Can We Guess How Qualified You Are for a Commanding Officer Position?

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By: Teresa McGlothlin

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

There are a few different ways to become a commanding officer. No matter where you are in your military career, there's a pathway that can lead you to the position you've always dreamed of holding. But are you ready to serve your country in that capacity yet? Once you answer these questions about your qualifications, you'll know if you're prepared to make the move. 

Whether you're becoming a commanding officer through ROTC or West Point, your duties are going to require a lot of attention. You'll need to exhibit a good moral compass, excellent physical abilities and the book smarts of a college grad. Being an officer is a huge responsibility, and you have to show your superiors that you are committed to your path before you can even be considered. 

As you march through our questions, think of them like boot camp for your brain. The answers you provide will decide whether or not you are qualified to move forward with your commanding officer plans. You've worked hard to get where you are, but have you gone far enough to get where you want to go? Share the skills you've learned throughout your career, and find out if you're ready for the job!

Officers are required to have a good moral compass. Do you?

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Can you read a depth meter as well as a Navigation Deck Officer?

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When you took the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test, what was your strongest area?

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Do you currently rank high enough to qualify for the Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) program?

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How far do you think you could run with a 35-pound ruck sack on your back?

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Being bilingual can give you an advantage! Do you speak more than one language?

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How many years of service do you have under your belt?

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Are you a better shot with the standard issue M4 or the M16?

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Is there anything on your record that could stop you from getting secret security clearance?

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Do you have at least 36 more months to serve before you need to re-enlist?

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Have you ever been a member of the ROTC program?

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Do you have a problem spending up to 17 weeks in Officer Training School?

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Would you rather rise to the rank of Air Force General or Navy Admiral?

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Are you a professional in any of the fields that might make you a commissioned officer candidate?

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Do you have a bachelor's degree, or are you planning to get one?

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Which one of the Physical Readiness Test requirements would give you the hardest time?

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Do you have the skills you need to keep track of a platoon's finances?

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If you were given an order that you didn't agree with, would you disobey it?

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When you're in a position of leadership, what kind of leader are you?

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At work, do you always adhere to safety protocols like officers are required to do?

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If a subordinate soldier appeared unkempt, how would you handle it?

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Are your writing skills good enough to recommend an airman for a higher rank?

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You think your battalion is moving inefficiently. How do you fix the problem?

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What is your biggest motivation for wanting to become a commanding officer?

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Which one of these Military Occupational Specialities would you like to learn more about?

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Stryker or Cougar? Which tank would you like to command?

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Could you make it through the 200 situps required for SEAL training?

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Do you currently have a CPR or a first aid certification?

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When is the last time you revamped your resume?

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Would you volunteer to be one of Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown soldier?

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