Marine Officer Berkeley

Marine Officer Berkeley www.marines.com (1.) This is not an enlisted or reserve program. You do not go to boot camp to become an officer. (2.) (3.) Officer Programs are 100% voluntary.
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You must remain a full-time college student and complete your degree in order to be commissioned. Due to this requirement, disenrollment from college will result in disenrollment from the program. You are not obligated to serve in the Marine Corps until you graduate from college. Upon graduation, an officer candidate must freely and willingly accept their commission as a Marine officer. The U.S. M

arine Corps is one of the world’s most elite military organizations. Founded in 1775, the Marine Corps currently employs approximately 186,000 Marines and prides itself on core values of honor, courage and commitment. Leadership, tradition, camaraderie and service to country are the building blocks of what makes the Marine Corps a unique experience. The Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) and Officer Candidate Course (OCC) programs are two paths for civilian college students to earn a commission in the Marine Corps. A student must be a full-time college student (freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior) or college graduate to qualify for the program. We offer a competitive salary and benefits. 30 days paid vacation and 10 federal holidays each year. Medical, dental and vision care are provided to all service members (and their dependents) at no cost. Substantial retirement benefits are available and vary depending years of active service. Service members are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill for graduate/professional education after serving 3 years on active duty. Financial/Tuition assistance is available up to $8,000 per year. This page is dedicated to facilitating the mission of USMC Officer Selection Station (OSS) Berkeley, CA. OSS Berkeley's mission is to answer questions, provide information to, and ultimately select the young men and women who will become officer candidates. Please use this page to seek and pass on knowledge about the Marine officer application process, Officer Candidates School, The Basic School and beyond to the future leaders of the Marine Corps. Semper Fidelis!

Throwback ThursdayLast month Captain Jordan Futch, the Officer Selection Officer with Officer Selection Team Berkeley, h...
03/26/2023

Throwback Thursday

Last month Captain Jordan Futch, the Officer Selection Officer with Officer Selection Team Berkeley, had the privilege of commissioning Second Lieutenant (2ndLt) Alexander Watters-Smith into the Marine Corps as a Marine Officer.

2ndLt Watters-Smith recently graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice after completing the 10-week long Officer Candidates School and is preparing to leave for The Basic School (TBS) in June 2023 where he hopes to secure an Infantry Officer position.

Congratulations, sir!

Interested in becoming a Marine Officer? Visit us at marines.com/rssfo for more information.

11/10/2022

Its a heritage shared by all who have earned the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. It's a history permanently etched by the actions of every Marine who has ever served. To the ones who came before and those who will follow.

Happy Birthday Marines!

Officer Selection Team (OST) San Jose and OST Berkeley conducted a Combat Fitness Test (CFT) on the beach this past Satu...
11/08/2022

Officer Selection Team (OST) San Jose and OST Berkeley conducted a Combat Fitness Test (CFT) on the beach this past Saturday.
The CFT consists of an 880-yard run, ammo can lifts, and the manuever under fire: 300-yard course where Marines perform designated tasks shown in a limited amount of time.
If you want to learn more about the CFT or want to challenge yourself to run one talk to your local Marine representative or tap the link in our bio.

Marine Corps recruits with Platoon 3241, Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, body spar during the crucible abo...
01/25/2022

Marine Corps recruits with Platoon 3241, Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, body spar during the crucible aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) builds the warrior ethos with armed and unarmed techniques from various styles of martial arts. Body sparring is one of the close quarters hand-to-hand combat techniques taught within MCMAP.

This weekend Captain Jordan Futch, the Officer Selection Officer with Officer Selection Team Berkeley, had the privilege...
01/09/2022

This weekend Captain Jordan Futch, the Officer Selection Officer with Officer Selection Team Berkeley, had the privilege of commissioning Second Lieutenant Keely Snyder into the Marine Corps at the Palace of the Fine Arts in San Francisco.

Snyder recently graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor’s in Health Science after completing the 10-week long Officer Candidates School and is preparing to leave for The Basic School in May 2022.

11/11/2021

For Marines, the call to serve never truly goes away. Long after active duty, their commitment continues, positively impacting communities across our Nation. That is the meaning of Semper Fidelis. Always Faithful. Always Marine.

Throwback to the Caltopia Career Fair at University of California Berkeley. Officer Selection Team Berkeley and Recruiti...
10/15/2021

Throwback to the Caltopia Career Fair at University of California Berkeley. Officer Selection Team Berkeley and Recruiting Sub-Station Berkeley teamed up to share information about the Marine Corps.

If you’re a high school graduate/college student and want more information about the Marine Corps visit us at marines.com/rssfo or talk to your local recruiter.

Did You Know? The Marine Corps has a mascot. It’s true.In World War II during the Battle of Belleau Wood the Marines got...
08/26/2021

Did You Know?

