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

Basic School Q&A with a TBS Instructor

Thanks to Capt Baumann, TBS instructor and former Staff Platoon Commander, for answering our fans questions on our Instagram. Follow us on Instagram for more great content and opportunities to interact with Marine Officers! When you pick your MOS do you then leave TBS and go to the school of your MOS? There’s often a small wait until school starts (few weeks/months); you’ll likely hang … Continue reading Basic School Q&A with a TBS Instructor

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

“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