FY21 OCS SPECIAL DUTY PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
This note solicits applications for Officer Candidate School (OCS), leading to a commission as an active duty Ensign, designator 1650 Special Duty (Public Affairs).
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 or marketing. 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.
Selectees will enter a 13-week OCS class at Newport, RI. 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).
The PAO Community conducted an administrative professional review on 8 April 2021, selecting 3 candidates for commission as Public Affairs Officer. We expect our next professional review will be October 2021.
Public Affairs Officer Community Manager (COMM) 901-874-3098 (DSN) 882-3098
CHINFO Liaison (COMM) 901-874-4023 (DSN) 882-4023