The Marine Corps has a mascot. It’s true.

In World War II during the Battle of Belleau Wood the Marines got the nickname “Teufel Hunden” or “Devil Dogs” due to their relentless fighting spirit. It wasn’t long after that a recruiting poster appeared showing a dachshund wearing a spiked helmet and Iron Cross running from an English Bulldog wearing a helmet with the globe and anchor on it. The poster was embraced by the Marine Corps and public, and the bulldog soon became a much loved Mascot of the Marine Corps.

Pictured above is Lance Corporal Johnny R. Manuelito “Manny”. He was named in honour of Sgt. Johnny R. Manuelito, Sr., one of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers who trained in the first All Navajo Platoon on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego in 1942. He is the current mascot for MCRD San Diego.

Every Marine serves a vital role for our Nation’s most essential missions. Marines each develop skills according to our ...
08/14/2021

Every Marine serves a vital role for our Nation’s most essential missions. Marines each develop skills according to our Military Occupational Speciality (MOSs), becoming experts in our respective fields. Together, Marines represent expertise in more than 300 different disciplines to become a diversely talented, unwavering force.

Pictured is Lance Cpl. Anthony Wilson, a machine gunner with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brian Bolin Jr.)

Interested in learning more about the 300 different occupations the Marine Corps offers? Visit us at marines.com/rssfo

Our Commitment to YouAs one of the oldest and most elite institutions in the world, the Marine Corps is committed to ser...
08/12/2021

Our Commitment to You

As one of the oldest and most elite institutions in the world, the Marine Corps is committed to serve more than just our nation. We’re equally committed to serving each and every Marine who makes up our noble ranks. It is these young people’s service to others that inspires our commitment to them. This commitment is a mission we carry out with a level of honor and dedication you are unlikely to find anywhere else.

The process of becoming a Marine begins with the highest levels of training and self-mastery, and leads not only to personal success, but also to a rewarding contribution to the greater good.

Looking to the FutureLooking ahead and planning can be critical and impactful for anyone’s career. Deciding what to do a...
08/10/2021

Looking to the Future

Looking ahead and planning can be critical and impactful for anyone’s career. Deciding what to do after high school can come as a challenge to those who may not know what they want to do, especially if college isn’t something of interest.

We ask you to take some time and try to look at where your future is going. Learning about different options, and preparing different plans can sometimes put the mind as ease. If you’d like to sit down and talk about your future plans, or opportunities in the Marine Corps visit us at marines.com/rssfo

Yesterday we conducted a Mini Officer Candidate School (MOCS) in order to better prepare their candidates for the challe...
04/12/2021

Yesterday we conducted a Mini Officer Candidate School (MOCS) in order to better prepare their candidates for the challenges and rigors of Officer Candidate School.

The mission of Officer Candidates School (OCS) is to educate and train officer candidates in Marine Corps knowledge and skills within a controlled and challenging environment in order to evaluate and screen individuals for the leadership, moral, mental, and physical qualities required for commissioning as a Marine Corps officer.

Interested in becoming a Marine Officer? Visit us at marines.com/rssfo

Not everyone has the willingness and determination, the judgment and the leadership, or the mindset and the skillset to ...
04/08/2021

Not everyone has the willingness and determination, the judgment and the leadership, or the mindset and the skillset to stand out in front of our Nation as an officer of Marines. Those who think they may will find out quickly at OFFICER CANDIDATES SCHOOL (OCS), where success is only achieved by giving everything you have.

Do you have what it takes? Visit us at marines.com/rssfo to find out.

A Date Which Will Live In InfamyOn this 79th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu, we honor those who we ...
12/08/2020

A Date Which Will Live In Infamy

On this 79th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu, we honor those who we lost and salute the bravery and determination of so many who still inspire us.

One Mind, Any Weapon Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) offers offensive and defensive techniques that range from...
11/15/2020

One Mind, Any Weapon

Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) offers offensive and defensive techniques that range from basic kicks, punches, throws and grappling techniques to training Marines in advanced fighting and defensive techniques for hand-to-hand combat situations.

Marines can take different MCMAP courses to attain different belt levels, starting at tan and making their way up through grey, green, brown and black.

Visit us at marines.com/rssfo to learn more.

On this   we pause to honour those who have worn the uniform of the U.S. military and dedicated themselves to preserving...
11/12/2020

On this we pause to honour those who have worn the uniform of the U.S. military and dedicated themselves to preserving our freedom.

The sense of belonging and purpose that's found in the Marine Corps is deeply felt by each and every Marine in our ranks...
10/21/2020

The sense of belonging and purpose that's found in the Marine Corps is deeply felt by each and every Marine in our ranks.

Together, Marines make a difference impossible to ignore, both for our Nation and its communities. Our Nation places great trust in its Marine Corps because behind the fiercest battles are United States Marines.

