The 15th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry served from September 1862 through 1865 in the Union Army. The Fifteenth Regiment was organized at Flemington, New Jersey in July and August 1862. Three companies were recruited in Sussex County, two in Warren, two in Hunterdon, two in Morris and one in Somerset. The 15th New Jersey lost 272 men killed, wounded and missing at Spotsylvania, Virginia in May 1964.
"Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way". - General George Patton Jr
Education and skills to be a leader
Army Commissioned Officers are members of a unique fellowship that has spanned the history of our nation. From General George Washington and General Ulysses Grant to General Dwight Eisenhower and General David Petraeus, Army Commissioned Officers strive to complete every mission with dedication and excellence. They are entrusted with serving as a model of the Army values as they perform their leadership duties. They serve our nation with dignity and devotion. Commissioned Officers are responsible for completing demanding missions while ensuring the welfare, morale, and professional development of the Soldiers entrusted to them.
Commissioned Officers begin their Army service as young leaders, providing a blend of valuable skills and knowledge. With their self-discipline, motivation, confidence, and judgment, they use their problem solving skills to determine solutions and accomplish the mission. Having the strength to inspire strength in others is the hallmark of a Commissioned Officer.
Paths to becoming an Army National Guard Officer
Officer Candidate School (OCS)
The National Guard depends on strong leaders - its commissioned officers. There are three options to becoming a Basic Branch officer through Officer Candidate School. Choose the best one for you based on your specific circumstances, such as your work and family commitments.
Warrant Officers are commissioned officers who lead as experts in their area of specialty. Before enrolling in Warrant Officer Candidate School, you will need to meet eligibility requirements. If you are currently a member of the Army National Guard, a Reserve Soldier, a transitioning active component Soldier, or a current or former Warrant Officer, you may qualify.
Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
Army ROTC is a college elective that allows you to earn a commission straight out of college as a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard. ROTC consists of both academic classes and hands-on training. These mental and physical challenges will help you succeed in college and beyond.
Comprised of five specialized corps, the Army National Guard's health care team is an elite group of Soldiers and professionals. The Guard can be a great place to start your healthcare career or an inspiring place to lead others with your experience and expertise. Either way, it's an outstanding way to serve your country and help others.
Chaplains are leaders in the Guard, responsible for caring for the spiritual well-being of Soldiers and their Families. They provide advice in matters pertaining to religion, morals and morale. You will minister to Soldiers day to day, performing religious ceremonies, counseling Soldiers during times of crisis and providing a spiritual compass.
Judge Advocate General (JAG)
JAG Corps officers investigate, prosecute and defend those charged with crimes in the military, provide legal advice for Soldiers and work with international contracts. As an officer in the JAG Corps and a practicing attorney or judge, your responsibilities will cover a wide range of practices including military law, criminal prosecution, international law and legal assistance, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Direct Commissions - Basic Branch
The Army National Guard Direct Commissioning Program offers an alternate commissioning source to exceptionally qualified individuals. The Soldier must be nominated and selected for consideration by the chain of command.
For more information on Officer Programs in the New Jersey Army National Guard contact our Officer Strength Manager.