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Career Management Branch (PSC-OPM-4)


******With the release of ALCGPSC 035/16, there was a surge in counseling requests. There is currently an estimated 4 week waitlist for an appointment. Please continue to request appointments through, and reach out to either of us directly if you have an urgent need that cannot wait.*****



Please note there are new guidelines as set forth by the CG Institute for updating Education in your record (both in DA and your EI-PDR).  Please see their website for complete instructions:

OPM-4 Mission Statement

To provide dedicated career management counseling to officers of all grades; with special emphasis on individual competitiveness, future career decisions, and officer career management analysis while serving as a resource in responding to other staff actions concerning officer career management.  Also, upon request, to counsel officers concerning competitiveness and failure of selection for Post-Graduate and promotion for grades CWO2 thru O-6. 

Career Management Counseling Session

OPM-4 targets junior officers (O3 & below) since their careers are typically less defined than more senior officers. Consequently, they tend to have more questions about how different assignment scenarios could impact future career aspirations.  We also target officers that are in-zone for promotion to help ensure that they have a complete record going before the promotion board.  Nonetheless, any officer who desires to discuss aspects of their career will be given ample opportunity and have the ability to benefit from OPM-4 services.

Joint Record Review

Officers also have the opportunity to view their Electronically Imaged – Personnel Data Record (EI-PDR) online while speaking with a Career Counselor. Using MS Communicator, a Career Counselor can establish a Live Meeting. In this Live Meeting both you and your Career Counselor will be able to view your EI-PDR simultaneously.

OPM-4 Appointments

To schedule an appointment send an email to ARL-PF-CGPSC-OPM-4.  To help us for scheduling purposes, in the body of the email please give us an idea of what you are looking to discuss with OPM-4. Most often, we will look to schedule an appointment to guarantee dedicated time to help answer your questions (in particular for joint record reviews, which may take up to an hour). Time permitting, however, a basic career counseling question might best be answered via email or a quick phone call, so the more details you provide in your email, the better equipped we’ll be to meet your needs in a timely manner.

Though OPM-4 is more than happy to assist Reserve Officers as best we can, Reserve Officers are recommended to schedule an appointment with RPM by sending an email to ARL-PF-CGPSC-RPM. 

**NOTE** - The OPM-4 staff is comprised of a CDR and a LT who have both been intimately involved in the promotion board, panel and assignment processes. Both provide career advice regardless of the officer's career path. To divide up the work and keep wait-times for all customers to a manageable level, as a general rule, the CDR will have appointments with LCDRs and above, and the LT will have appointments with LTs and below. Ideally, all appointments would be done by officers more senior to you, but we do not have the resources to guarantee that. As such, if you desire counseling from the CDR, or if you met with the LT but feel that you still need additional counseling from the CDR, please write to and in your email, state that you request your appointment to be with the CDR. Thanks and have a great day!

Frequently Asked Questions

Record of Professional Development (4082 Form)

Download Form

This optional form is an important and often overlooked component of an officer's record. At a minimum it is recommended that all officers submit an updated CG-4082 prior to a selection panel or promotion board.  Each form that you submit becomes a part of your record and is not replaced by previous submissions, so there is no need to repeat information on subsequent forms.

It is strongly recommended that officers document all significant education, training and qualifications on a CG-4082, with an emphasis on items not captured on the member's Employee Summary Sheet in CGBI. Guidance on what is authorized on a 4082 can be found in Chapter 4.c of the Performance, Training, and Education Manual (COMDTINST M1500.10c).

The completed form should be submitted to the PSC Records Branch (MR) via the member's YNs in their Personnel & Administration (P&A) office.

OPM-4 Portal Site

OPM-4 has updated our CGPortal site to provide career guidance information which can be accessed by clicking the following link: OPM-4 Portal Site.

Career Management Webinars

Due to limitations for in-person Road Shows, OPM-4 is more than happy to conduct Career Management Webinars. Anyone wishing to request a Webinar, or attend an already scheduled Webinar, please contact us at

OPM-4 Feedback Surveys

If you have already had a counseling session with OPM-4, we'd appreciate hearing from you!  If you could please take a minute to fill out a short survey regarding your session, it would help us better serve you and others in the future.  Please complete the OPM-4 Feedback Survey to provide your feedback.  Additionally, if you listened to one of our Webinars, please complete the OPM-4 Webinar Survey We appreciate you letting us know how to better serve the fleet!

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