAU) Distance Learning and/or residence courses (http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/CareerLvl.aspx?lvl=1&cfld=3); or completion of resident 51C MOSQ training courses (Army Acquisition Basic Course, Foundations Course) at the Army Acquisition Center of Excellence at Huntsville AL.

Reclassification Panel Dates (FY18):

  • Packets Received: 2 Jan 2018
  • Panel Dates: 22-25 Jan 2018


  • (T) Feb 2018