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The Top 10 Items Every Candidate Should Bring To OCS

Thank you to Candidate S for sharing her tips after attending OCS in 2019! 1.) Broken-in boots Lightweight and comfy combat boots to wear on the everyday. Not your O-course/endurance/stamina course boots. Not your inspection boots. Just good, comfortable, broken in boots (Bates Lites are a common choice). You should be able to walk, run, and drill in these, as you will wear them for … Continue reading The Top 10 Items Every Candidate Should Bring To OCS

The Ten Commandments of Foot Care at OCS

Blisters, hotspots, fatigue and pain affect most candidates’s feet at OCS due to the incredible amount of stress and limited recovery time afforded, on top of breaking in new boots in often-wet environments. Don’t forget–wet is the enemy! We surveyed successful candidates on their top tips for foot care at OCS, and curated the top ten suggestions we heard again and again. Get yourself some … Continue reading The Ten Commandments of Foot Care at OCS

The Misty Posey Pull-up Plan

LtCol Misty Posey is a Marine Corps fitness legend. If you haven’t heard of her, you’re missing out. Her work might just change your life Even though Misty was never an athlete growing up, and never lifted weights until her thirties, she has led a fitness movement within the Marine Corps over the last half decade-plus. She’s also the world record holder for deadlift for … Continue reading The Misty Posey Pull-up Plan

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So, you want to be a JAG? Why the Marines?

Let me start by being straight with you: the Marine Corps is not for everyone. The culture and challenges you will face will be harder than any other JAG branch, if you are not dead set on being a Marine then don’t even bother showing up. When I went to law school I knew I was interested in joining the military, but I did not … Continue reading So, you want to be a JAG? Why the Marines?

What a Professional Dietitian Wants You to Know About Eating Before Running

Thank you to OCS blog contributor, registered dietitian and Marine spouse Cortney Berling, MPH, RD, CDE. Sign Up for her OCS Prep Nutrition Program here to improve your fitness and knowledge with live group coaching (limited availability) Pre-Run Nutrition  What you’re eating before running can make a significant difference in your training and PFT score.  Every athlete is different, therefore pre-run nutrition choices should be … Continue reading What a Professional Dietitian Wants You to Know About Eating Before Running

The Reason of OCS

Thank you to a recent candidate who shared his advice after attending OCS this past summer, 2020. Finding the Why at OCS Makes it Bearable Everything at OCS has a purpose, from the discipline to PT to how you eat chow. Find the “why” (IOT) in everything and OCS goes from a drag to really meaningful quickly. My Experience It was like the end of … Continue reading The Reason of OCS

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How to Contract for OCS

Obviously, talk to an Officer Selection Officer (OSO), or officer recruiter, if it’s something you’re interested in. (Contact an OSO through the official site: http://officer.marines.com/ ) Come in with an idea of what you want to do/achieve, show that you have already thought about it and that you’re motivated. Cultivate a good relationship with your OSO as this can help you get contracted. There are … Continue reading How to Contract for OCS

66 Reasons NOT to go to OCS

We asked our fans who had passed OCS to share their advice with the above prompt. We shared “Don’t go to OCS if…” and got the following responses (and more!) Clear themes that emerged emphasized the importance of humbly being able to receive criticism, coming with commitment and mental toughness, not being a quitter, and most heavily emphasized: don’t be selfish and expect to succeed … Continue reading 66 Reasons NOT to go to OCS

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Six Tips for Short or Thin Officer Candidates at OCS

This one goes out to all the normal-sized (or smaller) human beings approaching the challenge of OCS You belong. Don’t think every candidate there will be 6’2” 180 lbs. This can create a “I will not belong there” or a “I’m not going to do well there” mindset, which can be very hard to get out of for a short candidate. Eat to compete Eat … Continue reading Six Tips for Short or Thin Officer Candidates at OCS

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How to Train Before OCS to Minimize Your Injury Risk

How can you prevent injuries and stay out of medical while at OCS? One of the many questions that you might have before stepping onto Brown Field is in regards to injury prevention and staying out of medical during your time at OCS. My name is 2ndLt Aegerter and I graduated from OCS in the summer of 2019. In addition to going through OCS myself, … Continue reading How to Train Before OCS to Minimize Your Injury Risk

Covid Quarantine at 2020 OCS

What are the 14 days of quarantine at OCS in 2020 like? 8/17 update: candidates are going to do their induction PFT during the first week of ROM, so be prepared to max your PFT any day upon arriving at OCS! Also, we polled our readers, and here are the top answers: “The 2 weeks of quarantine is extremely uneventful: In the first 3 days … Continue reading Covid Quarantine at 2020 OCS