Service Options

To serve in our Corps is to embrace the responsibility of keeping our nation safe and free. Be it as an Enlisted Marine or Marine Officer, on active duty or in the Marine Corps Reserve, your service option will define how you serve, not who you are. As one of the Few, you will forever be known by the title you earn: United States Marine.

Paths of Service

To serve in our Corps is to embrace the responsibility of keeping our nation safe and free. Whether as an Enlisted Marine or Marine Officer, on active duty or in the Marine Corps Reserve, your service option will define how you serve, not who you are.

SERVICE REDEFINED

Many Marines who have honorably completed their commitment later decide to continue or redefine their service, either on active duty or in the Marine Reserve. There are many opportunities for prior service Marines to continue the warrior lifestyle. Opportunities for prior service Marines include returning to active duty or serving in the Selected Marine Corps Reserve (SMCR), as well as in the Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) program. To get answers to questions about opportunities for those with prior service, request more information.

EXACTING STANDARDS

Enlisted Marines and Marine Officers wear different rank insignia but adhere to many of the same uncompromising standards. To be a Marine, either enlisted or officer, is to represent the very best our nation has to offer. All Marines are men and women who meet and exceed the highest of standards.

ENLISTED AND OFFICER, EVERY MARINE IS A LEADER

Whether enlisted or officer, all Marines embrace the opportunity and accept the responsibility to lead. Honor, courage and commitment form the bedrock of every Marine's character, helping them make sound decisions in any situation. Though the leadership roles of Marine Officers and Enlisted Marines differ, all Marines are guided by the 14 Leadership Traits. Through training and experience, all Marines learn to serve with pride and lead with confidence.

DIFFERENT ROLES. IDENTICAL MISSION.

Marine Officers and Enlisted Marines operate in the same occupational fields. Each field contains multiple Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs), or specific roles in the Marine Corps. Both Marine Officers and Enlisted Marines have opportunities in most fields, but they are trained to take on different roles within a field.