Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program

First off, congratulations on being selected to the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP). This is a one in a lifetime opportunity for you to advance your career, become a better leader, and to gain a valuable education. Secondly, congratulations for being accepted to North Carolina State University (NCSU) and choosing to join our program. The information here is meant to be a guide on what to expect and what is expected of you during your time here at NCSU. It is not all inclusive and some things are subject to change as the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) or Assistant Marine Officer Instructor (AMOI) see fit.

Chain Of Command (COC)

  • Commanding Officer- Captain Andrew Hertel (Navy; Nuclear Submarines)
  • Executive Officer- Major Michael Arguello (Marine Corps; Manpower Officer)
  • Marine Officer Instructor- Captain Shannon Stanich (Marine Corps; Logistics)
  • Assistant Marine Officer Instructor- Gunnery Sergeant Mark Sanchez (Marine Corps; Tactical Data Systems Technician)
  • The Sailors and Marines listed above are your direct COC and are the Active Duty Staff at NCSU. During your time here, you will also have a Midshipmen (MIDN) COC that will be in charge and that you should utilize in most matters. Each semester this MIDN COC will change and a new group will be placed in charge.


  • Each semester (with the exception of summer) a new MIDN COC will be put in place. As such, billets will be assigned to these MIDN and they are expected to fill those roles.
  • As a MECEP participant, you are expected to follow their direction and to help them learn the billet that they are in.
  • You will also be expected to fill billets in the MIDN COC when appointed to them. You are to be an example and are to teach and coach the MIDN on how a billet should be performed and what they should be doing.
  • The billets are ran the same as what you would see at Officer Candidate School (OCS) as most of the MIDN have yet to go there and are being trained to succeed there.
  • The billets are the same as what you would see in most commands, CO, XO, First Sergeant or Command Master Chief depending on Navy Option or Marine Option, Supply Officer, Supply Chief, etc..

Physical Fitness

  • All participants in the program are expected to have a first class Physical Fitness Test and Combat Fitness Test.
  • Currently, the standard for MECEPs’ is a 270 or above to prevent being placed on the Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP).
  • Currently, Physical Training is held by the Battalion Physical Training Officer (MIDN Billet) one day a week in the morning normally from 0600-0725 on Mondays. The FEP is held by the PTO normally from 0600-0725 on Fridays.
  • PT is a combined effort with the Navy and Marine MIDN combined and is not only meant to help keep you in shape, but to also build comradery between the Navy and Marine Corps. Do not degrade others and do your best to set the example that everyone expects from a Marine Leader.
  • You are expected to PT on your own to maintain your personal fitness level. At NCSU you have access to Carmichael Gymnasium which is included in your tuition to the school. You should utilize this resource as you see fit to maintain your fitness.


  • As a MECEP, you are expected to set the example as a scholar. You will maintain a Semester Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least a 2.5 or greater or you risk being disenrolled from the program.
  • You must be a full-time student at all times while you are participating in the MECEP. The minimum amount of credit hours at NCSU for the spring and fall semesters to be considered full-time is 12. The minimum amount of credit hours for summer is 9. You are free to plan your classes as you see fit but are expected to attend all NROTC functions without interference. Your degree should not take more than 36 months to complete. You are allowed to pursue a minor as long as it does not exceed the 36 month completion window.
  • All of your classes must contribute toward your degree. Courses that do not contribute will not be taken with the exception of Naval Science Courses that are required for the NROTC program. The courses you are required to take are NS 330 Evolution of Warfare, NS 430 Amphibious Warfare, and NS 420 Leadership and Ethics. Additionally, you will need to sign up for NS 100 Naval Science Lab every semester which does not count for any credits.


  • MECEP selects are expected to pay out of pocket for their education. You can pay for school any way you see fit but there are resources at your disposal to pay.
  • You could use your G.I. Bill to pay for school. For more information on this, you can visit this website for instructions on how to apply for these benefits. Also, you can contact the Military Resource Center here at NCSU for more information.
  • You should apply for financial aid and scholarships while you are attending school here. Even if you do not think you need it, it could be helpful if anything unexpected occurs. You can do this through this website
  • You will receive Active Duty pay based on your rank and Time in Grade while you are a MECEP participant. If you are not a Sergeant, your pay will be increased to match that of a Sergeant. You will also receive pay such as Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) based on your dependent status, as well as Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS).
  • It is up to you to manage your finances and to stay in good standing with the University. You will be responsible for paying for a parking permit for the school and should do so to avoid getting tickets.

NROTC Events

  • From time to time the NROTC will have events that you are expected to attend. These can be at any point in time during the semester and can include working parties, cookouts, training events, and commissioning ceremonies.
  • Through the year, the Marine Option MIDN hold training events outside of regular lab and PT events. These events include Hikes, Small Unit Leadership Evaluations (SULE), and Field Exercises (FEX). These events are required for you to attend and could be on a weekend.
  • NROTC NS 100 Naval Science Lab is a required course and is normally held every Wednesday through the spring and fall semesters from 0615-0730.
  • You can put in leave if there are pressing matters that would prevent you from attending.


  • You are responsible for finding housing for you and your family.
  • While the limit is a 50 mile radius of the University, it is recommended that you live 30 minutes or less away from the school.
  • As stated, there are many events that are early in the morning and you will also need to have time to make it to your classes on time.
  • During the summer, you will be expected to check-in in person (unless your on leave) at least twice a week at the University.
  • There are several towns and cities that are nearby for you to live in such as Cary, Clayton, Knightdale, and Garner.

Contact Information

  • Once again, congratulations on your acceptance to the MECEP. We look forward to you becoming a part of our program and to helping you on your way to becoming a successful Officer of Marines.
  • If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the COC at anytime. The best way and most efficient way is through email.
  • The AMOI contact is and the MOI is


MECEP Expectations