To even consider a pursuit of this magnitude is admirable, but just as the Marine Corps is not
for everyone—not just anyone can be a Marine. These are the initial questions a Marine Recruiter
or Officer Selection Officer (OSO) will ask to determine your eligibility.



At least 17 years old at time of enlistment
At least 20 at time of commissioning
Has not reached 29th birthday at enlistment
Has not reached 28th birthday at time of commissioning
Citizen of United States
Proof of legal residency
Physical Examination
High school diploma
Bachelors degree
Recruit training at MCRD Parris Island or MCRD San Diego
School of Infantry (SOI) OR Marine Combat Training (MCT) + Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) School
The Basic School (TBS) + Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) School
One of: Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), Platoon Leaders Class (PLC), Officer Candidate Course (OCC) or US Naval Academy


If you don't initially meet every requirement, this doesn't necessarily mean you are disqualified. If you have questions about your eligibility, a Marine Recruiter or OSO can determine if your circumstances warrant a special waiver.

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