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

Graduation

A finish line. And a starting point.

For twelve arduous weeks you are known and treated as a recruit. It is only after every demand has been met that a senior drill instructor will stand eye to eye and address you, and your platoon, as a Marine. 

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Graduation

Leading Marines

Officer Service Options

Active or Reserve, Officer candidates must complete Officer Candidates School through various paths as well as six intense months at The Basic School. This is where one is instilled with the confidence to stand in front of—and in charge of—elite warriors.

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Leading Marines

Operation Moshtarak

2010/Afghanistan

See the largest offensive campaign of the war in Afghanistan, filmed on the front lines by the Marines fighting on them.

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Operation Moshtarak

Eagle, Globe
and Anchor

An honor that is earned

There is no greater symbol of the Marine Corps legacy than the Eagle, Globe and Anchor (EGA). The emblem represents the nation we defend, our global presence and our naval heritage.

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Eagle, Globe and Anchor

 
 
 
 
 

Enlisted

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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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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Reserve

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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