Can I Enlist After Getting Dropped From OCS?

Candidate Question: Will getting dropped from OCS permanently disqualify me from enlisted service? Answer: No. Every service is always looking for a few good men and women. You are allowed to enlist, if you really want to, after getting dropped from OCS. However, it’s roughly the equivalent of getting your degree, applying to a white-collar job at some Fortune 500 company’s corporate office, bombing the interview, … Continue reading Can I Enlist After Getting Dropped From OCS?

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Advice For An Applicant With Waiver Issues

Applicant’s Question I recently met with an OSO here in New York and began the OCS application process. I have great letters of recommendation, I’m in great physical shape. I’m 28 years old, and I shouldn’t have a problem scoring about 300 on the PFT. However, I have some waivers for a work misconduct firing recently and also a misdemeanor petty theft waiver I’m submitting. I also … Continue reading Advice For An Applicant With Waiver Issues

Will My Master’s Studies Take Me Past The OCS Age Limit?

Question This spring, I will finish my undergraduate studies as a 23-year old. Someday, I want to do my Masters. If I do it right after I’m done with my undergrad, I’ll be 25 once I’m finished. Is there an age limit to do OCS? What options do I have? Response If you want to do your Masters, we wholeheartedly recommend doing it sooner rather … Continue reading Will My Master’s Studies Take Me Past The OCS Age Limit?

Know Your USMC OCS Waiver!

Candidate Question: As a single parent with custody of my daughter, does a Dependents Waiver hurt my package’s chances? Would the Marines rather select a single guy over me? Personally, I feel more competent now that I am a parent and I have to keep in mind that every man or woman I may potentially serve is someone’s child, brother, sister, husband, or wife. What … Continue reading Know Your USMC OCS Waiver!

Should I Talk to an OSO Before I’m “Ready” for OCS?

Candidate Question: I am currently enrolled in college, majoring in Computer Science. I have struggled quite a bit in finding a major to stick with, but am now positive this is the right major for me. I currently have roughly a 3.0 GPA and will continue to improve on that as I go. I have always been interested in serving our country. …after personal family … Continue reading Should I Talk to an OSO Before I’m “Ready” for OCS?

Short Female Candidate Question: Obstacle Course

Female Candidate Question: I will be applying for the OCS class who will enter in June of this year. This is a silly concern- but I’m 5’0 tall-even. I know that everything will be exceptionally more challenging for me considering my size but watching Obstacle Course videos online makes me feel like it will be impossible for me to pass the O course in time … Continue reading Short Female Candidate Question: Obstacle Course

Candidate Q: Commissioning Timing After PLC and OCC

Candidate Question I am very new to the website and so far it looks pretty good to me. I was sent here from futurejarheads about my path to become an officer in the Marines and I am kind of confused about the commissioning part of becoming an officer. I read you can either do PLC or OCC. Do you get commissioned to 2nd Lt after … Continue reading Candidate Q: Commissioning Timing After PLC and OCC

Candidate Q: Swimmer’s Running Preparation

Candidate: First off I want to say this blog is fantastic and has so much helpful information on it! -I’m a competitive swimmer, I swim six days a week (meets are on weekends so it can end up being 7) and do weights every Monday, Wednesday, Friday. I want to get in shape but frankly have little to no time to go running, even on … Continue reading Candidate Q: Swimmer’s Running Preparation

Candidate Q: Obstacle Course Tips?

Candidate Question: I am currently in NROTC at [college omitted]. I am applying for a PLC contract at this time. My question is, my PFT is pretty solid. However, I’m in shape, I’m just not athletic. Things like the O-Course are a serious challenge for me. We hardly ever run it on a regular basis (once every two to three months because we have so … Continue reading Candidate Q: Obstacle Course Tips?