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As you ask questions of us, we will post the most commonly asked ones here.
Should I join the Marines?
We can't tell you what to do with your life, but can tell you what you might get out of joining our organization. As a Leader of Marines, we expect you not only to espouse the traditional values you associate with our institution, but also the integrit and character required to lead men and women into combat. We are the only organization that focuses on training each individual officer to be prepared for the rigors of combat leadership and emphasize leadership development at every stage in your career.
When should I contact an Officer Selection Officer?
Depending on where you are in your journey, you can reach out to an OSO at any time.
Can I sign for an MOS when I contract?
Officer contracts are general and have far less flexibility than their enlisted counterparts. Your options are limited to a ground contract, aviation contract, or legal contract.
If I am enlisted and get a Commission, can I go back to the same MOS?
Regardless of what your enlisted MOS was, once you receive a commission, you will have to compete for a new MOS at The Basic School. Competition is based on your performance on all the graded events at TBS and your lineal standing.
How can I become a Marine Officer?
Common avenues to become a Marine Officer are through commisioning programs such as the United States Naval Academy, Navy ROTC Marine Option, OCS, and Enlisted to Officer programs.