Active Component Reclassification Process

Steps to Planning Your Acquisition Career

The Army is currently recruiting NCOs who are interested in reclassifying to MOS 51C and meet the requirements. Candidates selected for reclassification not only learn a new craft, but also, through the training, education, and professional development aspects of the MOS, gain valuable transferable skills. The accession process is competitive but rewarding. For specific deadlines, dates and packet submission instructions, see the links below.

Panel Dates:


Packets Received                                             Panel Dates

  • Aug 15, 2022 – Jan. 6, 2023                      Jan. 23-27, 2023
  • Feb. 20, 2023 – Jun. 6, 2023                    Jun. 26-29, 2023

Background on MOS 51C:

Contracting NCOs and Contracting Officers are part of a logistical supply plan. These Soldiers create, examine, and monitor contractual agreements between an organization and the vendor who is providing supplies or services to the unit.

51C Contracting NCOs are experts in purchasing goods and services, conducting market research, determining price fair and reasonableness, negotiating, and evaluating suppliers. These Soldiers ensure contractors are remaining compliant with contract guidelines.

Contractual obligations between the United States Government (51C Contracting NCO) and a vendor/contractor support the warfighter. These actions are what provide all materials, from uniforms, chairs and desks, gear to deploy with, military vehicles and weapons. Work as a 51C Contracting NCO is not any different from looking to purchase goods or services online, buying a car, or a home. The Army is looking for the best deal or best value for Army organizations and units, in both garrison and deployed environments.


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

  1. Reclassification Prerequisites to apply for MOS 51C are as follows:
    a. Active Component Non-Commissioned Officers (SGT through SSG) with less than 12 years and 0 months of time in service at the time of the board panel are eligible to apply. Active Component applicants over 10 years will require a Time in Service (TIS) waiver. The Director, Acquisition Career Management (DACM), reviews TIS waivers. How well your records read/compete during the board panel, dictates your waiver approval status. Results of all selections, to include NCOs requiring TIS waivers, are released within 30 days following the conclusion of the board panel.
    b. SGTs do not have to be promotable, however, the CMF 51 Proponent SGM will not consider any Active Duty Soldiers with less than 24 months of time as an E-5. Time as a Corporal does not count. SGTs must be eligible to be promoted to the next rank but if they do not have ALC credit will be given upon completion of the Army Acquisition Transition Course.
    c. NCOs must demonstrate successful ratings as a SGT or SSG with the potential to excel, verified by Non-Commissioned Officer Evaluation Reports (NCOERs) covering FOUR years (or more) preceding the board panel date, not just the last four NCOERs. This includes any DA Form 1059s, Academic Evaluation Reports (AERs). If the NCO does not have enough rated time to provide FOUR years of evaluations, the NCO must provide ALL NCOERs he/she currently has and include any DA Form 1059s, Academic Evaluation Reports (AERs). If the NCO has served as a Corporal, submit all DA Form 4856s to reflect time served as a Corporal.
    d. A Senior Rater memorandum for record is required if the NCO’s last NCOER “Thru” date is prior to 22 February 2023. Applicants with a “Thru” date of 22 February 2023 or after are not required to supply a Senior Rater memorandum for record. The current Senior Rater must address any gaps in rated time, to include the period between the NCO’s last NCOER/AER and packet submission date. The memorandum must provide an honest assessment of the NCO’s overall performance and potential and should address blocks of NCOER as close as possible.
    e. NCOs must submit a DA 4187 signed by a Company Commander or higher, which includes, but not limited to, statement(s) that the NCO exhibits stability in personal affairs In Accordance With (IAW) Army Regulation 600-20, the NCO meets height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9, the NCO is NOT on temporary file, and the NCO does not have ANY derogatory information in his/her Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). Human Resources Command (HRC) conducts further background checks for derogatory information and validation of profile status prior to the board panel convening. If any derogatory information is identified in your records or your records shows that you are on temporary profile(some exceptions apply), the CMF Proponent SGM will notify the NCO of their removal for consideration via email.
    f. If an NCO is on assignment instructions or HAS NOT been at his/her current duty station for a minimum of 9 months at the time of the panel, the NCO is ineligible for consideration. If serving OCONUS on a tour of two or more years, 50% of tour must be complete at the time of the board panel.  NCOs on a short tour(one year) may apply without restriction.
    g. NCOs with college Bachelors and Masters will only provide a legible copy of both the transcript with conferment date and diploma. (Education Center Memorandum nor Education Plan is not required). NCOs with an Associate’s Degree need to provide a copy of transcripts with conferment date, diploma, AND an Education Plan Memorandum (to present to the board the progress toward a BA degree).
    h. NCOs with college credits, but no degree must submit legible copies of all college transcripts with the Education Center Memorandum validating actual number of credit hours without duplicates as well as an Education Plan.
    i. NCOs may provide copies of any certification related to contract training, if it applies (e.g., any Defense Acquisition University (DAU) courses). If you have multiple certificates from DAU, only submit your DAU course transcripts.
    j.NCOs must show proof they possess a current SECRET security clearance or higher (no interim clearances). The NCOs Unit Security Manager must provide an MFR which verifies a SECRET or higher security clearance.
    k.NCOs MUST NOT have any derogatory information in their OMPF, (this includes restricted files). This Prerequisite cannot waived nor THERE AN exception to policies (ETP).
    l. Exhibit stability in personal affairs IAW AR 600-20, including, but not limited to, being able to receive and retain a government credit card/travel card, and single parents must have a viable Family Care Plan (FCP).
    m. NCOs must submit current DTMS training record with at least one passing ACFT. Validation of the most current ACFT will be included in the body of the NCOs DA 4187 signed by the company commander. NCOs DTMS printout will be digitally signed by unit First Sergeant or Commander.
    n. If it applies, NCOs must also include a current copy of their DA form 5500s (male) or 5501s (female), Army Body Fat Worksheet, to show they meet height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9. Validation of Army Body Fat Worksheet data will be included in the body of the NCOs DA 4187 signed by the company commander.
    o. NCOs MUST NOT be on temporary profile at time of board submission. (Exceptions are made for some post-partum profiles based on end date and if NCO will be able to take an ACFT prior to attending the training for reclassification).
  2. NCOs must possess the following qualifications to be AWARDED and MAINTAIN MOS 51C.
    a. NCOs must be eligible for reclassification per AR 614-200.
    b. Successfully complete 51C reclassification training. MOS 51C is not awarded until completion of training (See DA PAM 611-21).
    c. A minimum passing ACFT score of 360.
    d. Must be able to obtain and maintain official military passport.
    e. NCOs must have a maximum profile (PULHES) rating of 222222.
    f. Minimum of a 110 GT Score (NON WAIVERABLE).
    g. Be a U.S. Citizen.
    h. Possess a security clearance of SECRET or higher (NO INTERIM CLEARANCES).
    i. Have a valid driver’s license issued by a U.S. State or Territory.
    j. NCOs must maintain their deployable status as outlined in AR 40-501 and AR 600-60.
    k. Statement from NCO agreeing to the Service Remaining Requirement (SRR) as outlined in DA PAM 611-21, Chapter 10 (SRR for MOS 51C is 60 months). NCOs MUST serve an additional 60 months upon completion of reclassification training. NCOs must reenlist to meet the 60-month requirement prior to course attendance. NCOs who have not taken action to meet SRR within 30 days of course attendance will be dis-enrolled. Once MOS 51C is awarded, reclassification into another enlisted MOS during the 60-month SRR is not authorized.
    l. Forward MOS qualification issues to the CMF 51 Proponent NCO, U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center via email to (
    m. Formal training and successful completion of MOS 51C qualification course(s) is mandatory before award of the MOS.

