Becoming a Marine Officer
Marine Corps Officers are leaders of Marines in many Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs). This is a very select group with a prestigious path: Marine Officers are commissioned by the President of the United States and gain leadership experience far outpacing that of civilian peers.
Becoming an officer doesn't mean a career choice for life. But it can mean the beginning to a career path that gives your son or daughter the best leadership training and experience they will find anywhere.Marine Officers are among the most capable leaders in the world. To join their ranks, your son or daughter must:
- Be a college graduate
- Meet certain academic requirements
- Meet certain physical requirements
- Complete Officer Candidates School
An Officer Selection Officer can give further detail on the eligibility requirements for officers.Officer Candidates School (OCS) is the first test for future Marine Officers. It will evaluate candidates on their leadership potential as well as physical and academic abilities.
- Training takes place during the summer and will not interrupt college studies
- Candidates must pass the Physical Fitness Test, consisting of timed run, pull-ups, crunches and other qualifications.
- Upon successful completion of OCS and their degree, your son or daughter will earn a commission as a second lieutenant, the initial rank of a Marine Officer.
- Tests their tactical knowledge in order to decide, communicate and execute orders for each mission
- Six-month program
- Includes intensive field training and classroom exercises
- Training for each MOS occurs after completion of TBS
- MOSs are divided into three specialties: Ground, Air and Law
- After their first tour of duty, officers take on leadership or staff positions inside or outside their MOS, or they are assigned to a military school.
- Officers also have the chance to pursue a master’s degree or Ph.D.
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