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
Chemical Corps
Corps of Engineers
Field Artillery
Military Police Corps
Operations Support
Military Intelligence
Signal Corps
Force Sustainment

Adjutant General Corps

Ordnance Corps

Quartermaster Corps
Health Services


Medical Service Corps

Nurse Corps

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.