How to Become a Marine Officer?

A marine corps career is one of the most rewarding. Luckily for you, you can become a naval officer through more than two paths. The first path is attending a 4-year national reserve officer training corps (NROTC). The second option involves attending the U.S Naval Academy, where you can get enlisted from a marine to a marine officer.

Below is the analysis of the two ways of becoming a marine in detail:

4-year college/NROTC 

When it comes to college schooling, there are two options you can undertake to become a marine officer. They are:

i. Taking part in the NROTC while in university 

If you take part in the NROTC, you will receive military training corps course while studying for your degree. You’ll also be enrolled for marine corps training courses. After completing your degree and the marine corps courses, you will be commissioned to become a naval officer.

ii. Attending the Officer Candidate School (OCS)

The second option in college is to visit the OCS school. The school trains, screens and evaluates its candidates. The selected candidates must show more exceptional leadership capabilities and qualities to qualify in training. You will then be enrolled at the Basic School (TBS) where you can learn the basic tactics of infantry platoons’ commanders and further knowledge on marine corps. After completing your TBS, you will be assigned your Military Occupational Speciality (MOS), which will be your area of operation. It can be ground MOS, Law MOS or Air MOS depending on the requirements of the Marine corps.

Attending the U.S Naval Academy (USNA)

Attending the U.S Naval academy will require nomination from a congress member of the United States president. The USNA students will occupy midshipmen men positions. These students train physically for seven weeks, naval education, and for moral and ethical development. Once the graduate, the marine corps commissions them to become marine officers. Just like the NROTC way, these graduates must attend TBS before they can be assigned their respective MOS.

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