Combat Arms

Air Defense Artillery

  • Defending the third dimension of the battlefield the air and space above - is the mission of the Air Defense Artillery (ADA). And it's a continuous mission 24 hours a day, 7 days a week-in both peace and war.
  • With this kind of responsibility, it's easy to understand why the training of an Air Defense Artillery officer is so critical.
  • Your training will begin with the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course. During ADA Officer Basic Course officers receive training in both SHORAD and HIMAD weapon systems with emphasis on the PATRIOT missile system.  Upon completion of this training, officers are equipped with the technical and leadership skills that are needed to be successful Air Missile Defense officers.
  • Your training will include both classroom instruction and field exercises to prepare you for your first assignment.
  • With faster, more sophisticated aircraft being developed daily, the role ADA will play in defending our country will become even more challenging and demanding.
  • And for the young, bright, ambitious officer who makes ADA his/her career, the sky's the limit.


  • The heritage and spirit of the United States Horse Cavalry lives today in Armor. And although the horse has been replaced by 60 tons of steel driven by a 1500HP engine, the dash and daring of the Horse Cavalry still reside in Armor.
  • Today, the Armor branch of the Army (which includes Armored Cavalry), is one of the Army's most versatile combat arms. And it's continually evolving to meet worldwide challenges and potential threats.
  • Being a leader and a manager of men and equipment in Armor is challenging and demanding. An Armor officer learns to develop into a competent, professional combined arms leader capable of employing tanks, armored and air cavalry, mechanized infantry, artillery, engineers, and Army aviation, all supported by a flexible and swift communications network and a highly mobile and responsive combat service support system.
  • As he progresses in rank, he develops skills which encompass the entire range of combined arms operations and leadership responsibilities. He manages training, funds, fleets of vehicles, equipment, maintenance systems, and much more.
  • Without a doubt, the Armor branch offers a bright, ambitious young man an excellent opportunity for advancement to senior levels of responsibility.


  • It takes a lot of people to keep the Army flying. We need aviators to fly aircraft, mechanics to fix them, and air traffic controllers to guide them safely through the sky.
  • And you can be an officer with this team of young, bright, ambitious professionals who make up the Aviation Branch.
  • Army Aviation officers play key roles in combat, combat support, communications, logistics, and intelligence operations.
  • But to be an Army aviator, you need more than a desire to fly.
  • You need strength to lead, the composure to keep cool under pressure, and the overwhelming desire to succeed. To say the Army's flight training program is tough is an understatement. It is probably the most mentally challenging and emotionally draining education you will ever experience.
  • But as you achieve each important milestone from your first solo flight through to graduation day, you will feel a new sense of accomplishment and pride.
  • The role of Army Aviation is dynamic and growing. The sophisticated high tech experiences gained in Army Aviation will provide you with personal fulfillment.
  • You will find the career as an Aviation Branch officer very rewarding. Living and working on the cutting edge, you will be constantly challenged to be the very best you can be.

Corps of Engineers

  • Combat Engineers have been a vital and inseparable element of the combined arms team since the battle of Bunker Hill. They are the first in and last to leave a battle. Virtually all engineer officers receive troop leading experience in combat, construction, or topographic engineering units before branching out into such fields as civil works, military construction, environmental engineering and other specialties.
  • Combat missions for engineers include: bridge building and destruction; minefield emplacement and breaching; obstacle/fortification emplacement and reduction; and other tasks requiring specialized engineer skill and equipment. Construction engineers build and maintain roads, airfields and facilities to support combat operations. Topographic engineers provide the terrain depiction products and analyses that give maneuver commanders an edge in battle.
  • After appropriate and successful troop experience, engineer officers may be sent to graduate school to specialize in construction management and other disciplines culminating in command of engineer districts and divisions involved in water resource and other domestic and overseas infrastructure projects, or construction and maintenance of military facilities.
  • Being an Army Engineer is challenging and important work. A career in the Engineer Regiment is filled with opportunities for bright, ambitious young people who want to build a successful career.

Field Artillery

  • The Field Artillery is the Army's Fire Support branch the "King of Battle". Its leaders must destroy, neutralize or suppress the enemy by cannon, rocket, or missile fire, and integrate all supporting fires - Field Artillery, tactical air, Naval guns, Army aviation and mortars - into combined arms operations. Field Artillerymen put "Steel on Target" in the right places, at the right time and in the right proportions to assure the success of the maneuver commander's plan- a task that requires thorough understanding of maneuver and fire support doctrine, tactics, and techniques.
  • Field Artillery lieutenants serve as cannon, rocket or missile platoon leaders, company fire support officers and battery fire direction officers. Later as captains, they may command a firing battery, serve as battalion fire support officer, or staff officer at battalion, brigade or division artillery level. If you're looking for leadership challenges and the opportunity to work with the most sophisticated equipment available, join the "King of Battle".


  • The Infantry forms the nucleus of the Army's fighting strength.
  • Its mission: To maintain a state of readiness in preparation for combat worldwide. Often described as the "best lay psychiatrist in the world", the infantry officer must savor the challenges that come from total involvement with his soldiers. He must know his men, their problems, their needs - and get them all working together.
  • First and foremost, he must be a leader. A real leader.
  • Besides being platoon or company commanders, infantry officers also get a taste of staff work, such as liaison officer, supply officer, etc.
  • At higher levels, the command responsibility increases, and the infantry officer is continually given the opportunity to attend courses and prepare for the next level of responsibility.
  • Infantry is one of the biggest challenges the Army can offer. Whether for one term of service or a 30- year career.

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US Army Branch

The United States Army is categorized into a number of specialized branches; each with its own mission. Each is then further designated as a combat arms, combat support, or combat service support branch.