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U.S. Army Branches

The seal of the Adjutant General's Corps has a shield in the middle with the American flag painted on it.Adjutant General's Corps

The Adjutant General Branch is the human resources functional component within the Force Sustainment community of the Army. It is the second oldest existing branch of the U.S. Army, crucial to its seamless operation..

The primary mission of this branch is to coordinate timely and effective manning and personnel support for commanders. This enhances the readiness and operational capabilities of the total force across the full range of military operations.

As a leader in the Adjutant General's Corps, officers are assigned to a duty position that will allow maximum exposure to a wide range of human resource programs. You can expect entry-level human resources management assignments at company, battalion and brigade level, along with leadership responsibilities. In this career field, you will help Soldiers with the tasks that affect their welfare and assist commanders by keeping Soldiers combat ready. You will also be involved in unit readiness, morale and Soldier career progression. In many cases, the duties of an Adjutant General officer are similar to that of a human resources executive in the civilian world.

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Adjutant General Officer (42B) information found here.

The Air Defense Artillery seal is a red circle with golden missiles crossed in the center.Air Defense Artillery

The Air Defense Artillery is one of the most high-tech and modern forces in the Army. To be an officer in this branch, you need to constantly evolve and strive to stay ahead.

Second lieutenants in the Air Defense Artillery defend civilians, Soldiers and assets from enemy missiles and aircraft. As an officer, you will become an expert in the tactics, techniques and procedures for the employment of air defense systems. In addition, you may be assigned to a corps or theater missile defense unit in charge of safeguarding military assets and populated areas.

As part of your duties and training, you will also gain expertise in one or more of the following systems: the PATRIOT Missile System, the Bradley-Linebacker System, the Man Portable Air Defense System and/or the AVENGER System.

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Air Defense Artillery Officer (14A) information found here.

The Armor seal is green with a golden tank in the center with crossed swords behind it.Armor

It began as the horse cavalry in the early history of our nation. Known as the "Combat Arm of Decision," Armor has served throughout history as the spearhead of the greatest Army in the world. Today, Armor remains the most effective and versatile force in the U.S. Army because it continually evolves to meet ever-changing requirements. Officers who join the Armor branch will train on either Abrams Tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, Stryker Mobile Gun Systems or High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles.

As an Armor officer, you will lead the finest Soldiers in the world, manage dynamic maintenance programs and execute first-class training. Armor lieutenants may be assigned to Abrams tank units, Bradley scout platoons, Stryker Mobile Gun Systems or other reconnaissance organizations equipped with varied vehicles. Scouts and tankers often work together as a combined arms team while performing their unique missions. Scouts operate well in advance of the unit main body, gain and maintain initial contact with enemy forces, develop the situation through action, relay critical information and act as the commander's "eyes and ears." Upon contact, tankers use maneuver, firepower and speed to destroy enemy forces.

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Armor Officer (19) information found here.

The Aviation seal is a blue circle with golden wings in the center.Aviation

As an Army Aviator, you will lead outstanding Soldiers who possess some of the most highly technical skills in the Army. An Aviation officer flies and flights in the most advanced aircraft in the world, operating across the full spectrum of Army operations as an essential member of the combined arms and joint teams.

Many different missions and assignments are available to Aviation officers. From conducting attack and reconnaissance, air assault and air movement, unmanned aviation systems and fixed wing operations, Aviation missions take place over vast distances and at great speeds. As an Aviation officer, you are vital to the coordination and integration of Army Aviation into the U.S. Army and multinational operations, as well as special operations support.

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Aviation Officer (15) information found here.

The Chaplain Corps seal is blue and gold with rays of sunlight shining down on a book in the center.Chaplain Corps

Since the country's inception, Army chaplains have provided religious services and guidance in times of war and peace. Today, officers in the Chaplain Corps perform or provide religious support for all Soldiers and family members. As a leader in this corps, you will serve both God and country with rewards and challenges like no other in the Army.

When George Washington took command of the Continental Army in 1775, there were only 15 chaplains serving. Since that time, approximately 25,000 Army chaplains have served as religious leaders for more than 25 million Soldiers and their families. Six chaplains have earned the Medal of Honor, our military's highest awards.

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Chaplain Officers (56A) information found here.

The Chemical Corps seal is a blue circle with a hexagon in the center.Chemical Corps

Challenging doesn't even begin to describe the job of an officer in the Chemical Corps. In this branch, you will train in the detection and identification of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) weapons, reconnaissance, decontamination and smoke operations.

