Thank you to Candidate S for sharing her tips after attending OCS in 2019! 1.) Broken-in boots Lightweight and comfy combat boots to wear on the everyday. Not your O-course/endurance/stamina course boots. Not your inspection boots. Just good, comfortable, broken in boots (Bates Lites are a common choice). You should be able to walk, run, and drill in these, as you will wear them for … Continue reading The Top 10 Items Every Candidate Should Bring To OCS
Thank you for reviewing our packing list, Second Lieutenant Will. The Fall 2016 graduate shared this update after his commissioning: But something for your packing list, that needs to go NUMBER ONE on the list is Kendall Covidien Waterproof tape. They’ve changed how sleeping works, which puts an absolute premium on night time time management and subsequently, gear markings. That tape, coupled with a waterproof map pen, … Continue reading Packing list update: bring this tape if you’re headed to OCS!
These are the top three pullup bars on Amazon.com under the Strength Training Equipment page here. We hope you find a good one and do great things with the Armstrong program! 2018 Update: Well, new technology is making our previous indoor pullup bar reviews obsolete! We had a blast reviewing one of the very first Duonamic Eleviia indoor pullup bars. Pros Easy to install. Can be removed … Continue reading Comparing the Top Indoor Pullup Bars
This Timex Expedition watch aims squarely at undercutting more expensive and well-known competitors such as the Suunto and G-Shock lines of military watches. The Timex successfully combines all the commonly-desired features into an attractive packaging at a very competitive price, and should be at the top of every new Lieutenant’s wish list. //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=uo0e5-20&marketplace=amazon®ion=US&placement=B001GUKPGC&asins=B001GUKPGC&linkId=4e6f181b7de6cef7e6a1ac18fd0a3648&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true Features Multiple timers and alarms. Hydration reminder. Day, date, and month calendar. Light, Compass, Shock … Continue reading Gear Review: Military Watches: Timex T49612 Expedition Trail Series
The Bottom Line: Reasonable Boots for Every Occasion Bates are generally the least expensive of the small number of officially approved USMC boots. Anecdotally, they seem to be the most widely-worn brand in the fleet. There are several different models, so don’t get confused: Bates E30501 Men’s USMC DuraShocks Hot Weather Boot This is the temperate or hot weather boot offering by Bates. Hot weather boots of … Continue reading USMC Boot Review: Bates Boots
Danners Are the Best. That’s the bottom line. “Everyone” who has Danners loves them. They feel so comfortable and natural from the very first time you put them on. The Danner RAT boots pictured above are now standard issue to every Marine headed on a deployment. Danners are very well cushioned inside, which contributes to the insulation (great in winter, a little hot in … Continue reading USMC Boot Review: Danners