My recollection is that even the JAGs in the Marine Corps are required to complete OCS and The Basic School (TBS) prior to heading to their specialty. Every enlisted Marine is initially trained to be a basic rifleman and fire-team leader, and every Marine officer is initially trained as a rifle platoon commander.
I was an enlisted Marine before entering the officer program as an aviation candidate. After having been an enlisted Marine, I wouldn’t have even considered being an officer in any other service. As enlisted Marines, we had the kind of respect for our officers that I generally didn’t see in the other services. At OCS, I found out why Marine officers command such respect. Recruit training was tough, but OCS cranks it up several notches. Both experiences were extremely rewarding in a personal and professional sense.
After completing the first of two summer increments of OCS, I became involved in several entrepreneurial activities in the civilian world. I eventually exceeded the age limit for an aviation candidate, so I never returned to Quantico to finish up my training. However, I remain incredibly thankful for my experiences in the Marine Corps, which continue to pay off in almost every aspect of my life.
As a future law student, I suspect you are the kind of person who is drawn to a challenge. At Marine Corps OCS, you will face challenges with physical, emotional, and intellectual elements combined. Your ability to function effectively in the face of immanent failure will be tested and honed. At the end of each day, you will be mentally and physically exhausted, but incredibly satisfied with yourself. And make no mistake; just about everything you learn there is applicable in the civilian world.
Your Marine Officer Selection Officers are probably steering you toward PLC Law Option. I encourage you to give this opportunity a second look. Good luck to you!