What questions do you have about becoming a Marine?

09/22/2020

Marines are counted on by our Nation to fight for its ideals: freedom, justice, and so much more.

What are the ideals you fight for?

09/18/2020

Battle to Belong

Some of what you seek can be found online. But for Marines, the things that matter most must be fought for: a true sense of purpose that comes from knowing you’re part of something bigger than yourself and belonging that’s only found among those who share a common cause. Not everyone belongs in our ranks, but those who do — belong. Be part of the fight.

Fight to Win In a CourtroomThis is a prestigious Marine Corps career that can be earned if you are courageous enough to ...
09/16/2020

Fight to Win In a Courtroom

This is a prestigious Marine Corps career that can be earned if you are courageous enough to win battles in the courtroom and demonstrate your determination to fight for your Marines.

Opportunities within the Marine Corps Law program consists of Judge Advocate Division, Trial Attorney, Civil Law and Operational Law.

If you’re interested or want to become a part of the Marine Corps Law program, visit the link in our bio.

Honoring the FallenU.S. Marines with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Co...
09/12/2020

Honoring the Fallen

U.S. Marines with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting, Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, climb stairs during a 9/11 memorial stair climb on MCAS Camp Pendleton, California, Sept. 11, 2020.

The ARFF Marines honored the fallen firefighters of 9/11 by hiking up 1,980 stairs to replicate the climb made by first responders in the World Trade Center.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Kerstin Roberts

We will always remember the loss, bravery and resolve on 9/11. We won’t forget.
09/11/2020

We will always remember the loss, bravery and resolve on 9/11. We won’t forget.

Did You Know?The pistol qualification is one that is not required by every Marine; instead, only certain military occupa...
09/09/2020

Did You Know?

The pistol qualification is one that is not required by every Marine; instead, only certain military occupational specialties, officers and staff non-commissioned officers require annual qualification on the service pistol. In order to ensure these Marines are properly trained with the weapon, the Marine Corps implemented the Combat Pistol Program.

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Colton Brownlee

U.S. Marines regularly conduct conditioning hikes with drastic changes of elevation to condition the mind, body, and spi...
09/07/2020

U.S. Marines regularly conduct conditioning hikes with drastic changes of elevation to condition the mind, body, and spirit while also improving cardiovascular fitness, endurance, flexibility, strength and most importantly unit cohesion.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Aaron Patterson

In an effort to counter the growing threat of piracy, the Navy deployed the Maritime Raid Force. The MRF specializes in ...
08/31/2020

In an effort to counter the growing threat of piracy, the Navy deployed the Maritime Raid Force. The MRF specializes in operations conducted on structures in or near bodies of water. They utilize speed and stealth to take enemy forces by surprise and secure their target.

The MRF is composed of Marines and Sailors divided into three platoons: force reconnaissance for assault, amphibious reconnaissance for support, and a battalion landing team for security.

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Matthew Teutsch

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), rappel...
08/30/2020

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team (BLT), 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), rappel down the side of a well deck while conducting rappelling and climbing rehearsals.

The BLT is a reinforced infantry battalion, which is the Ground Combat Element of the MEU’s amphibious Marine Air-Ground Task Force. It mainly consists of three rifle companies, along with artillery, light-armored reconnaissance, assault amphibian, and combat engineer attachments. These elements are readily available to be called upon by the MEU commander to harness and project ground-based combat power from ship-to-shore when the situation calls for it.

U.S. Marine Corps photos by Lance Cpl. Andrew R. Bray

08/29/2020

LIFE IN THE INFANTRY

Infantry is at the heart of what Marines do. With a primary goal of seizing and controlling terrain, the job of Marine Corps Infantry Marines is to close on and defeat enemy combatants. As a Combat Infantry Marine, you’ll operate as part of a fire team, and hand-to-hand combat will be your specialty.

Click the link in our bio to learn more.

Find Your FightOurs is a noble path and a demanding journey, reserved for those with the willingness to engage and deter...
08/28/2020

Find Your Fight

Ours is a noble path and a demanding journey, reserved for those with the willingness to engage and determination to defeat all mental, moral and physical requirements to join the Marines.

Over fear and doubt, through fatigue and scrutiny — Marines win. Those few who comprise our enlisted and officer ranks possess the fight in them to win for us all and have earned the benefits and responsibilities of our title.

Do you have what it takes?

Happy   to all the pups out there, but specifically to our Military Working Dogs (MWD) who deploy alongside our Military...
08/26/2020

Happy to all the pups out there, but specifically to our Military Working Dogs (MWD) who deploy alongside our Military Police (MP) Dog Handlers to combat zones and even aboard ships for patrols and drug and explosive detection missions.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by SSgt Rebecca Floto)

TO FIGHT. TO WIN.In our world, in ourselves and in our way, there are conflicts, challenges and obstacles that must be f...
07/27/2020

TO FIGHT. TO WIN.

