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four paths to becoming an army officer
THE FOUR PATHS TO BECOME AN ARMY OFFICER
Cadet Richard Dolan

Army ROTC

Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) allows students to enroll in elective leadership and military courses at colleges and universities. At graduation, ROTC cadets are commissioned as Second Lieutenants.

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CPT Airin Rhinehart

Direct Commission

Direct commission provides leaders in professional fields like law, medicine and religion the opportunity to become Army Officers. At completion of an Officer training program, they are commissioned at a rank determined by their career branch.

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OCS Candidate Ricky Jones

Officer Candidate School

Officer Candidate School allows college graduates to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be commissioned as Army Officers. Through classroom instruction and training exercises, candidates learn to become leaders.

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Cadet Jae Yu

United States Military Academy

West Point is one of the country’s oldest colleges. Cadets are immersed in military customs and traditions while working toward a college degree. At graduation, cadets are commissioned as Army Second Lieutenants.

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