OSMS and YOU: Management

This blog post is the 22nd in a series of posts highlighting the various specialties and sub-specialties offered by the recently launched Officer Specialty Management System. Stay tuned as we share key information about each specialty/sub-specialty in the coming weeks!



Management, MGT10, is an officer specialty code, or OSC, that is assigned only to billets, not officers. There are currently 94 billets labeled MGT10, and most are leadership positions. Many of these positions may also have additional specific competency requirements.

What is the value in labeling a billet with an OSC that cannot be achieved by an officer?

The general specialty, in this case MGT10, designates billets which can be filled by officers that have demonstrated proficiency in any of the associated sub-specialties. This is true for several (but not all) “CG-XXX10” specialties. For example, any AVI10 billet may be considered a successful fill with an AVI11 or AVI12 officer assigned. HRM10 follows the same model. For these specialties the “10” is considered as broader and is inclusive of all the subspecialties. Similarly, the two overarching Communities, Mission Support (CG-CMS10) and Mission Operations (CG-CMO10), are also assigned to billets only (some officers may note that they are assigned CG-CMS10; this is in error due to faulty computer script and is queued for correction). A successful officer specialty fill is achieved with assignment of an officer from one of the supporting specialties (or subspecialties) under that particular community.

Not all specialties follow this model of the “10” being representative of the underlying subspecialties. The Operations Ashore – Prevention (OAP10) specialty is actually more restrictive than the corresponding subspecialties. Essentially, obtaining CG-OAP10 means an officer is a “multi-specialist” in multiple Prevention facets.

Why the discord?

The Officer Specialty Management System, or OSMS, was stood up in June 2013. At that time there was not a consensus on how the “10” specialty would be used. Each program/specialty had their own concept of how they would grow their program, from an officer specialty perspective. As OSMS changes and matures, it is likely we will see shifts in not only specialty and subspecialty requirements, but also in how those specialties and subspecialties relate to one another.

As you examine specialties and subspecialties for which you may qualify, please read the requirements closely and ensure your record (CGBI employee summary sheet) reflects the OSC requirements.

For more information on OSMS please visit the OSMS webpage!

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