Branch Information

Click on the links below to look up a description of the various branches in the United States Army.  Also included are links to their websites with Officer Basic Course (OBC) information for Cadets.

--Combat Arms

Air Defense Artillery

Armor

Aviation

Engineer

Field Artillery

Infantry

--Combat Support

Chemical Corps

Military Intelligence

Military Police

Signal Corps

--Service Support

Adjutant General's Corps

Finance Corps

Ordnance Corps

Quartermaster Corps

Transportation Corps

--Medical Service Corps

--Nurse Corps

 


Air Defense Artillery

Home:  Fort Bliss, Texas

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Defending the third dimension of the battlefield--the air space above--is the mission of Air Defense Artillery (ADA). And it's a continuous mission--24 hours a day, 7 days a week--in both peace and war.

With this kind of responsibility, it's easy to understand why the training of an Air Defense Artillery officer is so critical.

The training will begin with the Air Defense Artillery Officers Basic Course. After its completion, you will attend one or a combination of the following Air Defense Weapons System courses: PATRIOT, HAWK, Pedestal Mounted Stinger, Line of Sight-Forward-Heavy or Chaparral / Vulcan.

Your training will include both classroom instruction and field exercises to prepare you for your first assignment.

As a second lieutenant in ADA, you could become a platoon leader in a PATRIOT, or HAWK surface-to-air missile unit; or a platoon leader in a unit with Line of Sight-Forward-Heavy or Pedestal Mounted Stinger weapons; or a platoon leader in a Chaparral missile / Vulcan air defense gun battalion.

With faster, more sophisticated air craft being developed daily, the role ADA will play in defending our country will become even more challenging and demanding.

And for the young, bright, ambitious officer who makes ADA his career, the sky's the limit.

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Armor

Home:  Fort Knox, Kentucky

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The heritage and spirit of the United States Horse Cavalry lives today in Armor. And although the horse has been replaced by 60 tons of steel driven by a 1,500 HP engine, the dash and daring of the Horse Cavalry still reside in Armor.

Today, the Armor branch of the Army is one of the Army's most versatile combat arms. And it's continually evolving to meet worldwide challenges and potential threats.

Being a leader and a manager of men and equipment in Armor is challenging and demanding, An Armor officer learns to develop into a competent, professional combined arms leader capable of employing tanks, armored and air cavalry, mechanized infantry, artillery, engineers, and Army aviation, all supported by a flexible and swift communications network and a highly mobile and responsive combat service support system.

As he progresses in rank, he develops skills which encompass the entire range of combined arms operations and leadership responsibilities. He manages training, funds, fleets of vehicles, equipment, maintenance systems and much more.

Without a doubt, the Armor branch offers a bright, ambitious young man an excellent opportunity for advancement to senior levels of responsibility.

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Aviation

Home:  Fort Rucker, Alabama

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Army Aviation officers play key roles in combat, combat support, communications, logistics, and intelligence operations.

But to be an Army aviator, you need more than a desire to fly.

You need strength to lead, the composure to keep cool under pressure, and the overwhelming desire to succeed. To say the Army's flight training program is tough is an understatement. It is probably the most mentally challenging and emotionally draining education you will ever experience.

But as you achieve each important milestone from your first solo flight through to graduation day, you will feel a new sense of accomplishment and pride.

The role of Army Aviation is dynamic and growing. The sophisticated high tech experiences gained in Army Aviation will provide you with personal fulfillment.

You will find the career as an Aviation Branch officer very rewarding. Living and working on the cutting edge, you will be constantly challenged to be the very best you can be.

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Engineer

Home:  Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

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Combat Engineers have been a vital and inseparable element of the combined arms team since the battle of Bunker Hill. They are the first in and last to leave a battle. Virtually all engineer officers receive troop leading experience in combat, construction or topographic engineering units before branching out into such fields as civil works, military construction, environmental engineering and other specialties.

Combat missions for engineers include: bridge building and destruction; minefield emplacement and reduction; and other tasks requiring specialized engineer skills and equipment. Construction engineers build and maintain roads, airfields and facilities to support combat operations. Topographic engineers provide the terrain depiction products and analyses that give maneuver commanders an edge in battle.

After appropriate and successful troop experience, engineer officers may be sent to graduate school to specialize in construction management and other disciplines culminating in command of engineer districts and divisions involved in water resource and to her domestic and overseas infrastructure projects, or construction and maintenance of military facilities.

Being an Army Engineer is challenging and important work. A career in the Engineer Regiment is filled with opportunities for bright, ambitious young people who want to build a successful career.

