MILPER Number: 17-167
Award of the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) “A” Proficiency Designator
B. DA Pamphlet 611-21 (Military Occupational Classification and Structure), 22 January 2007.
C. OTSG Regulation 15-35 (Boards, Commissions, and Committees: Award of the “A” Proficiency Designator), 23 March 2017.
1. This message will expire no later than (NLT) 30 September 2017.
2. This message solicits nominations from qualified regular and reserve commissioned Army Medical Department (AMEDD) officers for the “A” proficiency designator, the highest recognition for professional excellence in the AMEDD. Command support is requested in disseminating this message to ensure timely submission of applications.
3. The AMEDD “A” proficiency designator is a professional excellence honor bestowed by the Army Surgeon General upon candidates who have attained full professional status and national prominence in their field. Officers to be considered include all AMEDD Regular Army, National Guard, and U.S. Army Reserve Officers. Warrant Officers and Noncommissioned Officers are not eligible.
4. The Health Services Division (HSD), Human Resources Command (HRC), will convene a competitive selection panel on 19-21 July 2017 to consider nominations from qualified regular and reserve commissioned officers for the “A” proficiency designator. All nominations will be considered based on individual merit and documentation as specified in paragraph 5 below.
5. The following criteria are established consistent with the provisions of DA Pam 611-21. On an individual basis, these criteria may be waived when they are clearly not applicable to a particular area of concentration (AOC). All requests for waivers must be fully justified and accompanied by a cover letter endorsed by the respective Corps Chief.
a. Must be considered eminently qualified to chair a department, division or service, or have attained full professional status, and have obtained national prominence in their respective field.
b. MC, DC, and VC Officers:
(1) Have held the “B” Proficiency Designator for at least five years, or
(2) Hold the “B” Proficiency Designator and have at least three years in the grade of Lieutenant Colonel as of 1 October of the year in which the officer is being nominated.
c. Must have a total of not less than 15 years of professional experience, at least 10 years of which must have been on active duty in the AMEDD as of 1 October of the year in which the officer is being nominated. The 15-year period and the active duty requirement may be recommended for waiver under exceptional circumstances by the unanimous decision of all panel members, subject to the approval of The Surgeon General, when it is determined that contributions of the individual have been of such overriding significance as to merit early professional recognition. Members of a reserve component, who are not on active duty, may meet the “10 years active duty in the AMEDD” requirement with participation on active duty with the AMEDD, participation in a reserve component SELRES position within an AMEDD organization, or a combination thereof.
d. Must have been assigned to positions requiring their primary AOC for at least 50 percent of active duty time following receipt of the “B” Proficiency Designator, or attainment of the qualifying experience, and have performed in an outstanding manner in these assignments. Those who have had assignments or changed AOC to functional areas such as administration, education, or research since receipt of the “B” Proficiency Designator (or attainment of the qualifying experience), must have made significant contributions to those areas and performed in a singularly outstanding manner in these assignments. For members of the Army National Guard and USAR not on active duty, a majority of the individual’s professional experience (civilian or military) must be consistent with the specialty.
e. Must be leaders in their specialty and have made significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in a particular field (i.e., publication, active national professional organization membership, etc.).
f. Must be a distinct asset to the AMEDD, both as an officer and as a professional specialist.
g. Must have “professional experience” or “years of experience” as applied to the eligibility for 9A, 9B, 9C, and 9D professional designator in DA Pam 611-21 is to be interpreted as actual duty performance in the specialty area. These terms do not include any period of formal, full-time educational endeavor in pursuit of either a degree or certification, with the exception for officers of the Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Medical Service, and Army Medical Specialist Corps, that post-doctoral fellowship or residency experience in the specialty area is considered professional experience and will be considered as actual performance in the specialty area. In the case of subspecialties, the panel may consider experience in the parent specialty as “professional experience” for the nomination process.
6. Nomination Process:
a. Nominations are due to the respective U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC) assignment branches NLT 5 July 2017. The assignment branches will review the nominations for completeness.
b. Corps chiefs, consultants (within the same specialty as the nominee), HRC career branch chiefs, and commanders may submit nominations using the format in paragraph 7.
c. Self-nominations are not authorized. Nominations not submitted by consultants must have a letter of endorsement signed by the nominee’s consultant.
7. The prescribed format for each nomination is depicted in Figure 1 of OTSG Reg 15-35. To review this regulation, go to https://army.deps.mil/army/cmds/AMP_DocCnt. Use e-mail certificate. Nominations must include the following information (if the information does not apply, report “N/A” in place of the requested information):
a. Name (Last, First, MI):
d. Promotable [Yes or No]:
e. Enter Active Duty Date: [Current active duty officers only]
f. Primary AOC/MFA:
h. Number of years qualified for “B” Proficiency (Not required for MS, SP, or AN Officers):
i. Number of years professional experience:
j. Number of years and/or months of active duty:
k. Number of years of other qualifying duty: [Good retirement years not on active duty]
l. Education: [Schools, location, degree, date]
m. Board certification: [Organization, date]
n. Curriculum Vitae (AN, DC, MC and SP nominees only):
o. Teaching appointments: [Academic rank, institution, date]
p. Consultant positions: [Title, location, date]
q. Affiliations and professional society memberships (include civilian leadership and committee activities):
r. Decorations and awards: [Military and/or professional]
s. Publications/Research: [Provide title, authorship, and where published. List the identity of all persons (if any) that co-authored the publications in appropriate rank order as author and co-author.]
