Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Black Commissioned Officers Advisory Group


BCOAG Membership Committee

The role of the BCOAG Membership Committee is to manage the process of selecting new voting members on an annual basis. As such, the BCOAG committee pursues this endeavor by soliciting for voting membership, screening and reviewing the application documents and providing recommendations to the BCOAG Executive Board. Once the final selections are determined, the committee prepares the necessary documentation for submission to the U.S. Surgeon General for approval and appointment. The committee also performs other duties as assigned by the BCOAG Chair or Chair Elect.

Membership Committee Goals and Tasks

BCOAG Membership Committee Goals for 2019:

  • Promote Voting Member application submission through informational presentations and materials, and allowing for multiple application format submission
  • Review, score, and process nomination packets for new Voting Members and recommend candidates
  • Support and collaborate with other BCOAG Committees for retention and recruitment efforts using the BCOAG networking spreadsheet
  • Continue to improve the voting member application review process by evaluating and updating (if needed) the Scoring Tool

Tasks of the Committee:

  • Selection of New Voting Members - For selection of new voting members, the Committee must review and edit prior years application questions and review tool, solicit applications, review applications and make final recommendations. After the Executive Committee approves nominees for voting membership, Committee must notify officers and seek final approval from OPDIV Liaisons and the Office of Surgeon. 
  • BCOAG Networking Spreadsheet - Committee selects an officer to manage the database and to routinely request that officers submit their contact information to maintain accurate records.
  • Selection of Member of the Month (MOM) Recognition - Upon receipt of official nominations of voting or non-voting members, committee must review information and select MOM once every month. MOM will be announced by the BCOAG Chair during the General Body Meetings.

Membership Information

BCOAG members:

  • Provide guidance and assists in Public Health Service (PHS) recruitment of qualified African-American applicants to respective professional disciplines.
  • Develops an operational plan which details BCOAG's participation and involvement in PHS, other governmental agencies, and community activities which further the mission of BCOAG and the USPHS.


NEW: The BCOAG Membership Committee is now accepting applications for BCOAG Member of the Month Recognition.

The Black Commissioned Officer Advisory Group (BCOAG) Member of the Month Recognition was established in 2019 to engage BCOAG membership and highlight the accomplishments of BCOAG members who have made important contributions to BCOAG and the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) by serving in capacities that support their professional groups, or impact to public health. 

Nominees for this award must be an active BCOAG member (voting or non-voting), i.e. must have volunteered for at least one (1) BCOAG-related activity within the previous or current operational year. This award is open to all ranks. Self-nominations are accepted. 

Nominations are encouraged from all agencies (HHS and non-HHS) and shall describe how the candidate has met the following criteria:

  • Must have some activity/involvement in BCOAG
  • Must provide a narrative statement or description of activities, positions or contributions
    • The narrative should clearly describe how the officer meets the criteria for this award
      • If applicable, include background to provide perspective on the issue, describe how the officer resolved the issue, and the overall impact of the officer’s contributions
    • Times New Roman, 12-point font, 7 sentences maximum
  • Must complete the nomination form in its entirety
  • Must provide a professional picture that meets the uniform specifications

The nomination packet should be submitted electronically to by the first Thursday of the month. Questions regarding the nomination process should be directed to the email address included above.



If you would like additional information about the becoming a member of the Membership Committee, please contact LCDR Gwendolyn Hudson, the Membership Committee Chair or Co-Chair LCDR Roxanne Adeuya.


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