Officer Candidates of Class Number 59 receive their 2nd Lieutenant bars after completing training at the New Jersey Army National Guard's Officer Candidate School at the 254th Regiment in Sea Girt, NJ. Congratulations to all of the New Jersey Army National Guard's newest Officers.
“A good leader must sometimes be stubborn. Armed with the courage of his convictions, he must often fight to defend them. When he has come to a decision after thorough analysis - and when he is sure he is right - he must stick to it, even to the point of stubbornness." - General Omar N. Bradley
Develop the skills to be a Leader
Officer Candidate School
Officer Candidate School (OCS) is an intense leadership training ground. It is physically and mentally challenging, and not everyone is cut out for it. But those who are accepted, and make it through, agree it is one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. It takes a special person with special abilities. One who is mentally and physically prepared to face the constant challenge of command. Whether you are a first-time Soldier or have prior military experience, OCS will transform you into an effective leader.
Besides the pride you'll feel and the respect you will gain, becoming an officer has many tangible benefits too. OCS candidates are promoted to E-5 upon acceptance into the academy. If eligible, OCS candidates may also receive additional education benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill Kicker. OCS graduates are commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the Army National Guard, with a state and federally recognized commission, valid in any state or on active duty. Officers are among a select few with the responsibility of leadership and the authority and freedom to do things on their own. When you're an officer, you have a greater voice in the operation of the Guard.
There are three options for attending OCS, as outlined below. After speaking with the your recruiter or Officer Strength Manager, you will choose the best one for you based on your specific circumstances, such as your work and family commitments.
State Officer Candidate School
Three paths to an OCS Commission
For more information contact our Officer Strength Manager or your local Army National Guard recruiter.