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.
Reserve Enlisted Commissioning Program (RECP)
The Reserve Enlisted Commissioning Program allows qualified Enlisted Marines in the Selected Marine Corps Reserve (SMCR) Program to apply for assignment to Officer Candidates School (OCS) and subsequent appointment to a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Basic eligibility requirements
- Enrolled in the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Program (SMCR) with a four-year baccalaureate degree
- U.S. citizen
- Be of officer caliber
- Be of good moral character & integrity
- Not previously failed any officer programs
- Min. AFQT of 74 or Min. SAT of 1000
- Min. ACT composite score of 22
- At least 21 years of age but less than 30
- Qualified to fill an SMCR Officer billet as announced by CMC (Reserve Affairs)
- Corporal or above
- 36 months continuous service in SMCR, or served on AD three or more years, and be currently serving in a drilling unit of the SMCR not on active duty