Marine Officer MOS List

The following list focuses mainly on the designators you can receive coming out of The Basic School. In some cases, your designator may be slightly different until you finish your MOS school. For example, as a Communications Officer you will be an 0601 (Basic Communications Officer) until you finish the course at which point you will be an 0602.

Adjutant Officer – 0180

Adjutants coordinate administrative matters for Marine Corps staff sections and external agencies at the staff level. They ensure that every Marine in their command has administrative resources both for day-to-day tasks and long-term career progression. Adjutants supervise the execution of administrative policies. They receive and route correspondence, preparing responses to any special correspondence. They also manage their unit’s legal matters and monitor fitness reports, among other administrative duties.

The Adjutant Course
Camp Lejeune, NC
25 days

Intelligence Officer – 02

Entry-level Marine Intelligence Officers will be given specific training within one of the following disciplines: Ground, Human Source, Signals or Air Intelligence. These officers will gain unique opportunities for leadership, deployment and training. Once the rank of Major is attained, all of the disciplines merge together as the officer becomes a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Intelligence Officer. After three years of experience and completion of MIOC (MAGTF Intelligence Officer Course), you will be designated as a MAGTF Intelligence Officer, with leadership opportunities in both joint and Marine Corps billets.

Ground Intelligence Officer – 0203
Infantry Officer Course
Quantico, VA
12 weeks

Scout Sniper Platoon Commander Course
Quantico, VA
3 weeks

Ground Intelligence Officer Course
Dam Neck, VA
6 weeks

Human Source Intelligence Officer – 0204
MAGTF CI/HUMINT Basic Course
Dam Neck, VA
18.5 weeks

CI/HUMINT Managers Course
Dam Neck, VA
4 weeks

Signals Intelligence/Ground Electronic Warfare Officer – 0206
Signals Intel Officers Course
Dam Neck, VA
24 weeks

Air Intelligence Officer – 0207
Aviation Intel Officer Course
Dam Neck, VA
8 weeks

Infantry Officer – 0302

Infantry Officers are central to the role of the Marine Corps as an expeditionary force. They are responsible for training their Marines for every variety of ground combat mission in any environment. They gather and evaluate intelligence on enemy forces, develop offensive and defensive battle plans and command their infantry unit’s use of weapons and equipment.

Infantry Officer Course (IOC)
Quantico, VA
10 weeks

Light Armored Vehicle (LAV) Leaders Course
School of Infantry in Camp Pendleton
6 weeks

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Logistics Officer – 0402

Logistics Officers have a high degree of visibility due to their critical role in planning strategies for every major unit in the operating forces. They perform a variety of duties including coordinating the movement of Marines and equipment from ship to shore to forward operating bases. This MOS allows officers to develop long-range projects, manage the supply chain and analyze data and performance.

Logistics Officers Course
Marine Corps Combat Service Support Schools (MCCSSS)
Camp Lejeune, NC
55 Days


Communications Officer – 0602

Communications Officers are the backbone for command and control of operating forces in the Marine Corps. They are responsible for the planning, installation, operation and maintenance of data, telecommunications and computer systems. On the battlefield, officers must be able to quickly establish communications capabilities. This MOS requires officers to stay informed of rapidly evolving technology involved in their day-to-day duties.

Basic Communications Officer Course
29 Palms, CA
19 weeks

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Field Artillery Officer – 0802

Field Artillery Officers lead Marines in tactics, gunnery, gun-line drills, communications, maintenance, transportation and logistics. They provide close-fire support for infantry, armored reconnaissance and tank units. Their first assignment is to a firing battery within an artillery battalion, while future roles include fire support officer, fire direction officer, platoon leader and battery executive officer.

Field Artillery Officers Basic Course
Fort Sill, OK
19 weeks

Combat Engineer Officer – 1302

Combat Engineers lead Marines in route reconnaissance, demolitions, mine and countermine warfare, obstacle emplacement, breaching and construction. Engineering is divided into four categories: mobility, countermobility, survivability and general engineering. Officers find themselves performing many missions, such as building a bridge or repairing a medical clinic in a disaster-struck third-world country.

Basic Engineer Officer’s Course
Camp Lejeune, NC
9 weeks
55 days

Tank Officer – 1802

The Tank Officer brings firepower to the battlefield, commanding Marines in M1A1 tanks and providing recommendations for the tactical employment of tank units to unit commanders. Typically, the Tank Officer spends the first 14 months as a tank platoon commander and is stationed at either of the two active duty tank battalions, ready for deployment.

Tank Officer Basic Course
Fort Knox, KY
17 weeks

Amphibious Assault Vehicle Officer – 1803

AAV officers command, or assist in commanding, assault amphibian (AA) units, provide recommendations to the supported unit commander for the tactical employment of AA units. AAV officers also direct AA units on maneuvers, tactical problems, and in combat.

Amphibious Assault Vehicle Course
Camp Pendleton, CA

Ground Supply Officer – 3002

Ground Supply Officers lead and train Marines in coordinating the equipment and material for mission requirements. They supervise the purchasing and contracting of supplies, manage budgets and develop spending plans. Their role ensures that Marines worldwide are properly equipped.

Ground Supply Officers Course
Marine Corps Service Support Schools
Camp Lejeune, NC
8 weeks

Financial Management Officer – 3404

Financial Management Officers are in charge of financial issues, such as managing budgets and disbursing operations. Officers who work in the finance section coordinate military pay and travel, while the comptroller side consists of budgeting, accounting and leading internal reviews.

Financial Management School
Camp Johnson, NC
5 weeks

Public Affairs Officer – 4302

Public Affairs Officers communicate the mission and interests of the Marine Corps to diverse stakeholders. These officers answer questions and inform the media of Marine Corps stories and events. They fulfill requests for aircraft, military bands, color guards and speakers. In addition, they write articles, publish base newspapers and manage websites. This profession is relatively small in respect to other MOSs but has a significant supporting staff role among all levels of command.

Public Affairs Officers Course (PAOC)
Defense Information School
Fort Meade, MD
8.5 weeks

Judge Advocate – 4402

Soon after becoming a Marine Corps Judge Advocate, you will be given the responsibilities of maintaining your own caseload and advising Marines on legal issues. Additionally, the training you receive as a Marine Corps Officer will prepare you to be a leader, both inside the courtroom and out.

Military Police Officer – 5803

Military Police Officers provide essential support to their commanding officers with all facets of law enforcement. Officers begin this MOS either on-base, providing security and law enforcement, or on deployment, supervising maneuver and mobility operations and internment operations, as well as providing area security and law enforcement.

Military Police Basic Officers Course
Fort Leonardwood, MO
9 weeks

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Aviation Maintenance Officer – 6002

Aviation Maintenance Officers supervise the maintenance of aircraft and aviation equipment. Their duties ensure that all Marine Corps aircraft are ready to fly to support any mission. These officers are in charge of aircraft inspection, managing technical training and administering safety programs.

