OFFICER ENLISTMENT PROGRAMS
Opportunity Overview Branches
Military Academy Preparatory Schools Designed to strengthen a candidate's education background in a crash-course military environment. See Chapter 10. Air Force
Army
Navy/Marine Corps
Coast Guard

Military Academies:

U.S. Military Academy at West Point New York (Army)

U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland (Navy and Marine Corps)

U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado (Air Force) U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut (Coast Guard)

Four of the services (Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, Marines go to the Naval Academy) maintain outstanding and legendary military academies that provide not only some of the best college education programs, but also train and form young persons into military leaders and managers. Competition is extremely fierce for entrance to the military academies; nominations are needed for Army, Navy/Marines and Air Force. The Coast Guard Academy selects on merit.

Once accepted, cadets or midshipmen receive full benefits along with a tuition-free education.

Air Force
Army
Navy/Marine Corps
Coast Guard
Officer Candidate School or Officer Training School (OTS) (21 percent of new officers) Program for college graduates with no prior military training who wish to become military officers. The intensive military training lasts up to 20 weeks, after which candidates are commissioned as officers. Air Force
Army
Coast Guard
Marine Corps
Navy
Direct Commission (11 percent of new officers) Similar to the OCS/OTS programs, direct commission candidates are trained professionals in the medical, legal, engineering, or religious fields. Due to their expertise, direct commission candidates are not required to face a full schedule of military training. Air Force
Army
Coast Guard
Marine Corps
Navy

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OFFICER ENLISTMENT PROGRAMS
Opportunity Overview Branches
ROTC
(44 percent of officers)
Depending on service and ROTC option selected, students train for two, three, or four years. Often, they receive scholarships for tuition, books, fees, uniforms, and a monthly allowance. In addition to their military and college coursework, ROTC candidates perform drills for several hours each week and participate in military training exercises for several weeks each summer. Graduating ROTC candidates become commissioned as military officers and either go on active duty or become members of Reserve or National Guard units. ROTC programs for the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps are available in more than 1,400 colleges and universities nationwide. Air Force
Army
Marine Corps
Navy

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OFFICER EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Opportunity Overview Branches
Aviation Programs The military branches provide flight training and aviation programs. Air Force
Army
Coast Guard
Marine Corps
Navy

Graduate Degree Programs

Postgraduate degrees can be earned while serving in the military and at the military's expense.

Air Force
Army
Coast Guard
Marine Corps
Navy
Medical Programs All military branches are in constant need of medical personnel in a variety of specialties. Air Force
Army
Coast Guard
Marine Corps
Navy
Legal Programs The services have legal programs to assist and encourage legal education to include tuition assistance.

Air Force
Army
Coast Guard
Marine Corps
Navy

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