“What should I get a graduating or commissioning candidate?” is a question asked by many family members unfamiliar with the Corps.
The following were my favorite gifts when I graduated OCS and commissioned (on the same day).
If you have a new Second Lieutenant en route to The Basic School, check out our TBS gift guide.
-A USMC doormat
-The green Officer Candidates School shirts that officers at OCS get to wear.
-USMC money clip (for me, I liked that alot since it was something I wanted)
I didn’t get an engraved mug but that is another popular idea. Same with a sword display.
Remember, what is special differs quite a bit depending on personal preferences. Expensive is not necessarily better. A $15 doormat that claimed my house was a USMC house was my absolute favorite thing! So think what your candidate would like.