Last week I was selected to be a Marine Corps Judge Advocate. I'll be heading to Quantico this summer for 10 weeks. I'm a 1L at a T2.
I'll answer any questions anyone might have about the Marine Corps application process.
What were your PFT scores? Grades (or did they not even get a chance to look at your first semester ones)? Do you have any sense of what may have helped you get picked up? Do you have any sense of how competitive the process is with looming budget cuts? How have you been training for OCS?
I'm applying to the March/April board. My PT is coming together, but I still have some work to do to get into the 285 range. Starting to work through the rest of the application now.
269 on a PFT from the summer (20/85/20:30). That was the only one they had on file for me when they submitted my package. I didn't get selected in the fall. I can easily get in the mid/high 280's though. They didn't have my fall semester grades, but I just got them and I'm in the top quartile somewhere. They did have my undergrad grades, which was a 3.55 in engineering. I think the engineering major helped me, in addition to the work experience I had before coming to law school. I've had internships engineering and big law. I also volunteer a lot with mock trial for high school and college kids. Competition is going to get worse, I would think. My OSO told me that they are not taking 2L's. I don't know if that is just for this summer, or if that is for the foreseeable future. That can't be a good sign though. I guess I got extremely lucky.
I've been trying my best to fit a work-out schedule in with class. I didn't lift at all fall semester, partly because I had an AC joint sprain. But now I'm better and I'm starting to put weight and mass back on. Pullups every day. Never running and abs on the same day, so I usually alternate. I used to think I had superior genetics because I never had any health problems, but that just isn't the truth anymore. I'm trying to take it easy and not aggravate any injuries I've had within the past year (AC joint, shin splints, hip flexor strains). Trying to reach a target weight of around 185, but it's hard to eat and even harder to work out now in the second semester.
Get your paperwork done as quickly as possible. If your OSO tells you he needs something, you get started on it as soon as you get the papers, or you get the ball rolling immediately.