Illinois State University
The Redbird Battalion takes new cadets and helps them reach for their goals. The process of becoming an officer is not an easy road. There will be times when you don’t think you can go on, but when you reach out for help, you will find experienced and friendly arms outstretched to help you mature and cross the gap between teenager and adult. This change is reflected in the commissioning ceremony. It marks just the first step in your adult life but symbolizes so many achievements that today you might think are impossible.

Stretching the limits

The Redbird Battalion takes new cadets and helps them reach for their goals. The process of becoming an officer is not an easy road. There will be times when you don’t think you can go on, but when you reach out for help, you will find experienced and friendly arms outstretched to help you mature and cross the gap between teenager and adult. This change is reflected in the commissioning ceremony. It marks just the first step in your adult life but symbolizes so many achievements that today you might think are impossible.

“ ROTC helped me to realize the potential that I have to be great. If someone had told me four years ago that I would be placed in charge of millions of dollars of equipment and several young lives immediately following my graduation, I would have laughed in their face. I now feel that I am ready to lead our nation’s armed forces in any situation. ”

Second Lieutenant Dee Carbone, Medical Services, 205th Area Support Medical Battalion, Illinois National Guard,Sleepy Hollow, IL

STARTING YOUR CAREER

After you graduate from college, you will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Your career as an Officer will be just beginning, and you'll find a variety of interesting Officer career fields, called branches, in the Army. Once you choose your Army branch, you will embark on specialized training.

Learn about Branches and Specialties on GoArmy.com

THE ARMY: IT'S WHAT YOU MAKE IT

Upon completion of Officer branch training and a first assignment, Army Officers may pursue additional specialized training and post-graduate education opportunities. You will most likely be assigned to advanced leadership positions and to staff positions. Also, you may develop doctrine, teach military tactics or serve as advisors.