Upon graduation, you will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and serve for at least five years on active duty as an Army officer. When a USMA graduate flings his or her cap in the air, signaling the end of a 47-month experience on the banks of the Hudson River, it also signals the start of a special career where self-sacrifice and self-discipline are required. The Army has a wide variety of specialized fields, called “branches.” Each branch requires its own brand of technical and tactical expertise. Depending upon the needs of the Army and your personal desires, you will select from such branches as Adjutant General Corps, Air Defense Artillery, Armor, Aviation, Chemical Corps, Corps of Engineers, Field Artillery, Finance Corps, Infantry, Military Intelligence, Military Police, Ordnance, Quartermaster, Transportation Corps, Medical Service Corps, or Signal Corps.
Whatever the branch, an officer is responsible for the training and morale of his or her troops and the maintenance and employment of their equipment. Assignments around the world test an officer’s leadership and managerial skills. The officer’s performance and the needs of the Army are considered when determining the nature and locale of assignments. Officers attend a Basic Officer Leader Course that teaches junior officers about the Army culture and trains them in basic field skills. Upon successful completion of this course, officers transition to branch-specific courses to develop their competence in the technical aspects of their specialties. During the first eight years of service, officers will be in first-line leadership, troop command, and staff positions and gain additional education and training, both military and civilian. All officers attend an advanced course in their branch area of specialty to prepare for the higher levels of responsibility, leadership, and specialization required as commanders.
LAND AND AIR MANEUVER
COMMUNICATIONS AND INTELLIGENCE
Plans, coordinates, integrates, synchronizes, directs, and conducts network operations and defense of all Army networks.
These officers plan and direct the activities of Army units and organizations engaged in the acquisition, receipt, storage, preservation, and issue of equipment, repair parts, and other general supplies.
Ordnance officers develop, produce, acquire and support weapon systems, ammunition, missiles, and ground mobility material during peace and war in order to provide combat power for the U.S. Army.
PERSONNEL AND HEALTH SERVICES
Officers are responsible for providing personnel support that affects Soldiers’ overall welfare and well-being, while assisting commanders by accounting for and keeping Soldiers combat-ready.
The Engineers train and lead troops in topographic, construction engineering operations, facilities maintenance, civil works programs, and lead engineer troops in infantry combat operations.
The Chemical Corps supports the Army by providing expertise concerning all aspects of chemical, biological, and nuclear defense and chemical operations to commanders and staffs at all levels.
SPECIALTY CAREER FIELDS
These Career Fields are not available immediately upon graduation, but Officers may pursue these opportunities once commissioned in the Army.
Judge Advocate General: Licensed attorneys/lawyers qualified to represent the Army and Army Soldiers in military legal matters
Medical Doctor/Physician’s Assistant: Licensed doctors and physician assistants qualified to serve your country by caring for military service members, retired service members and their families.
Nurse: Army nurses, regardless of specialty, care for an extremely diverse patient population in advanced medical facilities using state-of-the-art equipment.
Dentist: You work with a diverse patient population, and perform a variety of dental procedures in a clinic setting, and possibly in a field environment
Chaplain: Army chaplains have the responsibility of caring for the spiritual well-being of Soldiers and their Families
United States Military Academy at West Point
U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth
U.S. Army Africa
U.S. Army Ordnance Center
U.S. Central Command
Rugby/Track & Field
Head Coach-USA Basketball Men’s National Team
Johnson & Johnson
Fidelity National Financial
Chairman, Owner & Governor of the Florida Panthers
Mercedes Benz USA
Penn State University