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Officer Programs

Explore the unique challenges and opportunities of a career as an officer in the U.S. Military, and learn about the commissioning programs available to civilian college students and current enlisted service-members.

US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
A riddle for current and future healthcare professionals: How do you get a job wearing a Navy uniform without actually joining the military?

How To Become a Physician Assistant for Free in the US Military
Becoming a physician assistant takes years of schooling and plenty of loans. But if you're already enlisted, someone else may foot the bill.

Dream Job: NASA Astronaut
Astronaut: It’s a dream job for many, but the privilege of few, among them the brightest in the military. How do members of the Armed Forces take their careers into orbit and become astronauts?

Why Go Officer?: The Tangible Benefits
If you’re torn between enlisting in the military or going officer and want the scoop on “what’s in it for me,” here are a few of the tangible benefits officers enjoy.

What is a Commissioned Officer?
Many people find the distinction between officer and enlisted in the US Military confusing. Learn more about what makes a military officer, and whether or not it's the career for you.

Career Profile: Army Rotary Wing Aviator
The US Army offers a flight training program like no other in the military: the chance to fly helicopters for a living, without a college degree.

Top Books About Becoming an Officer
There are several ways to become a commissioned officer in the United States Military, including the academies, ROTC, and OCS/OTS. Here are our top picks for books and guides about the process of becoming a United States Military Commissioned Officer.

The Perfect University
The perfect university has high academic standards, moral discipline, free tuition, free meals, and free room and board. Impossible? Nope. The United States Military Service Academies fit the bill perfectly.

Paths to a Navy Commission
This reprint from All Hands Magazine describes the variety of ways one can become a commissioned officer in the US Navy. The specifics of officer programs differ from branch to branch, but the paths offered (such as academies or candidate schools) are usually similar to those described here.

Army Officer Candidate School
Rod Powers, About.com's US Military Guide, walks us through the Army's "boot camp" for prospective officers.

Army Warrant Officer Jobs
Explaining the difference between officer and enlisted is hard enough. Then there are Warrant Officers. Rod Powers breaks down this specialized officer category for us and explains what Warrant Officers do in the Army.

Profile of Criminal Investigators, Part 2: Air Force Special Investigators...
Among military police, criminal investigators take the lead investigating felonies, war crimes, and terrorism. In Part 1, discover what it takes to become an agent in the Army or the Marine Corps.

Profile of Criminal Investigators, Part 1: Army and Marines
Among military police, criminal investigators take the lead investigating felonies, war crimes, and terrorism. In Part 1, discover what it takes to become an agent in the Army or the Marine Corps.

How to Become a Registered Nurse in the Military
Registered nurses are an integral part of the military healthcare system. Learn more about the job, scholarship opportunities, and ways to use enlisted military training to help you earn your RN license.

Navy Permanent Military Professor Program
Want a career as a naval officer, but also don't want to miss your chance to be a professor? You have weirdly specific priorities. Here is a weirdly specific answer to your conundrum.

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