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How do I become an army officer?

Updated Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

I am studying in 10th std in India. After 10th is completed what courses should I take to join the army? #educator #military #army #education #career

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Dino’s Answer

There are a couple of options to become a commissioned officer in the United States military: 1. Attend a 4-year college that has an ROTC program (Reserve Officer Training Program)... apply for an ROTC slot which prepares and leads to you becoming commissioned and thus ready to lead at an entry-level in our military. You will need to meet academic, physical, psychological, and character minimums in order to be accepted into an ROTC program as well as to be commissioned. 2. Apply and be accepted into a military institute (e.g. West Point (Army), Annapolis (Navy), etc.). 3. Join the military as a Private (entry level enlisted personnel), show leadership aptitude, and apply for an OCS slot (Officer Candidate School). Acceptance into this program prepares and lead you to becoming a commissioned officer. Whichever path you choose, be your best! Hope this helps. Dino

Jeff’s Answer

Updated New Port Richey, Florida
Preethi, It appears to me that you are interested in becoming an officer in the U.S. Army. I retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after 30 years of service. There are at least two ways for you to become an Army officer. After you finish high school, you should attend a university in the U.S. that has an Army R.O.T.C. (Reserve Officers Training Corps) program. In this way, you work towards your degree and meeting your Army Officer training simultaneously. You'll then be commissioned at the same time you receive your Bachelors Degree. There are ROTC scholarships for which you can apply too. Start the application process in your (High School) Junior year. Another route is to enlist in the U.S. Army and apply for and attend Officer Candidate School (OCS). The "catch" here is you ultimately must have a Bachelors Degree. I recommend getting your degree first before going the OCS route. Regardless of the route you choose, ultimately you will need to be academically strong in the following disciplines: ENGLISH communication skills; both written and verbal. MATH - calculus would be very beneficial in your preparation. Be well-rounded in SCIENCES, especially "hard sciences" i.e. physics. HISTORY is very important too. Both U.S. History and World History with an emphasis on Military History. Additionally, we (U.S. Army) will look at your LEADERSHIP experience while in "high school". For example: President of the Chess or Robotics club, or Captain of the football or soccer team. Being a member of a sports team or teams is something else that we look at. We want you to be a "TEAM PLAYER" and a leader. Soccer or football or basketball or baseball will rate higher than swimming or track for example. PHYSICAL FITNESS is vitally important. You should be "height / weight proportionate". Your background is very important too. Membership in questionable or subversive or even anti-American organizations will be a "war-stopper" for you. Your application to become an officer will be denied for these activities. In the mean time, research the various "branches" within the Army. for example: Aviation, Field Artillery, Military Intelligence, Transportation, Cyber, Engineers, Judge Advocate, Infantry, Signal, etc.. Begin to determine what you do not want to do, then narrow it down to what you do want to do. Math is extremely important in Artillery and Aviation. Physical fitness as well as being academically "well rounded" is important in Infantry and Special Operations. Language skills are especially important in Special Operations. Study well. Stay out of trouble. Make your own good luck.