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
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
Robert B. Neller, General, USMC Commandant of the Marine Corps, recently published the Commander’s Leadership Handbook, a general guide written for commanders and prospective commanders of the rank of Captain through Colonel. Regardless of your rank or waiting to ship to OCS, you must download the handbook (see below) and be prepared. The key to successful advancement is to be ready for the opportunity. There … Continue reading USMC Leadership Principles
While we may not typically think of social media influencers and military service members going hand in hand, the combination of the two has proven extremely powerful and even life-changing. Military influencers are starting to make an impact in mental health, recruiting, and life choices. After all, our selfless and patriotic military community undoubtedly carries influence among their peers. According to a recent study, 36% … Continue reading Military Social Influencers are Trending
The Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test, or PFT 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 … Continue reading 3 Tips to be stronger for OCS
JJ DID TIE BUCKLE is the nonsensical ditty you’ll remember for decades. The Marine Corps Leadership traits are perhaps the essential concepts Marines learn during recruit or OCS training. And with most Marines, terms are easily remembered using acronyms. JJDIDTIEBUCKLE (pronounced “JJ did tie buckle”), representing justice, judgment, dependability, integrity, decisiveness, tact, initiative, endurance, bearing, unselfishness, courage, knowledge, loyalty, and enthusiasm. JJ DID TIE BUCKLE is an … Continue reading What is JJ DID TIE BUCKLE?