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

Be Well Informed

Meeting an Officer Selection Officer

Speaking with an Officer Selection Officer (OSO) will provide potential candidates more information about the challenging path and commitment that lies ahead in Officer Candidates School.

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Be Well Informed

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

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

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

 
 
 
 
 

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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Roles in the Corps

Marines are ready to transition from mission to mission at a moment's notice.

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Success Stories

Whether leading a mission, a household or a major corporation, a Marine is equipped to succeed.

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