Once you earn your commission, you’ll become a leader in the world’s most powerful Army. The programs that help Soldiers reach this goal are ROTC, OCS, West Point or Direct Commission. See which one makes the most sense for you.
RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS (ROTC)
Earn your commission as you earn your degree while in the Guard’s Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP).
OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL (OCS)
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.
For more information, contact an officer specialist.