Officer ProgramsCommissioning Sources

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There are various ways to become commissioned as an officer in the South Dakota Army National Guard:

 

ROTC

Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) is one of the best college classes you can ever take. It offers opportunities and challenges that really put you in the driver’s seat. By participating in the program, you’ll develop life skills and possess the confidence, motivation, self-esteem and leadership skills to be successful in any career.

The Army ROTC program is a college elective that consists of a combination of academic classes and important hands-on training that will allow you to become an Army National Guard lieutenant. It offers physical and mental challenges geared to help you succeed in college and beyond. More importantly, you will learn teamwork and be given responsibilities like mentoring younger cadets and helping them. In addition to on-campus training, you could be offered instruction in mountaineering, rappelling and orienteering.

Participation in the college-level Army ROTC program takes just a few hours per week. So, it won’t interfere with other academic studies, sports or your social life. As a matter of fact, you’ll find the program is a great place to form lasting friendships.  There are four colleges in South Dakota that offer ROTC program: Black Hills State University, South Dakota State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and University of South Dakota. 

Contact 1LT Jacob Vissia 605-737-6906 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

Officer Candidate School

Officer Candidate School (OCS) is where the officers are made in the Black Hills of South Dakota on Fort Meade. It’s an intense leadership training course, and not everyone’s cut out for it. It’s physically and mentally challenging. But those who are accepted, and see it through, agree it’s one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.

OCS is a great way to enhance your leadership and management skills. Whether you’re a first-time Soldier or have prior military experience, OCS will transform you into an effective leader.

Contact 1LT Jacob Vissia 605-737-6906 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

West Point

High school seniors and enlisted Soldiers can earn an appointment to the United States Military Academy (USMA) or the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS) at West Point. Upon graduation, you will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army and serve for five years on Active Duty.

Contact 1LT Jacob Vissia 605-737-6906 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

Direct Commission

Direct commission is one of the ways to become an officer in the Army National Guard. In this method, a member of the chain of command nominates you for appointment as an officer.

Typically, those recommended for direct commission are people with specialized professional skills or personal qualities that would make them highly effective officers.

For example, someone with expertise in medical, legal, ministerial or technical fields, possibly acquired in their civilian job, might qualify. You could also be nominated if you show outstanding leadership as an enlisted Soldier.

Contact 1LT Jacob Vissia 605-737-6906 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

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