It used to be that the Marine Corps focused on their role as the Infantry and did not stress education for the members of their enlisted corps. This has changed, and the US military even the Marine Corps stresses a number of different programs and educational opportunities for its Servicemembers. This includes different routes for enlisted Marine Corps personnel to become commissioned Officers in the Marines. There are a number of different avenues and routes in becoming a Commissioned Officer in the Marines. One of the most successful methods is participation in the Enlisted Commissioning Marine Corps Officer Education program. This is specific program that supports going to college full time while serving on the books as an Active Duty Marine Corps Enlisted person.
A person who desires to be eligible for this program should be between the age of 20 to 26 years of age, and they have to have a ASVAB test score of 74 on a particular portion of the test. They must also have an SAT score of 1000 combined or a ACT test score of 40 or above. If you are a current enlisted member of the Marine Corps and want to apply for this program, you have to write a letter, an essay actually to state why you want to be a Marine Corps officer. It is used in several ways, but initially it is an important step in that it is how the candidate is able to communicate in written and verbal form. If the candidate can write a well-worded essay then they are thought to be a possible candidate and they advance to the next step of the application process. There are other forms and parts to the application process. The entire application has to be submitted to the Marine Corps Command Recruitment Center in the region that the applicant resides in by January 31st of the target year in which they are applying. The application process is a long one by design to give the applicant the chance to make a fully informed choice about the program, and to get them involved in the process.
Serving in the military as a Commissioned officer involves a great deal of paperwork, and if the applicant for this program is able to deal with and get through the application well, then it is another positive toward the acceptance of the candidate into the Marine Corps Educational Commissioning program.