Active component point of contact is SFC William J. Yongue via email at

Step 1

(Active NCOs)

To complete the application process, please go to the Career Acquisition Management Portal (CAMP) at  Read the Acceptable Use Policy and click “I understand and accept.”  Then click on AAPDS, then click apply.  From there click on the 51C Accession Panel.  The next page should be the application process.  Upload all required documents.  Once all required documents are uploaded then you will be able to submit your packet.  Soldiers who have issues with uploading documents or logging into the website, should contact SFC William Yongue or SFC Kevin Brown via email at

Step 2

All Soldiers will be notified by email regarding approval or disapproval status within 30 days following the conclusion of each review panel. Board results will also be posted once all applicants are notified directly.

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

Upon acceptance as a 51C, Soldiers will be responsible for working through their current MOS Talent Manager to request Branch release and with HRC and to request a seat in the Army Acquisition Transition Course. The award of the MOS will be completed after successful completion of training.

Example Documentation:

PDF MOS 51C Education Memorandum and Transcript

PDF MOS 51C Security Clearance

PDF Career Counselor Memorandum

PDF MOS 51C DA Form 4187

Word Example Essay Framework 2019

Word Example Essay Framework 2020

Word Soldier Reclassification Request

Word Example Education Plan

Word SR MFR Example Framework

Required Documents:

    • A 4187 (Signed by your Company Commander)
    • Soldier Talent Profile with redacted photo and demographic information (i.e. race and gender).
    • NCOERs (last 4 years)
    • All Academic Evaluation Reports (DA 1059s)
    • DTMS Training Record with at least one valid ACFT (Digitally Signed by unit First Sergeant or Commander)
    • Army Body Fat Worksheet (DA 5500, Male) or DA 5501, Female (if it applies)
    • Current DA Form 3349 (Even if no current profile)
    • Career Counselor Memorandum
    • Soldier Reclassification Request
    • One Page Essay, “Why I should be selected to become a 51C”
    • Security Clearance Verification Memorandum
    • NCOs with a Degree, copy of transcripts with conferment date and diploma only
    • NCOs with college credits only, copy of most current transcripts and Education Center Memorandum and Education Plan
    • Additional Documentation in .PDF only (i.e. DAU Courses, provide DAU transcripts only)
    • Letters of Recommendation (optional)

Panel Results: