Career Placement

Active Duty vs. Reserve Forces Duty

All commissioned officers incur an initial six to eight-year obligation, depending on scholarships granted. ROTC Cadets have a choice of requesting Active Duty or Reserve Forces Duty. The difference between the two options is listed below: 

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  1. Active Duty - The first three to four years are served on active duty, with the remaining years served in Reserves/National Guard or the Individual Ready Reserves. 

  2. Reserve Forces Duty (Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve) - Newly commissioned officers may enter active duty for approximately 90 days to attend a branch-specific Officer Basic Course and serve out the remainder of their six to eight year obligation in the Reserves while pursuing a civilian career. Cadets may choose to guarantee this option in the beginning of their junior or senior year. 

Guaranteed Reserve Duty Forces (GRFD) Scholarship/Contract  - Allows Cadets to decide to select Reserve/National Guard duty versus going Active Duty. Commitment is for 6 or 8 years, one weekend a month, and two weeks of annual training.

Reserve and National Guards Career Placement Opportunity - Officers have the added opportunity to interview with a local or national corporation for a potential career placement.

Newly commissioned officers of both Active and Reserves choose a career field in the Army, known as a "Branch."  The following are the Branches available to 2nd Lieutenants with an undergraduate degree:

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Air Defense Artillery
www.branchorientation.com/ada/ www.airdefenseartillery.com/ada_website_08/oada.html
Armor
www.branchorientation.com/armor/ www.knox.army.mil/
Aviation
www.branchorientation.com/aviation/ www.branchorientation.com/aviation/
Chemical Corps
www.branchorientation.com/chemical/
www.wood.army.mil/wood_cms/usacbrns.shtml
Corps of Engineers
www.branchorientation.com/engineer/ www.wood.army.mil/wood_cms/usaes.shtml
Field Artillery
www.branchorientation.com/fieldartillery www.army.mil/
Infantry
www.branchorientation.com/infantry
www.benning.army.mil/videos/video06/index.htm
Military Police Corps
www.branchorientation.com/militarypolic
Operations Support
Military Intelligence
www.branchorientation.com/militaryintelligence icon.army.mil/
Signal Corps
www.branchorientation.com/signal
www.gordon.army.mil
Force Sustainment

Adjutant General Corps


www.branchorientation.com/adjutantgeneral

Finance


www.branchorientation.com/finance www.finance.army.mil/
Ordnance Corps
www.branchorientation.com/ordnance

Quartermaster Corps
www.branchorientation.com/quartermaster www.quartermaster.army.mil/
Transportation
www.branchorientation.com/transportation www.transchool.lee.army.mil/
Health Services

 

Medical Service Corps


www.branchorientation.com/msc www.cs.amedd.army.mil/obc/index.htm

Nurse Corps 


www.branchorientation.com/nurse
www.cs.amedd.army.mil/obc/

Other Army branches which require 2nd Lieutenants to obtain a graduate degree include Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG), Chaplain Corps, Dental Corps, and Veterinary Corps.