Posted on Mar 18, 2021
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I am currently in the process of going through a direct commission with AMEDD. It has been an extremely long process. Would anyone be able to explain the entire process to me? My recruiter said that my packet has gone through pre-selection. What happens now? What time frame am I looking at?
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I cosign the below comments. It’s a long process. Nothing like any civilian event you might have experienced so taje it as an indoctrination into the military. Hurry up and wait.
Instead of getting bogged down in irrelevancies that as pointed out, are out of your control, let me tell you what someone reminded me...
Lower your expectations. Realize this is the biggest bureaucracy in the world. The military does not deal in “individuals “. You are but a one in a sea of others. You’re being a professional and educated is awesome, but you are now going to be in the midst of those not so educated and experienced. The military is written for the latter folk. You will feel dumded down. You'll keep asking “why are they doing something so stupid or rudimentary“? You must humble yourself to the experience or you will drive yourself (and others) crazy. And remember, other than MEPS, where you might have been pushed to the head of the line as an officer candidate, that won’t happen again for a long time (if ever).
I went through what you and others went through. My buddy who I recruited is going through the same right now.
Good luck. It will be worth the wait. Just prepare for a culture change.
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1LT Enrique M.
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As someone that DC in AMEDD now 5 years ago. I remember bits of this.

Well the process is simple. Your packet is complete and your recruiter has submitted it for the board to review. The "Pre-selection" stage simply means that your packet is probably going through all the Q&A and then it will be submitted to the board for actual selection.

If I was you, I would ask your recruiter when is the board convening for selection.
Once you know the date of the board you can work your timeline in this way:

1-2 months after the board meets the results are posted with who got selected. If you get selected your recruiter will inform you your selection and if you want to take the appointment.

If your answer is yes, then HRC kicks off the process to continue the appointment to congress in what they call a scroll. Your name and all the others that have opted to commission will be on this scroll and congress then needs to sign off on it. Once signed off then it will come back down the pipeline and entered via HRC. Once you have been cleared by HRC you now have to take the oath of office which usually most take it at the recruiters station.

The recruiter will process the DA71 at that time then HRC will cut orders for your appointment and also your orders of your first assignment (If you are reserves they will tell you which reserve unit you will go to. if Active, they will tell you your duty station and to report to DCC followed by BOLC in which another oath of office as an active duty officer is done)
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Alexander Martinez
Alexander Martinez
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Thank you for the information. This is the exact response I was hoping to get. I just wanted to know what the process was. I was never told about getting a scroll, HRC, etc. I was told dig up my past since I was 14, go to meps, get a psych eval, and my packet was sent.
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1LT Enrique M.
1LT Enrique M.
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Alexander Martinez - glad I could help :)
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I think I’ve blocked all memory of the process. :)
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1LT Enrique M.
1LT Enrique M.
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MAJ (Join to see)haha unfortunately I can't forgot the process.

Took me 4 years to get to my comission so the process was kinda memorable for me
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Hurry up and wait. When does your board met? Just keep in contact with you recruiter every so often and if they call and need something, get it done ASAP. I was lucky to be in a position where I had a lot of leeway in my schedule and was able to get things done for my recruiter right when I got off the phone.

My process started in August with speaking to the recruiter. We were pedal to the metal until my packet was complete (including medical evaluation) in late September. Board met in November early and found I was selected in mid-November. Scroll came back late December and I signed my contract early January. In between those points seemed to last forever, almost like being in radio silence.

My board was shortly after the start of the fiscal year (1 October) and from what I’ve heard, things move a little faster then. Some of it seems to depend on your recruiting BN too. I’ve spoken to someone else who was selected at my board, from a different recruiting BN, and their scroll and signing happened a couple months after mine.
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