Officer candidates choose from one of several paths to earn their commission, the official authorization that appoints them as a Marine Corps Officer.
Whichever path they choose, officers always advance. Both on and off the battlefield, officers lead the way with a sense of purpose and pride. The path
to earning a commission begins with your Officer Selection Officer (OSO), your best source of information regarding your specific circumstances. Your
OSO will also help you decide which career path is right for you. Once you've completed training and earned your college degree, you'll receive
your commission as a Marine Corps Officer.
Meritorious Commissioning Program Reserve (MCP-R)
The Meritorious Commissioning Program Reserve allows commanding officers to nominate qualified Enlisted Marines in the Corps and in the Marine Corps Active Reserve (AR) Program, who have demonstrated exceptional leadership potential, for assignment to Officer Candidates School (OCS) and subsequent commissioning in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Basic eligibility requirements
- Selected Marine Corps Reserve Program (SMCR) with an Associate level degree or 75 credit hours of actual college work
- U.S. Citizen
- Be of officer caliber
- Be of good moral character and integrity
- Not previously failed any officer programs
- Min AFQT of 74 or Min SAT of 1000 or
- Min ACT composite score of 22
- At least 21 years of age but less than 30
- Must have completed 12 months of reserve service in the Selected Reserve
- At least 12 months remaining on current reserve enlistment or extension on date of application