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TAR In-Service Procurement

Updated 11 March 2024
** The spring FY-24 TAR ISPP Board NAVADMIN 048/24 has been released (see link below).  Please read through all guidance on this website in preparing your application.  For planning purposes, the deadline for applications is 22 March 2024. **
The Training and Administration of the Reserves (TAR) In-Service Procurement Program (ISPP) sends qualifying TAR enlisted selectees to Officer Candidate School (OCS) for commissioning as a TAR officer.  Applicants will be chosen by an administrative board to coincide with the semi-annual TAR Officer Transfer and Redesignation Board.

Applicants may apply for the following designators:
1117 – TAR Surface Warfare Officer
1207 – TAR Human Resources Officer
1287 – TAR Permanent Professional Recruiter
1527 – TAR Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer
3107 – TAR Supply Officer

For junior Applicants seeking a commission as a TAR Officer in this highly competitive process, please consider including TAR Surface Warfare Officer as one of your requested designators.  You may find more information on the TAR Surface Warfare Community as well as all TAR communities using the community links found on the Main Page linked below.

TAR community links can be found on our main page here.

This board is designed to identify candidates with the highest potential to succeed as TAR Officers, across all applicant rates and experience levels.  Quotas are limited and are distributed based upon community need.

Basic Eligibility Requirements:
- TAR enlisted sailor (AC and SELRES are not eligible to apply)
- Completed a baccalaureate degree program from a regionally accredited institution
- Six months time in service
- Completed initial enlisted training pipeline

Additional Application Requirements:
- Applicants must meet prescribed qualifications in line with the TAR ISPP program authorization (PA).  For additional age, education, and physical qualifications applicants should refer to the RC designator PA for which they are applying as well as OPNAVINST 1420.1B, Chapter 4.  SWO applicants should refer to the AC SWO PA.  In addition, three officer interviews are required in accordance with OPNAVINST 1420.1B, Chapter 4.  Interviews can be conducted separately or simultaneously by a panel of officers.  The rank of the interviewing officer(s) will be in accordance with the respective Reserve PA guidelines, but no lower than O3 if not specified.


Additional officer interview appraisal resources


The following TAR communities have designated their own respective community interview coordinators to assist in the coordination of TAR ISPP interviews. For Sailors applying to either HR or AMDO that still need interviews, please contact the coordinators for information and interview assignments.


HR community interview coordinator:

LT Josh Asaro,


AMDO community interview coordinator:

LT Cory King,


For all other community interviews, please continue to solicit for required interviews per the program requirements.

Commissioning physical evaluation.

If applicants’ applications are incomplete due to a pending commissioning physical evaluation, an exception to policy (ETP) can be requested to submit the application without commissioning physical documents as long as the member has a scheduled appointment and can furnish those documents.  For details about an ETP for physical examinations, please contact PERS-92 at

Questions regarding the application process and eligibility can be directed to:

Division Director, Affiliation and Redesignation (PERS-92)
LCDR Elijah Waddle

Questions regarding the TAR officer community can be directed to:

TAR Aviation Officer Community Manager
LCDR Matthew Bush


TAR Officer Community Manager
CDR Kirk Morris

Helpful Links:
Program Authorization PA-160
Commissioning Programs

Board Documents:
Application (to view application right click and select ‘save link as’ to download.  Once downloaded, open in adobe reader and select ‘enable all features.’)
Interviewer’s Appraisal Sheet
TAR ISPP Eligibility Matrix
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