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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) enables students to enroll in elective leadership and military courses at colleges and universities in addition to their required courses. Upon graduation, ROTC cadets are commissioned as Army second lieutenants.

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CPT Airin Rhinehart

Direct Commission

Direct Commission provides leaders in professional fields such as law, medicine and religion the opportunity to become an Army Commissioned Officer. Upon completion of their 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 (OCS)

OCS allows college graduates to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be commissioned as an Army officer. Through classroom instruction and training exercises, candidates learn to become leaders. Upon completion of OCS, they are commissioned as Army Second Lieutenants.

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Cadet Jae Yu

United States Military Academy

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

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