How I Got Rejected to Marine Corps OCS in 2012

In follow-up to the example application that Got Accepted to Marine OCS in 2012, we are publishing a letter sent in from a candidate with a strong resume who was unfortunately not selected this time around.

My OSO sent in 13 books for 211. Only 1 was accepted, and that was a reserve spot. I was not selected. In case anyone is curious, here are some of my good stats:
300 PFT
3.96 GPA from a competitive university
Master’s degree in economics
Fluent in Spanish
Took a leadership training program at a wilderness survival school

And some bad stats:
3 waivers: age, tattoo, drug
Not many community service-type activities
No team sports
First time applying

I imagine the board looked at my application and said, “wow this guy is really smart and fit but 3 waivers? Seriously?” I’m reapplying for OCC-R 212. Reserve is better than nothing, so here’s hoping…

Red Flags

Although usually a 300 PFT, 3.96 GPA, and masters degree would be a slam dunk, your application needs to be consistent across all facets, not just sparkling in several categories and deficient in others, such as bad recommendations, waivers, whatever it may be. An age waiver is a negative but can be overcome. Tattoo waivers are a shot in the dark. You never know if it will be held too much against you. Drug waiver? Now the bad news is piling up. Drugs are a huge deal in the Marine Corps. Good luck ever getting past a board with a drug waiver.

Lack of team sports and volunteer activities should be viewed as “tie-breakers” if your packet is on the board vs. an identical package, then the other intangibles will be weighed against each other.

Hopefully this post helps clarify the board process to some. Good luck to all in this very tough application environment!

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50 thoughts on “How I Got Rejected to Marine Corps OCS in 2012

  1. Bullshit. Theres pharmaceutical drugs in every municipal water supply, and every Marine Ive known dips (Tabacco is a drug). Both of these cause deaths all the time. Not a single person has died from weed. What are the board members smoking?

  2. Good Stats:

    300 PFT
    Major: Economics
    GPA: 4.00
    Captain of football, basketball, and track teams in high school
    A lot of volunteer work and extracurriculars
    Good L.O.R’s: A Lieutenant General, a Corporal, and a Chief Warrant Officer (also my football coach) in the Marine Corps, H.S. Principal, and work manager

    Bad Stats:

    2 Waivers: (Health- broke my hand in high school, and Arrest- Infraction for loud noise when I was in High School)
    First time applying

    –If not selected, I’m considering joining the reserves before re-applying. Will that help?

    Thank you in advance for your response!

      1. Thank you for your response! I actually checked my record today and found that I wasn’t technically arrested and there is nothing under my criminal history. I hope that increases my chances as well. When you say “OSO’s ranking”, are you talking about the review he gives of me to the board? Thank you again, and happy early birthday to the Marine Corps.

      2. That’s very good then if it’s not on your official record. Yes the review the OSO gives to the board and the Marine Corps needs of the moment will be your major determining factors from the looks of things.

      3. Thanks! Do you know if the OCC program or the PLC program is more competitive? I’ve heard in the past that OCC was a more difficult path to OCS but that it may have changed in the past few years. Thanks!

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