Become a Leader in the
Texas State Guard
“Sometimes the front lines are in our own backyards”
Texas needs strong professional leaders to keep our communities safe. Whether we are responding to hurricanes, supporting our southern border, or assisting healthcare providers during a pandemic, the Texas State Guard (TXSG) is on the front line of protecting Texans, and we depend on strong leaders: our commissioned line officers. Rising through the ranks, commissioned officers become managers and problem solvers. They maintain a commitment to excellence by making critical decisions and leading every mission. The place where they're made is Officer Candidate School.
The TXSG is a reserve component of the Texas Military Department (TMD). Without a prior federal commission, the only pathway to becoming a TXSG line officer is by application, completion, and graduation from the TXSG Officer Candidate School (OCS).
Officer Candidate School is a physically and mentally challenging course designed to transform civilian professionals into strong, effective, military leaders. OCS is an intense leadership training ground. Those who are accepted -- and make it through -- agree it's one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Whether you're a civilian or have prior non-commissioned military experience, OCS will transform you into an effective and productive leader.