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

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Combat Element

Air Power

Being the first to fight starts before boots hit the ground, and Marines bring airpower as close as possible to each battle. From the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) to the Close Air Support (CAS), the aviation combat element is ready at a moment's notice.

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Aviation Combat Element

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

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

On this field, nothing is given.

Every inch is earned

100 of the nation's top high school and future NCAA student athletes will compete in this year's Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl®. See how honor, courage and commitment translate on the field in this postseason showdown.

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Recruit Training

Find the willpower you never knew you had, the strength you never knew you needed, bonds that will never break, and a lifelong desire to serve a purpose far greater than self.

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Requirements

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.

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Transformation

Marines are instantly and forever transformed the day they earn the title, but the transformation continues throughout each Marine's time in the Corps.

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    U.S. Marines Aid Against IED Threat - News

    U.S. Marines with SPMAGTF-Crisis Response-Africa completed a training engagement focused solely on detection techniques and safety precautions for improvised explosive devices with service members of the Ugandan People's Defense Force in Camp Singo, Uganda.

     
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    To Serve, Protect: Marines Train to Save Lives - News

    Military policemen with the Provost Marshal's Office responded to an active shooter and barricaded suspect training scenario Nov. 20 at Camp Courtney's Post Exchange and Commissary to practice their tactical skills.

     
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    MARSOC Multi-Purpose Canine Handlers Train for Unforeseen - News

    United States Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC) was born in 2006, during the wake of Operation Enduring Freedom's surge. During their eight years of operating within Afghanistan, MARSOC triumphantly left their footprint in the country's evolution to stability, training and advising Afghan National Army Commandos and eradicating Taliban safe havens.

     
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    A Story On Every Plate - News

    Approximately 50 Marine volunteers with Marine Air Control Squadron 1, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, gave a helping hand at the Yuma Community Food Bank November 26, 2014.

     
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    New Orleans-Based Marines Serve Community With Special Meal - News

    Marines with Marine Forces Reserve visited the Ozanam Inn, a homeless shelter in New Orleans, Nov. 19, 2014, to help serve a special Thanksgiving meal and distribute cold weather clothing to those in need.

     
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    Marine Visits Hometown High Schools - News

    MGySgt Kevin Buckles, Drum Major, United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, visits his alma mater and other schools in his hometown of New Orleans. 

     
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    Marines Present 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl - News

    The Marine Corps has always been associated with top physical conditioning, leadership, strength of character and a tradition of winning. Every Marine is required to possess a sound mind and body to be a part of the elite ranks.

     
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    TRAP Force Supports Inherent Resolve - News

    The Marine Corps grabbed international attention on March 22, 2011, when Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit recovered a downed Air Force pilot conducting missions over Libya.

     
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    Remembering Greeley: The Marine Who Carried His Flag to Iwo Jima - News

    Few events in Marine Corps history are storied as the iconic flag raising on Mt. Suribachi during World War II's Battle of Iwo Jima. The quiet event, starkly contrasting the bloody battle that claimed lives of a third of the war's fallen Marines, later marked a deafening Allied victory and powerfully symbolized the resolve of a nation at war.

     
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    Montford Point Marine Posthumously Awarded Congressional Gold Medal - News

    Friends and family gathered at the National Museum of the Marine Corps to remember their father and a fallen Montford Marine, Cpl Julius B. Foxx, during Foxx's Congressional Gold Medal ceremony, Nov. 14.