The Marine Corps selection process can start at any point in your first 3 years at the Naval Academy. During your 4th Class and 3rd Class years, it is important to gain as much information about the Marine Corps as possible, with the ultimate goal of making an informed decision regarding whether or not the Marine Corps is the best fit for you.
If you are seriously considering the challenge of becoming a Marine Officer, your 2nd Class year will be the most important year in the service assignment process.
During your 2nd Class year, you should:
- Talk to Marines at the Fall Junior Officer Forum
- Contact your USMC Company Mentor
- Prepare for the 4 required physical fitness tests:
- Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
- Combat Fitness Test (CFT)
- Obstacle Course
- Endurance Course
- Prepare for Leatherneck and select Leatherneck as your first choice for summer training
Marine Corps candidates are evaluated on proven performance while at the Naval Academy to include:
- Leatherneck/MAGTF evaluation
- Company mentor recommendation
- Leadership potential demonstrated during Leatherneck/MAGTF, AcYear or Plebe Summer billet, or varsity sport
- USMC physical evaluations: Physical Fitness Test, Combat Fitness Test, Obstacle Course, Endurance Course, Height/Weight standards)
- Academic QPR
- Military QPR
- Conduct standards
- Honor standards
Additionally, midshipmen are expected to demonstrate a strong desire and commitment to becoming a Marine Officer. Company USMC mentors will evaluate based on participation in Leatherneck/MAGTF and other USMC events including interaction with company mentor.
Leatherneck is a four week training evolution in Quantico, Virginia for 1st Class midshipmen interested in the Marine Corps. It is the primary evaluation for Marine Corps candidates from the U.S. Naval Academy. During the four weeks, midshipmen are evaluated in leadership, physical training and military skills. Physical evaluations include the Physical Fitness Test, Combat Fitness Test, Obstacle Course and Endurance Course. Students learn basic military skills such as land navigation, combat orders, offensive combat tactics, and basic weapons familiarization. Midshipmen apply this training during multi-day field exercises including the culminating event when each midshipman is given the opportunity to lead a squad attack on an objective. Additionally, midshipmen are mentored in leadership skills required of a 2ndLt such as counseling/evaluating subordinate Marines and developing productive relationships with Staff Non-Commissioned Officers.
Visit the Leatherneck page for more information.
MAGTF is comprised of two phases. The first phase, known as the "Screener," takes place at USNA following final exams. During this phase, Midshipmen conduct all physical fitness tests and a battery of leadership exercises.
The second phase is marked by Midshipmen deploying to an Operational Force (OPFOR) within a Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) or Marine Special Operations Battalion (MSOB). During the 4-week deployment phase, Midshipmen are sponsored by Company Grade Marine Corps Officers. Midshipmen will work alongside their sponsors and actively participate within the scope of the duties and responsibilities expected of a newly commissioned Company Grade Officer.
Visit the MAGTF page for more information.