Joel A. Silva has graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
During the 14 weeks of training, the officer candidate received "basic soldiering" instruction in leadership, professional ethics, soldier team development, combined arms tactics, weapons defense, combat water survival, squad drill, intelligence, field training exercises, and navigation, maintenance, communications, staff and general military subjects, and physical training and conditioning.
The candidate was tested on leadership skills and team work abilities required of a commissioned officer. The student utilized acquired skills to function in "leader and follower" positions in squad and platoon sized elements in a stressful and demanding field environment.
Silva, a transportation officer, is assigned to the Infantry Training Brigade, and has served in the military for 10 years.
He is the son of Deborah J. Silva of Portsmouth, R.I., and grandson of Anthony Amerantes of East Providence, R.I.
His wife, Elizabeth, is the daughter Alice Pleasnick of Norwalk, Ohio.
The lieutenant graduated in 1995 from East Providence Senior High School, and received an associate degree in 2005 from Jefferson Community College, Watertown, N.Y.