August 25, 2006, Newsletter Issue #28: Want A Career as a Military Officer?

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Getting a military officer career is challenging for those already in the armed forces as enlisted troops, but not impossible. Becoming an officer requires a bachelor's degree, which most enlisted people complete in their off-duty hours thanks in part to programs such as Navy College or the Community College of the Air Force.

In the past, some branches of the service have offered "bootstrap" programs where enlisted people can, if they meet certain requirements, take time off from the military to attend school and return to be commissioned as an officer. These programs change frequently, so it's best to get the advice of someone in you local base Personnel office on what is currently available. Another option is to separate from the military and enter an ROTC program, or in the case of those in medical fields, one of the military's many medical school incentive programs.

There are many options open to those who want to become officers, but it's a good idea to take any officer candidate testing or proficiency exam required first. If you do well on the test the first time out, you'll be set to pursue your options. Those who need help with the test will need to clear that hurdle first before pursuing that military officer career. Take care of the test first, but keep your planning options open in case one comminssioning program changes or is deleted before you have a chance to apply.

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