What to Expect at Army Basic Training and Officer Candidate School


A group of candidates carrying their bags while drill sergeants give them orders

Congratulations, you just made one of the most important decisions of your life — you joined the Army. You’re probably experiencing a mixture of excitement and pride, paired with a healthy dose of uncertainty. Don’t worry; what you’re feeling is perfectly normal. Knowing what to expect can help you feel more prepared and confident.

Your first step will be basic combat training, which will prepare you physically and mentally to become a solider. Next, you’ll move on to specialized training to become an expert in your career field. Or, if you’re on the officer path, you’ll go to Officer Candidate School to learn the essence of Army leadership.

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