Aviation Maintenance Officer Course
Naval Aviation School
Pensacola, FL
10 weeks

Aviation Supply Officer – 6602

Aviation Supply Officers make critical decisions concerning budget, inventory management, deployment, personnel and other support matters. They serve in the Aviation Supply Department at any one of the 11 different Marine Aviation Logistics Squadrons (MALS), all dedicated to keeping Marine aircraft ready and safe.

Aviation Supply Officer Basic Qualification Course
Newport, RI
14 weeks

Aviation Command & Control – 72

Officers in Aviation Command & Control serve as either Air Support Control Officers, Air Defense Control Officers or Air Traffic Control Officers. The primary functions of these MOSs include directing the interception of hostile aircraft and coordinating employment of surface-to-air-missiles, coordinating air support missions and directing activities related to air traffic control and airspace management.

Low Altitude Air Defense – 7204
Low Altitude Air Defense Course
Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School
29 Palms, CA

Air Support Control Officers – 7208
Air Support Control Officers Course
Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School
29 Palms, CA
12 weeks

Air Defense Control Officers – 7210
Air Defense Control Officers Course
Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School
29 Palms, CA
12 weeks

Air Traffic Control Officers – 7220
Air Traffic Control School
Pensacola, FL
16 weeks

Pilots and Naval Flight Officers – 75

Naval Flight Officer – 7578 (Student)

Naval Flight Officers (NFOs) operate the advanced weapons and electronic systems on board F/A-18 Hornets and EA-6B Prowlers. The division of labor between the pilot and the NFO allows the pilot to focus on flying the aircraft and the NFO to focus on the weapons systems. The NFO often has the best situational awareness of the battlefield, and at times leads entire aviation missions.

A book to help you start studying for the Aviation Selection Test Battery.

Aviation Preflight Indoctrination
Pensacola, FL
6 weeks

Primary Flight Training
FL, TX or OK
22 weeks

Advanced Flight Training
Pensacola, FL
14-49 weeks

Flight Student – 7599

Fixed-wing Pilot

Marine Fixed-wing Pilots fly some of the most advanced aircraft in the world. These officers perform essential functions of Marine Aviation—assault support, anti-air warfare, offensive air support, electronic warfare, control of aircraft and missiles, and aerial reconnaissance—to support missions around the world.

Aviation Preflight Indoctrination
Pensacola, FL
6 weeks

Primary Flight Training
FL, TX or OK
22 weeks

Advanced Flight Training
TX, MS or FL
14 – 49 weeks

Rotary/Tilt Rotor Pilot

Marine Rotary-wing and Tilt-rotor Pilots fly aircraft in coordination with ground forces to execute the missions of the Marine Corps. These officers and the aircraft they command may be ship-based or shore-based. Tilt-rotor Pilots’ missions mirror that of Rotary-wing Pilots, combining transport capability with speed capability similar to that of Fixed-wing Pilots.

Aviation Preflight Indoctrination
Pensacola, FL
6 weeks

Primary Flight Training
FL, TX
22 weeks

Advanced Flight Training
Whiting Field, FL
27–44 weeks

231 COMMENTS
  • Joseph
    Reply

    What about pilots and naval flight officers.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      I will add those in. Thank you.

      1. Lily
        Reply

        What about Tactical radio operator?

        1. USMC Officer
          Reply

          0621 – Tactical Radio Operator is an enlisted billet. On the officer side, you could be an 0602 Communications Officers and be in charge of a platoon of 0621’s.

          1. Lily

            How long is MOS School for Tactical radio operator? My fiancé is going to do that specialty.

          2. USMC Officer

            I believe it’s around 4-6 weeks, but it’s also common to wait a month or two before being able to get into the course. Overall, expect him to be in 29 Palms for 2-3 months before getting his first duty station.

          3. James

            The Communications Officer Course is 19 weeks.

          4. Ryan Grasso

            Can you be a officer and a sniper

          5. USMC Officer

            No, but you could be a Scout Sniper Platoon Commander if you go the Ground Intelligence path.

  • Elizabeth
    Reply

    I know some of the ones I cannot do as a female but could you add which ones are restricted?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      The MOSs that come to mind are: field artillery, tanks, AAVs, ground intel, and infantry. However, there is currently a studying being conducted that allows female Marines to go through the Infantry Officers Course (IOC). If you graduate, you will NOT become an infantry officer. It is only a study as of right now. Last I heard, they need about 100 female Marines to attempt the course in order to have a baseline of statistics suitable to present to congress.

      Let me do more research before I mark the female restricted MOSs.

      1. Nicole
        Reply

        Any update on this question? I appreciate your taking the time to research this topic prior to answering.

        1. USMC Officer
          Reply

          At this moment studies are continually being conducted. A huge exercise was recently completed to determine whether females could perform to the same standard as males in various MOSs.

          The last official update was MARADMINS Active Number: 589/14
          FEMALE MARINES WITH THE MOS OF 13XX WILL NOT BE ASSIGNED TO COMBAT ASSAULT OR THE COMBAT ENGINEER BATTALIONS, PENDING THE RESULTS OF THE MARINE CORPS FORCE INTEGRATION PLAN (MCFIP) RESEARCH EFFORTS. ADDITIONALLY, FEMALE MARINES OF ANY MOS WILL NOT BE PERMANENTLY ASSIGNED TO INFANTRY REGIMENTS, INFANTRY BATTALIONS, RECONNAISSANCE BATTALIONS, FORCE RECONNAISSANCE COMPANIES, LIGHT ARMORED RECONNAISSANCE (LAR) BATTALIONS NOR MARINE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMPANIES. HOWEVER, THEY MAY BE ATTACHED TO SUCH UNITS ON A TEMPORARY BASIS AS PART OF PARENT UNIT DETACHMENTS FOR SPECIFIC MISSIONS. THEY MAY BE DEPLOYED WITH THEIR PERMANENTLY ASSIGNED UNITS AND MAY BE ASSIGNED TO INDIVIDUAL AUGMENT BILLETS.

  • Anthony
    Reply

    What is a Marines Officer job, that is closely related to computre science?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Communications and Signals Intelligence are the closest you will get. However, remember that an officers job is to lead, mentor, and inspire. Don’t expect to be the Marine establishing the data network in the middle of nowhere. Your Marines do that and you lead.

      1. Anthony
        Reply

        So as an Officer are we taught any skills in that field that we chose to go in. Or do we just lead marines and and make decision for as leader for marines. Thank you for you replies.

        1. USMC Officer
          Reply

          Officers are expected to be proficient in all areas related to their MOS. Yes, you will learn a lot of skills. For instance, the Communications and Signals Intelligence courses are 6 months long. If your Marines are physically setting up the communications infrastructure your the one planning and designing it.

