Presidential Appointment
FAQs




Whose names are sent forward to the President for appointment?
Presidential appointment is a mandatory and lengthy process. Appointment does not ensure that a qualified candidate will be commissioned but is required before commissioning can occur. Qualified candidates who have met initial screening standards and are successful in the professional boarding process will have their name forwarded for appointment through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the President.

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How long will the Presidential appointment process take?
During 2013, the process has taken approximately 3 months from initiation of the list to final signature.

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After I have been presidentially appointed and I have secured an assignment with a Federal Agency or Department, how long will it take before I am a Commissioned Officer?
Once these steps have been completed and you have met all of the commissioning standards, personal orders are typically completed within 2 months.

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I am a qualified candidate and have completed the Presidential appointment process but I still do not have a job/assignment offer. What happens now?
Qualified candidates should continue to seek employment with an agency where Corps officers are assigned. Please visit Where We Work for more information.

Once we receive word that an agency is requesting you as an officer and receive Form PHS-1662 "Request for Personnel Action" from the agency, we will work with the agency official to identify a date for your call to active duty into the Corps. We must receive a request to call you to active duty into an assignment with an Agency in order for you to become an officer in the Corps. Qualified candidate applications remain open for 1 year from the month you were professionally boarded.

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Why doesn’t my Presidential appointment guarantee that I will be commissioned?
Presidential appointment merely means that you legally may be commissioned. It does not account for any of the other requirements for commissioning and therefore is not the last or only step in the commissioning process.

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What happens if my name is on the Presidential appointment list and I do not meet qualification standards or find a job?
There is no penalty or obligation to a qualified candidate who does not meet commissioning standards. If you do not meet the established standards for qualification your application will be closed.

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When can I expect to have my call to active duty date?
Your call to active duty date will be based on the service and agency needs and Officer Basic Course scheduling.

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Who negotiates my call to active duty date?
The Commissioned Officer Training Academy Cadre (Training Team) coordinates your call to duty date based on Officer Basic Course (OBC) scheduling. They will negotiate a start date with the agency that you will be assigned to as an officer. No action on your part is needed.

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When will I receive a copy of my Personnel Order?
It is anticipated that your personnel orders (calling you to duty) will be issued 30 days or more before your call to active duty (CAD) date. This is done so you can make arrangements for travel and movement of household goods, provide notice at your current place of employment and generally prepare for your call to active duty. We ask that all requests for final documents be addressed as soon as possible so that we can complete the process quickly and issue orders.

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Does my standing as a current HHS employee have any influence over my call-to- active duty date?
Your standing as a current HHS employee does not factor into a preference to a call-to-active duty date. That date is determined by your agency and OBC scheduling once all clearances are met and you are ready for call to active duty.

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I was confirmed by the Senate, but I have not passed all of my clearances yet. What happens now?
If one or more of the steps above is not yet completed we will continue to process the parts of your application that are not yet complete. Medical clearances can take several weeks to several months if additional records or tests are requested. Anything you can do to ensure that all required and requested information is received promptly will speed up the process. Preliminary security prescreens are usually complete within 60 days.

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Page Last Modified on 9/30/2013