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.
Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Educational Program (MECEP)
One of the most common programs Enlisted Marines use to transition from enlisted to officer is the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP). MECEP offers qualified Marines the chance to go to a four-year college full-time, while maintaining active duty status and pay. MECEP is open to all active duty Marines and Marines in the Active Reserve (AR) program who meet the eligibility requirements. Selection is based on an individual's potential for commissioned service as demonstrated by their service record, previous academic record, and evidence of career and academic self-improvement.
- MECEP is for exceptional Marines who have not yet completed their bachelor's degree
- Selected marines will attend a 10-week Officer Candidates School (OCS) course and upon completing will attend a university or college offering an NROTC program
- Upon completion of their degree, they will be commissioned as second lieutenants
Basic eligibility requirements
- U.S. citizen or naturalized
- Sergeant or above
- At least 20 years of age but less than 30 years of age at time of commissioning
- 1000 SAT score (math and critical writing only)
- 22 ACT composite score
- 74 AFQT combined score
- 12 minimum college credits with the following breakdown
- 3 math or science
- 3 english
- 6 any elective
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART) credits and credits earned in high school do not count towards this requirement
- Minimum 225 PFT/270 CFT score
- Minimum three years active service
- No previous failure of any officer program
- Be of good moral character and integrity
- AR Marines must be approved for augmentation into the regular Marine Corps
Requirements are not waiverable except for ages up to 35.