Academics vs Sleep: The Math

I just made a great find on OCS academics.  These are real scans of chapters out of the 2009 (I think) Student outlines book, which you will call your “Knowledge” while at OCS. This is the real curriculum.  If you are a motivator and want a leg up, having this stuff memorized would put you at a HUGE advantage when you get there. I remember … Continue reading Academics vs Sleep: The Math

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

“A Message to my Candidates” from Mustang OSO Capt Dubon

While 24 years may seem like a long time, I assure you that time will pass in a blink of an eye. I’ve had the privilege of being around Marines for most of my life and fortunate enough to call most of them “My Marines”.  As an OSO, I see my officer candidates in the same light as I did my Marines; you were my … Continue reading “A Message to my Candidates” from Mustang OSO Capt Dubon

Top 4 OCS Tips from a Marine Lieutenant

Greetings Candidates! My name is 2nd Lt Speyer and I’m here to offer my two cents on the matter of preparing for OCS. For some context: I just graduated with OCC 231 in August of 2019 and am currently finishing up at TBS. I am not a “prior”, nor was I in the program long before being selected. Everything I learned about OCS was either … Continue reading Top 4 OCS Tips from a Marine Lieutenant

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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

Guest Post: Lessons Learned from OCS

“lights, lights, lights… lights, lights, lights” …  These words will be the first words you hear every morning for the next ten weeks while you attempt to complete the grueling OCS training. There is plenty to be said about OCS, but for the purpose of this article, I will be talking about the time you spend in the squad bay and some of the elements … Continue reading Guest Post: Lessons Learned from OCS

Why Candidates Must Show Leadership in Their Physical Fitness

Thank you to SSgt Seitz from OST Denver for this motivating guest post! In the Denver area and curious about opportunities with the US Marine Corps? Reach out to the team to learn more! Why is so much emphasis placed on physical fitness in the Marine Corps? If leadership is 50% of your grade at OCS, why should it matter if you can run 3 … Continue reading Why Candidates Must Show Leadership in Their Physical Fitness

Top Things I Wish I Knew Before OCS

Thank you to Candidate Chris for this guest post! Here are somethings I wish I knew before leaving to OCS that you would only find out during your wonderful stay in paradise. Weather Conditions I was in a fall OCC class and I kept hearing that was the best time to go because it isn’t too cold or too hot and well, it is actually … Continue reading Top Things I Wish I Knew Before OCS

Guest Post: The 8 Most “Embrace the Suck Moments” of The Basic School

“Embrace the Suck” is a mantra you will become very familiar with over the course of your Marine Corps service. “Embrace the suck” means, yes, this situation sucks, but lean in and accept the challenge as much as possible. Thank you to Benjamin Steele for sharing his post The 8 Most “Embrace the Suck Moments” of USMC’s The Basic School The following blog includes a … Continue reading Guest Post: The 8 Most “Embrace the Suck Moments” of The Basic School

A Prior-Enlisted (and Prior Drill Instructor) OSO’s Advice for Candidates

First of all, I’d like to thank the Marine OCS Blog for allowing me the opportunity to share my story and for providing a platform for me to get this information out. A couple of months ago as I reflected back on my career and thought about my rapidly approaching retirement date, I wanted to leave behind a tool that would assist those seeking information … Continue reading A Prior-Enlisted (and Prior Drill Instructor) OSO’s Advice for Candidates