    2. Jeremy
      Reply

      Anthony, while the communications officer position is the closest entry level officer job, there is a family of occupation specialties that you may enter mid-career. These include Data Systems Specialist (8846), Data Systems Manager (8848), and Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (8858). All three require you to be selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA; this is a competitive process, so not all officers get this opportunity. Entry into all 3 depend more on your undergraduate academic performance in STEM more than your initial job in the Marines. 8846 and 8858 are heavy in technical CS and space systems classes while 8848 has several tracks that blend business management curriculum into the mix.

      The other thing to be aware of is the growth of jobs in MARFOR Cyber Command. The USMC is developing, along with our sister services, cyber capabilities which include offensive and defensive network operations. Officers will have a place in these units. Bottom line – the Marines are looking for talent and if you are interested in CompSci as an academic field, there are viable paths if you have what it takes.

      1. Daniel
        Reply

        Jeremy, in response to jobs in MARFOR Cyber Command, do you know if the selection process is the same as for other Officer MOSs, meaning you list your top MOS preferences and receive one based on performance, or does it have a more direct selection process? I was not able to find out much information online regarding it.

  • Jason
    Reply

    How long is logistics school for officers?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      55 days

  • Brianna
    Reply

    can females become a military police officer ?
    and do they work with K-9 dogs ?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Yes, females can be Military Police Officers. Your unit may have dogs, but you would not be a handler. There are Marines specifically trained to handle dogs.

  • Conner
    Reply

    I don’t see any combat MOS besides infrantry, are officers not allowed to be special forces or do combat besides infantry?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Combat arms are generally considered to be infantry, artillery, tanks, AAVs, and combat engineering. Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) is a separate entity that you can transition into from various MOSs.

  • Greg
    Reply

    I want to be stationed in the Pacific sector (Okinawa) is there a particular mos that can get me stationed there?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      There is no guarantee; however, it’s more likely if you end up in a higher density MOS (e.g., communications, infantry, logistics.

    2. SupO
      Reply

      Greg, if you want to go to Okinawa it shouldn’t be a problem. As long as you clear medical screening pretty much anyone who asks for Oki gets Oki.

  • Scott
    Reply

    Would a degree in Environmental Sciences be applicable to an Intelligence Officer?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      The great thing about the Marine Corps is they teach you everything you need to know to be proficient in your MOS. If you want Intel, get a good standing at TBS and you will be successful.

  • Samuel
    Reply

    I was told that my color vision deficiency would bar me from Infantry officer, and obviously aviation. Is there some sort of guide for what I can do with that? My first choices were Aviation and Infantry but I would still be interested in say, armored operations.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      From what I know, all combat arms are restricted to color deficient individuals. Support MOSs such as supply, logistics, public affairs, adjutant, etc., should be open. You would have to confirm with a recruiter/OSO.

      1. Marshall
        Reply

        I am color blind, but still made it into communications.

      2. Marshall
        Reply

        Basic Communications Officer Course has moved to 29 Palms, CA

  • Mike
    Reply

    Question, what rank would a marine need to be to have the mos or assignment of Battery Training Office in the 12 Marines. Could you be a Sargent/ E-5 ?
    Thank you

  • Charity
    Reply

    My top pick for my dream sheet would be communications. Based on your previous responses, you mentioned that the Marines would train me regardless of my undergraduate. However, are there things that I could do that would increase my chances of being selected for a comms slot? You mentioned doing well at TBS would increase one’s chances if getting their desired MOS. However, usually pilots that get slots are already getting their private pilot license (PPL) or doing extra curricular activities. Is there anything that is similar for the communications field?
    Thanks for your time. Best!

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      There will be a lot of Comm slots, and not a lot of people who want it. Put it as #1, don’t suck too bad, and you will get Comms.

  • Sophia
    Reply

    Hi I was wondering what the best officer MOS would be for me if I don’t want to have an office job or in other words be a “paper pusher”. I know there are limited options since I am a female. Thank you

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Unfortunately, all officers are “paper pushers” to some degree. Be the officer that you want to be. There is nothing keeping you in the office except yourself. If you want to get out and do stuff with your Marines then PLAN FOR IT!

  • Joseph
    Reply

    Is there any MOS’s that require officers to be on the ground fighting with fellow enlisted marines?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Infantry will put you closest to the fight, but you will never be the one kicking in doors.

  • Garrett
    Reply

    Sir,
    As a new LT that has not yet reported to TBS but is being required by MOL to give a primary MOS, what do I put? It specifies for recruits(8011), but not candidates.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      8001 is the Ground Contract designator

  • Rachel
    Reply

    Hello,
    I’m about to start ROTC in about a week. Eventually I want to be a JAG officer. It’s my understanding that I can’t do JAG or go to law school until after I’ve served active duty for five years. Until I go to law school, in your opinion, what MOS would best aid a legal career?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      In my opinion, there is no officer MOS that would aid you in becoming a JAG officer. However, all officers will likely act as investigators early on in their careers. It wouldn’t be unusual for a new officer to get to their first unit and be tasked with doing a Preliminary Inquiry (PI).

    2. Tom
      Reply

      You don’t have to serve active duty for five years in order to qualify.

  • Taylor McGregor
    Reply

    DO combat engineer officers in a CEB see time in demolition and minefield clearing much? Also can you commission into a CEB from Marine NROTC?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      To be more accurate, you could absolutely commission from NROTC, and then receive orders to a CEB out of TBS. However, to become a Combat Engineer you must be competitive at TBS, because it is a low quota MOS and 20-40 of your peers will likely have it as #1. My class had over 50 Marine officers put Combat Engineer in their top 5.

  • Rhett
    Reply

    As an infantry officer, will you go into combat with your enlisted men?

    -Life Goals: Graduate highschool this year, PLC program in college, graduate, become a US Marine-

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Great officers and great enlisted men and women have died in combat. Exposure to danger and combat situations is an inherent part of being a Marine whether officer or enlisted and is not exclusive to a particular MOS. As an infantry officer, you will go where your Marines go. The same holds true for “most” MOSs.

      1. Brandon
        Reply

        How many mos’s can you pick? 3 choices?

        1. USMC Officer
          Reply

          You rank ALL of the MOSs in a list (excluding lawyers and pilots). It’s not uncommon to hear someone say they got their 10th, 15th, or 20th choice.

  • Michelle
    Reply

    What would Amphious armed vechicles be under and where would that school be at?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      It falls under tanks, but the course is in Camp Pendleton.

  • Braiden
    Reply

    7210 Officers attend the Air Defense Control Officer Course, a 12 week course held at the Marine Corps Communication Electronics School in 29 Palms, CA. Additionally, the 7204 Low Altitude Air Defense Officer MOS is missing from the list. Their school is also held at the Marine Corps Communication Electronics School in 29 Palms, CA.