The mission of officers in the Chemical Corps is to protect our country from CBRN threats, as well as Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMB). As a CBRN officer, you will command or serve as a platoon leader of a chemical unit while employing state-of-the-art CBRN defense systems. You will also plan, coordinate and direct operations, including vulnerability assessment, multi-spectral obscuration, sensitive site exploitation and assessment, CBRN reconnaissance, CBRN decontamination and CBRN force protection. Soldiers in this branch are additionally responsible for combating WMB, which includes nonproliferation and consequence management.

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CBRN Officer (74A) information found here.

The Corps of Engineers seal is a red circle with a golden castle in the center.Corps of Engineers

The second oldest regiment in the Army, the Corps of Engineers is one of the most dynamic branches in the Army. As an officer in this branch, you can lead various engineer units, including Sapper, Stryker, Bradley, Construction, Geospatial, Dive, Bridge, Power, Rescue and Training. From conducting reconnaissance to constructing roads to analyzing terrain data and more, the roles of engineers across these units are as varied as they are crucial to the U.S. Army.

The Corps of Engineers helps the Army and the nation build structures, develop civil works programs and work with natural resources. They also provide combat support on the battlefield, assuring mobility of the force and enhancing its protection. Described as the "stagehands of battle," military engineers are the ones who commanders turn to for solutions to their toughest problems.

Of course, training provided for officers in the Corps of Engineers directly translates into the civilian sector. In fact, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the world's premier design and construction agencies, comprised of more than 30,000 civilian and 750 military engineers.

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Engineer Officer (12A) information found here.

The Field Artillery seal is a red circle with two golden cannons crossed in the center.Field Artillery

As an officer in Field Artillery, you will become a combined arms expert, controlling long-range weapons while coordinating with Armor and Infantry forces. Leaders in this branch may also coordinate their strikes with tactical air, naval gunfire and Army aviation weapons.

These officers are on the battlefield responding with long-range prevision weapons against distant targets. They neutralize or suppress the enemy by cannon, rocket or missile fire.

Lieutenants who begin in Field Artillery may command cannon and rocket platoons prior to leading Field Artillery batteries. Additional duty positions include fire support officer and fire direction officer. Eventually, you could become a maneuver battalion fire support officer as you advance your career.

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Field Artillery Officer (13A) information found here.

The Finance Corps seal is a grey circle with an orange diamond in the center.Finance Corps

The Army's Finance Corps is a Combat Service Support branch responsible for sustaining operations through purchasing and acquiring supplies and services. As an officer in this branch, some of the many duties you may regularly perform include playing commercial vendors, paying Soldiers and civilians for their service, balancing and projecting budgets, calculating travel and transportation allowances, preparing and distributing reports and financial statements, and managing other financial matters that keep the Army running. Other finance duties available consist of providing cash operations, both U.S. and foreign, to support multi-force and multi-national missions across the globe; directing disbursement, receipt, and deposit of public funds as an agent of the U.S. Treasury Department; and interpreting financial laws.

Finance officers may be assigned to any unit, anywhere in the world. Some of the unique duty positions to which you may be assigned include disbursing officer, commander of a financial management company, deputy (or assistant) chief of staff, resource management, budget analyst, management analyst, program analyst and auditor.

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Finance Officer (36A) information found here.

The Infantry seal is a light blue circle with golden rifles crossed in the center.Infantry

To be an Infantry officer is to be at the core of the Army's fighting force. In this position, you will be a leader in the main land combat force of the U.S. Army. You will serve as a platoon leader and eventually as a company commander. You will ensure that your troops work together for a common goal. You will also share in their challenges and in their victories.

Whether in times of peace or in times of combat, an Infantry lieutenant is self-disciplined, confident and intelligent. Infantry officers are expected to make quick decisions, take initiative and adjust to constantly changing environments.

Most civilians picture Infantry when they think of the Army. It's no surprise, considering this branch dates back to 1775, when a resolution of the Continental Congress created the first Infantry companies.

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Infantry Officer (11A) information found here.

The JAG Corps seal is a black seal with a golden arrow crossed with a staff, surrounded by wings.Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps

It's not just the strongest law firm. The Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps was established in 1775, making it the oldest law firm in the nation. As a JAG attorney and officer, you'll serve as prosecutor or defense counsel in international, operational, labor, contract, environmental, tort and administrative law. You'll provide military, state, and federal legal services for the U.S. Army and its Soldiers. You'll also have immediate experience, handling real cases and significant legal issues.

