“You enter West Point as an individual; you leave as part of something, whether it’s a team, a group of friends, a member of ‘The Long Gray Line,’ or – most importantly – a part of today’s Army. The friends and connections you create at West Point last a lifetime. Becoming a part of something this great becomes your legacy.” -Cadet LT Mary Feeley, Crestwood, KY

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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.

Army Career Fields

LAND AND AIR MANEUVER

COMMUNICATIONS AND INTELLIGENCE

LOGISTICS

PERSONNEL AND HEALTH SERVICES

COMBAT SUPPORT

FIRES

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

Distinguished Cadet-Athlete Graduates
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MAJ Anne McClainAstronaut
NASA
Softball
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GEN (R) Ray OdiernoChief of Staff of the Army
Baseball/Football
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LTG Bob CaslenSuperintendent
United States Military Academy at West Point
Football
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LTC Robert BrownCommanding General
U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth
Men’s Basketball
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MG Darryl WilliamsCommander
U.S. Army Africa
Football
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BG (R) Rebecca HalsteadGen. Officer, Chief of Ordnance and Commander
U.S. Army Ordnance Center
Women’s Basketball
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GEN Lloyd AustinCommander
U.S. Central Command
Rugby/Track & Field
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Mike KrzyzewskiHead Coach-Duke University Men’s Basketball
Head Coach-USA Basketball Men’s National Team
Men’s Basketball
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Dwight Eisenhower34th President of the United States
Football
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Anthony NotoCFO
Twitter
Football
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Alex GorskyCEO
Johnson & Johnson
Sprint Football
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Bill FoleyChairman of the Board
Fidelity National Financial
Lacrosse
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Tom MorganManaging Director, Wealth Management
Morgan Stanley
Football
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Vincent ViolaFounder & Executive Chairman-Virtu Financial
Chairman, Owner & Governor of the Florida Panthers
Sprint Football
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Steve CannonCEO
Mercedes Benz USA
Wrestling
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Julie Del GiornoAthletics Integrity Officer
Penn State University
Women’s Basketball
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Robert Shane KimbroughAstronaut
NASA
Baseball