Commissioning in the Marine Corps

Starting Your Journey

Earning a Marine Corps Commission is a demanding path filled with academic, physical, and numerous other challenges.  

Deciding what options you want to pursue can be confusing and overwhelming.


We have created pages to explain what to expect in each phase and help guide you in your decision making. As always, if you have questions, please reach out via the Contact Us page or contact your local Officer Selection Officer.


What does it mean to be an officer? Who are we looking for to lead Marines?

Diplomas, age, citizenship, physical fitness, test scores and more required to commission

What programs are available to me and which should I choose? How do I apply?

Talking to your friends and family about the possibility of joining the Marines

How can I get in the right shape to qualify for enlisting in the Marines?

What is an OSO?  How do I find my OSO?  

What are the differences between Active Duty and Reserve careers?  

What contracts options are are right for your career goals and what do they mean?

Understanding your medical examination and review process.

There are some waivers for eligible prospects, but for what things exactly?

The Physical and Mental Preparation for your Journey

You asked, we answered.

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