MOS 51C reclassification extends application window, opens eligibility requirement

By Ashley Tolbert

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (April 4, 2017) – The deadline to submit applications for this year’s military occupational specialty (MOS) 51C reclassification board has been extended to June 21, 2017, and Soldiers with 10 to 13 years of service may now be considered.

This will be the only reclassification board for the year, prompting changes to the time in service requirement and the application extension to provide eligible noncommissioned officers (NCOs) as much time as possible to apply. Previously, NCOs with more than 10 years of experience weren’t eligible for reclassification.

“We are extending the deadline to ensure that we are getting the best and brightest for the Army Acquisition Corps,” said Sgt. Maj. Joey Barden, 51C proponent sergeant major.

Those interested in applying for reclassification are invited to connect with a member of Barden’s team on a new page in MilSuite (Common Access Card login required) and ask any questions they may have. “This isn’t meant to replace phone calls or emails,” said Barden. “Rather, it provides an opportunity to speed our response time and answer those questions that many Soldiers have who are considering or are in the process of applying.”

The primary mission for 51C NCOs is to serve as a member or NCO in charge of a contracting team, battalion or brigade in contingent and non-contingent environments. The 51C NCO provides support for units and organizations involved in Army operations and joint, intergovernmental, interagency and multinational operations. In that capacity, the 51C NCO develops theater contract support plans, provides theater contract support and conducts contracting operations assessments. The 51C NCO is also expected to provide sound business advice to supported units and organizations.

Details on how to apply can be found on the MOS 51C webpage.

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