If you want to do more in the military, Officer Candidate School (OCS) might be for you. Enlist, train and become an Officer in a branch of the US military. Read on to find out how you can take your military career to the next level.

Officer Candidate School isn’t just about academics. Rather, it’s a multi-component program that propels candidates to Officer Status, churning out military leaders within a matter of weeks. This type of experience is for the active duty member who desires more from being a part of the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps.

Three Facets of Officer Candidate School

  • Academics
  • Physical
  • Leadership

Officer Commissioning & Officer Training

  • Officer Commissioning—provides an in-depth look and training on responsibilities, knowledge and physical requirements of officers in the military. Typically propels candidates to Second Lieutenant Status but may vary by branch.
  • Officer Training—Provides further specialization as an Officer. For some branches, like the Marine Corps, it’s more intensive training built on the foundation of the Officer Commissioning Program. However, in the Navy, it’s better suited for Officers who want to concentrate on a certain field like nuclear engineering, chaplaincy, medicine or oceanography.


  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Depending on the military branch, you must be at least 18 years of age. Some branches, like the Navy, require an age minimum of 19 years old. At the same time, there are maximum age restrictions. For instance, to be eligible for Officer Candidate School in the Army, you cannot be older than 41 whereas in the Navy, the maximum age is 35 years of age.

Getting Started

Contact a military recruiter for your respective branch to begin the application process or Visit www.military.com for more information about Officer Candidate School.