Officer Programs

General Information


The Officer Programs section of MCRC focuses on accomplishing the Marine Corps' Officer Accession goals and is comprised of three sections: Officer Appointments, Officer Naval/Enlisted Programs, and Operations.

Officer Appointments

The OA Section manages all administrative processing pertaining to officer candidates and new lieutenants (prior to reporting to TBS).

Officer Naval/Enlisted Programs

The ON/E Section manages the NROTC program, all service academy Marine commissionings, and all enlisted-to-officer programs (including Warrant Officer programs).  Applicants to Naval Programs should visit the ON/E page linked to the right and/or contact their local NROTC unit

Operations Section

The Operations Section works closely with OA, ON/E, and the Recruiting Regions to manage officer accessions.  Additionally, the Operations Section conducts liaison with external units/agencies regarding candidate/lieutenant medical and training requirements.  

Points of Contact

 Head, Officer Programs (OP): 

Lt. Col Eric Spitznogle 
(571) 559-4622

 Deputy, OP:

Mr. Mark Jovich

 Operations Officer, OP:

Maj David Emison 
(703) 432-9648

 Head, Officer Naval & Enlisted Programs:

Capt  Amos Mason 
(703) 432-9649​

 Head, Officer Appointments:

CWO3 Danny Lerma 
(703) 784-9638

Officer Candidates School

Marine Officer Applicants attend Officer Candidates School in Quantico, VA.  For more information about OCS, please visit the OCS webpage.  For more information about pursuing a commission as a Marine Officer, please visit


The Basic School


After earning a commission as a Marine Officer, all Officers attend The Basic School for additional training to prepare them for duty as a company grade officer.  For more information about TBS, please visit the TBS webpage. 


Aviation Information


There are multiple pathways for Marine Officer Applicants to pursue a career in Marine Aviation.  For more information regarding aviation-specific programs, please visit or your local Officer Selection Officer (OSO).


As a pre-requisite for commissioning, officer applicants applying for an aviation program must take the Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB).  For more information regarding the ASTB, please visit the Naval Medicine Operation Training Center's (NMOTC) website.

Marine Corps Recruiting Command