he four-year Army ROTC program is divided into two parts: the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. The Basic Course is generally taken during the first two years of college and incurs no military obligation, unless you receive National Guard or scholarship funds. In the Basic Course, you'll experience leadership challenges, military tactics, weapon training and more.
The Advanced Course is offered the final two years of college to students with the interest and potential to become Guard officers—and who meet the physical, mental and academic standards. Completion of the Basic Course or CIET is a prerequisite. Those attending the Advanced Course also commit to serve as an officer in the National Guard or Army following graduation. In addition to regular physical training, studies generally include:
Officer Candidate School (OCS) is an intense leadership training ground. It's physically and mentally challenging, and not everyone's cut out for it. But those who are accepted-and make it through-agree it's one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Whether you're a first-time Soldier or have prior military experience, OCS will transform you into an effective leader.
There are three options for attending OCS, as outlined below. After speaking with a recruiter, you'll choose the best one for you based on your specific circumstances, such as your work and family commitments.
State OCS (Traditional)
National Guard Bureau Accelerated OCS
Warrant officers are technical and tactical experts. They are considered to be the best of the best in their field. Following the warrant officer path makes you critical to administering and executing plans - it means you're the leader officers and enlisted personnel look to for advice and direction.
Do you have what it takes to become a Warrant Officer? Applicants for the Warrant Officer Candidate School and Warrant Officer Flight Training program must: