Commissioned officers in the US Army are managers, problem-solvers and chiefs who lead and guide the enlisted service members in all situations. They are doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists and combat troops ready to take on challenges facing our nation foreign and domestic. They outrank enlisted service members and warrant officers, the other two categories of rank in the US Army. The pay, benefits and the respect that comes with this rank result in immense job satisfaction.
Four paths to become a US Army commissioned officer are the following:
- Direct Commission: If you have a four-year degree, master’s degree, or doctorate in fields such as law, medicine, religion, computer science, etc. you may be qualified to become a commissioned officer based off your civilian education. Talk to a US Army recruiter or use our forum and learn more about your options.
- Officer Candidate School (OCS): On successful completion of 12-week long Officer Candidate School (OCS), the candidates are commissioned as officers. In order to qualify for OCS, as an enlisted service member or a civilian, you must be a college graduate with at least a four-year degree. If you are an active duty enlisted service member without a degree and would still like to qualify for OCS to become an officer, you can use US Army's scholarship program called as Green to Gold to complete a degree and be qualified for OCS. Talk to a US Army recruiter or use our forum and learn more about your options.
- US Military Academy at West Point: Upon successful graduation from US military academy at West Point, the cadets are commissioned as US Army commissioned officers. They start off their active duty service with an officer rank of Second Lieutenant. Talk to a US Army recruiter or use our forum and learn more about your options.
- Army ROTC: Whether you are a civilian or an enlisted service member, you can become a US Army commissioned officer by enrolling in Army ROTC. Talk to a US Army recruiter or use our forum and learn more about your options.
Become an officer in one of the following 13 categories:
There are more than 120 US Army officer jobs available in these categories
- ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
- ALLIED HEALTH
- ARTS & MEDIA
- COMPUTERS & TECHNOLOGY
- CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING
- INTELLIGENCE & COMBAT SUPPORT
- LEGAL & LAW ENFORCEMENT
- TRANSPORTATION & AVIATION