    1. Alisha
      Reply

      Anyone know how long 7204 LAAD MOS school is supposed to be?

  • Jarrett
    Reply

    I want to become a MISO is there a way to do this right out of TBS or will I have to wait and apply?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      No, MISO is not an assignment out of TBS.

  • Derek
    Reply

    Do adjutants 0180 and comptrollers 3404 deploy less? Do they also have a chance to work on ships? Thanks.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Yes, they can absolutely deploy on a MEU (i.e., work on a ship). They will usually deploy with their units, so it depends on where you end up. I met a comptroller who deployed with over a million in cash. His job was to patrol with infantry/reconnaissance units and use the money to gain information and help the populace.

  • Alex
    Reply

    Is there on and off base housing for families at infantry officer school at Quantico or are barracks mandatory?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      For IOC/TBS, if your married, you will get BAH (~$1850 for a 2ndLt) to find a place out in town to live. You will also get a room in the barracks that you will be required to stay in some nights.

      If you want to live on base you can apply for it. Although, you will forfeit the BAH. There’s a lot of places to live for significantly less than $1800 so I would suggest living out in town and pocketing the extra money.

  • Nicole
    Reply

    Are there any Officer options that allow me to work with chemicals and biologicals? I’m in an NROTC program and plan to commission that route.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      The closest thing would probably be Combat Engineering since you deal with explosives. However, you won’t be dealing with chemicals directly.

  • Mr.Lofton
    Reply

    I’m currently about to get out the army and thinking about joining the marines. My overall goal is to work for the secret service or DIA. Before making my final decision, would you recommend the enlisted route or officer route to gain better experience and skills.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Having no Secret Service/CIA/FBI experience. I don’t think I could offer a valuable opinion.

  • Jarrett ware
    Reply

    Is aviation ordinance officer a job you can get out of TBS

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Aviation Maintenance only.

  • Alton Martin
    Reply

    When did Communication Officer MOS change from 2502 to 0602 and why the change?

    1. Major Brent W. Baum,2502
      Reply

      Comm Officers used to be known as “commodity” officers, like supply and motor transport. Consequently they were often left out of the planning loop until the last minute. The complexity of modern communications systems deployed in rapidly changing combat environments demands that commanders have a well integrated command, control and communication system.The 06 designation brought the CommO into a full staff position where they are critical to planning, executing and achieving the mission. process.

  • Blair Mooney
    Reply

    I would like to be an Infantry Officer (0302) but I am not sure what my grades have to be to get a NROTC scholarship.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      I don’t think there is a minimum GPA requirement to apply. I had a 4.2 when I got the scholarship back in 2009. Scholarships are getting increasingly competitive with budget cuts kicking in. Here are the MINIMUM test scores you need to apply (you only need to take one):

      SAT: 1000 Combination of Math and Critical Reading Only
      ACT minimum composite score of 22
      Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT): 74

      The selection board also considered PFT score, extracurricular activities, etc. The best thing you can do is talk to your local OSO. They will know what kind of profile is getting scholarships these days.

      1. Liam
        Reply

        Thank you first and foremost for doing this thread sir.
        I am seriously considering making a career as a USMC Officer, with that being said, I do have a criminal record. My OSO ensured me that there are proper waivers available to clear me through to PLC. I am a college sophomore at the moment. My question to you sir; would my criminal record (no violent charges/felonies/heinous crimes) affect my career down the line in the Marine Corps.

        Thank you very much for your time sir, I have learned very much by reading this page.

        -Liam

        1. USMC Officer
          Reply

          The only impact it may have latter on is if your trying to obtain a Top Secret (TS) security clearance. So, you can basically count Intelligence MOSs out as being an option. Obtaining TS is an in-depth process and a I’ve seen people get denied simply because their in-laws were not U.S. citizens. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. If you get a waiver, it shouldn’t ever come back to bite you except for what was mentioned.

          1. Liam

            Good to know from someone with experience on the subject. Thank you for your time sir, you are doing a great thing helping out all the people on this thread.

  • Jeremy
    Reply

    I wish to become a logistics Officer (0402) but I must ask which classes in collage I should take, and which collage. to further improve my chances of getting and performing such a job. If all else fails I would like to become an Infantry Officer, if possible could the classes apply to both jobs? Thank you if you can or can’t give me an answer.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      MOS selection is based on your performance at TBS. Your degree/classes have no impact on the selection process. If you want logistics do well at TBS. It is a highly desired MOS, but there are usually 20-30 slots available.

  • Jeremy
    Reply

    Not exactly what I meant, to put what I meant in other words. What classes would help with my performance on the TBS? And could you list the collages that offer such classes?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      I have most of the TBS classes on this site: https://www.usmcofficer.com/the-basic-school/training-phases/
      However, academics only make up about 30% of your grade. Leadership is 40% and military skills in another 30%. There’s really no way to prepare for the majority of the challenges you will face at TBS.

      Great questions! I’m going to write another article with more detail. Check back later.

  • Diego
    Reply

    I’m not sure whether I want to be in the Marine Corp my entire career or just stay in for a little bit. If I do stay in my entire career, I want to be a MARSOC officer. If I decide I do not not want to stay in, I still want to become an officer, but I want a MOS that will help me get a really good job outside of the military. I know air traffic controllers make a lot of money. What else would be a good choice. Thank you very much. I’m leaving for boot camp on the 30th of November. Semper fi!

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Air traffic controllers do get a lot of great certifications. Most career paths have a similar civilian counterpart. It just depends on what you want to do for the rest of your life.

  • Thomas scott
    Reply

    I have a question what MOS should I seek that would match my undergraduate degree in political science and my masters from the citdal in International politics and military affairs. I want something with intelligence.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Intelligence is highly competitive and will require a good ranking at TBS. Your degree won’t have any impact on the selection process.

  • Allen
    Reply

    If I were to apply for Ground Intelligence Officer (0203), what should I expect to be doing? Why I go out and qualify as a sniper? I heard that I would be placed in charge of a siper/recon unit. I also heard from a former marine on an online forum that I would be placed incharge of the unit but that I would mostly be off to the side.
    Also, as I progress what should I expect to be doing?

  • Tracee
    Reply

    If I am going to a four year college to be an officer. Would I have to take the majors and study for that specific officer job? or can I take any major and still go in as a officer? I am planning to be a PAO.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Major doesn’t have any impact on the selection process. Study whatever you want.

