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Minnesota National Guard
1st Battalion (Officer Candidate School), 175th Regiment

Officer candidates form up for training during Officer Candidate School.
Unit Information

1st Battalion (W/OCS), 175th Regiment Information

Officer Candidate School

The Region E Officer Candidate School (OCS) program trains Soldiers in the fundamentals of leadership and basic military skills; instills the professional ethic; evaluates leadership potential; and commissions those who qualify as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army. Officer Candidate School is a mentally and physically challenging course designed to educate, train and develop the leadership potential of enlisted soldiers, resulting in federally commissioned officers. Officer Candidates may participate in the Traditional Program, the Accelerated "501" programs, or the Federal OCS program.

Officer Candidate School Curriculum:
- Leadership development
- How to plan and conduct training
- Communications
- Tactics/FTXs/Survival
- Map reading/Land navigation
- General military subjects

Warrant Officer Candidate School

The Warrant Officer Candidate School-Reserve Component (WOCS-RC) Phase 2 trains Soldiers to become Warrant Officers as it continues to evolve to better align its philosophy and activities to meet the needs of an Army at war. The driving force is the desire to produce warrant officers better qualified to operate effectively in the demanding operational environment (OE). Focus is emphasized more on officer roles and responsibilities and less on individual activities. During Phase 3, the culminating event is a field leadership exercise (FLX) which draws heavily on recent lessons learned and apply flexible, adaptive leadership principles in stressful situations to reinforce and build upon previous classroom theory studies and discussions. Upon complete Phase 3 they are appointed Warrant Officers. Warrant Officer Candidates may participate in the State Program (WOCS-RC), approximately 8 months, or the Federal WOCS Program.

Warrant Officer Candidate School Curriculum:
- Leadership Development
- Officer Roles and Responsibilities
- Communications / Briefings
- OE & Military Operations Courses
- Military and Warrant Officer History
- FLX-STX, Land Navigation, Urban Operations

Minnesota Army National Guard Officer Candidate School
Community Connections

Unit Address: 1ST BN, 175TH RTI, W/OCS, 15000 Hwy 115, Bldg 6-76, Camp Ripley, MN 56345
Unit Telephone: 320.616.2646
Recruiter Telephone: 320.616.3016



Unit Patch  Unit Crest
Minnesota National Guard Leadership

Minnesota Adjutant General Maj. Gen.
Jon A. Jensen
Generally Speaking
Senior Enlisted Advisor
Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas Wortham
On Center Ice
Unit Command Structure

Joint Force Headquarters
-Camp Ripley

--175th Regiment (RTI)
---1st Battalion (OCS), 175th Regiment

Unit Leadership

Commander  1SG
Lt. Col.
Patricia G. Baker

1-175 (OCS)
MSG Paul Ciesielski

1-175 (OCS)
Major Unit Equipment

M240B Machine Gun
M249 Squad Automatic Weapon
Bradley Fighting Vehicle
M4 Carbine Rifle
M9 Pistol
M16 Rifle

See the list of major equipment used by the Minnesota National Guard.
Unit Occupational Specialties

11B - Infantryman
19D - Cavalry Scout
42L-Administrative Specialist
68W-Health Care Specialist
92Y-Unit Supply Specialist

See the complete list of specialties in the Minnesota National Guard.
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Unit Articles

NorthStar GUARD Online: 8/27/06
Officer Candidate School graduation photo gallery

NorthStar GUARD Online: 6/26/06
Officer Candidate School training photo gallery