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Office of the Chief of Military Intelligence.

The purpose of this article is to clarify the duties and responsibilities of a very important but often misunderstood organization--the Office of the Chief of Military Intelligence, or OCMI. OCMI is located at the "Home of the Military Intelligence Corps," Fort Huachuca, Arizona. While the name leads one to believe that this organization is responsible for all matters involving Military Intelligence (MI), the truth is that OCMI is responsible for the personnel area of the MI Proponent. The actual Chief of the MI Corps is the Commanding General, United States Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca.

Traditionally, the Commanding General wears three hats: Commandant of the Army's Military Intelligence Center, MI Corps Commander, and Chief of Military Intelligence, or more appropriately for this article, "the" MI Proponent. As the MI Proponent, the Commanding General enlists the help of the Personnel Proponency Office or OCMI to monitor promotions, recruitments or accessions, and retention within the MI force.

Each branch within the Army has a Personnel Proponent office. The mission and responsibilities of this office are explained in AR 600-3. There are eight major areas of personnel proponecy responsibility: structure, acquisition, individual training and education, distribution, deployment, sustainment, professional development, and separation, all of which collectively manage the lifecycle of a soldier.

Within these areas of responsibility, OCMI--

[] Reviews and grants requests for Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) prerequisite waivers.

[] Analyzes projected MOS health and recommends Enlisted Bonuses (EB), Selective Reenlistment Bonuses (SRB), and Targeted Selective Reenlistment Bonuses (TSRB).

[] Serves as a central clearinghouse for questions on MOS changes in all areas ranging from duty description changes to full-scale MOS mergers.

[] Manages the Officer and Warrant Officer lifecycles.

[] Partners with other parts of the MI Proponent such as Concepts, Doctrine, New Systems, Training, Structure, or Assignments.

A critical recurring project for OCMI is the submittal of the Military Occupational Classification and Structure (MOCS) packets. At the direction of the CG, USAIC&FH, OCMI prepares yearly MOCS packets for submission to the Department of the Army (DA) Staff and Human Resources Command (HRC).

The MOCS is the method used to document and submit changes to DA to create, merge, or delete an MOS. Each packet, on average, takes eight months to prepare. Once completed, each packet is staffed through local offices that manage Concept Development, Doctrine, Force Design and, of course, Training. After staffing, the packet is submitted to HRC no later than the fifteenth of May of that year. HRC reviews the packet and then vetts it through each Major Army Command (MACOM) and DA for review and concurrence or nonconcurrence. All must agree or the action is not approved.

It is important to note that each MOCS action takes three years from submittal to effective date. Toward the end of the three-year process, Tables of Organization and Equipment (TOEs) and Tables of Distribution and Allowances (TDAs) are built or adjusted to reflect the changes. The changes resulting from this process usually take effect at the end of the three years in the month of October.

The next article in this issue submitted by the Training Development and Integration Division, discusses in detail some of the more important changes that have resulted from the MOCS process.

LTC Harvey L. Crockett is currently serving as the Director of the Office of the Chief of Military Intelligence.
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Author:Crockett, Harvey L.
Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2004
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