This website is not affiliated with the U.S. government or military.

As a Reservist, What are My Army Officer Commissioning Options?

Q: I’m currently in the Army Reserve as an E-5 and I’m enrolled in the last two classes I need to complete a BA. My question is what are my options in pursuing a commission in the Army? — Paul

A: Paul, there are four ways to become an Army officer, however, only three could pertain to you being you are about to complete your BA degree:

  • Army ROTC;
  • Direct Commission;
  • Officer Candidate School (OCS).

The fourth way is an appointment to WestPoint. Because you almost already have your BA, you wouldn’t be accepted at WestPoint.

If you plan to continue using your education benefits to further your schooling by pursuing a graduate degree, you can join the Army’s two-year ROTC program. At the end of two years, you need to receive your graduate degree and then you would be commissioned a Second Lieutenant.

If you plan on going into the Medical, JAG, or Chaplian Corps, you may qualify for a Direct Commission. With a Direct Commission, your officer rank is determined by your professional branch, so you could start out higher than a Second Lieutenant. You usually need to be towards the end of graduate school before being considered for a Direct Commission.

Probably, the most viable way (and the quickest) for you to become an Army officer is via Officer Candidate School (OCS). Being you already have Basic Training and about to receive your BA degree, you would need to attend the 12-week course at Ft. Benning. At OCS, you will learn to plan and lead in both field and non-field environments.

Your best bet is to discuss all these officer commissioning options and graduate education benefits further with an Army Recruiter.

Privacy Policy | About Us | FAQ | Terms of Service | Disclaimers | Do Not Sell My Personal Information (CA and NV residents)

Copyright © 2023 EducationDynamics. All Rights Reserved.

This is a private website that is not affiliated with the U.S. government, U.S. Armed Forces or Department of Veteran Affairs. U.S. government agencies have not reviewed this information. This site is not connected with any government agency. If you would like to find more information about benefits offered by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, please visit the official U.S. government web site for veterans’ benefits at

The sponsored schools featured on this site do not include all schools that accept GI Bill® funding or VA Benefits. To contact ArmyStudyGuide, email us.

Disclosure: EducationDynamics receives compensation for the featured schools on our websites (see “Sponsored Schools” or “Sponsored Listings” or “Sponsored Results”). So what does this mean for you? Compensation may impact where the Sponsored Schools appear on our websites, including whether they appear as a match through our education matching services tool, the order in which they appear in a listing, and/or their ranking. Our websites do not provide, nor are they intended to provide, a comprehensive list of all schools (a) in the United States (b) located in a specific geographic area or (c) that offer a particular program of study. By providing information or agreeing to be contacted by a Sponsored School, you are in no way obligated to apply to or enroll with the school.

This is an offer for educational opportunities that may lead to employment and not an offer for nor a guarantee of employment. Students should consult with a representative from the school they select to learn more about career opportunities in that field. Program outcomes vary according to each institution’s specific program curriculum. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. The financial aid information on this site is for informational and research purposes only and is not an assurance of financial aid.

VFW $30,000 Scholarship!
Write an essay on the annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, “Why Is The Veteran Important?”