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If not selected at Assessment & Selection (A&S), is there an opportunity for Officers to attend A&S for a second time?

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. However, those not selected at A&S, Marine Raider Training Center may authorize and offer the opportunity to return, as long as your career timeline supports.

OfficersJessica Balacy
Other than the 10 attributes listed, are there additional qualities desired/expected from a MARSOC Special Operations Officer (SOO)?

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 Raider Training Center, 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.

OfficersJessica Balacy
If an Officer is not selected at Assessment & Selection (A&S), what then?

You will return to your parent command, complete the remainder of your tour, 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. Additionally, MARSOC may have other billet assignments within your PMOS, 8006, or 8007 MOSs. Contact your PMOS monitor for more information and future assignment possibilities.

OfficersJessica Balacy
When is the ideal time in an Officer's career to submit an application to attend Assessment & Selection (A&S)?

The ideal time to begin screening and working on the application process is after attaining 1stLt and well before career designation. You must attend Assessment & Selection (A&S) prior to departing your first duty station. It is best for officers to attend between their first and second deployments if assigned to a Victor unit.

NOTE: Officers who are not career designated can apply to attend an A&S, but you must be career designated prior to reporting Individual Training Course (ITC). However, if you have been previously screened an not selected, you must be screened, selected and accept career designation prior to applying to A&S.

OfficersJessica Balacy
When is the earliest and latest an Officer can apply to attend MARSOC Assessment and Selection (A&S)?

You can begin the screening process shortly before promoting to First Lieutenant, then submit your application after promotion. As a Captain, your PMOS monitor must approve you to attend an Individual Training Course (ITC) with no more than 24 months’ time in grade. For applicants who are in a Victor unit, if you meet the requirements listed above, it is recommended you attend A&S between your first and second deployments.

OfficersJessica Balacy