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US Marine Corps Marine Officer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 28, 2014
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Marine Officer Interview

Marine Officer
Saint Paul, MN

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 months - interviewed at US Marine Corps.

Interview Details – There are multiple paths to hiring, primary amongst these are: Officer Candidates School (OCS), Service Academy (Navy) or Enlisted Commissioning.

Most will come through (OCS) either as a college student or graduate. The program consist either two 6-week sessions (non-grads) or a 10-week program (Seniors/Grads). You will be evaluated intensively and must demonstrate a high level of leadership potential and commitment to success in order to earn a commission.

Interview Question – Do you have the internal fortitude to push your limits beyond anything you may have done before?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Negotiation is conducted after accepting a commission. New officers will compete for positions (MOS).


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Marine Officer Interview

Marine Officer

Interviewed at US Marine Corps

Interview Details – Must graduate college with 4-year degree. Officer Selection Officers (OSOs) screen applicants for qualifications. Must pass rigorous 10-week Officer Candidate School, then compete 6-month Basic School, then 3-month Military Occupational Specialty school.

Interview Question – Why do you think you have what it takes to lead the nation's finest fighting force?   View Answer


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Marine Officer Interview

Marine Officer
Cincinnati, OH

I applied in-person - interviewed at US Marine Corps in May 2010.

Interview Details – Lengthy but not difficult

Interview Question – Why do you want to lead Marines   Answer Question


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Marine Officer Interview

Marine Officer

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at US Marine Corps.

Interview Details – Stand on your Officer Selection Officer's (OSO) desk until you get accepted into Officer Candidate School. It sucks and is stupid. The instructors are soulless Kool-Aid drinkers who spend all day working out and treating candidates like they are lower than whale excrement. There is an equally stupid process of evaluation called "peer evaluations" which pits candidates against each other. Thus, the politics and groupthink mentality is cultivated early in every Officer's career. Be in exceptionally good physical condition before you go. It is a physical fitness nightmare. Those who espouse a traditional Judeo-Christian ethic will be targeted for elimination, regardless of how good their leadership, physical or mental abilities may be. Officer candidate school is just a job interview. It is followed by 6 months at The Basic School, which is taught by more Kool-Aid drinking instructors who do not work out quite as much or treat the newly commissioned Lieutenants quite as bad; but are still soulless and still full of misinformation. The Basic School will be followed by your occupational specialty school which is progressively better than The Basic School but will still be stupid, full of disinformation, and taught by soulless instructors. Then you will get assigned to your first unit where your first Staff Non-Commissioned Officer will have the dubious task of trying to talk sense to you and undo all the stupidity you have been fed in the year of "training" you received prior to your arrival at the unit. You will have no credibility with your new Commanding Officer because he is well-aware of the "training" you have had. You will be in impeccable physical condition and that is about it. No one will respect you until you pin on the rank of Captain. That rank is instant credibility for Marines in the same way that receiving a college degree is to the academic community. Prepare to be considered an idiot though until you pass that threshold.

Interview Question – How important is your faith to you? Again, those who espouse a traditional Judeo-Christian ethic will be targeted throughout training and throughout their careers. This targeting is not likely to be blatant either. No one is going to come out and openly admit to being anti-Christian. Therefore, anticipate the vicious and cowardly workings of subtlety, nuance, lying, false witnesses and other wiles of the devil and evil trickery.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. I survived Officer Candidate School, was broke, and had no other career options. I survived because the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan kicked off. I got to serve my country there, and am thankful for that. The rest was a nightmare.


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Marine Officer Interview

Marine Officer

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at US Marine Corps.

Interview Details – The application process is fairly straightforward. Fill out the application, write the essay, run a PFT, submit your transcripts, submit to background check, go to MEPS, and wait on selection results. Once selected, you go to OCS. Pass OCS and you commission. Overall, the application process is not very difficult. The difficulty comes in having the competitive scores to be selected by the board to attend OCS. Once you go to OCS, you just have to do what they tell you as soon as they tell you to do it, and you will be fine.

Interview Question – There were no difficult questions during the interview process.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No Negotiation.


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Marine Officer Interview

Marine Officer
Camp Pendleton, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ months - interviewed at US Marine Corps in January 2008.

Interview Details – Officer Candidates School is the interview process. It is designed to weed out those who do not posess the leadership abilities required to lead Marines into a combat zone. It is 10 weeks of no sleep, physically and mentally challenging problem solving scenarios, and extreme physical conditioning. They will yell at you and force you to make difficult decisions without sleep, or a full understanding of th environment around you. This is essential because in combat you will never have the whole picture, and your ability to make a sound decision without all the information is critical. No decision is the worst course of action you can choose. You will be put in command of your peers, and expected to lead them. Egos and personality types will clash, almost everyone around you is an alpha male. You will fail. They want to see how you handle failure, how you rebound. You have to rate your peers, and they have to rate you. You will see every evaluation your peers make on you. Pride cannot get in the way of poor leadership traits you posess that you must correct. Your Marines' lives depend on your ability to lead them. Integrity is the number one trait you must posess. Your word will be the word of God to your Marines. What you say goes, therefore you must speak honestly, and never look the other way. You must overcome the stigma of being a "rat" if you witness someone else lying, and report it. You will be held just as accountable as the liar or cheater if you do not.

Interview Question – Here is a rope, a barrel, a toothpick, and a 4 foot piece of plywood, and 3 other Officer Candidates. You have 5 minutes to develop a plan, brief it to your team and cross this river without touching the water. Don't forget to factor in front and rear security, Go.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – No negotiations. They don't need you. That's their attitude. You have to want to be a Marine Officer. They tell you where you will go, what job you will perform, and your pay is predetermined on the military pay scales. You will spend six months in Quantico, VA after OCS for training as an ifantry platoon commander. Depending on how you graduate from there, affects what job you will get. From there you will move to your MOS (military occupational specialty - essentially the job you will perform in the Marine Corps) which can be as short as a month or two (supply) or over two years (flight school). From there you go to the Fleet Marine Force where you assume your duties as either a shop head, or a platoon commander.

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