Candidate Q: Easing Into Running

Candidate: I have two questions. 1- I recently sustained a foot injury from doing too much too soon (went from a lazy couch bum to 3 mile runs every day). The doctor said I need to rest it then ‘ease’ back into running. Summer break is approaching and lasts for 3 months. What is a good way to ‘ease’ back into my running while still … Continue reading Candidate Q: Easing Into Running

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Armstrong Pullup Program Too Much? Customize It Like This

Candidate’s Question I’m thinking about doing OCC-R in two years once I finish my bachelors. Problem is that I’m 6’2″ and 258 right now. I know I have plenty of time to fix myself and get in regs so I’m not too worried about that right now. I do have some questions though. 1. What is a suitable replacement for Fartlek right now? I’ll be … Continue reading Armstrong Pullup Program Too Much? Customize It Like This

Am I Too Short to Become a Marine Officer?

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 that everything will be exceptionally more challenging for me considering my size but watching O Course videos online makes me feel like it will be impossible for me to pass the O course in … Continue reading Am I Too Short to Become a Marine Officer?

Do I Need All That Stuff On The Packing List?

Q: Hello, I am heading to OCS this summer for PLC Juniors and have been following your blog site for over a year. I am familiar with the suggested “packing list” to bring to OCS on the blog. However, my OSO has told me that the only things I really will need to purchase beforehand is a decent watch and have about $500 of spending … Continue reading Do I Need All That Stuff On The Packing List?

How to Greet OSOs or Other Military Officers as an Applicant or Poolee

Candidate’s Question: I’m an OCS applicant/poolee and would like to know if there is an appropriate and respectful way to greet my OSO in public or private. I understand that saluting is inappropriate for a civilian but is it appropriate to stand at attention when greeting a commanding officer? A: No need to stand at attention even once you’re a Marine unless it’s truly a … Continue reading How to Greet OSOs or Other Military Officers as an Applicant or Poolee

Iffy Active Duty or Certain Reserve Contract?

Candidate Q: I have been in the application process for quite some time, and I’m finally in the contract stage. My OSO informed me that the last board had a 23% acceptance rate, and some classes are becoming reserve officer only. My OSO told me that it’s not easy moving from reserve officer to active duty, but would it be a better idea to try that route … Continue reading Iffy Active Duty or Certain Reserve Contract?

Candidate Q: Skinny Lieutenants: Impossible!

Candidate Comment: This is more for peace of mind, than anything else, so feel free to take your time responding. I can run approximately a 275 PFT (I vary from around 270 to 285). However, while working out in a local gym, someone who used to be a Marine told me that I do not have the ‘look’ of a 2nd LT. Not a attractiveness … Continue reading Candidate Q: Skinny Lieutenants: Impossible!

Candidate Q: How do I learn the basics before OCS?

Candidates, we are running a series of small posts which answer specific candidate’s questions. Feel free to submit questions as blog comments. If the information could help others, the question may be answered as a blog post under the Q&A category. Candidate Question: I am a recent graduate from college and have been feverishly training (physically) for OCS for about a year now. I’ve done … Continue reading Candidate Q: How do I learn the basics before OCS?