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This note solicits applications for Officer Candidate School (OCS), leading to a commission as an active duty Ensign, designator 1650 Special Duty (Public Affairs).  We anticipate having at least THREE quotas for PAO OCS commissioning in FY16.

Active and reserve enlisted personnel and civilians who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. While the PAO OCS program is tailored towards enlisted media ratings, all enlisted ratings are eligible to apply. We select applicants whose superior performance indicates they are the best qualified. 

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university, preferably in the areas of communication, English, journalism, broadcasting, public relations, rhetoric/speech, marketing, international studies or public administration. Applicants must not have passed their 42nd birthday at time of commissioning.  As potential spokespersons for the Navy, it is also worth stressing that applicants must meet the rigorous physical readiness demands expected at OCS.

Applications are due to Navy Recruiting Command no later than 15 October 2015 for consideration.  The Chief of Information (CHINFO) will conduct an administrative review of applications on 18 November 2015.  CHINFO will then forward the recommended selections to COMNAVCRUITCOM, who will notify applicants of their selection/non-selection via the applicant's recruiter and/or Commanding Officer.

Selectees will enter a 13-week OCS class at Newport, RI scheduled to graduate during FY16. Upon successful course completion, officers will receive an active-duty commission and receive PCS orders to their first Public Affairs assignment via Defense Information School (DINFOS) to attend the Public Affairs Qualification Course (PAQC).

Apply through your Navy Officer Recruiter or Command Career Counselor.

CDR Kimberly Marks (Public Affairs Officer Community Manager)                                   (COMM) 901-874-3098   (DSN) 882-3098

Mr. Christopher Bishop (CHINFO Liaison)                                                                               (COMM) 901-874-4023    (DSN) 882-4023