Officer Development

This school instructs its students in the skills necessary to succeed as a marine Officer. Being an officer is more than a career choice, it is a life choice. As a marine Officer you will be expected to lead other Marines into harm’s way and safely return them home with minimal casualties and mishaps. This is where beings go to become Marine Officers and learn to lead other Marines. Courses are currently available through the OD-301 level and all are available online for immediate credit.

The manuals necessary  for these courses can be downloaded from the SFMCA Library.
To request any of these courses please use the course request form.

Courses Available

OD-100 Basic Officer Development: Step one in the Officer Development Program. This course delves into the role, responsibilities and issues relevant to an Officer in a SFMC unit. Prerequisite for this course: PD-10.
OD-151 Basic Staff Officer's Course: Step one in the Staff Officer Development Program. This course delves into the role, responsibilities and issues relevant to a Staff Officer in a SFMC unit. Prerequisite for this course: OD-100.
OD-161 Introduction to Military Briefings Course: This course introduces the SFMC Officer to the concept of military briefings. Prerequisite for this course: OD-100.
OD-171 Plans and Orders Course: This course examines the details of the differing types of orders and details of planning SFMC Operations. Prerequisite for this course: OD-100.
OD-201 Advanced Officer Development: Step two in the Officer Development Program. This course looks more closely into being an officer of the SFMC and more deeply challenges your knowledge of the topic. Prerequisite for this course: OD-100.
OD-211 G-1(S-1) Personnel Officer's Course: This course looks more closely into the duties, responsibilities, and role of a G-1 (S-1) personnel officer in the SFMC. Prerequisite for this course: OD-100, OD-151.
OD-221 G-2(S-2) Military Intelligence Officer's Course: This course looks more closely into the duties, responsibilities, and role of a G-2 (S-2) military intelligence officer in the SFMC.  Prerequisite for this course: OD-100, OD-151.
OD-231 G-3(S-3) Operations Officer's Course: This course looks more closely into the duties, responsibilities, and role of a G-3 (S-3) operations officer in the SFMC. Prerequisite for this course: OD-100, OD-151.
OD-241 G-4(S-4) Logistics Officer's Course: This course looks more closely into the duties, responsibilities, and role of a G-4 (S-4) logistics officer in the SFMC. Prerequisite for this course: OD-100, OD-151.
OD-251 G-5/6 (S-5/6) Civil/Military Operations and Signal Officer's Course: This course looks more closely into the duties, responsibilities, and role of a G-5/6 (S-5/s) operations or signals officer in the SFMC. Prerequisite for this course: OD-100, OD-151.
OD-301 Independant Study in Officer Development: For the final step in Officer Developement studies the student must complete an independent studies project. The independent studies project must either consist of a paper or another approved project. The student MUST submit a topic or project description to the Branch Director for approval. Once approved the student will then have 10 weeks to submit their independent studies project for grading. After submittal and if the student receives a passing grade, then the student will be awarded a Bachelor of Military Science Degree with a Concentration in Officer Development. Prerequisites for this course: OD-201.

Before sending a request for a level -301 project please read the following:
  1. The Branch Director has the authority to approve or deny any and all requests for this course and their decisions are final.
  2. Projects MUST in some way shape or form relate to the SFMC and the branch for which you are applying to.
  3. You must submit a topic or project description when requesting this course. Any requests without a topic or project description will not be honored.
Below are some SUGGESTED projects. A student can either use the suggested projects or any other project that they can think of. Please note however that these are suggestions only and that directors may or may not approve them.
  1. College-style papers.
  2. Specifications / descriptions and/or technical drawings of new technology relating to the branch.
  3. A short story that utilizes the material in the branch.
  4. An addition to the branch's manual relating to a topic not covered by the existing manual.
  5. A new exam and answers for the branch (Please note that this is at the Branch Directors discretion).