  • Jesse
    Reply

    Ultimate goal is to make Recon Marine Officer. Is 0302 standard pathway or would be leg up to pursue 0203 intel as it is more rigorous/broad training? I know Recon must be earned but need advice on how to pursue from square one please sir?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      There are several ways to Recon/MARSOC. You can get there from almost any MOS. Recon/MARSOC needs communications, logistics, intel, etc. just as much as the rest of the Marine Corps. 0302/0203 are both great options as well.

      1. Jesse
        Reply

        Thank you sir for your time. If I pursue Ground Intel as reserve officer in hopes to become a recon marine after training is completed, what happens next after completion of OCS, TBS and MOS schools for Intel (Infantry, scout sniper, and ground intell)? My nearest USMC reserve station is 4th Logistics Group in Springfield Oregon 222 miles or 3 hr 52 minutes drive so will I end up reporting here and if so under what MOS or the 4th Force Recon BN in Alameda CA is 369 miles (6hr 38 min) would I report there? I am isolated in Northern California between the two and a long way from both. In my case, as a reservist how does this work for me and the corps?

        1. Jesse
          Reply

          Sorry sir, poorly written above. My main confusion is the RESERVE option. What base will I report to? Do I have to choose an MOS according to the USMC reserve base that is nearest home for me? Would I be required to move my family to be closer to a base appropriate for 0203 MOS or will the corps fly me where I need to go for Drill and summer training? And also, can I even pursue Recon/MARSOC as reservist. Thank you in advance!

          1. USMC Officer

            I don’t have enough knowledge regarding reservist to answer your questions. I think it’s very unlikely that you will be able to pursue Recon/MARSOC/Intel as a reservist.

  • Reed
    Reply

    I’ve got a few questions about the reserve opprotunities for officers in the Marine Corps. I know major doesn’t effect what jobs you can do but as far as more difficult degrees do they take that into consideration for the boards when viewing GPA. My GPA is currently 3.3 for Electrical Engineering which is one of the harder degrees at my school to obtain. From what I’ve heard for the boards to be competitive you need a 3.0-3.5 is that true? Also last I saw Marines can only pilot in the reserves if they’ve already been an active duty pilot, is that still the case? I am currently in the Marine Reserves as a 1341 and am using my Montgomery G.I. Bill, as a reserve officer are their additional benefits for education; I want to get my masters/doctorite at some point in my life. Thanks in advance!

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      I don’t know the stats from the boards, but from my experience 3.3 is competitive.

      I’ve never heard of a flight contract for a reservist.

      There are absolutely higher education programs for officers. You can try and get into the Naval Postgraduate School as well.

      1. Reed
        Reply

        I appreciate you getting back to me so quickly! In that case how long of a contract do people usually sign for active duty pilots in the Marine Corps? From what I’ve read it tends to be 8-10 years? I don’t know if thats accurate or not however? If you sign an aviation contract you’re guarentee’d a shot at getting that MOS is that correct?

  • Jesse
    Reply

    Sir we spoke above and I could not ‘reply’ again so new thread, I apologize for so many questions. You last said, “you think it’s very unlikely that [I] will be able to pursue Recon/MARSOC/Intel as a reservist” and that is totally understandable. In that case if I end up choosing active duty would that be 4 year commitment as officer? and would I be able to resign contract in Reserves after completing active tour? I only ask as I have a wife and two kids and I don’t think I will have their blessing on this service commitment if it becomes a career for me. Thank you sir!

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Yes, it’s usually a 4 year commitment with an additional 4 years in the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). Being in the IRR is like being a civilian, no drill, no uniforms, no haircuts.

  • Jacob
    Reply

    What officer mos(s) are assigned to ANGLICO?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      None, as far as I know.

      1. Jeremy
        Reply

        Artillery, infantry, and pilots with strike backgrounds all have billets in ANGLICO units. These are typically officers who demonstrate combat proficiency with directing fires by serving in a combat support unit, fires control team, or joint air tactical air control positions.

  • ????
    Reply

    Can you first become an officer and then move into investment banking?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Strange question. Once you get out you can do whatever you want.

  • Jake
    Reply

    I’m looking into applying for OCC in the future. I am interested in the MOS’s in Aviation Command and Control, especially Air Traffic Control (although I like the sound of them all). However, I have color deficiency in my vision and cannot pass the Ishihara test (the one with the numbers and dots). My color vision is something that doesn’t restrain me though. I can tell colors apart and wouldn’t have known I was even color blind if not for that test. Is there a different color blindness test that they administer for those hopeful for Aviation Command and Control careers? Thanks.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Not as far as I know.

  • Juan Garcia
    Reply

    I am still contemplating on either being a Combat Engineer(1371) or a Combat Engineer Officer(1302). Advise on how to choose?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Do you want to go to college? If so, I would say go the officer route if leading Marines is something you aspire to do. However, the officer route will not guarantee you a slot as a Combat Engineer.

  • Markos
    Reply

    Not sure if this question was asked or not but is the Intel MOS available to reservists? And are there any MOS that Marine Corps Officers can’t do as reservists?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      I personally don’t know anyone that has gotten Intel and been a reservist.

  • Kashka Tabajonda
    Reply

    Would a degree (BS) in Criminal Justice have any impact as a Military Police Officer or Communications Officer?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      It is not taken into consideration during the MOS selection process. The Marine Corps will teach you what you need to know to be proficient in your MOS. If you have prior knowledge, it just makes the training process easier for you.

  • Pistola
    Reply

    What are the MOS’ that are usually the most available out of TBS?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      You can get an idea on this page

  • Drew
    Reply

    With low performance scores at TBS what are the most commonly assigned MOS?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      A low ranking can still get you a highly desired MOS because of the way they do quality distribution. The only exceptions are going to be the Intel MOSs and some of the other low density fields.

  • Gean
    Reply

    Hey,
    I am wondering how I can get stationed in quantico or in the Virginia area. Do I get to pick where I want to be stationed? Or what MOS should I be looking into?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      You get to put in preferences for duty station: West Coast, East Coast, or Overseas. The East Coast includes Quantico, but it is VERY UNLIKELY that you will get stationed there as a first duty station. In my class of 200 we had 1 person get Quantico.

  • Christian
    Reply

    Sir, if i become an infantry officer would i be “pulling the trigger” at any point because i wanna fight like my Marines to a certain extent.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      I can you that you will get to fire a lot of weapons at The Basic School and Infantry Officer Course. Aside from that, it’s really going to be dependent on your unit, and the type of training YOU develop for the platoon. With that being said, Marines want an officer to lead them, not get in their way.

