Officer Programs

The Oregon Army National Guard offers many ways for you to become an officer. These programs are an excellent opportunity to become a leader in the National Guard.

Commissioned officers in the Oregon Army National Guard hold positions of tremendous authority and responsibility for their country, their troops and themselves. To become an Officer, you must demonstrate character attributes including integrity, courage, leadership, intelligence, the ability to make major decisions and the willingness to accept moral responsibility for your decisions.

Listed below is more information on the most common avenues to becoming an officer:

Reserve Officer Training

Officer Candidate School

Direct Commission

Professional Degree Commissioning

Warrant Officer





Reserve Officer Training (ROTC)

ROTC is recognized as one of the best leadership courses in the country. As an ROTC Cadet, you will gain Army experience, develop life skills, and possess the confidence, motivation, self-esteem and leadership skills to be successful in any career. During classes, leadership labs, physical training and field exercises, you will learn firsthand from the experts what it takes to lead others, motivate groups, and conduct missions as an officer in the Oregon Army National Guard. Upon completion of your college degree, you will be awarded a minor in Military Science, earn the rank of Second Lieutenant, and become a Reserve Commissioned Officer in the Army National Guard.

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Officer Candidate School (OCS)

Officer Candidate School (OCS) is an intense leadership training ground. It is physically and mentally challenging, and not everyone is cut out for it. But those who are accepted, and make it through, agree it is one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. It takes a special person with special abilities: one who is mentally and physically prepared to face the constant challenge of command. Whether you are a first-time Soldier or have prior military experience, OCS will transform you into an effective leader.

Besides the pride you'll feel and the respect you will gain, becoming an officer has many tangible benefits too. OCS graduates are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the Army National Guard, with a state and federally recognized commission, valid in any state or on active duty. Officers are among a select few with the responsibility of leadership and the authority and freedom to do things on their own. When you're an officer, you have a greater voice in the operation of the National Guard.

There are two options for attending OCS, as outlined below. After speaking with the your unit, recruiter, or Officer Strength Manager, you will choose the best one for you based on your specific circumstances, such as work and family commitments.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Have a General Technical (GT) score of 110 or higher on the ASVAB.
  • Completed Army Basic Training.
  • Completed a minimum 90 college semester hours (135 quarter).
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41, must commission prior to 42.
  • Pass the standard three-event Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) (alternate events are not authorized).
  • Meet Army height and weight standards.
  • Be physically qualified prior to commissioning (AR 40-501, Chapter II).
  • Be a U.S. citizen.

Traditional OCS Program

The Traditional OCS program is an 18-month program. This option offers Candidates the practical benefit of attending this course while continuing to pursue a full-time education or civilian career.

Traditional OCS is hosted by the 249 Regional Training Institute at the Oregon Military Academy in Monmouth. Training is conducted one weekend a month and during two, 14-day periods, usually in the summer months. At the successful completion of the course, you will be eligible for commission pending federal recognition.

Accelerated OCS Program

The National Guard Bureau (NGB) conducts an eight-week Accelerated OCS program for qualified personnel. This program is an intense course conducted over eight weeks, from January to March (in Alabama) and June to August (in South Dakota) each year. At the successful completion of the course, you will be eligible for commissioning pending federal recognition.

Direct Commission

The intent of the Army National Guard Direct Commissioning Program is to offer an alternate commissioning source to exceptionally qualified individuals. An individual must be nominated and selected for consideration for Direct Commission by their chain of command. At a minimum, the individual’s current Company and Battalion Commander must provide letters recommending the individual for a direct commission. The letters must contain objective details outlining the traits, actions, skills, experiences, characteristics, training, and education that deem the individual exceptionally qualified to receive a direct commission instead of being required to complete an OCS program.

Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41, must commission prior to 42.
  • Minimum of 24 months of active service.
  • 12 months in an active Army National Guard unit immediately preceding application.
  • Applicants will possess the minimum grade of E-5; E-4 if a graduate of WLC.
  • Have a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have a General Technical (GT) score of 110 or higher on the ASVAB.
  • Be physically qualified prior to commissioning (AR 40-501, Chapter II).
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Applicants meeting any of the following conditions are not authorized a direct commission:
  • Individuals currently enrolled in OCS.
  • Individuals who were disenrolled, dropped, or resigned from OCS.
  • This includes Soldiers who attended pre-Phase 1 orientation drills, but dropped prior to the official start of Phase 1.
  • Individuals who drop from OCS with the intention of applying for a direct commission.

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