Do you have the right ID?

“Can I see your ID?” is a familiar question for anyone that has served or currently serves in the United States Military. And like most areas of the armed forces, there can be much confusion about the rules and process of obtaining a valid military identification card based on your status. A Department of Defense (DoD) Identification Card is used to show your military status … Continue reading Do you have the right ID?

Every branch of the military is struggling to make its 2022 recruiting goals, officials say

With a record low number of Americans eligible to serve, and few of those willing to do it, this “is the year we question the sustainability of the all-volunteer force,” said an expert. Every branch of the U.S. military is struggling to meet its fiscal year 2022 recruiting goals, say multiple U.S. military and defense officials, and numbers obtained by NBC News show both a record low … Continue reading Every branch of the military is struggling to make its 2022 recruiting goals, officials say

The Original Navajo Code Talkers

On this day, July 27nd the all-Navajo 382nd Platoon graduated June 27, 1942. Col. James L. Underhill, commanding officer of the Recruit Department, gave a heartfelt speech on graduation day. “This is the first truly All-American platoon to pass through this recruit depot,” he said. “It is, in fact, the first All-American platoon to enter the United States Marine Corps.” During World War II, about … Continue reading The Original Navajo Code Talkers

OCS Leadership Tribe FebruaryNewsletter

The OCS Leadership Tribe December 2021 newsletter highlights the Association of the United States Navy’s push for building a stronger Navy. Specifically, 355 ships. In 2017, Congress passed into federal law a 355-ship Navy fleet. Presently, less than 300 are operational and stand at the ready. Some military leaders recommended to Congress that 400 ships are needed to protect the United States and display global … Continue reading OCS Leadership Tribe FebruaryNewsletter

OCS Leadership Tribe December Newsletter

The OCS Leadership Tribe December 2021 newsletter highlights five exceptional leaders. Read their stories of building a career around being true to themselves and embracing authenticity. The OCS Leadership team is honored to share their stories. Download our new iOS & Android Marine OCS Blog mobile app! Access the latest post, articles, and monthly newsletters. CLICK HERE TO VIEW NEWSLETTER Continue reading OCS Leadership Tribe December Newsletter

USMC PFT Scores and Requirements

The Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test, or PFT, evaluates stamina and physical conditioning. It includes 3 parts: pull-ups or push-ups, crunches or plank pose, and a 3-mile timed run. Pull-ups and push-ups are essential to building the upper body strength necessary to win battles. Crunches and planks are critical to maintaining a strong core and being battle-ready at a moment’s notice. Males must complete the … Continue reading USMC PFT Scores and Requirements

New Marine Corps Tattoo Regulations

WASHINGTON —The Marine Corps has released a new tattoo policy that seeks to balance the personal desires of Marines with high standards of professional military appearance and heritage. The Marine Corps Bulletin 1020, released June 2, 2016, explains the new Marine Corps tattoo policy, which replaces all previous tattoo policy guidance. (adopted from the Marine Corps official statement, new tattoo policy.) “The Commandant and I have been talking with Marines throughout the … Continue reading New Marine Corps Tattoo Regulations

Marine Corps Rank Structure

Officers Candidates School introduces tactical, operational, and administrative learning objectives. Candidates are encouraged to commit the Marine Corps rank structure to memory before arriving at Marine Corps Base Quantico, the crossroads of the USMC. Here is a complete breakdown of all Enlisted, Warrant Officer, and Officer ranks and associated grades. ENLISTED Often referred to as the backbone of the Corps, enlisted Marines with pay grades … Continue reading Marine Corps Rank Structure