Kentucky Guard Offers Opportunities to Members: Becoming an Officer

Jan. 13, 2012 | By kentuckyguard
Story by Lt. Col. Kirk Hilbrecht, Director of Public Affairs, Kentucky National Guard Photos by Maj. David Page, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs CLICK HERE FOR MORE PICTURES OF THE OPEN HOUSE [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Capt. Noy E. Boriboune speaks to Soldiers interested in the Kentucky National Guard Officer Candidate and Warrant Officer Candidate Schools about her experience while attending the Kentucky National Guard OCS programs."]CPT Noy E Boriboune FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky National Guard hosted an informational open house for more than 50 Soldiers interested in Officer and Warrant Officer Candidate School in Frankfort and Greenville, Ky, 7-9 January. "Being an officer in the Kentucky Guard can be one of the most-rewarding opportunities of your lifetime," Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini, adjutant general of Kentucky, told the audience in Frankfort. "These programs offered to you, our Guardsmen, are world-class training." Warrant Officer Candidate School and Officer Candidate Schools challenge the Soldiers during the long intense leadership training. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="334" caption="State Chief Warrant Officer James W. Simms talks to Soldiers interested in Warrant Officer Candidate School about the requirements and challenges of the program."]State Chief Currently, there are three options for attending OCS: traditional; National Guard Bureau Accelerated OCS; and Federal OCS. Most Kentucky Guard Soldiers opt for the traditional option, which requires Soldiers to attend OCS in lieu of their normal drill periods for approximately 16-18 months, to include the two week annual training period. WOCS also offers federal and state options that hone physical and mental endurance. For more information, click on the links below for more information regarding OCS and WOCS. Warrant Officer Candidate School Officer Candidate School

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