Program and 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.

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.

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Recruiting and Operations Officer: Jason Cautrell