What is an Officer?

Commissioned officers are the leaders of the Army. The officer plans and directs the organization, assigns tasks to subordinates, and sees that the work is accomplished to the highest standard. Commissioned officers are also supporters and problem solvers. They make decisions quickly, always focusing on completing the mission successfully and showing respect for their subordinates. Commissioned officers lead from the front and adjust to environments that are always changing. To be a Commissioned officer is to be respected as a Soldier, an inspiring leader and a servant of the nation. In addition to exhibiting self-discipline, initiative, confidence and intelligence, Commissioned officers are physically fit and can perform under physical and mental pressures. They are judged by their ability to make decisions on their own and bear ultimate moral responsibility for those decisions.

First day on the job?

Even the most junior officer routinely has forty or more soldiers working directly under his or her control. In the corporate world it could take years or decades for an individual to achieve that level of responsibility.

Over the years, three words have become the hallmark of what it is to be an Army Officer. Those words are Duty, Honor and Country. No matter what their specific duties are, or where they serve, these three words embody what it is to be an Army officer.