Minnesota State University Mankato
2nd Lieutenant Heidelberger gets his new rank pinned on by his wife and his uncle Captain Nickle. This is the last step of your ROTC education, and the first step in your Army career. You will train hard, but you will grow because of it. You will be stronger physically, mentally and emotionally when you leave the program and go on to your unit.

The First Salute

2nd Lieutenant Heidelberger gets his new rank pinned on by his wife and his uncle Captain Nickle. This is the last step of your ROTC education, and the first step in your Army career. You will train hard, but you will grow because of it. You will be stronger physically, mentally and emotionally when you leave the program and go on to your unit.

“ ROTC taught me how to be calm under pressure and how to be a leader in any situation. As a National Guardsman these are skills that will help me not only in my military duties, but in my civilian employment as well. ”

Pat T., Mankato, MN

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.