Posted on Apr 30, 2019
1LT Dietitian
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Hello all! I've recently been selected to direct commission into the Army! Can anyone help clarify what to expect next? What is does the commissioning process look like? What does the timeline look like? Any recommended resources I should be reading before bootcamp? What's the one thing you think I should know at this point? Other advice? As I Dietitian, I believe I'll be part of AMEDD, I don't know if this makes a difference. My recruiter is amazing, but she's unavailable at the moment to get these details. Eager to learn everything I can!! Thank you all!
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CPT Enrique M.
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Genevieve ,
In your case not sure if you are going active duty or reserves but the process will be similar.

1) You need to take your Oath into the reserves as an officer. That means a small ceremony with you swearing in. Until that point you are not yet an officer.
2) If you are going active duty your recruiter will let you know your timeline. Usually it goes you get your Direct Commissioning Course date , followed up with your BOLC ( Basic officer leadership course). For both of those you will be en-route TDY until you get to your designated unit ( recruiter will also tell you about that) Sometimes you won't know your unit until BOLC.

If you are reserves you will take your oath. And then wait for orders to be cut that designates you
a) as an officer in army reserves
b) the unit you will report to.

Once that is done , your reserve unit will register you for DCC and BOLC.
Side note there is no "boot Camp" for direct commissioned officers. The courses I listed above are your required courses.

My recommendation for you is the following

1) Get ready to pass your APFT and start working on getting used to doing an ACFT. So start getting into a work out routine. Even if you are in shape. This will also help for BOLC.
2) DO NOT , I SAY DO NOT injure yourself prior to going to BOLC. Don't do anything dumb or move stuff. More people get kicked out of the army when you can't even pass your first commitment of doing BOLC. Hate to say this but you can be on profiles all day long after BOLC but before it stay healthy!

Here is a preview of my BOLC graduation video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfNBe0RzeMA


If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me via IM or here.

Welcome to the family by the way!
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CPT Enrique M.
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SGT (Join to see) also once you get your orders in , go to your base Id card office and get your new cac
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CPT Enrique M. thanks for your advice . The order means scroll memo ? I m still waiting scroll memo.
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CPT Enrique M.
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SGT (Join to see) no you will have orders that state your commissioning

The moment you put up your right hand and take the oath
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1LT Critical Care Nurse
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Great video and info! Would love some tips and things to prepare for physically to be ready. As an older commissioning officer, I'd love to be prepared and keep up with the younger people! Thanks in advance !
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1LT Dietitian
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Hello! I was also selected as a Dietitian (Active Duty). I'm waiting for the appointment letter. Are you reserve or AD?
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1LT Dietitian
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CPT Jason Boggs my recruiter is very good. I call him almost weekly. He told me like 2 weeks ago that he received a communication stating that the appointment memo were delayed and they were doing their best to catch up. Yesterday he told me that the memo should be here any time now.
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CPT Jason Boggs
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Good to hear- did they give you any timelines for DCC and BOLC?
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1LT Dietitian
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Hey! I am AD. For me, 2019 selection was at the end of March, but I was waitlisted initially. My recruiter called me about 3 weeks ago and told me I've been selected. She informed me of the scroll ceremony, but things have been very behind. She said it could be done in as early as a week, or take as long as a month. She called me last week just to update me of no changes so far. She did give me some paperwork to get a jump start on. I've been working on that while we wait. I'll keep you posted as I learn more! Congrats on your selection!!
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1LT Dietitian
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CPT Jason Boggs - I know there is a DCC class that starts in July and another one in September. However, without the scroll there is not much they can do or say at this time.
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Hello! Congratulations on your selection! I was selected on the Nov board as a Family NP for AD in the Army. I signed my oath of office and commissioned in March 21. Where are you in the process so far? I am currently awaiting my orders for DCC, BOLC, and my first duty assignment. It sounds like you are doing everything you can to be prepared. It's very frustrating, but usually there is nothing we can do from our end but to wait.
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1st Lt Padre Dave Poedel
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Yep, “hurry up and wait” is the hashtag for the military....always has been, always will.
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