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Becoming an Officer

Army ROTC prepares college students to succeed in any competitive environment. Participants in the program develop critical skills in management and leadership which are valuable to any civilian or military career.  Students gain confidence, self-discipline, and technical experience. Plus, the leadership training and experiences that you have in Army ROTC will provide you with a foundation to become commissioned Army Officers upon graduation. New lieutenants will enter the workforce as a leader and supervise as many as 45 people, while being accountable for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of assets. Even once you get out of the military, civilian employers want your leadership experience and technical knowledge.

After you graduate from college, you will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Your career as an Officer will be just beginning, and you'll find a variety of interesting Officer career fields-called branches-in the Army.

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Once you choose your Army branch, you will embark on specialized training.  Newly commissioned Second Lieutenants on active duty earn approximately $33,000 per year, not including non-taxable allowances such as food and housing.  Soldiers earn 30 days of annual paid leave (vacation) while on active duty plus have full medical and dental coverage.  Soldiers can retire after 20- years of service and still be young enough for a second career while collecting their full retirement pay.

Part-time opportunities exist in the US Army Reserve and the Army National Guard, where officers are paid for one weekend of Battle Assemblies per month and 2-weeks of Annual Training.  Guard and Reserve Officers will receive active duty pay while training for their specific career field at their branch specific school.

Upon completion of Officer branch training and a first assignment, Army Officers may pursue additional specialized training and post-graduate education opportunities. You will most likely be assigned to advanced leadership positions and to staff positions. Also, you may develop doctrine, teach military tactics or serve as advisors

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