To become a JAG attorney, you must first pass the Bar Exam after attending an American Bar Association accredited law school. You must also be admitted to practice law before the highest state or federal court. Those who enter the JAG Corps will receive a direct commission as a first lieutenant and will reach the rank of captain within six to nine months.

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Judge Advocate General Officers (27A) information found here.

The Army Medical Department seal is a maroon circle with a staff surrounded by snakes with wings on top in the center. Army Medical Department (AMEDD)

As an officer in one of the six corps encompassed by the Army Medical Department, you'll be a member of one of the best health care teams in the world. AMEDD is further divided into 5 specialty divisions:

Medical Corps (62) -Army physicians and surgeons work in some of the finest medical facilities, including Brooke, Walter Reed, Madigan and Tripler Army Medical Centers. Positions exist in patient care, teaching, research, and management. Find out more here. Find out more information about Medical Corps Officers here.

Army Nurse Corps (66) -Nurses are given opportunities not readily available in the civilian world. When you become an Army nurse, you will have many opportunities for professional growth, including clinical specialty courses. Find out more here. Find out more information about Army Nurse Officers here.

Army Dental Corps (63)- Dentists will find changes to expand their careers in all specialties, including preventive, surgical and restorative dentistry. Find out more information about Dental Corps Officers here.

The Army Medical Specialist Corps (65) and the Medical Service Corps (67) span a wide range of allied health services from physical therapists, dieticians and pharmacists, to psychologists and more. Find out more here.

Veterinary Corps (64)- focuses on medical and surgical care, food safety and defense, and biomedical research and development. This translates into the care of not only working animals and the pets of service members, but also into the overall health of Soldiers and the public. Find out more here. Find out more about Veterinary Corps Officers here.

The Military Intelligence seal is a white circle with a golden flower in the middle.Military Intelligence

As an officer in one of the largest branches in the U.S. Army, you will work with high-tech Military Intelligence (MI) equipment in areas such as communications, all-source intelligence analysis, computer warfare, digital imagery and satellite data. You may specialize in such areas as counterintelligence, human intelligence, signals intelligence and all-source intelligence. You will do so to determine the plans, intentions and capabilities of enemy forces, as well as reduce the uncertainty of enemy, terrain and weather conditions for a commander.

Military Intelligence officers are always in the know. With extensive training and expertise in intelligence, counterintelligence, electronic warfare, interrogation, reconnaissance and surveillance, officers in this branch are critical to military leaders. MI officers are always out front, providing essential intelligence and, in many cases, saving Soldiers who are fighting on the front lines.

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Military Intelligence Officer (35) information found here.

The Military Police Corps logo is a green circle with two golden pistols crossed in the center.Military Police Corps

The Military Police (MP) Corps has a long and distinguished history in the U.S. Army. Officially established in 1941, the MP Corps' lineage can be traced all the way back to the American Revolution.

Officers in the MP Corps manage five primary functions to support Army and Joint Operations worldwide: Law and Order, Police Intelligence Operations, Internment Resettlement, Area Security, and Maneuver and Mobility Support. These functions cover every aspect from law enforcement at the installation to security of U.S. Forces and civilians on the battlefield. MP officers also perform criminal investigations.

Expected to detect and deter any enemy activity near military command posts or other Army territory, the MP is the most demanded resource for major combat, stability, expeditionary, civil assistance and homeland consequence management operations. When assigned to this branch, your training begins with the Military Police Basic Officer Leaders Course, where you will experience physical training and learn leadership skills, tactics, maintenance and supply. You'll then be given the opportunity to study civil and military law, weapons training and communications skills. You can also take airborne, air assault and ranger training to aid in your MP career.

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Military Police Corps Officer (31A) information found here.

The Ordinance Corps is a pink circle with a flaming artillery shell in the middle.Ordnance Corps

The second largest branch in the U.S. Army, the Ordnance Corps, is in charge of a wide range of weapons systems. More specifically, officers in this branch ensure that weapon systems, vehicles and equipment are ready and available, as well as in perfect working order, for combat commanders anytime, anywhere.

At the Ordnance Basic Officer Leaders Course, you will learn leadership skills, tactics, maintenance and operational aspects of weapons and vehicles used in an Ordnance platoon. Your training will take place in classrooms and in the field.

There are three main divisions in the Ordnance Corps: Material Maintenance Management, Munitions Material Management and Explosive Ordnance Disposal. As an officer in this branch, you may manage vast amounts of supplies and Soldiers or serve in a staff position.

