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Army National Guard: Become An Officer

Become An Officer

Commissioned Officers are responsible for the morale, welfare, and professional development of their soldiers. They are the decision makers within the National Guard, holding tremendous authority and responsibility for their troops, their country, and themselves.

Basic Branch Officers

Basic Branch Officers include Combat Service Support branches as well as Combat Arms branches. These include Infantry, Artillery, Military Intelligence, Finance, Transportation, Quartermaster and more.

Specialty Branch Officers

Specialty Officers include Medical Professional, Chaplains, Judge Advocate General (JAG Officer) and other officers with specialized professional skills.

Warrant Officers

Warrant Officers are commissioned officers who lead as experts in their area of specialty. They are highly skilled technical advisers in one of more than 40 specialties.

Become An Officer using the following Programs:

Officer Candidate Program

Officer Candidate School, also known as OCS, provides an opportunity for graduates who desire a challenging management position in one of sixteen career fields. The National Guard offers a few different programs to complete this challenging and rewarding program. Learn More about OCS

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)

Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps, also known as ROTC, is one best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. During Classes, leadership labs, and physical training and field exercises, you will learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups, and conduct missions as an Officer in the Army. Upon completion of college you will have earned the bar of Second Lieutenant and become a Commissioned Officer. Learn More about ROTC

Direct Commissions

Direct commission is one of the ways to become an officer in the Guard. A member of the chain of command nominates you for appointment as an officer, based on your professional skills (medical professional, legal or chaplain).

Contact your local recruiter for more information for information and program details.