t. Key assignments:
u. Recommendation: [A short narrative, professionally and technically focused recommendation]
(2) Past five OERs
(3) Waivers, as needed [Note: All waivers require a waiver request cover letter endorsed by the respective Corps Chief.]
w. Military biographical summary or Curriculum Vitae and official photo (USAR and NGB nominees only):
x. Nominee’s unit commander’s or higher headquarters’ commander’s position title: [e.g., commander, dean
y. Nominee’s unit mailing address (street, city, state, 9-digit zip):
z. Is the nominee a unit commander? [Yes or No]
aa. Nominee’s unit commander’s or higher headquarters’ commander’s name and email:
bb. Nominee’s unit commander’s or higher headquarters’ commander’s unit mailing address (street, city, state, 9-digit zip): [Type “same” if same as nominee’s unit address].
cc. Is the nominee on PCS orders? [Yes or No]
dd. If yes, answer the following:
(1) PCS date:
(2) Gaining unit commander’s or higher headquarters’ commander’s position title: [e.g., commander, dean]
(3) Gaining unit commander’s or higher headquarters’ commander’s name and email:
(4) Gaining unit commander’s or higher headquarters’ commander’s unit mailing address: [Street, city, state, 9-digit zip]
ee. Does the nominee have an approved retirement? [Yes or No]
ff. If yes, answer the following:
(1) Retirement date:
(2) Nominee’s non-military email:
(3) Nominee’s retirement mailing address (street, city, state, 9-digit zip):
gg. Nominations will be submitted to the following points of contact (POC) NLT 5 July 2017 unless specifically noted otherwise:
(1) For Army Nurse Corps (AN) nominations: CDR, HRC, ATTN: HRC-OPH-N (Mr. Richard J. Williams), 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue (Dept. 260) Fort Knox, KY 40122-5203. (502) 613-6536, DSN: 464; firstname.lastname@example.org.
(2) For Dental Corps (DC) nominations: CDR, HRC, ATTN: HRC-OPH-D (MAJ Michael Villacarlos, 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue (Dept. 250), Fort Knox, KY 40122-5203. (502) 613-6547, DSN: 464; email@example.com.
(3) For Medical Corps (MC) nominations: CDR, HRC, ATTN: HRC-OPH-C (Ms. Lisa Tomlin), 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue (Dept. 250), Fort Knox, KY 40122-5203. (502) 613-6573, DSN: 464; firstname.lastname@example.org.
(4) For Medical Service Corps (MS) nominations: CDR, HRC, ATTN: HRC-OPH-M (MAJ Jered Little), 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue (Dept. 260), Fort Knox, KY 40122-5203. (502) 613-6524, DSN: 464; email@example.com.
(5) For Army Specialist Corps (SP) nominations: CDR, HRC, ATTN: HRC-OPH-S (Mr. Andy Spencer), 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue (Dept. 250), Fort Knox, KY 40122-5203. (502) 613-6546, DSN: 464; firstname.lastname@example.org.
(6) For Veterinary Corps (VC) nominations: CDR, HRC, ATTN: HRC-OPH-V (CPT Craig Calkins), 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue (Dept. 260), Fort Knox, KY 40122-6541. (502) 613-6842, DSN: 983; email@example.com.
(7) Members of the U.S. Army Reserve components (RC) IRR and IMA must forward their nominations NLT 7 June 2017 through their consultants to CDR, HRC, ATTN: AHRC-OPH-R (Ms. Marie L. Driscoll), 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue (Dept. 251), Fort Knox, KY 40122-5205. (502) 613-6504, DSN: 464; firstname.lastname@example.org.
(8) Members of the U.S. Army Reserve components (RC) AGR and TPU must forward their nominations NLT 7 June 2017 through their consultants to United States Army Reserve, ATTN: AFRC-MD (COL Bonnie Lowe), 4710 Knox Street, Fort Bragg, NC 28310. The POC for the Army Reserve is COL Bonnie Lowe: (910) 570-8112 or email at email@example.com.
(9) Members of the Army National Guard must forward their nominations NLT 7 June 2017 through their state Adjutant General to the Chief, National Guard Bureau, ATTN: ARNG-CSG, 111 South George Mason Drive, Arlington, VA 22204-1382. The POC for the Army National Guard Bureau is CPT Eric Dier, Quality Management Officer, (703) 607-8453, DSN: 327; firstname.lastname@example.org.
(10) U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard components’ POCs identified in paragraphs 6.d(8) and 6.d(9) will review packets and send NLT 5 July 2017 to CDR, HRC, ATTN: AHRC-OPH-R (Ms. Marie L. Driscoll), 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue (Dept. 251), Fort Knox, KY 40122-5205. (502) 613-6504, DSN: 464; email@example.com.
8. The 9A proponent POC is OTSG G1, Chief Policy, Plans, and Programs: 703-681-0583; DSN: 761.