Commissioning Programs

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.


To enroll, students must receive a nomination by a member of Congress or the President of the United States. Students, who hold the rank of midshipmen, attend training and classes in Annapolis, MD. Training begins with Plebe Summer, seven weeks of physical training, naval education, and moral and ethical development. The curriculum offers courses within 22 majors in addition to military training. Tuition, housing, and medical and dental care are paid for by the Navy. Only a select number of midshipmen will become Marine Officers. After graduation, these midshipmen receive their commission as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps, then attend The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, VA.

Application & Qualifications

This selective application process includes nomination by a member of Congress, the President of the United States or the Vice President. Each year about 12,000 men and women apply to the Naval Academy, with only 1,400 offered appointments.

To qualify for the Naval Academy, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Official nomination from one of the appropriate sources
  • U.S. citizen
  • At least 17 years old and must not have reached your 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year of admission