Become An Officer
Once you earn your commission, you’ll become a leader in the world’s most powerful Army. ROTC, OCS, West Point, and Direct Commission
are the programs that help Soldiers reach that goal. See which one makes the most sense for you.
RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS (ROTC)
Guard Soldiers who join ROTC can earn their commission as they earn their degree while in the Guard's Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).
A physically and mentally challenging course designed to transform first-time Soldiers or those with prior military experience into strong, effective leaders.
High school seniors and enlisted Soldiers can earn an appointment to the United States Military Academy (USMA) or the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS) at West Point. Upon graduation, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army and serve for five years on Active Duty.
This commission is based on previous experience and proven capabilities, which take the place of your initial training.
OFFICERS WITHOUT DEGREES
If you're an officer candidate or company-grade officer, the National Guard can help you complete your bachelor's degree from an accredited institution prior to your promotion to the rank of captain.
Highly qualified candidates can apply to become 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.
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