Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Commissioning is the end of one trial and the start of another. Most cadets move on to the BOLCII course as well as their particular Branch’s Basic Course. Cadets are commissioned into a branch of the Army based on a National Order of Merit List that includes all of the ROTC Battalions in the nation. Cadets are able to list their preferences for branches. These preferences, combined with the OML, are used by a board to allocate cadets into the various branches. A cadet’s OML standing depends on their academic record, leadership evaluations from Warrior Forge, and leadership evaluations done at their home school.

Commissioning

Commissioning is the end of one trial and the start of another. Most cadets move on to the BOLCII course as well as their particular Branch’s Basic Course. Cadets are commissioned into a branch of the Army based on a National Order of Merit List that includes all of the ROTC Battalions in the nation. Cadets are able to list their preferences for branches. These preferences, combined with the OML, are used by a board to allocate cadets into the various branches. A cadet’s OML standing depends on their academic record, leadership evaluations from Warrior Forge, and leadership evaluations done at their home school.

“ The coveted gold bar of a Second Lieutenant is never given, it is earned. You earn it through ROTC, OCS or West Point. Here at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, we are going to prepare you to be a Second Lieutenant through a top-notch ROTC program. It will be fun, rewarding and challenging. Our Officer and NCO cadre are all very experienced, competent and professional. I guarantee you that commissioning day will be a defining moment in your life. ”

LTC Gary B. Hilmes , Carlyle, Illinois

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.