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Ordnance Officer (91A) information found here.

The Quartermaster Corps seal is a green circle with a golden eagle sitting above a ship's steering wheel with golden swords crossed in front of it.Quartermaster Corps

In wartime and in peacetime, the Army conducts contingency operations and exercises around the world. This means our nation's ground force has an enormous need for provisions. Officers serving in the Quartermaster Corps, the largest branch in the U.S. Army, are responsible for managing those provisions.

Quartermaster officers can command at every level from second lieutenant to general, whether it be a Petroleum Platoon, a Forward Support Company, a Brigade Support Battalion, a Defense Distribution Depot, an Expeditionary or Theater Support Command, or the Army Material Command. As an officer in this branch, you will use the latest equipment and information technologies to solve logistical issues and manage the distribution of supplies and services around the world. From food and water to petroleum, repair parts, field services and weapon systems, officers in the Quartermaster Corps ensure that all Soldiers are adequately sustained.

Quartermaster officers can expect to train in seven battlefield functions: Supply Distribution, Fuel, Water, Field Services, Aerial Delivery, Subsistence and Mortuary Affairs. Additionally, you may attend Ranger, Airborne, Pathfinder, Aerial Deliver (Rigger) and Mortuary Affairs Schools when you are assigned to this branch.

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Quartermaster officer (92A) information found here.

The Signal Corps seal is a white circle with a golden torch in the center with red and white flags crossed behind itSignal Corps

From the front lines to the White House, officers in the Signal Corps are always on top of the latest technology. They're the first link in an intricate chain of command and are responsible for all systems of communication for the entire Army.

Your training will begin with the Signal Basic Officer Leaders Course, where you'll master tactical and technical leadership skills in preparation for your first assignment. Then, as a Signal platoon leader or Staff officer, you'll be in control of high-tech electronic equipment ranging from switching systems to satellite communications systems. You'll also be responsible for planning, employing and operating voice, video, imagery and data distribution systems and networks across the globe. With the Signal Corps, the Army continues to be the best-informed, best-prepared fighting force in the world.

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Signal Corps Officer (25A) information found here.

The Transportation Corps seal is a red circle with a golden shield containing a car wheel with a wing on it all in front of a ship's steering wheel.Transportation Corps

Getting from point A to point B isn't always an easy task. That's where the Army's Transportation Corps comes in, using strategy and planning to make their move. This branch enables this nation to transport its Soldiers, as well as their supplies and equipment, where they need to be.

As an officer in the Transportation Corps, you will use your tactical skills and logistical expertise and apply them to transportation concepts. You will be responsible for moving supplies, troops and equipment where needed around the world.

During wartime, the Transportation Corps utilizes both military and civilian trucks, trains, boats and airplanes to provide fast support to combat teams on the front lines. Your training will be include the Transportation Basic Officer Leaders Course, where you will learn leadership skills, tactics, maintenance and operation aspects of weapons and vehicles. You will also learn the core competencies of Deploy the Force, Distribution Synchronization, Joint/Combined Transportation Network, Sea and Air Cargo Transportation, and Material and Personnel Movements. In this branch, you'll be keeping Soldiers on the move.

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Transportation Corps Officer (88A) information found here.

Cyber Branch

cyber branchThe Cyber branch has the mission to plan, synchronize, and conduct defensive cyberspace, offensive cyberspace, and electronic warfare operations (DCO, OCO, and EW, respectively).Through the employment of precision effects, adversary capabilities are degraded, disrupted, destroyed, or manipulated while simultaneously supporting the commander’s freedom of maneuver across all domains. OCO are intended to project power through the application of force in and through the cyberspace domain to create and achieve effects against adversaries in support of commanders’ objectives. DCO are passive and active activities intended to preserve the ability to utilize friendly cyberspace capabilities at times and locations of our choosing, and protect data, net-centric capabilities, the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN), and other designated weapons systems. EW operations are military actions involving the use of electromagnetic and directed energy to seize, retain, and exploit the initiative in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) through the execution of electronic attack (EA), electronic protection (EP), and electronic warfare support (ES) actions which deliver capabilities in support of Army and Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) operations. Cyber officers conduct these operations to enable the commander’s ability to mass effects and gain advantages in the EMS, cyberspace domain, and across all other domains during multi-domain battle in support of unified land operations (ULO) objectives. Cyber is the only branch specifically designed to engage the enemy directly within the cyberspace domain and the EMS.
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