The infantry officer is responsible for leading the infantry and combined armed forces during land combat.
- Coordinate the employment of Infantry Soldiers at all levels of command in U.S. and multinational operations
At increasing levels of leadership, an infantry captain’s responsibilities may include:
- Commanding and controlling the infantry and combined armed companies and company-sized units (200 - 300 Soldiers)
- Developing doctrine, organizations and equipment for unique infantry missions
- Instructing Infantry skills at service schools and combat training centers
- Serving as an Infantry advisor to other units, including Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve organizations
Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
Job training for an infantry officer requires completion of the Basic Officer Leadership Courses I, II & III. These courses will emphasize leadership, tactics and technical competence that are common to the infantry. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.
Infantry officers can also volunteer for airborne and ranger school or for specific developmental assignments in airborne and ranger units.
- Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
- Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
- Ability to make quick decisions
- Capable of bearing numerous responsibilities
Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.
Future Civilian Careers
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in fields such as business management. An officer in the Army is closely related to managerial positions in corporations.