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

Leadership Traits

EVERY MARINE IS A LEADER

These are the leadership traits that enable Marines to lead with honor, on the battlefield and in the community.

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Leadership Traits

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

Nathaniel Fick

Infantry to Policy Insider

An Ivy League graduate, the head of a Washington think tank and the author of a New York Times bestseller, Nathaniel Fick is successful by most standards but measures his achievements against the highest standard of all-the Marine Corps'.

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Nathaniel Fick

 
 
 
 
 

Ground Combat

Ship-to-shore, air-to-ground, door-to-door—there isn't a force more capable of facing down the threats of our time.

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Logistics

The Marine Corps could not be the expeditionary force in readiness our nation requires without the self-sufficiency our Logistics Combat Element (LCE) provides.

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Aviation

As America's expeditionary force in readiness, the Marine Corps requires a flexible, responsive aviation combat element.

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