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The enlisted reclassification process to Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) 46Q, Public Affairs Specialist, and MOS 46R, Public Affairs Broadcast Specialist, is hereby transitioned from the U.S. Army Public Affairs Center (APAC) to HRC for both the Regular Army (RA) and U.S. Army Reserve Active Guard and Reserve (USAR AGR), effective on the publication date of this message.

The process will no longer require a formal application via APAC; however, unit career counselors must validate the requirements listed in chapters 10-46Q and 10-46R of DA PAM 611-21 (Smartbook) and the Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS) prior to submitting the reclassification request to HRC for approval. The requirement to successfully complete two years of English courses must be validated by providing official high school or college transcripts (a diploma cannot be used as a source document to confirm course completion).

The APAC retains the authority to approve or disapprove all requests for exceptions to policy when Soldiers do not meet the requirements to enter CMF 46 as stated in DA Pam 611-21 (Smartbook) and ATRRS. Exception to policy requests, along with substantiating documents, will be sent to APAC prior to initiating a reclassification action through the unit career counselor.

Soldiers and leaders who have questions pertaining to exceptions to policy should contact the Force Development Division, APAC, DSN 622-7281, commercial (301) 677-7281, or via email at

USAR AGR Soldiers who have questions pertaining to the reclassification process should contact the USAR AGR Retention and Reclassification Team via email at

RA Soldiers with questions pertaining to the reclassification to CMF 46 should contact their unit career counselor. Unit career counselors with questions regarding this message should contact their appropriate Command Retention Office for clarification.

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Soldiers reclassifying into CMF 46 are placed on assignment instructions by the Retention and Reclassification Branch at HRC. The Public Affairs PDNCO does not assign reclassifying Soldiers. Prior to being placed on assignment instructions, the following information must be updated to ensure accuracy of HRC issued assignment instructions:

- Ensure marital status and dependent information is correct in both DEERS and TRICARE.
- If married to another Service Member, both spouses must enroll in the Married Army Couples Program (MACP).
- If a Family Member has medical or educational special needs, enroll them in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) as soon as possible.
- If any of these or any other issues needs to be addressed, please submit the request through your S-1. Keep your NCO Support Channel/Chain of Command informed at all times of any changes that may occur.

You can verify your assignment instructions by going to Click "Assignment" at the top of the screen.

Read the MILPER Message --> MILPER Message 17-067, Transition of CMF 46 Reclassification Process to HRC

Army Public Affairs Center: If you would like to view the Army Public Affairs Center Milsuite page, please visit the following link:

The Army Public Affairs Center (APAC) executes the PA proponency mission of the Chief of Public Affairs (CPA) in his role as the chief of the organizational enterprise. APAC acts as the CPA's executive agent for maintaining a professional and highly skilled military and civilian PA force throughout the Army to conduct mass communications across the full spectrum of audience and technical requirements. APAC functions as the Army's PA Center and replicates TRADOC Center and School. APAC is the designated primary contact for all Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership, Personnel, Facility and Policy (DOTMLPFP) matters affecting the officer, enlisted, and DA Civilian PA force. APAC is organized into four main divisions: Doctrine and Policy, Force Development and Personnel Policy, and Training.

MSG Mary E. Ferguson
Senior Career Advisor / Professional Development NCO CMF 46
U.S. Army Human Resources Command
Comm: 502-613-5632
DSN: 983-5632 Public Affairs Enlisted Career Branch

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