Officer candidates choose from one of several paths to earn their commission, the official authorization that appoints them as a Marine Corps Officer.
Whichever path they choose, officers always advance. Both on and off the battlefield, officers lead the way with a sense of purpose and pride. The path
to earning a commission begins with your Officer Selection Officer (OSO), your best source of information regarding your specific circumstances. Your
OSO will also help you decide which career path is right for you. Once you've completed training and earned your college degree, you'll receive
your commission as a Marine Corps Officer.
Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP)
The Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP) allows qualified Enlisted Marines in the regular Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Active Reserve (AR) Program to apply for assignment to Officer Candidates School (OCS) and subsequent appointment to a commissioned officer.
- The ECP is for Marines who have earned a four-year degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university before joining the Corps or during active duty.
- Qualified Marines attend Officer Candidates School (OCS).
- Upon completion of OCS, they are commissioned as second lieutenants.
- Reserve Officer opportunities are available through the Reserve ECP.
Basic eligibility requirements
- Minimum one year active Marine Corps service and at least one year remaining on current enlistment or extension from the date of the selection board
- Marines with a four-year baccalaureate degree
- U.S. citizen
- Be of officer caliber
- Be of good moral character and integrity
- Not previously failed any officer programs
- Min. AFQT of 74
- Min. SAT of 1000 (math and critical reading only)
- Min. ACT composite score of 22
- At least 20 years of age but less than 30
- AR Marines must be approved for augmentation into the regular Marine Corps