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Career: Marines-Officer

A Day in the life of a Marines-Officer

The Marines can prepare a potential officer to serve in any one of 34 occupational fields, including Maintenance Management (the organization of military gear for field use and storage), Field Artillery Radar Fire (identification of targets), Data Systems (computer programming) and Avionics (a wide range of aircraft-care jobs). This branch of the armed forces boasts more than 200 technical schools available to train officers to lead specialist groups. Another interesting thing about the Marines is that they are the only branch of the armed forces which utilizes the technology of all the others. Marines can become pilots if they so desire and qualify. Officer-pilots training in college get 25 hours of free flight time.

Paying Your Dues

College students interested in becoming officers can reap numerous benefits; their training comes during the summer, so it doesn't conflict with school.  Some colleges will even accept credit for work done during training  (depending on the curriculum, your major, and what school you go to). You also become eligible to receive tax-free assistance up to 7,000 dollars. Those who have graduated college can apply for the Marines' OCC (Officer Candidates Class). If you only have one to three years of college and have not received a degree, you can join a PLC (Platoon Leadership Class). A platoon is a group of around 30 soldiers broken into around three squads of eight to twelve soldiers. So if you are serious about a Marine career, commanding large forces of soldiers and carrying enormous responsibility, you should probably wait to join the Marines until you've earned a college degree.

Associated Careers

The Marines work in conjunction with most other branches of the armed  forces, especially the Navy. Administrators, electricians, medical personnel,  military police, officers, drill instructors, these are your coworkers.

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