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Field Artillery

Home:  Fort Sill, Oklahoma

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The Field Artillery is the Army's Fire Support branch--the "King of Battle." Its leaders must destroy, neutralize or suppress the enemy by cannon, rocket or missile fire and integrate all supporting fires--Field Artillery, tactical air, Naval guns, Army aviation and mortars--into combined-arms operations. Field Artillerymen put "Steel on Target" in the right places, at the right time and in the right proportions to assure the success of the maneuver commander's plan--a task that requires thorough understanding of maneuver and fire support doctrine, tactics and techniques.

Field Artillery lieutenants serve as cannon, rocket or missile platoon leaders, company fire support officers and battery fire direction officers. Later as captains, they may command a firing battery, serve as a battalion fire support officer, or staff officer at battalion, brigade or division artillery level. If you're looking for leadership challenges and the opportunity to work with the most sophisticated equipment available, join the "King of Battle."

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Infantry

Home:  Fort Benning, Georgia

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The Infantry forms the nucleus of the Army's fighting strength.

Its mission: To maintain a state of readiness in preparation for combat worldwide. Often described as "the best lay psychiatrist in the world," the Infantry officer must savor the challenges that come from total involvement with his soldiers. He must know his men, their problems, their needs--and get them all working together.

First and foremost, he must be a leader. A real leader. Besides being platoon or company commanders, Infantry officers also get a taste of staff work, such as liaison officer, supply officer, etc.

At higher levels, the command responsibility increases, and the Infantry officer is continually given the opportunity to attend courses and prepare for the next level of responsibility.

Infantry is one of the biggest challenges the Army can offer. Whether for one term of service or a 30-year career.

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Chemical Corps

Home:  Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

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Today's lethal battlefield demands officers who possess expertise in nuclear, biological, chemical, smoke, and flame operations. The chemical officer fills this vital role.

Whether you are a Chemical Corps lieutenant in a combat arms battalion or a Chemical Corps colonel making critical recommendations to the Corps Commander, you will play an invaluable part in winning on tomorrow's battlefield.

Throughout your career, you, as a chemical officer, can also expect to perform such diverse duties as platoon leader, commander, operations officer, project manager, instructor, and engineer. You must become an expert in all facets of combat operations, logistics, training, intelligence, personnel management, research, development, and analysis. The mission of the chemical officer is extremely challenging. Only the most motivated and enterprising officers fill this mold.

Upon graduation from the Chemical Officer Basic Course, you may be selected to attend Ranger and Airborne School. All basic course graduates will be affiliated with the Chemical Corps Regiment. This affiliation will foster long-time loyalty and commitment which will perpetuate the history, customs, and traditions of the Chemical Corps.

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Military Intelligence

Home:  Fort Huachuca, Arizona

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Determining an enemy's plans, intentions, and capabilities before they're set into motion is of critical value to military leaders. This is the job of Military Intelligence (MI).

The Army must be prepared to fight outnumbered and win in a high-intensity conflict, or to defeat the shadow of guerilla insurgency in a low-intensity situation. In any scenario, Military Intelligence is of paramount importance.

With more than 30,000 members, MI is one of the largest branches of the Army. Duties include all aspects of planning, organization, training, and operations of tactical intelligence, counterintelligence, signals intelligence and electronic warfare, security, interrogation, and aerial reconnaissance and surveillance.

Military Intelligence officers are engaged in fighting the "silent war" at tactical, operational, and strategic levels--collecting, analyzing and disseminating intelligence data. And the war is continuous--24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Newly commissioned officers attend the MI Officer Basic Course where they concentrate on acquiring tactical all-source intelligence, as well as basic soldiering skills. Every officer must know how to provide his future commander with the intelligence support needed to win on the battlefield, while possessing the skills and knowledge of the tactical soldier.

Military Intelligence officers work with high tech equipment in areas such as radio communications intercept and direction-finding, computer analysis, exploitation of digital imagery, and transmission of satellite data. There is also an opportunity for extensive overseas travel.

For bright, energetic young people who want to realize their full potential, MI offers exceptional opportunities for accomplishment and advancement.

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Military Police

Home:  Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

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Today's military police officer enjoys the distinction of a truly unique role in the Army by having two diverse and challenging missions. First is the ever-present need to prepare for war by leading and training combat ready military police forces that can conduct combat operations against enemy forces in the rear area, and expedite battlefield movement of critical resources. Second is the peacetime garrison environment of law enforcement, criminal investigation, terrorism counter-action, physical security, corrections, and crime prevention. This mission focuses on the human aspects of law enforcement and reflects the military police motto--of the troops and for the troops.

Just as the Infantry is trained to conduct combat operations on the front lines, the military police corps is trained to detect and deter the enemy in the rear area, protecting command posts, communications centers, and vital resources.

As a newly commissioned officer, you'll attend the military police officer basic course. Your training will emphasize leadership, tactics, physical training, maintenance and supply. Additional areas of study include military police operations, civil and military law, weapons training, personnel administration, and communicative skills. You may also attend specialized courses such as airborne, air assault, and ranger to support your first assignment.

