Leadership Development

Leadership development that lasts a lifetime

Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It prepares you with the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition, too. You can participate your freshman and sophomore year without any obligation to join the Army. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be an Officer in the Army.

The Golden Eagle Battalion is hosted by Marquette University, but cadets are able to participate in ROTC through our partnership schools.


What it means to be an Army Officer

Being an Officer in the U.S. Army means you're a leader, a counselor, a strategist and a motivator. It's similar to being a vital manager in a corporation. As an Officer, you will lead other Soldiers in all situations and adjust in environments that are always changing. They are driven to achieve success with their team on every mission.

Check out the different career paths for Army Officers

As an Officer, your career is full of opportunities
When you graduate from college as an Army ROTC Cadet, you will earn the rank of second lieutenant. Your career as an Officer will be just beginning, and you'll find a variety of interesting Officer career fields in the Army.

  • Air Defense Artillery Officer
    The role of an Air Defense Artillery Officer is to be a leader in operations specific to the Air Defense Artillery Branch and to be an expert in the tactics, techniques and procedures for the employment of air defense systems.
  • Armor Officer
    Armor Officers are responsible for tank and cavalry/forward reconnaissance operations on the battlefield. The role of an Armor Officer is to be a leader in operations specific to the Armor Branch and to lead others in many areas of combat operations.
  • Aviation Officer
    An Officer within the Aviation Branch is first an expert aviator, but is also responsible for the coordination of Aviation operations from maintenance to control tower operations to tactical field missions. From providing quick-strike and long-range target engagement during combat operations to hauling troops and supplies, Army helicopter units play a critical role in getting the job done in many situations.
  • Engineer Officer
    An Officer in the Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for providing support in a full spectrum of engineering duties. Engineer Officers help the Army and the Nation in building structures, developing civil works programs, working with natural resources as well as providing combat support on the battlefield.
  • Field Artillery Officer
    The Army's Field Artillery Branch is responsible for neutralizing or suppressing the enemy by cannon, rocket and missile fire and to help integrate all fire support assets into combined arms operations. The role of a Field Artillery Officer is to be a leader in operations specific to the Field Artillery Branch and to be an expert in the tactics, techniques and procedures for the employment of fire support systems.
  • Infantry Officer
    An Infantry Officer is responsible for leading and controlling the Infantry and combined armed forces during land combat. They are also involved in coordinating employment of Infantry Soldiers at all levels of command, from platoon to battalion and higher, in U.S. and multi-national operations. Officers are leaders, and being a leader in the Army requires certain qualities such as self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence.
  • Special Forces Officer
    A Special Forces Officer is responsible for what is typically organized as a 12-man team, known as an Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA). ODAs are deployed around the world in rapid-response situations whether it's during peacetime, crisis or war. The Special Forces Officer is the team leader of an ODA, responsible for mission organization, outfitting the team and debriefing mission objectives.
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Officer
    The Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Officer advises the commander on issues regarding nuclear, biological and radiological warfare, defense and homeland protection. Chemical Officers also employ Chemical units in combat support with chemical, smoke and flame weapons, technology and management. Officers are leaders, and being a leader in the Army requires certain qualities such as self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence.
  • Military Intelligence Officer
    Military Intelligence (MI) Officers are always out front, providing essential intelligence and in many cases saving Soldiers who are fighting on the front lines. MI Officers assess risks associated with friendly and enemy courses of action and act to counter or neutralize identified intelligence threats. The MI Officer also uses intelligence systems and data to reduce uncertainty of enemy, terrain and weather conditions for a commander.
  • Military Police Officer
    Military Police Officers are utilized in direct combat and during peacetime to lead other Military Police Soldiers while they serve five main functions: 1) Maneuver and mobility support operations, 2) Area security operations, 3) Law and order operations, 4) Internment and resettlement operations, and 5) Police intelligence operations.
  • Signal Officer
    A Signal Corps Officer must be an expert in planning, installing, integrating, operating and maintaining the Army's voice, data and information systems, services and resources. Signal Officers must be highly intelligent, forward-thinking and have a complete knowledge of communications and data management technologies.
  • Chaplain
    As a Chaplain Officer, you will lead a Unit Ministry Team (UMT), which consists of you and a trained Chaplain Assistant. As an Army Chaplain you will have the responsibility of caring for the spiritual well-being of Soldiers and their families. Army Chaplains are the spiritual leaders of the Army and they perform religious ceremonies from births and baptisms, to confirmations and marriage, to illness and last rites.
  • Dental Corps Officer
    An Army Dental Corps Officer is responsible for the dental health of Soldiers and their families. They are also responsible for providing health care to Soldiers - families and others eligible to receive this care in the military community. During combat, the Dental Corps Officer assists in the emergency medical management of casualties; identifies casualties through dental records and makes sure Soldiers are combat ready when it comes to their health.
  • Finance Officer
    The Army's Finance Corps is responsible for sustaining operations through purchasing and acquiring supplies and services. Officers in the Finance Corps make sure commercial vendors are paid, contractual payments are met, balancing and projecting budgets, paying Soldiers for their service and other financial matters associated with keeping the Army running.
  • JAG Corps Attorney
    As an Officer in the JAG Corps and a practicing attorney or judge, your responsibilities will cover a wide-range of practices that includes military law and criminal prosecution to international law and legal assistance - both in the U.S. and abroad. Officers are leaders, and being a leader in the Army requires certain qualities such as self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence.
  • Medical Corps Officer
    An Army Medical Corps Officer is responsible for the overall health of Soldiers and their families. From allergists to oncologists to surgeons, Medical Corps Officers are also responsible for providing health care to Soldiers' families and others eligible to receive this care in the military community. During combat, the Medical Corps Officer oversees the emergency medical management of casualties and makes sure Soldiers are combat ready when it comes to their overall health.
  • Medical Service Corps Officer
    Medical Service Corps Officers are essential in treating and helping the overall health of Soldiers and their families. They are also responsible for much of the medical research that takes place in the Army. From medical fields such as optometry and podiatry to laboratory sciences to behavioral sciences, the Army Medical Service Corps includes many areas of specialty.
  • Medical Specialist Corps Officer
    Medical Specialist Corps Officers are essential in treating and helping the overall health of Soldiers and their families. From medical fields such as occupational therapy and physical therapy to dietician and physician assistant, the Army Medical Specialist Corps includes several areas of specialty. Overall, Army Officers are leaders, and being a leader requires certain qualities such as self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence.
  • Nurse Corps Officer
    Army Nurse Corps Officers lead diverse nursing teams in a variety of settings and provide holistic multi-disciplinary care for Soldiers and their families. Officers are leaders. All Army leaders require self-discipline, initiative, confidence, the ability to problem solve and make timely decisions.
  • Ordnance Officer
    Ordnance Officers are responsible for ensuring that weapons systems, vehicles, and equipment are ready and available - and in perfect working order - at all times. Thus, Ordnance Officers and the Soldiers they lead are a critical component in the Army's success. Ordnance Officers also oversee the developing, testing, fielding, handling, storage and disposal of munitions.
  • Personnel Systems Management Officer
    An Adjutant General Officer is responsible for helping Soldiers with the tasks that affect their overall welfare and well being, while assisting commanders by keeping Soldiers combat-ready. In many cases, the duties of an Adjutant General Officer are very similar to the function of a high-level human resources executive in the civilian world. Officers are leaders, and being a leader in the Army requires certain qualities such as self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence.
  • Quartermaster Officer
    Quartermaster Officers are responsible for making sure equipment, materials and systems are available and functioning for missions. More specifically, the Quartermaster Officer provides supply support for Soldiers and units in field services, aerial delivery and material and distribution management. Officers are leaders, and being a leader in the Army requires certain qualities such as self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence.
  • Transportation Officer
    Transportation Officers are experts in the systems, vehicles and procedures in moving troops and supplies in the Army. Transportation Officers are responsible for commanding and controlling Transportation operations and combined armed forces during land combat. Officers are leaders, and being a leader in the Army requires certain qualities such as self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence.
  • Veterinary Corps Officer
    Army Veterinarian Officers practice in three primary areas: animal medicine, veterinary public health and research and development. Veterinarian Officers are responsible for treating government-owned animals and the valued pets of service members and their families. Army Veterinary Corps Officers are also responsible for programs ensuring the safety and security of Department of Defense food supplies, both in the United States of America and abroad.

