The specific training you receive in Officer Candidate School will teach you invaluable lessons in leadership development, military skills and adventure training. You’ll be trained both in the classroom and in the field.
Officer candidates start by attending basic training—a nine-week training course where candidates go through the process of becoming full-fledged Soldiers. Upon graduation, officer candidates will attend Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. The greatest benefit of leadership development training is that you will use and benefit from it throughout your life.
Depending on whether you are new to the Army or currently in the Army, you will undergo most (or all) of the following courses:
OFFICER CANDIDATE COURSE
Army OCS candidates are those who aspire to achieve something even greater than a college degree. They aspire to be leaders. You can join them by attending the Army Officer Candidate Course. OCS is 12 weeks of intense classroom and field training.
You’ll receive a leadership development training that develops your potential in the most important of ways — mentally, physically and emotionally. Your training starts by being grouped into squads where you’ll gain experience in all leadership roles — culminating in verbal and written feedback on your improvement. The 12 weeks of OCS can lead you to the ultimate goal: becoming an Army officer.
The Officer Candidate program is divided into two phases:
PHASE 1: You will learn the basic leadership skills required of a commissioned officer. Candidates face both physical and mental challenges, designed to develop and evaluate your determination and desire to excel.
PHASE 2: All of the skills you have learned in your training will be put to the test in the field. As a senior phase candidate, you’re tested on both leadership abilities and your ability to work as part of a team. It’s an intense 18-day training mission that hones the skills learned during your previous training.
See the other paths to become an Army officer.