  • Mike
    Reply

    What officer MOS would you suggest for someone who has always wanted to become a marine officer but doesn’t want their mother to kill herself worrying about me being on the front lines? I’ve been thinking about joining after I finish graduate school but I don’t want my mother worrying herself to death thinking I’m going to be kicking in the doors of terrorists and enemy’s of our country. I want to do anything to serve my country, but I also want to respect my mother considering she is extremely important to me and she’s the one who brought me into this world. I know being a marine entails that there is always the possibility of danger, but are there MOS’s that might give my mother some ease at night? If so, could you suggest some for me to look into?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      There are MOSs that are perceived as being less dangerous, but the reality is that a Marine in any MOS can deploy. If your looking for something that sounds less dangerous then Adjutant, Comptroller, and Public Affairs fit that profile. That doesn’t mean they won’t deploy to combat zones, or be in dangerous parts of the world.

  • Andrea
    Reply

    Good afternoon Sir,
    My son just completed TBS and was assigned logistics for his MOS.
    Can you please tell me some of what his responsibilities might be?

  • Brad
    Reply

    Sir,
    How do MOS selection work after TBS for reservists? Thank you for your time.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      I’m not exactly sure how it works. I do know that a lot of reservist end up getting Communications.

  • Kashka Tabajonda
    Reply

    How does the MECEP (Marine Enlisted Commissioning Educational Program) Work? I am highly interested in this path because it was recommended to me. In addition to that, I want to know how would that work out as a Combat Engineer (1317) or Artillery.

    Thanks.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      MECEP is going to be a long and competitive road to becoming an officer. Your looking at 5+ years in the enlisted ranks before being eligible to even apply. If becoming an officer is your end goal then getting a degree first and doing OCC is a much better option. Or, doing PLC while enrolled in college. MOS selection is done at The Basic School once you have commissioned. There is absolutely nothing you can do right now to further your chances of getting a specific MOS (unless you want to be a pilot).

      1. Kashka Tabajonda
        Reply

        For the Platoon Leaders Course, How will that be essential towards a career in the USMC? Right now, I’m a High School Student and a part-time Community College student. My goals now, Is to enlist after I get my AS to gain some experience before heading out to the officer route. I currently have no intentions of being a Pilot. However, I want to know what would be the best course in my position.

  • DaVionta
    Reply

    I am very interested in the marine corps military police MOS. But within that i would like to be a military Police K-9 handler. Is there a way to be an officer and be a K-9 handler without being enlisted

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      No. As an officer, your focus will be on understanding all of the capabilities available to you (e.g., K-9’s) and knowing how to properly employ them to accomplish the mission.

  • william
    Reply

    Are the any MOS restrictions for officer candidates who are colorblind?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      You would be unqualified to be a Naval Aviator or Naval Flight Officer. You would still be eligible for ground MOS’.

  • Cairo
    Reply

    I’m trying to get into the U.S. Naval academy for the Marine Corps to become a JAG, now i don’t know if USNA provides Law. My question is do i have to attend a law school if they don’t or does they Corps provide classes?,

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      If you go to the Naval Academy your only guarantee is that you’ll be a Navy Officer. During the final year at the Naval Academy, Midshipman get to apply for other options such as Marine Officer, Navy/Marine Pilot, Navy/Marine Lawyer, etc. If you get selected to be a Marine Lawyer you would then go to law school after graduating and commissioning. The Marine Corps does not pay for law school, it’s on your own dime. Once you graduate law school you go to The Basic School and after graduating from there you will hit the fleet as a JAG.

  • Jon
    Reply

    I want to be Helicopter Pilot in the future and I was wondering if you are JUST a pilot or are you going to be responsible for other Marines sometime in your career?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      You won’t have Marines for several years while in training, and when you do their not going to be large platoons.

  • Michael
    Reply

    Within the Intelligence Officer MOS does one get to choose whether they get ground, human, etc.? Or are they assigned based on the needs of the Corps?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      You can compete for four intelligence MOSs at The Basic School: Signals, Human, Ground, and Air.

  • Gean
    Reply

    Hey ,
    Im leaving for OCS in september 2016 . Looking into places that marines get stationed. Would you happen to know if there any places near chicago, illinois that they would possiby get stationed?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      It’s unlikely that you would get stationed at any of those locations for your first tour. Possibly for your second tour if you want to be an officer recruiter.

    2. USMC Officer
      Reply

      It’s unlikely that you would get stationed there for your first fleet tour. Possibly for your second tour if you want to be an officer recruiter.

  • Seth Wills
    Reply

    Hello sir, I just wanted to start off by saying thank you for your service and all the information you have been providing. I’m 19 years old and currently planning to start the PLC course and after my military career I plan to become a California Fish & Game Warden. I want to get a bachelors in Environmental Science and I was wondering if that would relate to a certain MOS. I’m having a difficult time choosing a MOS and was wondering if the PLC training will help me determine my choice or if you may have some suggestions. All I know is the military is what I have always wanted to pursue, all aspects and challenges of the Corps I admire.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Seth,
      Your degree has NO impact on the MOS selection process. PLC won’t help you decide, but after PLC you will go of The Basic School for Basic Officers Course. During those 6 months, you will have the opportunity to meet with Marines from every possible MOS (over 20 possibilities). Around month 4 is when you put in your preferences. The selection process is based on your ranking and performance at TBS. You are competing against your peers!

      Good luck at PLC. Train hard and never give up!

      1. Seth Wills
        Reply

        Thank you sir, much respect.

  • Seth Wills
    Reply

    Thank you sir, much respect.

  • Rodney
    Reply

    I was wondering what the responsibilities of a scout sniper platoon commander were and how obtain selection for that course.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      You would compete for the Ground Intelligence Officer MOS at The Basic School.

  • Joshua S.
    Reply

    As a MAGTF Intelligence officer what type of things would someone be faced with..
    Like what type of responsibilities and task would one be faced with as a MAGTF intelligence Officer?

  • Tony
    Reply

    I noticed that logistics was a highly sought after MOS, but ground supply, and aviation supply highly undesirable. In your personal opinion, why is that?

  • Larry
    Reply

    quick question: The location of the additional schooling per MOS is listed here, but is there any way to know where you will possibly be stationed after the school. I’m looking to be stationed on the west coast, but I know the MOS schools on the west coast don’t necessarily guarantee West Coast stationing.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      No. It all depends on where there are open positions.

      1. Larry
        Reply

        Is there any way of knowing the amount of open positions prior to selecting the MOS? Will the CO or anyone else release this information by request?

      2. Larry
        Reply

        Is there any way of knowing the amount of open positions per MOS prior to selecting the MOS? Will the CO or anyone else release this information by request?

        1. USMC Officer
          Reply

          Yes, you will get a breakdown of how many slots there are for each MOS.

  • DLE
    Reply

    Sir, are there MOS’s in the Officer Corps that promote faster than others? I know in the enlisted community there are…

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Generally no. You will go from 2ndLt to 1stLt after 2 years time in grade. After about 2 years as a 1stLt you will get a number which indicates when you will promote to Captain, and that number is based on performance at The Basic School. From Captain to Major and beyond, it’s based on board selections. There are rank caps for certain MOSs, but those are at the General officer level.

