Becoming an Army officer

ROTC cadets in the fieldArmy ROTC is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During classes and field training, you will learn firsthand what it takes to lead others and motivate groups as well as how to conduct missions as an officer in the Army.

Army ROTC is a program designed to allow college students to earn an officer's commission in the United States Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve concurrently with their degree. Officers are commissioned in the grade of second lieutenant immediately upon completing ROTC and degree requirements.

What kind of jobs would I perform as an officer?

Officers are leaders. Typically, as a new lieutenant you will be responsible for leading a platoon of about 30 soldiers in one of the Army's 16 basic branches. If you are a nurse, you will care for soldiers and their families in one of the Army's many modern health care facilities. Find out more about the branches of the Army.

Which program is best for me?