When Future Naval Aviators Look in the Mirror, Do They See Maverick?

My Pre-NAMI Experience

Many thanks to Candidate Cunningham for providing his personal experiences as he begins his career path of Naval Aviator! I’d like to provide my recollection of preparing for my Navy Aeromedical Institute (NAMI) flight physical experience.  Please keep in mind that this is just my experience and it may differ slightly from what another Student […]

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USMC TBS The Basic School

TBS Housing Question

Candidate’s Question Do new officers have to live on base in the officer’s barracks at The Basic School? Can they stay off-base or rent an apartment nearby? Answer The majority of students at The Basic School will live in barracks on-base. If you are married and living nearby with your spouse, you will get a […]

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How Much Do OCS Candidates Get Paid?

Candidate Question What is the pay for an OCS candidate while attending OCS? Is it disbursed once a month? Answer Candidates are considered at the pay grade of a Sergeant or E-5, “or the highest pay grade achieved if” entering… “directly from current service at a pay grade above E-5.” In other words, there’s no […]

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The Basic School Camp Barrett Map

Below you can see the overview of the entire Marine Corps Base Quantico. (Gray in the non-satellite or “after” map view) Mainside “Quantico mainside” is to the east of I-95, and contains Officer Candidates School and the bulk of the rest of the support staff and other units at MCB Quantico. TBS Location The Basic […]

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What to Wear to Your OSO Meeting

Clothes, mainly. When meeting with an Officer Selection Officer (OSO), it would not hurt to dress a little bit more professional–like candidates on liberty. It’s not mandatory, but you want to consistently make a good impression in every interaction with your OSO. Obviously, when coming to the OSO’s office for a PFT or other workout, […]

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Should I Fear OCS?

Candidate Question I’m afraid of the challenge, uncertainty and high stakes at OCS. Is it wrong to be scared? Discussion You’re absolutely right about OCS being perhaps the biggest challenge of your life. The uncertainty and unpredictability of the outcome, and the impact graduation or failure can make on your whole life plan is incredible. […]

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