Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Fewer enlisted Marines tapped for MECEP

Nov. 29, 2012 - 12:18PM   |   Last Updated: Nov. 29, 2012 - 12:18PM  |  
The Marine Corps is on target to select just 84 Marines this year for enlisted-to-officer programs.
The Marine Corps is on target to select just 84 Marines this year for enlisted-to-officer programs. (Marine Corps)
  • Filed Under

Related reading

Corps announces enlisted OCS selectees (11/27)

This year's first enlisted-to-officer program selection board tapped just 28 Marines to earn a college degree and a commission.

  • Please enable JavaScript for your browser in order to use marinecorpstimes.com.com.
Want to read more?
Current Subscribers
Access to Marine Corps Times Prime is free for current Marine Corps Times subscribers.
Log in
Haven't registered online?
Activate Account
New Subscribers
Start your subscription to Marine Corps Times Prime for as little as 59¢ a week!
Subscribe

This year's first enlisted-to-officer program selection board tapped just 28 Marines to earn a college degree and a commission.

If the rate holds steady, that puts the Marine Corps on target to select just 84 Marines this year — or about 31 fewer than officials predicted in July.

At the close of the third and final board last fiscal year, a total of 115 Marines wanting to go mustang were selected for the opportunity to earn a commission under the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program or other related enlisted-to-officer programs. Marine officials said they expected the selection rate to hold relatively steady over the next several years, despite an active-duty force drawdown. But the first fiscal 2013 board shows a selection rate lower than originally predicted.

Officials say, however, that year-to-year changes are to be expected.

"The number will fluctuate per year depending on the mission and needs of the Marine Corps," wrote Capt. Frederick Monday, the head of regular officer programs at Marine Corps Recruiting Command, in email responses to questions from Marine Corps Times.

It is not yet clear if selection rates will pick up at the next two boards to close the gap. But, to match last year, between 43 and 44 Marines would have to be selected at this year's two remaining boards.

Officials are expecting an uptick, they say.

"Due to the wide dissemination of the program's opportunity to obtain a degree and commission, we can anticipate an increase in application submissions," wrote Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Shelato, a MCRC public affairs officer.

MECEP, and other similar enlisted-to-officer programs, are highly competitive. Only a handful of enlisted Marines are selected each year to attend the 10-week Officer Candidates Course, where their physical and mental toughness is tested, as well as their ability to lead. If they pass the course, the Corps then pays them full wages while they attend school full time to earn a bachelor's degree.

Male Marines selected at the first board will attend OCC 212, slated to begin Feb. 12, according to Marine administrative message 662/12, which announced the results of the board on Nov. 20. Female Marines will attend OCC 213 on a date that has yet to be determined.

Of the 28 Marines selected at the first board, 24 will attend MECEP. Three will attend the Enlisted to Officer Commissioning Program, or ECP. That program is for those who already have some limited college credit under their belt, but not a full degree. Another Marine was chosen for the Selected Marine Corps Reserve Enlisted Commissioning Program. While those programs target different populations, successful completion of any of them results in an officer's commission.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan
Rates

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.


This Week's Marine Corps Times

This Week's Marine Corps Times

Big changes in sight
Marksmanship overhaul was a long time coming, say Marines

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Classifieds
MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.
Woman who cried rape
(3 replies)
   Last Post: TJMAC77SP
        May 3, 2014 1:32 PM
   Last Post: garhkal
        May 1, 2014 5:03 PM
Cliven Bundy
(45 replies)
   Last Post: Chief_KO
        Apr 26, 2014 9:49 AM
Handbooks

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook