Candidate Q: Active Duty Pay Between OCS & TBS?

Candidate Question:

As a starving college student I have to ask. I know I get paid at OCS Juniors for the time spent there but am I entitled to any sort of monthly pay between then and my next session at OCS?


You only will get paid for time at OCS until you get to TBS–even if you commission 6 months before TBS! So you could be a college graduate and commissioned Second Lieutenant and wait 6 months for TBS at home with no paycheck from the government.

This should be your first lesson in how cheap the Marine Corps is.

One thought on “Candidate Q: Active Duty Pay Between OCS & TBS?

  1. My son commissioned in January but wasn’t set to go to TBS until May. Soon after commissioning he began working at headquarters & so his pay began on that first day of work.

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