If you are trying to decide what branch of the Army you want to become an officer in, you have come to the right place. There are many options, and it can be a difficult decision. I suggest that you really look inside yourself to determine not only the type of work you want to do in the Army, but also consider your post Army career. The branch you choose can also determine the work you will get after you have served in the Army.
This post can help you if you are in the ROTC, or if you are just considering your future choices in the journey of life. I am posting a complete list of Army Branches for Officers. Now keep in mind that there are certain branches for Officers that can only be attained if you have already received a college degree in that area of expertise. The other branches can be entered by completing Officer Candidate School (OCS).
In the following branches, Officers are usually Direct Commission. This means they attained a degree in the branch before they joined the Army.
Medical. The Medical Branch has Officers that can come through OCS, but Doctors, Nurses, and some other specialty Officers are direct commissioned after earning their degrees. This also includes Dental and Veterinary branches.
Chaplains. The Chaplain Branch is a direct commission after the individual earns their degree.
Judge Advocate General Corps. This Branch is also a direct commission after the individual earns a law degree.
Regular Branches For Officers
These are the Army Branches for Officers that can be attained by attending Officer Candidate School:
Air Defense Artillery
Officers in Air Defense Artillery are experts in the deployment, tactics and procedures of all uses of Army Air Defense Artillery. The MOS for an Air Defense Artillery Officer is 14A.
Controlling and leading troops in ground combat is the chief function of the Infantry Officer. The MOS for Infantry Officers is 11A.
Corps of Engineers
The Engineer Officer has a wide range of responsibility. It could be building a structure or even supporting ground combat functions. It covers a full spectrum of engineering duties. The Engineer Officer MOS is 12A.
The 13A, Field Artillery Officer is an expert in the deployment and operation of cannons, missiles and rockets to support Army assets in field operations. He/she understands the tactics and procedures with precision.
There are several Officer opportunities in the Aviation Branch. Naturally, pilots are officers, but Aviation encircles a large area. The MOS for them are:
15A General Aviation Officer
15B Aviation Combined Arms Officer
15C Aviation Intelligence Officer
and 15D Aviation Maintenance Officer
War has moved into new realms, and Cyber Warfare is one. A Cyber Officer is a 17A and has expertise in all forms of Cyber activity and techniques. This usually falls within the Signal Corps Branch.
I probably should have put this in the special section, but any chosen Officer in Special Forces can come from any of the other branches, but normally Infantry. The MOS is 18A.
Armor Officers are the experts in tank and cavalry operations. They are the supporters of combat operations. There are 3 various Armor Officers:
19A General Armor Officer
19B Armor Officer
19C Cavalry Officer
The Telecommunications Officer is an expert in all forms of telecommunications. In this age of technology, we need this tool. The Telecommunications Systems Engineer Officer is a 24A. This Officer will fall into the Signal Corps Branch.
As stated in the Telecommunications above, this Officer will be an expert in communications and information technology. The Signal Officer MOS is 25A.
This Officer position also falls into the Signal Corps Branch. As titled, this Officer is an expert in electronic warfare. The MOS is 29A.
As an Officer in the Military Police Branch, you will be an expert in security, law enforcement, police intelligence and more. You are similar to the Chief of Police or Sheriff in the civilian world. Officers in the Military Police Branch carry a MOS of 31A.
It is Intelligence Operations that have saved lives and ultimately won wars and battles. Military Intelligence Officers are experts in all forms of Intelligence Gathering, Sorting and Support of combat operations. There are several MOS positions for Officers in the Military Intelligence Branch. They are:
35D All Around Military Intelligence Officer
35E Counterintelligence Officer
35F Human Intelligence Officer
35G Signals Intelligence Officer
While this Branch may be considered in the specialty branch area, I decided to install it here. A Financial Officer usually is garnered from those who have a college degree in Financial Areas. The MOS for this Officer is 36A.
The Civil Affairs Officer is an expert of all forms of Civil Affairs. The MOS for this position is 38A.
Foreign Area Officers are experts in the area they have chosen. They are normally proficient in the particular language. There are many MOS designations depending on the area of service:
Latin America 48B
Southern Asia 48D
North Africa and the Middle East 48G
Northeast Asia 48H
Southeast Asia 48I
Chemical Officers are experts in all forms of chemicals used within the Army. It could be weapons or cleaning items. The MOS for this is 74A.
This Branch entails several different areas that at one time were separate branches. Ordnance, Quartermaster and Transportation all falls within the Logistics Branch now. There are many MOS positions:
Ordnance: 89E and 91A
Quartermaster: 92A and D
I believe that covers all the Branches for Army Officers. If I have missed anything, please let me know. Please share this with teenagers who have a goal of becoming an Officer in the United States Army. Hopefully, this post can help them decide which Branch would be best for their future.
You can leave any comments, questions or suggestions below. Thank you and have a great day.