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CDT Van Dusen receives his Lieutenant’s bars and Distinguished Military Graduate honors.

From Cadet to Lieutenant

CDT Van Dusen receives his Lieutenant’s bars and Distinguished Military Graduate honors.

“ ROTC helps develop your leadership skills while allowing you to attend college full time. In conjunction with the National Guard, it allows you to have on the job training while at drill, and bring those experiences back to share with your fellow cadets. The Wildcat Battalion is a very close group of individuals that want to be the best. They not only become your friends, but your family away from home. With all cadets, freshman through seniors working together, it helps build a network of contacts that will help you during your college years. ROTC is a challenging but very rewarding experience that fits in perfect for a Guard member planning on becoming an Officer. ”

John VanDusen, Ironwood, MI

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.