What is Charlie Company?
Charlie Company consists of Marines and Marine Option Midshipmen training to become Officers in the United States Marines Corps. Members include active duty Marines enrolled in the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP), Meritorious Commissioning Program (MCP), as well as Marine Option Midshipmen. Charlie Company Marines and Midshipmen attend either the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, or Eastern Michigan University, in nearby Ypsilanti.
What does Charlie Company do?
During the school year, Charlie Company conducts physical training (PT) as a unit three times per week. PT typically takes place at North Hall from 0550-0700, and can include running, calisthenics, weight training, etc. In order to reach their maximum potential, members of Charlie Company are expected to supplement unit PT with individual training. In addition to PT, Charlie Company conducts Marine Skills training during Naval Science Lab on Thursdays. Each semester usually culminates with a weekend field training exercise, where members are required to apply the skills theyve learned, such as land navigation, patrolling, and weapons handling.
Officer Candidate School
In order to be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps, all Marines and Midshipmen enrolled in the NROTC program must attend and successfully graduate from Officer Candidates School (OCS). For members of the NROTC program, OCS is a six-week training cycle that takes place in Quantico, VA. In most cases, Marine Option Midshipmen are expected to attend OCS the summer after their Junior Year, while MECEP/MCP Marines attend the summer after their first year at the university. Much of the training that takes place here in the NROTC unit is designed to better prepare Midshipmen and Marines to succeed at OCS.
OCS Mission Statement
The mission of OCS is train, screen and evaluate officer candidates to ensure that they possess the moral, intellectual, and physical qualities for commissioning and leadership potential to successfully serve as company-grade officers in the Operating Forces.
For more information on Marine Corps OCS, visit the OCS homepage.
In order to commission on time, the student must complete the Request for
Commission package. The process may be long and arduous, but necessary. Provided
here is a guide to Marine Commissioning packages that includes sample packages
and downloadable forms as well as information on how to find the remaining
forms that need to be completed.