In our world, in ourselves and in our way, there are conflicts, challenges and obstacles that must be fought confidently and defeated convincingly. These looming battles come in many forms and occur on many fronts, but each comes down to a critical choice: to demand victory or to accept defeat. It is a decision that has already been made – by what we are made of. To dig in or cave in. To give all or give up. To overcome or succumb.

The day young men and woman earn the right to call themselves Marines, their decision is confirmed. To fight through everything – with everything. With honor and without fail. To ensure our Corps, our country and our communities are all fighting on the same side – the winning side.

Do you have it in you, to win for us all?

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a Virginia motion calling for separation from Britain. The dr...
07/04/2020

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to approve a Virginia motion calling for separation from Britain. The dramatic words of this resolution were added to the closing of the Declaration of Independence. Two days later, on July 4, the declaration was formally adopted by 12 colonies after minor revision. New York approved it on July 19. On August 2, the declaration was signed.

The Revolutionary War would last for five more years. Yet to come were the Patriot triumphs at Saratoga, the bitter winter at Valley Forge, the intervention of the French, and the final victory at Yorktown in 1781. In 1783, with the signing of the Treaty of Paris with Britain, the United States formally became a free and independent nation.

Today we celebrate our independence and the sacrifices made by those who faithfully served and fought for our freedom.

1918: Battle of Belleau WoodDeep in Belleau Wood, just outside of Paris, the 4th Marine Brigade fought tenaciously again...
06/26/2020

1918: Battle of Belleau Wood

Deep in Belleau Wood, just outside of Paris, the 4th Marine Brigade fought tenaciously against German soldiers. The Marines suffered heavy casualties and were pinned down by machine-gun fire.

On 7 June 1918, with few grenades and no signal flares left, U.S. Marine forces launched an assault with fixed bayonets, seizing enemy positions. USMC riflemen demonstrated their superior marksmanship, shredding the lines of an oncoming German counterattack.

After 20 days of intense fighting, the U.S. Marines won the Battle of Belleau Wood. The German survivors gave a fitting nickname that suited the relentless fighting spirit of their opponent: Teufelhunden, or "Devil Dogs."

Learn. Then Lead.The NROTC Scholarship gives you a $180,000 scholarship to the school of your choice and gives you the c...
06/17/2020

Learn. Then Lead.

The NROTC Scholarship gives you a $180,000 scholarship to the school of your choice and gives you the chance to commission as an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Interested? For more information follow the link: WWW.NROTC.NAVY.MIL/MARINE_2_8.html

Now accepting applications for rising seniors.

06/16/2020
Back in 1776, the original 13 colonies were ready to break free from England and govern themselves. A new flag served as...
06/14/2020

Back in 1776, the original 13 colonies were ready to break free from England and govern themselves. A new flag served as a powerful symbol and meant freedom from the perceived tyranny of the English king. Much like the Declaration of Independence and United States Constitution, a new flag solidified new beginnings for the colonies. While the formation of the stars has changed over the past 243 years, the meaning of the flag has stayed true to certain ideals designed for a citizen of a new nation: courage, valor, perseverance, justice, innocence, purity and bravery.

Throwback Thursday 1776: Fort Nassau - Our First Amphibious LandingJust weeks after banding together, the Continental Ma...
06/05/2020

Throwback Thursday

1776: Fort Nassau - Our First Amphibious Landing

Just weeks after banding together, the Continental Marines successfully executed their first amphibious landing on a hostile shore.

The British had been storing large supplies of gunpowder at Fort Nassau in the Bahamas for use in battle against the 13 colonies. Captain Samuel Nicholas and 234 Marines sailed with the Continental Navy on a mission to capture the supply.

Within minutes of the Marines' arrival, the British troops had surrendered. In addition to the gunpowder, Captain Nicholas successfully acquired cannons and other military stores.

06/01/2020

Marines have fought and won our Nation's battles since 1775. And there is no greater symbol of our victories than the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor.

See how Marines carry this powerful symbol with them in battle.

Today, retired Marine Col. Doug Hurley embarked on his next battle on behalf of our Nation. Hurley, alongside Robert Beh...
05/30/2020

Today, retired Marine Col. Doug Hurley embarked on his next battle on behalf of our Nation. Hurley, alongside Robert Behnken, launched from U.S. soil to fly to the International Space Station. From his time as a fighter pilot for the Marine Corps to his time as an Astronaut for NASA and SpaceX’s, Col. Hurley continues to inspire.

Photo credit: SpaceX

One Team, One Fight!  On this  , we pause to recognize all our nation's service members who protect our county, our libe...
05/16/2020

One Team, One Fight!

On this , we pause to recognize all our nation's service members who protect our county, our liberty and our founding principles.

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