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A military tradition of gratitude and respect used for recently commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers in the United States Army.

Newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Patrick Fitzsimmons gives a family member his silver coin during hand shake.

A military tradition of gratitude and respect used for recently commissioned officers and non-commissioned officers in the United States Army.

“ ROTC does much more than prepare people for becoming an officer; it prepares them to become a leader. ”

Arthur R., Phoenix, AZ

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.