The U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Alumni Association is offering free 10-year memberships to Army National Guard officers commissioned (active or state programs) this year.
Free membership is one way the USAOCSAA is marking the 80th anniversary of Army OCS. Since 1941, OCS programs have supported the service with quality officers in all branches and components — active, Guard and Reserve.
The offer runs through Aug. 30, 2021. Once commissioned, Guard officers can apply by visiting ocsalumni.org/guard and providing their contact information and class number.
The association is a 7,000-plus organization with membership from all Army branches and components, from World War II to the present.
“We have chapters throughout the country that offer opportunities for camaraderie, networking and professional growth,” said Dave Taylor, the USAOCSAA’s vice president for operations. “And there are no dues at the chapter level.”
The association also created and maintains the new Wigle Hall OCS Heritage Center at Fort Benning, Georgia. It includes memorabilia, photographs and artifacts from 80 years of OCS programs. Interactive kiosks and recorded memories of many alumni keep OCS history current.
The association also maintains the OCS Memorial Walk on the active-duty OCS battalion campus. Open to the public, the memorial is a landscaped area that honors the service and sacrifice of tens of thousands of OCS graduates, including Medal of Honor recipients and notable graduates, such as former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole.
In addition, the USAOCSAA sponsors an annual nationwide annual reunion in Columbus, Georgia, and on Fort Benning.