Marine OCS Graduation

Marine OCS Graduation

Marine Officer Candidate School Graduation is finally here! The day has finally come when you get to see your Candidate walk across the parade deck at Marine Officer Candidate School Graduation! It’s been a long 10 weeks as they have been away in Quantico. Here are our tips for getting the most out of the Family Day and Marine Officer Candidate School Graduation.   Most … Continue reading Marine OCS Graduation

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The Insiders Guide to 2017 OCS Graduation/Family Day

Welcome Marine OCS Family and Friends! This is your definitive guide (updated for 2017) to navigating OCS Family Day and Graduation from those who have done it before. Think of it as your free travel guide to OCS. The day has finally come after long weeks of separation and it’s time to see your candidate walk across the parade deck at Brown Field. They appreciate … Continue reading The Insiders Guide to 2017 OCS Graduation/Family Day

Proposing at Boot Camp/OCS Graduation: Mistake or Perfect Timing?

This post on proposing at basic training originally appeared on the Sandboxx blog, for the general US military audience. It definitely still applies to USMC enlisted or officer basic trainings. It’s flashy, it’s exciting, it’s the combination of two of the most momentous days of your life. But is proposing at your OCS graduation also a decision you will regret? Ryan and Jenny Ryan and Jenny … Continue reading Proposing at Boot Camp/OCS Graduation: Mistake or Perfect Timing?

Driving Directions to USMC OCS Graduation

Click the picture for Google driving directions to OCS for Graduation or Check in Officer Candidates School is located on Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico. Quantico is located in Northern Virginia, near Prince William County. It is accessible from Interstate 95 of HWY 1. Quantico is South of Washington D.C. and north of Fredericksburg, Va. There are two exits on both North and Southbound lanes … Continue reading Driving Directions to USMC OCS Graduation

Marine Corps Charity: The Marine Graduation Foundation

Candidates, we highly recommend you support the good work of this charity which helps our enlisted brothers and sisters and their families. Learn more at www.usmcgrad.org About the Marine Graduation Foundation: The men and women who choose to serve our country as a United States Marine endure more in one day of boot camp than most of us will ever experience in a lifetime and they … Continue reading Marine Corps Charity: The Marine Graduation Foundation

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The 2018 OCS Graduation and Commissioning Gift Guide

“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. 2nd Lieutenant Challenge Coin This coin pays tribute to … Continue reading The 2018 OCS Graduation and Commissioning Gift Guide

TBS Q&A from a Marine Captain Instructor

Captain Charles J. Baumann was a Warfighting Instructor at The Basic School from July 2017 to July 2020 and has a diverse arrangement of experience.  While at TBS, Captain Baumann was the Motor Transport Platoon Commander, a Staff Platoon Commander for India Company 1-19, a Staff Platoon Commander for Fox Company 6-19, and the Primary Instructor for the Convoy Operations Package of The Basic School.  … Continue reading TBS Q&A from a Marine Captain Instructor

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The Trouble Is, You Think You Have Time.

Officer Candidates School in the Time of COVID-19 Thanks to SSgt Seitz for this guest post. SSgt Seitz is a Officer Selection Assistant from Officer Selection Team Denver As an Officer Selection Assistant, it is my job to guide an individual through the application, selection, and preparation process. I can inform, remind, prompt, encourage, and assist in that process, but I cannot do it for … Continue reading The Trouble Is, You Think You Have Time.

The Inside Story of “Pizzagate”, the OCS Scandal of 2017

Thank you so much to our friend Michelle, one of the former candidates involved in Pizzagate, for sharing her story. If you have not heard of this scandal from last year, read on! We hope this story and advice helps you understand and prepare for the reality of the high standards of OCS. As a naive, 18 year old girl in college, I viewed the … Continue reading The Inside Story of “Pizzagate”, the OCS Scandal of 2017