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Default Who was the youngest modern age commissioned officer?

The previous thread on why college was needed made me think, and I came up with 2 questions.
1.Who, say after WWII would be the youngest person to become a commissioned officer on record?
2.a) Does anyone know if say a Whiz kid graduated a 4 year University at say 18, would he/she be eligible for a commission if they wanted to serve their country?
b.) at 17 if the parents signed, like the enlisted?.

Just thinking and a little insomnia setting in....
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insomnia over here too...

interesting question though. I dont know the answer myself, but I would think that there might be some restrictions preventing even a rotc graduate from becoming an officer that young...
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Requirements for Army OCS:
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College Graduates (Civilian Applicants):
At least 19 and no older than 29 at time of enlistment (applicants ages 30-34 may request a waiver)
United States citizen
At least a 4-year college degree prior to entering the Army
Earn a minimum 110 GT score on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
Meet the minimum height and weight standard ( male& female)
Pass a complete physical at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS)
Able to obtain a security clearance
No more than 10 years’ active Federal Service at time of commission
Be able to meet the normal requirements of enlistment....."
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The previous thread on why college was needed made me think, and I came up with 2 questions.
1.Who, say after WWII would be the youngest person to become a commissioned officer on record?
2.a) Does anyone know if say a Whiz kid graduated a 4 year University at say 18, would he/she be eligible for a commission if they wanted to serve their country?
b.) at 17 if the parents signed, like the enlisted?.

Just thinking and a little insomnia setting in....
David A. Christian was a 2/LT at age 19 (Vietnam)

Dave Hackworth enlisted at 15 and won a battlefield promotion to Captain at the age of 20. (Korea)

Dan Inouye also received a battlefield commission to Captain at the age of 20. (WWII)

George HW Bush was a LTJG at 19, youngest pilot in WWII.

But no one can beat Union Army PVT Joseph Burger, who won the MoH at age 15 and was immediately given a battlefield commisison to Captain (1863).
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Interesting stuff here...I always learn something. Trust Luigi to have facts at his fingertips.

I worked for someone who gained their commission around age 17-18 through OCS, because she had completed her college degree by 16. She had a teaching degree in math, but she was too young to get a teaching position in her state's school system. The Navy was more than happy to commission her at that early age, and she went on to great success. Those of us who worked for her did the math one time from her bio.
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The Army Early Commissioning Program produces 2nd Lts in only two years.
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Awarded MOH for action at Missionary Ridge 11/24/1863/age 18
Major 1/25/1864/age 18
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Timothy C. Fretwell - born 11 April 1985 and commissioned on 25 March 2005. Age 19 years 11 months.
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please add me to the list Graduated Ft. Benning OCS Class 520 December 19th 1945 at age 19 years 1 week. Sent to Philippine Scout Detachment in Manila and served as General MacArthurs guard until August 1946 Discharged as Captain in 1947
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