Career Overview

Is becoming a future leader in the United States Army right for you?
 As a commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Army you are responsible for completing objectives through problem solving to determine the appropriate actions to take; the professional development of your soldiers; and upholding the standards and displaying the values of the United States Army. A Lieutenant after going to the second phase of the Basic Officer Leaders Course (or BOLC B, BOLC A being ROTC) where they will have specific training in their branch (i.e. infantry or engineers), will serve as the leader of a platoon assisted by an experienced Sergeant in either Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserves. Many officers that have gone through ROTC have successful careers even after the Army serving in government or becoming leaders in industry from skills acquired through experience.

Being an officer in the US Army has many positions to be filled such as an aviator, engineer, signal officer, armor officer, and infantry officer. For more information click on the Officer Careers link located to the side.

 Average starting salary: $54,200*
 *This is for the pay of an average active duty O-1 with less than 2 years experience including benefits and allowances for housing, food, and subsistence.

"Military Science (or ROTC, Reserve Officers Training Corps) is a great choice for any undergraduate student who is looking to develop their leadership skills. Participation in ROTC does not require commitment to the US Army, any student on campus can participate in the program for two years for without obligation. The leadership skills learned through ROTC will be beneficial to any student, of any major, who is pursuing a professional career. The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is a great place to get an education. It is one of the best schools in the United States for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and is highly regarded by employers from successful companies."

Jeremy Bryan
BS in interdisciplinary sciences from SDSM&T in 2001 and currently a professor of the military science department at SDSM&T.