As do the other services, the Marine Corps participates in the National Call to Service Program. While this program is often referred to as "two-year" enlistments, the actual required time on active duty is 15 months, following basic training and job training. After that, members must either re-enlist for two years or spend at least two years in the active (drilling) reserves.
It should be noted that the Marine Corps strictly limit the number of slots it allocates to this program, each year, to a very small percentage of their total enlistments.
Test Scores Required: GT 100, EL 100, or MM 95. Applicant must have an AFQT (overall ASVAB) score of 50.
No Test Score waivers will be considered for this program.
- 0121- Personnel Clerk
- 0231- Intelligence Specialist
- 0311- Rifleman (male only)
- 2311- Ammunition Technician
- 2651- Special Intelligence System Administrator/Communicator
- 3043- Supply Administration and Operations Clerk
- 3531- Motor Vehicle Operator
- 3533- Logistics Vehicle System Operator
- 5711- NBC Defense Specialist
- 5811- Military Police
- 7382- Airborne Radio Operator/Loadmaster
Active Duty Term of Enlistment is defined as 15 months of service following formal MOS training.
Must be Tier I (High School Diploma or at least 15 college credits).
Must be a U. S. Citizen
NCS enlistees may also select only one (1) NCS monetary incentive: $5,000 Bonus, $10,000 Loan Repayment or 12/36-
month Education Allowance. (See National Call to Service Program article for details).
Normal Color Perception. Must pass PIP (12 of 14 correct) or Pass Falant.
Must be eligible for a SECRET Clearance. In fairness to the applicant, an enlistee for this program should have reasonable assurance of being granted a Secret Clearance. To ensure a reasonable degree of success in attaining the applicant's guaranteed option, the following prescreening prerequisites will be used in assessing the probability of being granted a secret clearance.
- a. No felony convictions.
b. No drug or moral waiver above the Recruiting Station Level. On an exception to policy basis only, MCRC may give consideration to applicants with serious offenses provided RS and District COs believe the offense would not disqualify the applicant from receiving a security clearance. This consideration is intended to be reserved for applicants that would be considered a "safe risk" for clearance application. For this reason, commanders will use strong discretion when determining if a waiver should be endorsed and forwarded to CG, MCRC (G-3) for consideration. Such waivers are expected to be infrequent. Since MCRC must coordinate these exceptions to policy with the Department of the Navy Central Adjudication Facility (DONCAF), the approval process will take longer than normal. Applicants who use drugs while in the DEP will no longer qualify for NCS (not waiverable).