Only extraordinary circumstances warrant additional opportunities for officers to attend A&S. As a Special Operations Officer (SOO) candidate, you must understand you have a very limited window to attend A&S and will likely have only one opportunity.
The leadership qualities required for success in MARSOC are in line with those required for successful leadership in any Marine Corps unit. SOO Principles, codified by the Marine Special Operations School, are:
- Own the institution.
- Provide leadership at the point of friction.
- Be able to integrate and combine capabilities.
- Lead planning, bridging top-down requirements with bottom-up solutions.
- Influence higher, adjacent, supporting commands and host nation partners to help achieve the desired end state.
Ideally, this time allows for completion of either resident or non-resident PME. While not mandatory, we recommend officers complete PME prior to starting ITC.
You will return to your original unit and continue your career as an officer in the Marine Corps. If you are not selected, it will not affect your career as a Marine officer. There is no negative paperwork provided.
No. There is no preference for any specific MOS. While the highest total percentage of selectees are in the 03XX MOS, it does not necessarily relate to an increased success rate, but more accurately reflects the disproportionate number of 03XX candidates attending A&S.
The ideal time to submit an application is after career designation selection, with the intent to attend A&S prior to departing your first duty station.
NOTE: Officers not career designated can apply to attend an A&S, but you must be career designated to be assigned orders to Individual Training Course (ITC).
As a First Lieutenant, you must have a minimum of two observed fitness reports (minimum 540 fitness report days) and be in zone for promotion prior to submitting your application. As a Captain, you must begin the Individual Training Course (ITC) with no more than 24 months’ time in grade as a Captain. For First Lieutenants who are in a deployable unit, if you meet the requirements listed above, it is recommended that you attend A&S between your first & second deployment.