  • Larry
    Reply

    Back again! Do you have any insight on the new tattoo policy. I’m awaiting the status of a tattoo waiver, but the policy was changed in the midst of the approval. Under the new policy, I am within regs. Will this affect my waiver approval or need for a waiver?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      It’s going to depend on where in the administrative process your waiver was at. If it comes back denied, you can resubmit and have it reviewed under the new policy. If it comes back approved then you are good to go. Once a tattoo is documented and waived it becomes grandfathered into whatever the policy was at the time. That’s why you’ll see old Gunnery Sergeants with full sleeves on both arms!

      1. Larry
        Reply

        Good to go. My waiver actually hot approved a couple of days after posting this. Not sure which policy it was filed under, I’m just happy to finally have signed my contract. Thank you sir.

  • Jeff
    Reply

    I am very interested in Becoming a Human Source Intelligence Officer (0204) I believe. I know that after you complete TBS you make a list of your preferred MOS, but is there anyway to garuntee what MOS you will be assigned? Any info you can provide on the MOS selection process would be very helpful. Thanks.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      The #1 ranked Marine in their TBS class is guaranteed their first choice MOS. Everyone else, except for flight/law contracted Marines, are at the mercy of the selection process. In my opinion 0204 is the single most competitive MOS. My class had 2 slots and over 50 Marines had it in their top 5. I believe the two that got the slots were ranked in the top 10 of our Company.

  • Tannaer
    Reply

    What is the ” easiest ” officer job and the most strenuous officer job.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Being a Marine officer is tough no matter where you end up. Infantry is physically challenging. Communications is intellectually challenging. Pilots are tested in all sorts of ways. Adjutants have incredibly stressful work and little room for error. At the end of the day, most of your time is going to be spent taking care of Marines no matter what MOS.

  • Tanner
    Reply

    Also is there anything different about being an officer with glasses. Or not 20/20 vision?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      No. Unless you want to be a pilot.

  • Tanner
    Reply

    Sir,
    I was wondering how you can go in the reserves as an officer and if not what the best choice would be for less of the action on the battle areas?

  • Steve
    Reply

    Hello,
    I am doing some research into my family and trying to figure out some info regarding my grandfather Major Charles Offutt’s USMC service. The only thing o can find out from my grandmother is that he was in aviation as a back seat gunner, and then shifted to recon photography during the Cold War. From my understanding his job was to fly low and fast to get shot at and photograph the AA guns so clean up crews could come wipe them out. Do you possibly know what aircraft that would have been and what his MOS might have been. Or do you possibly have a site that I could find his service on? I appreciate any info you might have on this, thanks much.

    Respectfully,
    Steve

  • Tanner
    Reply

    Sir,
    How would you get in to OCS or PLC and how long would it be till you become a Second Lieutenant.

    Sincerely,
    Tanner

  • Christian Salveti
    Reply

    Scout Sniper?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      You can be a Scout Sniper Platoon Commander if you go Ground Intelligence

  • David
    Reply

    What is the least wanted MOS

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Most don’t want administrative type MOSs like adjutant or comptroller. But those are also low density MOSs, so the few that do want them are still competing with each other.

  • Jackson
    Reply

    My brother is a Lance Corporal in Security Forces stationed at 8th and I waiting for his presidential clearance to come through. I also would like to obtain the clearance, and be apart of Security Forces but as an officer. Is that possible?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      In short. No.

  • Tia
    Reply

    Hello,

    I’m thinking about becoming either a logistics officer or military police officer. I was wondering what kind of experience would a person like me need to be a military police officer?

    Thank you for your service to our country

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      No matter what your background is, the Marine Corps will teach you how to do your job. So if MP is what you want, work your butt off to get it.

  • Daniel
    Reply

    Can you put embassy security guard officer and scout sniper platoon leader on here, please.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Embassy Security Guard is not an MOS. It is a special duty assignment that is rarely available to officers. Scout Sniper Platoon Leaders are sourced from Ground Intelligence Officer. You have to first go Ground Intel and then compete to move to Scout Snipers.

  • Chris
    Reply

    What is the difference between an Infantry Officer and a enlisted infantryman?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      As an Infantry Officer, you are in charge of an Infantry Platoon that contains Infantry Marines (new gender neutral official MOS title).

  • Hannah
    Reply

    I am currently in a community college with a 3.9 gpa and I want to transfer to a 4 year to earn a bachelor’s degree to become a Marine Officer. I can’t afford a University without going into debt, so I was wondering if and what types of programs I could follow to have a paid for by the military education before becoming an officer.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Through the NROTC program you can get a full ride scholarship with a monthly stipend for living expenses and yearly stipend for books. More information on applying can be found here.

  • Moshe
    Reply

    Can you switch from one Mos to another.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Yes, in a sense. There are numerous programs that allow you to change MOSs or transition to a different community. For instance, a few officers can get picked up for flight school and become pilots. You could go to the Naval Post Graduate school and become a Foreign Area Officer (technically your MOS doesn’t change, but you don’t do anything in your MOS as a FAO), and then there’s Marine Corps Special Operations.

      Bottom line, don’t expect to be able to change MOSs as an officer, but if you dislike your field there are opportunities to do something else.

  • Moshe
    Reply

    Can a Marine Officer become a navy seal.

  • Moshe
    Reply

    What are the pros and cons of infantry Officer and aviation and which one of these two Mo’s do you reccomend in terms of leadership and command.

  • Alec Barrowcliff
    Reply

    Good morning sir,
    I noticed the length of IOC is longer for ground intel than infantry officers, what is the reason for the length difference ?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      I’m not completely sure. I’ll leave the question open for infantry/intel officers to answer.

  • Joseph
    Reply

    Is it possible to enlist in the Reserves, and as you’re going through college, go to PLC or OCS and commission Active Duty?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Yes, it is absolutely possible and common.

  • Javier E.
    Reply

    I am interested in becoming a Combat Engineer Officer. I am curious though about the day to day duties as well as the most combat I should expect?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      The day to day for an officer can be summed up to 1) Taking care of Marines (legal matters, financial issues, personal lives, counselings, etc.) and 2) Planning
      With regards to combat, it’s going to be dependent on so many factors that it isn’t even worth discussing. If you want to be an officer, take things one step at a time and don’t worry so much about the future.

  • Steven
    Reply

    Good evening sir,

    I have been thinking of applying to ocs and I am currently employed by a financial company. I have a background in finance/business management, I noticed that the corps has financial management mos’s. Are those positions typically more favorable by some reservists or so many not really know of them? My last question really has to do with deployment. If given the opportunity for that type of mos, what is the likelihood that you would get deployed?

    Thank you for your time!

