09S MOS Option in the Army National Guard

What is the 09S MOS in the Army National Guard? And what should you know about it.  Typically, when a new recruit enlists in the Army National Guard with the intent of going straight to Officer Candidate School after their Initial Entry Training, they get the 09S MOS. In addition to this MOS, they also choose three other MOSs, in case they never attend OCS or don’t make it through the training.

To the best of my knowledge, here are how things work with the 09S MOS and program.

1) You enlist into the Army National Guard

2) You receive 09S MOS where you go to OCS immediately after your Initial Entry Training

3) You are assigned to a local unit in your state (even though you won’t train with them) while you do your Basic Training, RSP and OCS

4) You attend training with the RSP before you leave for basic, and go back to the RSP after you initial entry training until you start OCS

5) Once you graduate from OCS, you receive your commission and pick your Officer Branch

6) If you quit OCS, or don’t make it through, you revert back to enlisted and get assigned a new MOS based upon the needs of your state

I’ve searched the Internet trying to learn more about the program.  During my time in the Army National Guard, I knew several Soldiers with the 09S MOS.  But I never met anyone that had that MOS and didn’t eventually earn their commission.

I would love to get some additional information about the 09S MOS from anyone who visits my website and has experience with the program.  Whether you are a recruiter, or someone who has had the MOS, please share your thoughts.  Here are a few things I would love to know about the 09S MOS:

  • How long is the enlistment for?
  • If you fail OCS, do you have to go enlisted or can you get out completely?
  • Can you qualify for any type of bonus if you enlist with the 09S MOS?
  • How much time do you have from when you enlist until you have to graduate OCS?

Please share your expertise with the rest of our community by leaving a comment below.  Thanks.

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Chuck Holmes
Former Army Major (resigned)
Publisher, Part-Time-Commander.com
Email: mrchuckholmes@gmail.com

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7 thoughts on “09S MOS Option in the Army National Guard”

    1. I’m in the process right now. There are three options: Federal (I don’t know anything about this), accelerated, (OCS basically without stopping) and “Standard” – probably close to 2.5 years when it’s all said and done. (10 weeks for BCT, then any RSP until OCs starts, OCS Phase 1 = 2 weeks straight, Phase 2 = 12-15 months, Phase 3 = 2 weeks straight, graduation, then 4-6 months for BOLC for whatever job field you will be.)

  1. They get the 09S MOS. In addition to this MOS, they also choose three other MOSs, During my time in the Army National Guard, I knew several Soldiers with the 09S MOS.

    1. I’d like to know more about the 09S MOS as I believe that’s what I’ll be enlisting as. If I’m not mistaken, during basic I’ll be paid as an E-4 as I do have my bachelor’s degree. Also, I want to know if I’m able to get out if for some reason I do not pass OCS?

      1. I believe you are correct about getting paid as an E4 during basic. On your other question, you will be given a back-up MOS upon entry, and if you do not pass, you will still serve your time as an enlisted soldier. We know of very few soldiers who do not pass OCS. You shouldn’t have any problems.

        1. Thank you for the response! Would you happen to know what rank I would acquire after completing basic and during OCS? Would I continue with the E-4 rank until completion? Or upon arrived would I carry the O-1 rank? Thank you again!

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