Making of an Army Officer

Becoming and Officer

For more than 200 years, the U.S. Army has trained some of the the world’s most renowned leaders. From captains of industry to presidents of the United States, many began their paths as Army officers. Today, that same world-class training is creating the next generation of leaders. When you you join this timeless tradition, you too will gain the skills and the strength to become one of them.

The path to Army officership begins with enrollment in one of four commissioning programs: at one of over 273 college ROTC programs or more than 1,000 ROTC partner/affiliate schools; the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Officer Candidate School, or through a direct commission. As a member of the Patriot Battalion you will receive the world-class leadership training needed to lead a platoon and earn the rank of second lieutenant. This training will give you the strength and confidence to accomplish anything, both in the U.S. Army and in the civilian marketplace.

An Officer’s Career

The challenges and rewards offered to Army officers are abundant. You’ll specialize in a general field of interest and take on different assignments as you are stationed across the U.S. and around the world. Each new assignment brings new opportunities, challenges, friends, colleagues and opportunities to grow. You’ll not only develop as an officer, but as an individual and as part of a team.