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Hi Steven,

      MOS selection will be based on your performance at The Basic School. There’s usually only one or two slots for Comptroller so it does end up being competitive. Marines in all MOSs can be deployed. It’s more dependent on what unit your part. There are budgets to be maintained everywhere we go!

  • Steven
    Reply

    Good evening sir,

    I have been looking into applying for ocs. I currently work for a financial institution and hold a bachelors in business management with concentration in finance. I understand that the corps has mos’s in finance. How often are those sought out by potential candidates? My last question pertains to deployments. If given an opportunity for that type of mos, how likely is it to be deployed?

  • Rojas
    Reply

    Anything for 0370?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      You can’t get to MARSOC straight out of TBS. There are other pipelines to become spec ops.

  • Nick L
    Reply

    Clearly a lot of weight is put on PFT performance, and as such I was wondering what your personal experience was preparing for it before ever heading off to become a marine?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      The Marine Corps will be implementing new standards starting in 2017 that you should read up on. Most officers will max out the crunches and pullups. Best advice there is to do them every day. To this day, I crank out 200-400 pullups a week and 500+ crunches. Just do 50-100 pullups 3-4 times a week in small sets and 100 crunches every time you wake up. For the run, I recommend trying out one of Hal Higdons training programs. It’s what I use the months leading up to a PFT.

  • Schuyler Brock
    Reply

    Sir,
    I am relatively proficient in four different languages and can learn new languages very quickly and easily. I have wanted to go into linguistics for the military, but I’m not seeing that as an option above. Is that an enlisted position only, or is there an MOS which would include learning and using a new language? I know CI could be an option, but are there any other jobs besides that?

    Thank you.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      There’s no officer MOS related to language learning. However, you can become a Foreign Area Officer (FAO) later on in your career. More info can be found at http://www.faoa.org/FAO-What-is-a-FAO

  • Sgt Roc
    Reply

    Good Day Sir,

    I am unsure if this question was already asked. At what stage in TBS are the officers assigned the MOS?
    Respectfully,
    Sgt. R.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      About a month before graduation.

  • Bryann
    Reply

    I plan on being a structural engineer and becoming a marine corps officer. I want a mos that will make me use my college degree extensively and act as an engineer. What mos should i do for that?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      The closet thing I can think of is Combat Engineering, but you’ll probably only use a small percentage of what you learned in school. Being a Marine officer means your mostly focused on leadership, developing training for Marines, and administrative work.

  • John
    Reply

    Good Afternoon,

    Is Infantry Officer a popular selection, therefore making it unlikely to get that pick in TBS? Unless you do well in TBS.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      The staff will usually only select those they believe can make it through Infantry Officers Course. If your a PT stud, you have a much better chance.

  • daniel braden
    Reply

    How about METOC Officer, 6802? How competitive is this field?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      That’s a Navy specialty, not Marine.

  • Luciano
    Reply

    The last I heard from my gf was mid October she said she was in Afghanistan headed to i believe the border of Iraq? She said we were not going to be able to talk for a while because there wasn’t going to n any survice she said she was going to write me if I wrote her I’ve sent her a letter every month since we last talked in mid October and I have not heard anything from her at all nore have I received any letters. I would really just like to know if she’s ok and if she is still working?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      You should contact the Family Readiness Officer for your friends unit.

  • Ryan
    Reply

    How does Job selection work for officers? I plan on applying for ROTC within the next couple months. Is it similar to enlisted where you sign a general field contract such as 02xx or 03xx?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      For officers there are “Ground” contracts and “Air” contracts. With ROTC, everyone starts out as a Ground contract and they can apply for Air during their Junior/Senior years. Ground contracts compete for MOS selection at TBD.

  • Hayley
    Reply

    Is there any marine officer MOS that work mostly on ships

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      No, but you can get billets later on in your career that has direct involvement with Marine / Navy integration.

  • Henry
    Reply

    I’m a senior getting ready to graduate Spring 2017. I am considering USMC Officer Reserve. I want to complete my Masters soon. Are there any case where there’s flexibility that would allow me to complete OCS, TBS, and MOS School during the summers when I am not school?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      OCS can be done during the summers. There NO option for doing TBS/MOS school on weekends. You will have to complete those while on active duty and after completing MOS school you get stationed at a reserve unit.

  • Thomas
    Reply

    Good Afternoon,
    Are there any MOS Roadmaps created for Warrant Officers and fully commissioned officers by chance? I know they exist for the enlisted side but, was not entirely sure on the “O” side? Thanks.

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Each Warrant officer field has a career path unique to the field. If you are currently enlisted, I would recommend you read the MARADMIN on requirements to apply for a Warrant officer commission.

  • Amanda
    Reply

    What officer pilot jobs are there

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      While at flight school you compete for the type of aircraft you want to fly C-130, UH-1, AH-1, AV-8, MV-22, CH-53’s, RQ-21, etc.

  • Ian
    Reply

    When you meet with you OSO, did you bring up a list of MOS placements you wanted? What are the chances of getting the MOS that you want?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      You compete for MOS at The Basic School. The only options your OSO can present to you are Ground contract and Air contract. Air contract means you want to be a Pilot or Naval Flight Officer. Ground contract is everything else.

      1. Ian
        Reply

        Great. Thank you, sir.

  • robert rameriez
    Reply

    How difficult is it to acquire a law contract? Are judge advocates respected? Do they have differing options for ascension after tour 1?

    Thank you

  • Nicholas
    Reply

    Is it possible for a newly commissioned officer with prior enlisted time to be an LDO within their current MOS?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      No. The LDO career path has its own selection process.

  • Kenneth
    Reply

    For 02xx MOSs, I was told that by although I am US citizen birth, by having foreign born parents born in a “high risk country” (think China, Iraq, Russia) I am automattically disqualified because I cannot get an interim TS/SCI for intelligence MOS school. Is this true and if so, is there a work around?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Yes. It is more difficult to get a TS/SCI if you have parents or even in-laws that came from other countries. If they are not U.S. citizens, or hold dual citizenship you won’t even get looked at for an 02xx MOS.

  • Tyler
    Reply

    On average, per class, how many slots are usually available for ATC (Air Traffic Control) and what are the qualifications to qualify for such a slot?

    1. USMC Officer
      Reply

      Usually only 1 or 2. There are no special qualifications. You compete as you do all the other MOSs.

  • Tanner
    Reply

    Sir,
    If you have amblyopia of the right eye does it hinder you from going in to OCS or any other military services?

  • Bryann
    Reply

    What tasks does a human intelligence officer do involving indigenous people in foreign lands, what work goes into being a human intelligence officer, and what jobs in the private sector are you eligible for?

  • Ian
    Reply

    Hello again, Sir.

    If a candidate, for whatever reasons, is taken out of his OCS Program, what would the process to reapply be?

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