FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- As the Army reduces in size, the Army Acquisition Corps is growing.

The U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center expects military contracting positions to increase by 50 percent by the end of fiscal year 2013 and has already begun an active recruiting effort to bring
eligible sergeants through sergeants first class, and second lieutenants through majors into its contracting workforce.

In mid-July, personnel from ASC, MICC--Fort Campbell, and the 904th Contingency Contracting Battalion, Fort Knox, Ky., gathered here for a one-day recruiting drive. The band of contracting
professionals ventured out in small teams to reach out to Soldiers at various locations across the installation. At each location, Soldiers received take-home information and a formal brief followed by an informal question and answer session. More than 350 Soldiers attended the briefings.

"Everyone here is probably familiar with Peyton Manning and knows about his new contract with the Denver Broncos," explained Master Sgt. Jason Pitts, ASC senior enlisted advisor of the
51C Proponent Office, "Your job will be sort of like Manning's agent, who helped put the terms and conditions of that contract together; that's what you'll do for the Army."

In addition to learning about the daily duties of a contracting officer, attendees received information on retention benefits, bonuses, promotion opportunities, advanced civilian schooling, degree completion, training with industry and other professional and personal advantages
of joining the acquisition corps.

MICC-Fort Campbell led the effort in spreading the word to interested Soldiers prior to the event.

"The biggest bang for our buck was through the flyers distributed to units, retention nonncommissioned officers and career counselors; then the Fort Campbell Courier (the post newspaper)," said Lt. Col. Ed Gosline, officer-in-charge, MICC-Fort Campbell.

"I am very impressed with everything I learned in the briefing," said Sgt. Tarcus K. Box, a Fort Campbell Soldier interested in reclassifying. "I had no idea of the impact that 51Charlies have in our military as well as outside of the Army. The promotion and educational opportunities
sound excellent. I definitely plan on pursing a place in this MOS."

Soldiers interested in becoming 51Charlies must be physically fit, intelligent, motivated and self-starting who can operate independently. They should have excellent written and verbal
communication skills and have solid computer skills. In terms of education, they should have
an inclination for business or business administration fields.

For more information regarding the Army Acquisition Corps or 51Charlie reclassification opportunities, visit the U. S. Army Acquisition Support Center website at or call (703) 805-1048.