WHAT IS A COMMISSIONED OFFICER?
Only men and women of outstanding character and drive will become U.S. Army Commissioned Officers or Warrant Officers. Officers are the managers of the Army. They are tasked with making important decisions in stressful situations, and they are entrusted with the safety of the men and women under their command.
Being an Officer in the U.S. Army will not only serve as a point of pride during your U.S. Army service, but it will also be useful to you in your civilian career. Employers place a high value on the discipline and leadership skills that the Army fosters in its Soldiers. Army Officers are often looked to as prime candidates for management roles and executive positions. From leaders of industry to United States presidents, many began their careers as Army Officers.
RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS (ROTC)
ROTC is a way for young men and women to start strong in life. The college elective for undergraduate and graduate students that provides unrivalled leadership training for success in any career field. If you have a passion for it, you can find a place to fit in the Army as an officer and get the training you need to turn that passion into a career.
Available at over 1,100 colleges and universities nationwide, it offers merit-based scholarships that can pay up to the full cost of tuition and open educational opportunities.
Whether you’re in high school, college or already in the Army, you can become an officer in today’s Army through joining ROTC.
OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL (OCS)
OCS allows college graduates to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be commissioned as Army Officers. Through classroom instruction and training exercises, candidates learn to become leaders. This physically and mentally challenging course is designed to transform first-time Soldiers or those with prior military experience into strong, effective leaders.
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Direct commission provides individuals who possess leadership, skills, and experience the opportunity to become an Army Officer. In addition to individuals from professional fields like law, medicine and religion, the Army has expanded Direct Commission to look for skilled individuals in a multitude of other fields. At completion of an Officer training program, they are commissioned at a rank determined by their experience and career branch. This commission is based on previous experience and proven capabilities, which take the place of your initial training.
Highly qualified candidates can apply to become Utah Army National Guard warrant officers. These specialized officers are technical and tactical experts in their field. If you have prior service, or work in an extremely technical field like computer science or information technology,