The Officer Corps of the United States Army offers different ways in which you can earn your commission. Following are different Army Officer Programs and their Descriptions:
Officer Candidate School (OCS) ? This school is restricted to those soldiers who have a secret security clearance, pass a physical exam, score a minimum of 110 on the General Technical Aptitude Test, have the ability to obtain a bachelor?s degree within a year, and pass the SAT or ACT standards. Educational, leadership and physical training in the OCS is accomplished over a period of 14 weeks.
Warrant Officer ? To qualify for training as a Warrant Officer, a soldier must obtain a secret security clearance, score at least a 110 on the GT and pass a physical fitness test. Only 3 percent of soldiers become Warrant Officers. Warrant officers will work in a specialized area throughout their career. Training includes a 6 week program at the Warrant Officer Candidate School located at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC) ? This is a program for students attending college who are under 23 years of age at the time of enrollment. The program includes paying for tuition while obtaining a commission as an officer. Completing Military Science courses as well as training during academic breaks gets you ready for a career as an officer. Qualifications include having no criminal record, a high school diploma or GED, score a 1000 on the SAT or a 45 on the ACT, and you must be accepted to the college.
West Point Academy ? This is an educational atmosphere for those with a high moral character who are under 23 years old. Soldiers looking to enroll must have an endorsement from their commander. You will also need to have a high school education or a GED as well as a high score on the SAT or the ACT. The program is only open to 2000 soldier per year.