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Could You Be a Military Officer?
by John Miller
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If your first response to our quiz title was to snort derisively and think to yourself, “Of COURSE I could be a military officer! Only dummies get stuck as privates.” Well, we may have a thing or two to say about that. First, you have to prove yourself … so drop and give me 20!

These days, it’s awfully easy to make it into the Army. But it’s a different matter if you want to be calling the shots on the battlefield. Officers need substantial schooling and exceptional leadership skills to earn the respect of the men and women they lead into chaos. Do you even understand the process of becoming an officer? How many different paths can you take to officerhood?

Do you know exactly how much education officers need to qualify for the appropriate training courses, and how long those courses last? Can you pick up and leave at your commander’s whims, or do you have other professional duties that would make it hard for you to fulfill your obligations?

Because, see, officers are one of the linchpins of the entire military. If no one’s giving the orders, nothing’s getting done. In times of war or peace, that’s a recipe for a complete internal meltdown.

When the bullets start flying, you’d best hope that your commanding officers were paying attention during their training. It’s quite literally a matter of life or death. So Ten-Hut! Settle in with our quiz and see if you know how to transform yourself into an officer of the U.S. military.

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