Example Mini OCS (aka OCS Prep Weekend) Gear List (2017)

What is “Mini-OCS”? OCS Prep Weekend, or “Mini-OCS” is a short, realistic weekend experience to expose candidates to facets of OCS before they ship. It prepares you for OCS, simply enough. We’ve written about it here before: My Mini OCS Experience Video Overview of OCS Prep Weekend   Your OCS Prep Weekend Packing List This gear list was shared by a candidate who recently (May … Continue reading Example Mini OCS (aka OCS Prep Weekend) Gear List (2017)

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Your Marine Officer (2nd Lt) Uniform Regulations in Plain English

Thank you to Jack and co at FexGear.com for building this detailed guide to the Marine Corps officer uniform regulations for Lieutenants far and wide. Service Alpha Uniform: The Green Ones See the official Marine Corps Uniform Regulations here, MCO P1020.34G W CH 1-5. At present, this guide covers only the Service “A”, aka “alpha” uniform setup for newly-commissioned Marine Corps officers. See a tutorial on setup for the … Continue reading Your Marine Officer (2nd Lt) Uniform Regulations in Plain English

Need a PFT or CFT Calculator App? iCorps’ Features Have You Covered

iCorps Pocket Reference App iCorps is pocket reference for everything a Marine should know. This is basically the app I wish existed when I was a new Lieutenant. (The app is designed for all ranks.) iCorps allows all past, present, future Marines and any iPhone user to learn about the Corps or just to keep up to date with everything you need to reference on … Continue reading Need a PFT or CFT Calculator App? iCorps’ Features Have You Covered

My Journey from Civilian to Marine Officer, Part III: TBS

Thank you to Lieutenant Schmuckatelli, a new Infantry Officer, who is sharing his journey through OCS and TBS with us. (Read Part 1: Pre-OCS here and Part 2: OCS here) The Basic School: You’re Not at OCS Anymore After 10 weeks of being a high-strung candidate having every waking moment scheduled for me, I was now a Commissioned Officer beginning the Basic Officer Course at … Continue reading My Journey from Civilian to Marine Officer, Part III: TBS

My Journey from Civilian to Marine Officer, Part II: OCS

Thank you to Lieutenant Schmuckatelli, a new Infantry Officer, who is sharing his journey through OCS and TBS with us. My OCS: Officer Candidates Course 221 In November of 2015 I learned I would be picking up with OCC 221 in January 2016. Ten years after first stepping into a recruiting station, I had earned my place in order to attempt to earn my place. Now … Continue reading My Journey from Civilian to Marine Officer, Part II: OCS

My Journey from Civilian to Marine Infantry Officer, Part I: Pre-OCS

Thank you to Lieutenant Schmuckatelli, a new Infantry Officer, who is sharing his journey through OCS and TBS with us. (Read Part 2: OCS here) The year is 2005. As I’m getting ready to graduate high school and head off to college, I can’t help but notice that I’m not as excited as most of the people around me. I was 18 – what do … Continue reading My Journey from Civilian to Marine Infantry Officer, Part I: Pre-OCS

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iPads at Marine Corps OCS (and MCRD, too): Crazy Experiment or Great Idea?

In the past at OCS, candidates and their families have been totally separated, unable to communicate except through physical USPS mail. That distance and separation have been slowly chipped away over the years due to technology and evolving traditions. Previous Changes Some time ago, Liberty periods enable candidates to call home on many weekends. In recent years, the mobile app Sandboxx enables families to quickly … Continue reading iPads at Marine Corps OCS (and MCRD, too): Crazy Experiment or Great Idea?

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Battles Won: New 2017 Marine Corps Commercial

We have a motivating new Marine Corps commercial! It utilizes the new slogan or tagline “Battles Won.” Incredible homage to our illustrious history and values… But do you feel like there’s something missing? Battles aren’t won solely on the field That’s a common misconception Battles are won within Over enemies of fear Enemies of doubt In that place where promises are kept Promises to oneself … Continue reading Battles Won: New 2017 Marine Corps Commercial

The Wall: A Distance Runner’s Perspective on Mental Toughness

By Kristen Schafer Let’s talk about Mental Toughness and running. If you’ve ever trained for a running event then you have probably heard of it before. At the Boston Marathon it is known as “heartbreak hill”, at the 25k national road racing championships it’s called “the green monster”, at the biggest road race in the U.S., Bloomsday, it’s called “Doomsday hill”, but most runners just … Continue reading The Wall: A Distance Runner’s Perspective on Mental Toughness

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?