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What is JJ DID TIE BUCKLE?

JJ DID TIE BUCKLE is the nonsensical ditty you’ll remember for decades

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What is JJ DID TIE BUCKLE?

JJ DID TIE BUCKLE” is an acronym for remembering the Marine Corps Leadership traits which you will frequently be tested upon at OCS.

What does JJ DID TIE BUCKLE stand for?

  • Judgment
  • Justice
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Decisiveness
  • Tact
  • Initiative
  • Enthusiasm
  • Bearing
  • Unselfishness
  • Courage
  • Knowledge
  • Loyalty
  • Endurance

These are the famous 14 frequently-mentioned Marine Corps leadership traits–not an exhaustive list of what it takes to be a Marine Corps leader, but a very common and highly respected

Where can I learn more?

See these fantastic official Marine Corps-produced videos on each leadership trait:

We highly recommend making flashcards and ensuring that “JJ DID TIE BUCKLE” is something you memorize before OCS, and that you can explain and give an example of each trait if called upon without hesitation.

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