Platoon Leader's Course


  • Training takes place during the summer at Officer Candidates School (OCS) in Quantico, VA
  • College freshmen and sophomores attend two six-week summer training sessions over two years
  • College juniors attend one 10-week summer training session
  • Candidates receive pay and allowances during these sessions
  • Lodging, textbooks, meals and travel costs are paid for by the Marine Corps
  • After graduation from college and completion of Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) at OCS, candidates are offered a commission as a second lieutenant

platoon leader's course

Officer Candidate Course


  • Candidates attend a 10-week course at Officer Candidates School (OCS) in Quantico, VA
  • Candidates are paid while attending OCS
  • Lodging, textbooks, meals and travel costs are paid for by the Marine Corps
  • After college graduation and completion of Officer Candidate Course (OCC) at OCS, candidates receive their commission and begin active duty at The Basic School
  • Reserve Officer opportunities are available through OCC Reserve program, with the same requirements but with service beginning at a reserve location after training


Marine Officers assigned to these positions lead ground operations to support the overall mission. These officers and their Marines exemplify the physical strength and fierce combat capability for which the Marine Corps is known. Officers serve in the following ground specialties:

  • Adjutant
  • Aviation Command & Control Officer
  • Aviation Maintenance Officer
  • Aviation Supply Officer
  • Combat Engineer
  • Communications Officer
  • Field Artillery Officer
  • Financial Management Officer
  • Ground Supply Officer
  • Infantry Officer
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Logistics Officer
  • Military Police Officer
  • Public Affairs Officer
  • Tank Officer


Officers assigned to these positions fly and operate the Marine Corps fleet of aircraft.
This fleet, ready for offensive air support, anti-air warfare, assault support, air reconnaissance, electronic warfare and control of aircraft and missiles, exemplifies the combined arms capability of the Marine Corps.
Officers serve in the following air specialties:

  • Fixed-Wing Pilot
  • Rotary-Wing and Tilt-Rotor Pilot
  • Naval Flight Officer
  • Harrier


    Those who aspire to enter into legal practice as judge advocates must first prove themselves capable as leaders of Marines in the field, as Marine Corps Judge Advocates are Marine Officers first. If your moral, intellectual and physical attributes hold up to our standards, and you are able to lead Marines both in battle and in court, a legal career in the Marine Corps can be your path to noble service in defense of our nation. In the Marine Corps, the practice of law begins almost immediately. While most civilian attorneys spend the first few years of their careers writing briefs and assisting more senior attorneys, judge advocates assume responsibility for their own cases much soonerŲ³erving their nation in a court of law.