• Enlisted and Officer Paths

    There are two very different ways to join the Military: enlisting and commissioning as an officer. Knowing the difference will go a long way toward understanding how the Military works.


  • Enlisted

    Enlisted roles require a high school diploma or GED. There are a variety of enlisted careers, most of which involve hands-on training for mechanical, transportation, human service or office fields that transfer well to the civilian world.


  • Officer

    Officers are the managers of the Military, acting in roles that include planning, directing operations, and making critical decisions. Positions require a four-year college degree or an equivalent. Office positions also include careers that require advanced degrees, suchas law and medicine. An individual can become an officer by earning a commission through enlisted service, completing Office Candidate School (OCS), attending one of the highly competitive Service academies, or participating in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program at one of over 1,700 colleges and universities across the U.S.

  • ROTC Programs

  • Service Academies