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Signal Corps

Home:  Fort Gordon, Georgia

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The success of the Army depends largely on its ability to move, shoot, and communicate. And if you can't communicate, you can't do the other two. It's a big responsibility for the men and women who wear the crossed semaphores.

Signal Corps officers are vital members of the combined arms team. And they play a dual role. Besides being technically proficient communications-electronics officers, they also find themselves in the challenging role of combat leaders.

Training begins at the Signal Corps Officer Basic Course. Most newly commissioned lieutenants can expect a variety of assignments as platoon leaders in tactical combat signal units or as detachment commanders in signal units which operate strategic fixed station telecommunications switching centers, satellite terminals, and radio relay stations. A few who possess electrical engineering degrees are assigned to duties which involve the research and development of new communications electronics equipment, missile guidance systems, lasers, and computer hardware.

Signal officers advise commanders on the employment of cable, switching. radio, and satellite communications systems as well as command signal units at company, battalion, and brigade levels. Opportunities to serve as communications electronics staff officers are diverse and challenging with worldwide assignments at operational levels ranging from the forward edge of the battlefield to the White House Communications Agency in the nation's capital.

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Adjutant General's Corps

Home:  Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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People are the Army, more than 460,000 in the Active Army alone. To manage our most valuable resource, the Army has a series of personnel management systems. These systems impact on unit readiness, morale, and soldier career satisfaction, and cover the lifecycle management of all Army personnel. The Adjutant General's Corps runs these systems.

The AG Corps officer is responsible for both peacetime and wartime personnel systems. These systems cover all personnel activities from accession of new soldiers, to discharge and retirement. While AG officers train to operate specialized wartime personnel systems such as replacement operations, strength accounting, casualty reporting, and postal, they must also operate the peacetime personnel system on a day-to-day basis. Being an AG officer presents varied challenges to solve real personnel problems.

Development of the AG Corps officer parallels that of other branches in offering both Basic and Advance Courses in the Adjutant General's School. AG Corps officers can expect a wide variety of assignments, ranging from a battalion staff officer to commander of a Personnel Service Company. AG Corps officers can be found at all levels in the Army, in virtually every country in the world. All AG Corps officer skills are open to women.

The AG Corps is a dynamic and ever changing branch that has the tremendous responsibility of operating the Army's personnel support systems. It is the right choice for a bright and energetic young person who is people oriented.

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Finance Corps

Home:  Fort Jackson, South Carolina

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Finance

The ultimate mission of the Finance Corps is to sustain the combat soldier and commanders in the field with timely and accurate finance and accounting support.

This support includes military and civilian pay, the preparation and payment of travel, transportation and commercial vendor vouchers, and accounting for the obligation and disbursement of public funds.

In addition to providing the traditional military pay support to the individual soldier, the Finance Corps plays an important role in supporting logistical, medical and supply requirements during tactical missions. As a Finance Corps lieutenant, you may be part of a Finance Support Detachment assigned to support a tactical unit. These missions could require you to set up and monitor contracts with local commercial vendors financing local purchases for supplemental rations, repair parts, fuel, or anything else that supports the mission.

To become a Finance Corps lieutenant, you must have a baccalaureate degree with specialization in business, accounting, or computer science, and a minimum of six academic hours of accounting.

As a newly commissioned officer, your training begins at the Finance Corps Officer Basic Course. Additional training may include the Commercial Accounts or Military Accounting course. These courses provide you with the basic skills necessary for the various duties you may be expected to perform, such as Disbursing Officer; Chief, Pay and Exam; Operations Officer or Central Accounting Officer.

Whether you actually handle the cash, maintain pay accounts, or accomplish the internal unit support requirements, you'll have a great deal of responsibility and work with up-to-date computer equipment. As a bright, motivated Finance Corps officer, you'll also find that the rewards are commensurate.

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Ordinance Corps

Home:  Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

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The Ordnance Corps is responsible for keeping the Army's combat forces moving and shooting. Since the Ordnance Corps is the largest Corps in the Army, the opportunity to command exists at all levels. Ordnance officers command companies, battalions, arsenals, depots, groups and division and corps support commands, and routinely enjoy command and senior staff positions as one, two and three star generals.

As an Ordnance officer, you will command and lead soldiers and civilians who develop, produce, acquire and support the Army's weapons systems, ammunition, missiles, and wheeled and tracked vehicles. You will also be required to manage and maintain a diverse range of Army materiel from conventional and special ammunition to major weapon and missile systems. As a newly commissioned Ordnance officer, you'll attend the Ordnance Officer Basic Course at either the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School or the U.S. Army Ordnance Missile and Munitions Center and School.

