Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!====U.S. Army==== In the [[United States Army]], officer candidates attend either the Federal [[Officer Candidate School (U.S. Army)|Officer Candidate School]] (OCS) at [[Fort Benning, Georgia]], or state [[United States National Guard|National Guard]] sponsored [[military academy|military academies]] (Regional Training Institutes) that follow the same curriculum and requirements. Soldiers who attend OCS are usually prior service enlisted personnel, though civilians with college degrees can enlist and go directly to OCS after basic training.<ref>[http://www.army.com/enlist/officer-candidate-school.html Army.com - Officer Candidate School]</ref> With regard to rank, a U.S. Army officer candidate exists in a gray area. They are enlisted soldiers who lose all rank status when reporting to the course. Regardless of pay grade, candidates are outranked by any course cadre or permanent party enlisted soldiers they may encounter. Although their status does not correspond to a position of authority within the standard U.S. Army ranks, candidates serve in leadership training roles at the platoon or company level. They are addressed as "candidate" by the OCS cadre. During the first few weeks of indoctrination, candidates are treated much the same as a new [[Army recruit|recruit]]. In the final weeks of training, OCS platoons may achieve "senior" status and senior officer candidates may be addressed as "Sir" or "Ma'am" by more junior candidates, but never by other enlisted ranks. The [[U.S. uniformed services pay grades|pay grade]] for a U.S. Army officer candidate is [[E-5 (rank)|E-5]] (Federal OCS), or [[E-6 (rank)|E-6]] (state OCS) on the enlisted pay scale, unless the candidate previously achieved a higher enlisted rank.<ref>[http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r350_51.pdf Army Regulation 350-51 ''United States Army Officer Candidate School'']. June 11, 2001. Chapter 5-2. Retrieved February 9, 2011.</ref> For example, an [[E-7 (rank)|E-7]] who becomes a candidate would continue to receive [[E-7 (rank)|E-7]] pay. The OCS uniform is stripped of the rank patch which is replaced by the letters "OCS." Upon commissioning, a candidate becomes a [[second lieutenant]]. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Military Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Officer_candidate"