NROTC Marine Option

NROTC Marine Option

August 29, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


For many high school students, college is
simply the next step to follow. But for a select few, it’s the first chance
to lead. If you’re looking to make a difference not
only for yourself but for your nation, the NROTC program can be your distinct path of
purpose. Your four-year journey to becoming a Marine
officer begins on a college campus. The NROTC program is a great program for any
students that are pursuing a college education. This program gives them the best of both worlds. They get to go to college, the education is
completely paid for. And then following that, they get to do something
honorable like serve their country. The first requirement for a high school student
to consider the NROTC program is if they have a desire to lead Marines. Students that apply and are accepted to this
program are really the top-notch students across the country. In addition to their normal coursework responsibilities,
Marine option midshipmen must maintain strict physical fitness standards and successfully
complete classes that cover naval science, ethics, management, and maritime warfare. The misconceptions about the program are that
it’s boot camp every day. What they don’t realize is they have a pretty
normal lifestyle. They go to school during the day, they study
at night, and then in the summers, that’s when they’re really expected to learn and
start becoming an officer. The NROTC program doesn’t hinder you from
the full college experience. It actually enhances it, because you become
part of something bigger than yourself. You have responsibilities, which is a good
thing. It helps you to learn balance in your life. A lot of freshmen and a lot of sophomores,
that’s the biggest challenge to overcome, is how to find that balance, and that’s what
ROTC teaches you. For six intense weeks after their junior year,
midshipmen step off their campuses and report to the physical and mental proving ground
for those who seek to lead Marines. They are now candidates and this Officer Candidates
School. The best back home may be just good enough
to barely make it here, so when you come here you have to manage your expectations both
for success and for failure. You will fail, you will succeed. How you handle success and how you handle
failure is a demonstration of character as to whether or not you have what it takes to
be a Marine officer. I think everyone has doubts of whether or
not they’re going to be able to complete Officer Candidates School. You have to give 100 percent of everything
that you do while you’re here. You can’t just disappear among all the camouflage. They pull you out and they give you a job
and say, you will lead these candidates, you will be a leader. Upon completion of OCS, candidates return
to their campuses with the presence to inspire and the judgment to lead. For one more school year, they will walk the
same halls as their college peers but continue on a unique path. There’s nothing I’d rather do with my life
than become a Marine Corps Officer and leading Marines. Whatever I do within the Marine Corps, I know
that it will have a purpose and I know that it affect the bigger picture in some way,
shape, or form. Enrolled alongside many, they will soon be
counted among the few. Congratulations, Second Lieutenants of Charlie
Company. Willing, able, and ready to take command of
Marines.