Commissioning Into the USMC

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by Soap, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. Soap

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    Now I was reading that the USNA is the only way to get a commission through the USMC branch without having to do OCS. Is this true? Does the USMMA have an opportunity to do the same?
     
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  3. NavyHoops

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    If remember correctly, those who attend USMMA who earn USMC billets, must attend OCS. Which program of OCS, not 100%. I am sure one of the KP alum or Mids will know.

    USMCGrunt, Leatherneck is really modeled after TBS, not OCS. It is a training environment very similar to Leatherneck. Focuses on USMC traditions/operations/familiarization, land nav, small unit tactics, weapons familiarization, PT, etc. They actually use quiet a few of the training POIs from TBS for Leatherneck.
     
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    Thanks for the clarity NavyHoops. Guess I was way off base. I am aware of the debate about USNA's lack of participation in the OCS process and have followed the articles in "The Marine Corps Gazette" over the last year. Both sides of the debate have dug their heels in pretty deeply. Frankly, I would like to see a common base of experience for all Marine Officers which includes OCS and TBS. But so far, no one is asking me!
     
  5. NavyHoops

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    Yeah I am familiar with the debates. Did I feel like I was lacking in training or knowledge when I got to TBS, no. I sort of thought I would, but never felt that way. To be honest USNA grads were very comfortable with TBS as we had lived there and had used alot of the training areas. I thought the Marines at USNA had prepared us well. I spent a few months at OCS as extra staff one summer. It was interesting. There are pros and cons to both sides of this long debated argument.
     
  6. jasperdog

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    USMMA grads follow the same path, as I understand it, that NROTC graduates do and as described in the link that USMCGrunt provided it is via OCS.
     

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