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Officer Basic Course (OBC)

Officers attending the 14-day OBC will receive an introduction to the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Emphasis is placed on the corps as a Uniformed Service. This course is presented at a faster pace in recognition of the experience and knowledge gained by officers while serving on active duty. Military bearing and courtesy, career development, promotions, leave, compensation, awards, and resource utilization are some of the many topics introduced during this course. Officers successfully completing this course will satisfy the prerequisite for enrollment in the web-based Independent Officer Training Course (IOTC) with Examination Series, thus making them eligible to earn the Commissioned Corps Training Ribbon.

The 14-day OBC program is for those officers on extended active Attend duty with a call to active duty date (CAD) on or prior to 01 October 2008 Officers planning to attend should use the provided email link to request participation (registration). An officer should not consider him/herself enrolled until notified. Registration confirmation will be provided in the form of a reply to the officer's e- mail-registration request.


Additional Information:
For further information contact the  PHS Liaison @ 202 475-5186.

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Last Modified 1/12/2016