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