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Desire to be an Infantry Soldier

Infantry Officer (11A)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level


The infantry officer is responsible for leading the infantry and combined armed forces during land combat.

Job Duties

  • Coordinate the employment of Infantry Soldiers at all levels of command in U.S. and multinational operations

At increasing levels of leadership, an infantry captain’s responsibilities may include:

  • Commanding and controlling the infantry and combined armed companies and company-sized units (200 - 300 Soldiers)
  • Developing doctrine, organizations and equipment for unique infantry missions
  • Instructing Infantry skills at service schools and combat training centers
  • Serving as an Infantry advisor to other units, including Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve organizations


Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.


Job training for an infantry officer requires completion of the Basic Officer Leadership Courses I, II & III. These courses will emphasize leadership, tactics and technical competence that are common to the infantry. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.

Infantry officers can also volunteer for airborne and ranger school or for specific developmental assignments in airborne and ranger units.

Helpful Skills

  • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
  • Ability to make quick decisions
  • Capable of bearing numerous responsibilities


Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in fields such as business management. An officer in the Army is closely related to managerial positions in corporations.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

  • AT&T, Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Time Customer Service, Inc.
  • Walgreen Co.

Hi my name is Lieutenant Colonel Thomas J Sheehan I’m a commander of second battalion, nineteenth infantry regiment here at Fort Benning Georgia. I command an infantry OSUT one station unit training and what we’re responsible for is a fourteen week program where we train U.S. Army infantrymen, who are prepared to go out and serve the country in operational units around the world either in ranger special forces or just regular infantry or airborne units around the world. What we’re starting to see now is phenomenal trainees. I think the United State has always had a great pool, a great level of talent to draw from amongst the Soldiers. But I think the patriotism and the spirit of the people wanting to serve especially over the past eight years that our national has been at war has really started to attract some incredible infantrymen. Only about two out of every ten Americans even qualifies for military service. And of that, a select few even have what it takes to be an infantryman. What we’re starting to see though is guys who have the inner strength, the desire, willingness to go the extra mile - do the hard jobs - who want to better their lives, is really what we’re starting to see now. So if you think you have what it takes then join the United States Army and be looking for infantry because we’ll be ready for you and we’re ready to train you.