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Cadets request their branch, or career field, at the beginning of their senior year in their degree plan. Unlike soldiers, who have a specific job, officers are assigned to career fields and will have several different jobs over the course of their service. Cadets compete on a national order of merit list for their choice of branch, as there are only a certain number of openings per branch per year. In 2018, 100% of our seniors received one of their top 3 branch choices, and all but two received their first choice.
Adjutant General's Corps
Home: Fort Jackson, South Carolina
People are the Army, more than 460,000 in the Active Army alone. To manage our most valuable resource, the Army has a series of personnel management systems. These systems impact on unit readiness, morale, and soldier career satisfaction, and cover the lifecycle management of all Army personnel. The Adjutant General's Corps runs these systems.
The AG Corps officer is responsible for both peacetime and wartime personnel systems. These systems cover all personnel activities from accession of new soldiers, to discharge and retirement. While AG officers train to operate specialized wartime personnel systems such as replacement operations, strength accounting, casualty reporting, and postal, they must also operate the peacetime personnel system on a day-to-day basis. Being an AG officer presents varied challenges to solve real personnel problems.
Development of the AG Corps officer parallels that of other branches in offering both Basic and Advance Courses in the Adjutant General's School. AG Corps officers can expect a wide variety of assignments, ranging from a battalion staff officer to commander of a Personnel Service Company. AG Corps officers can be found at all levels in the Army, in virtually every country in the world. All AG Corps officer skills are open to women.
The AG Corps is a dynamic and ever changing branch that has the tremendous responsibility of operating the Army's personnel support systems. It is the right choice for a bright and energetic young person who is people oriented.
Air Defense Artillery
Home: Fort Sill, Oklahoma
The Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Officer leads the air defense artillery branch at all levels of command. ADA officers manage modern complicated military computers on complex networks, communications equipment systems, and radars in order to provide warning, detection, and protection for armed forces from aerial attack, missile attack, and aerial surveillance. ADA officers are responsible for the tactical employment, command and control, and the airspace management of air defense artillery missile and gun units. They must be an expert in tactics, techniques and procedures for the employment of air defense systems.
They also become experts in one or more of the following systems: the Patriot/THAAD missile system; the AVENGER/Stinger Manpad Missile and Counter-Rocket, Mortar, Artillery (C-RAM) system; associated radars; and command and control computer systems.
- Coordinate the Air Defense target engagement process in joint and multinational operations
- Employment of Air Defense Artillery Soldiers at all levels of command
- Evaluate intelligence and identify targets; perform real-time status reporting during combat
- Collect, integrate and process tactical battlefield information from multiple users and sensors through a network of Army and Joint-service automated battle command systems
- Air Defense Artillery tactics, techniques, procedures, and air battle strategy
Home: Fort Moore (Formerly Fort Benning), Georgia
The heritage and spirit of the United States Horse Cavalry lives today in Armor. And although the horse has been replaced by 60 tons of steel driven by a 1,500 HP engine, the dash and daring of the Horse Cavalry still reside in Armor.
Today, the Armor branch of the Army is one of the Army's most versatile . And it's continually evolving to meet worldwide challenges and potential threats. Armor officers are responsible for tank and cavalry/forward reconnaissance operations on the battlefield. The role of an armor officer is to be a leader in operations specific to the armor branch and to lead others in many areas of combat operations.
- Command the armor units and combined armed forces during land combat
- Coordinate the employment of armor Soldiers at all levels of command