Active Component Reclassification Process

Steps to Planning Your Acquisition Career.

The Army is currently recruiting NCOs, in both the active and reserve components, 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. Click here for information on the U.S. Army National Guard Reclassification Program.

Panel Dates:

Packets Received Panel Dates
Aug. 16 2021 – Jan. 7, 2022 Jan 24-28, 2022
Feb. 14, 2022 – Jun. 30 2022 Jul. 18-22, 2022
Aug 15, 2022 – Jan. 6, 2023 Jan. 23-27, 2023
Feb. 13, 2023 – Jun. 23, 2023 Jul. 17-21, 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 –
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 10 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 maximum TIS with waiver
is 12 years and 0 months at the time of the board panel date. The Director, Acquisition Career
Management (DACM), reviews all Time in Service 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 30 to 120 days following the conclusion of the board panel.
Time in Service (TIS) waivers DOES NOT apply to Army Reserve NCOs.

b. SGTs do not have to be promotable, but they must meet qualifications for promotion to the next
higher rank including (but not limited to) any required NCOES training, and meet minimum time in
service and time in grade requirements (see AR 600-8-19).

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 as 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
15 August 2022. Applicants with a “Thru” date of 15 August 2022 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.

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
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, the CMF Proponent SGM will notify the NCO of their removal for consideration via

f. 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. The Proponent SGM will not consider any Reserve
or AGR Soldiers with less than 18 months of time as an NCO.

g. If an NCO is on assignment instructions, or HAS NOT been at his/her current duty station for a
minimum of 12 months at the time of the panel, the NCO is ineligible for consideration. If serving
OCONUS on a short tour, 50% of tour must be complete at the time of the board panel. The USAR
reclassification program is available to qualified Reserve Component NCOs that are eligible and in
either the Troop Program Unit (TPU) or Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). There is no USAR 51C NCO
Active Guard Reserve (AGR) program; there are only TPU 51C NCOs. AGR Soldiers who wish to apply to
become 51Cs will need to be released from Active Duty and will be placed in a regular TPU status.

h. 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)

i. 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.

j. 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.

k. 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.

l. NCOs MUST NOT have any derogatory information in their OMPF, (this includes restricted files).

m. 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 feasible
Family Care Plan (FCP).

n. NCOs must submit current and last three copies of their APFTs/ACFT scoresheets. Validation of
the most current APFT/ACFT will be included in the body of the NCOs DA 4187 signed by the company
commander. Soldiers APFT/ACFT scoresheets will be digitally signed by unit First Sergeant in the
“Special Instructions” block at the bottom of the DA Form 705. If you do not have a copy of your
last THREE APFTs or ACFTs, have the Training Room NCO print out your DTMS records and have that
document signed by the unit First Sergeant

o. 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.

p. NCOs MUST NOT be on temporary profile at time of board submission.

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. An occupational physical assessment test rating of moderate (gold standard).

d. Must be able to obtain and maintain official military passport.

e. NCOs must have a maximum profile (PULHES) rating of 222222. NCOs with a permanent physical
profile must submit a copy with their application request.

f. Minimum of a 110 GT Score (NO WAIVER NOR ETP).

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 or SFC Comfort O. Johnson via email at
•Army Reserve points of contact are MAJ Chanquale T. Jefferies 703-664-5680 or email, MSG Rebecca K. Howell at, or SFC
Brandon M. Morrison at
•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.

Reclassification Process:

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 SSG (P) Comfort O. Johnson and SFC William A. Phipps via email at

Please send complete reclassification packets with individual documents in PDF format to and For information regarding the Reserve reclassification process, please visit or call LTC Gerald (Jerry) Lyles at 703-664-5711 or MSG Rebecca Howell at 805-874-2889 or SFC Brandon Morrison 202-230-0688.

Step 2

All Soldiers will be notified by email regarding approval or disapproval status 30 to 120 days following the conclusion of each review panel. Board results are posted below.

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 scheduled for reclassification training and a follow-on assignment. 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:

  • DA 4187 (Signed by your Company Commander)
  • Soldier Record Brief (SRB) with redacted demographic information (i.e. race and gender). For example, please see example documents
  • All NCOERs
  • All Academic Evaluation Reports (DA 1059s)
  • Last three APFT and ACFT Score Sheets (Digitally Signed by unit First Sergeant)
  • Army Body Fat Worksheet (DA 5500, Male) or DA 5501, Female (if it applies)
  • Current Physical Profile (if it applies)
  • 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
  • Additional Documentation in .PDF only (i.e. DAU Courses, provide DAU transcripts only)
  • Letters of Recommendation (optional)

* DA Photo is Not Applicable