PATHS TO BECOMING AN OFFICER
There are four paths to becoming an officer in the world’s most powerful Army. Choose the one that best suits your career goals. No matter which you choose, you will learn to be an inspiring leader and an effective decision maker.
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.Learn about Direct Commission
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.Learn about OCS
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.Learn about U.S. Military Academy at West Point