NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps BOTC 122

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  1. Polaris

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    The application cycle for BOTC 122 is now open and the deadline for application packets will be in April of 2013. All BOTC 122 applicants may start the process utilizing the online NOAA Corps E-Recruit system.

    If selected for a commission and entrance into the basic officer training program, you must be physically as well as mentally prepared.

    In order to prepare you for the physical requirements, here is a link to some general fitness conditioning workouts.

    These are guidelines only, in order to help prepare, should you be selected for a commission in the NOAA Corps.

    Remember; be sure to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.

    Thank you and please contact us with any questions.
    If you would like further information about the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, contact the Officer Recruiting Branch by calling 800-299-6622 or emailing A NOAA Corps brochure and copy of the Recruiting Video will be mailed to you upon request.

    To begin the application process, click the link below to enter the NOAA Corps E-Recruit System. You will be required to enter Preliminary Information to determine eligibility and create an E-Recruit account. After logging into your account, E-Recruit will guide you through the application process, allow you to track your submissions, and provide information updates pertinent to your application.

    Note:This is a new application process. If you experience technical difficulties with E-Recruit, contact the NOAA Corps IT Support team at

    Hard copies of the following application materials are required, and all signatures must be original. Application materials should be mailed to:

    NOAA Corps Officer Recruiting Branch
    Commissioned Personnel Center
    8403 Colesville Road, Suite 500
    Silver Spring, MD 20910

    Note: Please do not email application documents as they may contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII).

    NOAA Form 56-42 - Application for Appointment in the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps. Complete this form using the E-Recruit System. After digitally submitting your information, be certain to print, sign, and date the form. Mail the signed hard copy to the Officer Recruiting Branch. Although not required, sending a professional resume along with your NOAA Form 56-42 is recommended.
    NOAA Forms 56-42A – Letters of Recommendation are required from at least three references listed on your NOAA Form 56-42. You may have up to five Letters of Recommendation. NOAA Form 56-42A must be submitted, but a formal letter may also be attached. References should be knowledgeable of your character, professional work or training, and leadership potential. Professional references include professors, employment supervisors, clergyman, etc. Only one reference may be of a personal nature. Family members are not acceptable references.
    Before providing references with NOAA Form 56-42A, be certain to complete all fillable fields on page 1 and enter your name in the "Applicant's Name" field at the top of page 2. References may complete this form electronically, but they must mail a hard copy with original signature directly to the NOAA Officer Recruiting Branch.

    Official Transcripts – Official transcripts must be submitted from each college or university you have attended, including those from which you have transferred credits. Transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to the Officer Recruiting Branch.
    Applicants who will not receive their bachelor's degree until after the application deadline, must also submit an official letter from their school's Registrar identifying courses in progress, major field of study, and projected graduation date. If selected for appointment in the NOAA Corps, these officer candidates must provide an official transcript showing that the degree has been awarded, or an official statement from the institution indicating that all degree requirements have been met, prior to the start of training.

    Additional Items - If an applicant has prior enlisted or commissioned service, the following additional items are required:
    Official or certified (notarized) copies of all DD214's (Member-4 Copy), or service equivalent forms, issued upon release from periods of active duty and/or separation from the service. A separate DD214 must be included to cover each individual period of active duty.
    Copies of all prior evaluation reports (e.g., FITREPs, OERs) covering the applicant's most recent five years of service.
    Interview Evaluation - All applicants must be interviewed by a NOAA Corps officer to complete the application process. Once the application materials listed above have been received and reviewed by the Officer Recruiting Branch, an interview will be scheduled with an appropriately ranked and experienced NOAA Corps officer. (Interviews will not be scheduled in the final week of any application cycle. Please plan your paperwork submissions accordingly.) The interviewing officer will submit an evaluation directly to the Officer Recruiting Branch.
    Note: NOAA Corps does not reimburse applicants for travel associated with the interview. Efforts are made to find an interviewer in close proximity to the applicant, but locations may become very limited as the application deadline approaches.

    The deadline for completing an application package is typically three months prior to the start of the next scheduled BOTC. Applications are subject to a final administrative screening to ensure that all eligibility requirements have been met. If, at any time, it is found that an applicant does not meet these requirements, they will not be considered for an appointment in the NOAA Corps.

    Complete application packages will be forwarded to an Officer Personnel Board (OPB) for review. The OPB will recommend Primary and Alternate officer candidates to the Director, NOAA Corps. Once the Director, NOAA Corps reviews and signs the recommended Primary and Alternate candidate list, applicants will be notified of their status (Primary, Alternate, or Non-Select) via a formal letter. Primary and Alternate candidates will be provided with further instructions regarding administrative processing and physical examinations at that time.

    Note: Pre-commissioning physical examinations consist of standard procedures, and are funded by NOAA Corps. If further information is necessary to determine a candidate's medical qualification, any costs incurred obtaining that information are the responsibility of the officer candidate. Failure to be determined medically qualified will result in withdrawal of the offer of an appointment in the NOAA Corps.

    PRIMARY officer candidates will be offered a temporary appointment in the NOAA Corps, contingent upon final administrative screening, passing a medical examination as prescribed in the NOAA Corps Directives, passing a preliminary background screening for a Secret level security clearance, and receiving negative test results for illegal drug use.

    ALTERNATE candidates will be ranked by the OPB and offered a temporary appointment in the NOAA Corps if an opening becomes available due to a Primary candidate declining an appointment or being disqualified. Top ranked Alternates will be asked to complete a pre-commissioning physical examination to ensure they can be quickly transferred to the Primary candidate list, should a position become available.
  2. Polaris

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    The NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The service, currently authorized to a strength of 321 commissioned officers, is an integral part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    The Director of the NOAA Corps is Rear Admiral Jonathan W. Bailey, NOAA. He is also the Director of the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) which operates a wide variety of specialized aircraft and ships to conduct NOAA's environmental and scientific missions.

    The NOAA Commissioned Corps traces its roots back to the former Survey of the Coast, established in 1807 by President Thomas Jefferson. The NOAA Corps today provides a cadre of professionals trained in engineering, earth sciences, oceanography, meteorology, fisheries science, and other related disciplines. Officers operate ships, fly aircraft, facilitate research projects, conduct diving operations, and serve in staff positions throughout NOAA.

    The Corps' Mission

    Provide officers technically competent to assume positions of leadership and command in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Department of Commerce (DOC) programs and in the Armed Forces during times of war or national emergency.

    Discipline and flexibility are inherent in the Corps personnel system. Officers are trained for positions of leadership and command in the operation of ships and aircraft; in the conduct of field projects on land, at and under the sea, and in the air; in the management of NOAA observational and support facilities; as members or leaders of research efforts; and in the management of various organizational elements throughout NOAA.

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