During or After College
Marine Officer opportunities are available to students on their way to completing a college degree. Marine Officer programs allow students to continue their college studies while becoming leaders of the world’s most elite forces.
The education of a Marine Officer starts in the summer, during or after college. In 6- or 10-week-long sessions, students learn what they need to earn their commission on the day they graduate.
Becoming a Marine Officer is a way to serve our country while gaining unparalleled leadership training and experience. It is a noble path that affords greater responsibility and advancement than most civilian fields can offer.
Becoming an officer candidate during college gives students direction and purpose: they are no longer simply earning a degree—they're simultaneously starting their careers, whether they will stay in the Marine Corps for life or use Marine Corps skills and values to succeed in a civilian career.
The Marine Officer path is one of continual learning, one that's been called the best leadership and management training in the world. Throughout their service, Marine Officers receive expert training in one of hundreds of Marine jobs as well as world-class professional military and leadership training. They also have access to advanced degree programs that allow them to earn a master's degree or Ph.D.
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