Becoming An Officer

The paths to becoming a Second Lieutenant

The Marine Corps has several programs to pursue a commission as an officer.  Whichever path you choose, once you have earned your commission you are appointed the rank of second lieutenant and ready to lead Marines.

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Becoming An Officer

Officer Candidates School

The proving ground for Officer Candidates

The highest level of leadership, a relentless commitment to success, the will to always advance —these are the qualities sought out in Officer Candidates School (OCS). 

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Officer Candidates School

A Title
Well Earned

The Mark of an Officer

The pinning of the 2nd lieutenant bars to your uniform states you've accepted your commission and symbolizes a commitment to your Country, the Marine Corps and the brotherhood of fellow Marines.

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A Title Well Earned

Service Options

Enlisted and Officer

Active or Reserve, enlisted or officer, as one of the Few, you will forever be known by the title you earn: United States Marine.

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Service Options

Our Purpose

A commitment upheld with conviction

We Make Marines. We win our nation's battles. We develop quality citizens. And we continue to stand strong as America's expeditionary force in readiness.

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Our Purpose

 
 
 
 
 

Worldwide Impact

Through service to our nation, Marines make the entire world a safer, better place.

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Roles in the Corps

It is our rapidly deployable, combined arms capability that enables Marines to thrive in any terrain and against any threat.

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A Marine Corps Career

Whether you serve as enlisted or officer, as a Marine you will make more than a living—you will make a difference.

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