In order to accomplish its mission, the Ordnance Corps requires smart, articulate leaders capable of effectively managing large numbers of personnel and equipment. Ordnance officers are trained in one of the following areas: Tank / Automotive Materiel Management, Missile / Electronic Materiel Management, Munitions Materiel Management, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal. You may also have the opportunity to serve in the areas of Research and Development, Contracting and Industrial Management, and Materiel Acquisition Management.

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Quartermaster Corps

Home:  Fort Lee, Virginia

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QuarterMaster

Whether you're considering making the Army a career or looking for an opportunity to gain leadership and management experience, the Quartermaster Corps is for you. As the "Sustainer of the Army," the Quartermaster Corps plans and directs activities which provide soldiers with food, water, petroleum, repair parts, weapon systems, and a multitude of field services.

As a newly commissioned Quartermaster officer, you'll attend the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course. The Basic Course develops your leadership and technical skills in the three occupational specialties of the Quartermaster Corps: Petroleum Management, Materiel / Service Management, and Subsistence Management. After completing the 17-week Officer Basic Course, you'll be eligible to attend additional military schools such as Airborne School, Ranger School and Parachute Rigger School. After completing all training you'll then be assigned to a challenging leadership position supporting combat soldiers and their systems.

As a Quartermaster officer you'll make use of the most modern equipment and technology to solve the logistical problems of today and tomorrow. With these tools, you'll create the most effective and efficient method of providing soldiers with the right items, at the right place, at the right time.

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Transportation Corps

Home:  Fort Eustis, Virginia

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Transportation

Transportation Corps lieutenants get combat power to the right place at the right time. As a Transportation lieutenant you may serve as a train commander with the Berlin Brigade, or lead a major convoy in the resupply of REFORGER, the paramount NATO exercise. You could be charged with loading the Navy's second largest ship, the 946-foot SL-7, or be responsible for the Army's hovercraft and deploy them overseas. You might oversee the resupply of United Nations Peace Keeping Force outposts on the Sinai Peninsula, or deploy with your soldiers to Europe, Africa, or Antarctica. Transportation lieutenants make things happen.

You will lead soldiers and have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of command. You will not only master primary tactical skills--the skills to keep you and your soldiers alive in combat--but also develop proficiency in terminal, rail, tactical truck, and marine operations. Later you may compete for advanced degrees in several academic traditions and training with major U.S. corporations, as well as proceed to senior levels of responsibility. The challenge remains. Transportation Corps--The Spearhead of Logistics.

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Medical Service Corps

Home:  Fort Sam Huston, Texas

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Medical Service

The mission of the Medical Service Corps is to provide highly skilled and dedicated leaders who perform the clinical, scientific, administrative, command and support services essential to efficiently and effectively manage a quality, world class health care system in support of the Army.

The Medical Service Corps is a body of professional officers responsible for the integration and synchronization of the resources required for the provision and delivery of quality health services across the breadth and depth of the Army�from forward deployed foxholes to state of the art medical centers and research facilities� in service to soldiers, families and retirees.

Presently, there are 24 different specialty career fields for Medical Service Corps officers. In most cases, you will initially be designated as a Health Services Officer upon completion of the Officer Basic Course. After an initial utilization tour of three to four years in a field unit, you can expect to rotate to the Officer Advanced Course (OAC). Following OAC, assignment opportunities to both command and staff positions at either field or fixed (TDA) facilities will be available to you. Through the early years of your career, you will have the opportunity to attend any number of military specialty courses. After the Officer Advanced Course, you will also have the opportunity to apply for graduate school. These options are all available as you seek to determine which specific area of concentration within the most diversified branch in the United States Army is right for you. You literally control your own destiny as a Medical Service Corps officer. Regardless of your choice, you will want to maintain a balance of field and fixed facility assignments. This will make you a well-rounded officer, as well as enhancing your opportunities for promotion, schooling, and command selection.

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Nurse Corps

Home:  Fort Sam Huston, Texas

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Nurse

An Army nurse is an officer, too. So you can expect all the privileges, prestige and respect due any officer in the United States Army.

Because Army medicine is practiced around the world, you're also assured to being exposed to a much wider variety of cases early in your career than a civilian nurse. And you can change hospitals without losing seniority.

The majority of your time will be spent taking care of patients, instead of doing non-nursing chores. And you'll be exposed to a range of cases which is almost impossible to duplicate in civilian nursing.

In the Army, you'll not only grow as a health care professional but as a person as well. The education all opportunities in the Army Nurse Corps are second to none. You may apply for clinical specialty courses in Intensive Care, Operating Room Nursing, Community Health and Environmental Science and Psychiatric Nursing.

A bachelor's of science in nursing is needed to qualify for the Army Nurse Corps.

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