Explore the benefits of being an Commissioned Army Officer.

  • Commission in the United States Army

    The attainment of a commission (officership) in the U.S. Army is a distinctive honor earned through hard work, demonstrated commitment, and a desire to serve the nation. Newly commissioned second lieutenants are normally assigned as platoon leaders, typically responsible for every aspect of training, supervising, and caring for over twenty-five Soldiers and millions of dollars worth of equipment. You can select between many career fields ranging from aviation to electronics and from engineering to logistics. Of course, there are also the possibilities of infantry and armor (tanks).All army officers learn and practice the leadership, management, and decision-making skills sought by leaders of public and private organizations. Postgraduate professional education usually begins within twelve months of graduation and commissioning and continues throughout the Officer's service career. This education begins with Officer basic courses that qualify the new lieutenant in his or her branch specialty. Other military schooling, such as parachuting, mountaineering, and Ranger, is available as needed.Postgraduate civilian education is an integral part of Officer professional development. Officers often attend fully-funded graduate programs as full-time salaried students.
  • Build Your Résumé

    To a future employer, Army Officer education on your résumé says that you've learned the art of leadership and the science of management. It says that you have more real-world experience than most people your age when it comes to solving problems and accomplishing tasks quickly and efficiently. It also shows that you know how to conduct fair and accurate evaluations of your self, peers, and subordinates. Army ROTC demonstrates to future employers that you have the ability to be a team player and a team leader.Army ROTC on your résumé is invaluable. It could be the difference an employer is looking for when making hiring decisions. It could be the difference between getting a job or just applying for one.
  • Educational Opportunities
    After graduating from college with your bachelor's degree, you may continue with graduate work by applying for an educational delay (service deferment). You will incur no additional obligation. If you plan on attending medical school or Physical Therapy school, the Army offers medical scholarships to those who qualify. The scholarship pays for all school expenses and provides a salary while attending college. Scholarship students incur an additional service commitment equal to the time spent in medical school. The Army's Judge Adjutant General Corps also offers scholarships for law school.Most officers wait to attend graduate school later in their career. While on active duty the Army provides many different options to fund your graduate school. If accepted to the degree completion program, the Army will pay for your college and give you the time to finish your master's degree, while still receiving full pay and benefits. The Army then allows you to use your degree in a different functional area. One example is the foreign area Officer program where upon completion of your graduate studies, the Army places you in a foreign country to work with the U.S. ambassador. Many Officers attend Graduate School on nights and weekends, fully funded by the Army, while they continue to work in their day-to-day assignment.
  • Financial Opportunities
    For a detailed breakdown of the financial benefits of Army ROTC, visit our Scholarship page.

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