Virginia Military Institute
When you earn your officer commission through VMI Army ROTC, you will have numerous career opportunities. As an officer, you will be a leader, counselor, strategist and motivator. These skills and the foundation they are built upon will carry you throughout your military or civilian career. Most cadets seek immediate Active Duty responsibilities to put their VMI training into full-time practice. Others request Reserve or National Guard assignments in order to serve part-time while beginning their civilian careers. A few ask for Educational Delay to pursue graduate or professional study before active duty. During their commissioning year, cadets also request their assignments to some of the 16 branches of the Army, from Infantry to Transportation, Medical Services to Armor, Engineer to Chemical, Aviation to Signal. In recent years, 90% of VMI cadets received one of their top two branch choices. Initial Active Duty obligation is 3 or 4 years. Afterwards, some officers will continue to pursue a full Army career. Over 100 VMI grads have achieved the rank of General officer in the United States Army. Army ROTC training and officer experiences provide a springboard to successes in civilian life. Top companies nationwide actively seek out junior Army officers to fill positions of responsibility; they find them … …“to be a significant ‘cut above’ their civilian contemporaries in terms of management and leadership experience.” - The Lucas Group (nationwide executive search firm)

A Milestone on Your Path to Success

When you earn your officer commission through VMI Army ROTC, you will have numerous career opportunities. As an officer, you will be a leader, counselor, strategist and motivator. These skills and the foundation they are built upon will carry you throughout your military or civilian career. Most cadets seek immediate Active Duty responsibilities to put their VMI training into full-time practice. Others request Reserve or National Guard assignments in order to serve part-time while beginning their civilian careers. A few ask for Educational Delay to pursue graduate or professional study before active duty. During their commissioning year, cadets also request their assignments to some of the 16 branches of the Army, from Infantry to Transportation, Medical Services to Armor, Engineer to Chemical, Aviation to Signal. In recent years, 90% of VMI cadets received one of their top two branch choices. Initial Active Duty obligation is 3 or 4 years. Afterwards, some officers will continue to pursue a full Army career. Over 100 VMI grads have achieved the rank of General officer in the United States Army. Army ROTC training and officer experiences provide a springboard to successes in civilian life. Top companies nationwide actively seek out junior Army officers to fill positions of responsibility; they find them … …“to be a significant ‘cut above’ their civilian contemporaries in terms of management and leadership experience.” - The Lucas Group (nationwide executive search firm)

“ From four-year private to three-star general, VMI gave me a firm foundation for life. Service to our nation in the armed forces is the highest of callings, noble and honorable, befitting a VMI graduate. ”

Lieutenant General Richard A. Hack, VMI Class of 1972

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.