Marine OSO

Marine OSO Q&A: Gateway to Marine Officer Candidates School

Thank you to Norfolk Virginia’s Officer Selection Officer, Captain Calderon, for sharing her background and advice for future candidates. If you’re around the southern Virginia area, feel free to reach out to her recruiting unit with any questions about joining: 4th Marine Corps Recruiting District. What’s your background? I played Division I soccer all four years of college and graduated from the Naval Academy in 2011. I … Continue reading Marine OSO Q&A: Gateway to Marine Officer Candidates School

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Secrets of Marine Corps PLC Juniors and Seniors

Thanks to recent graduate Avery Soong for sharing his perspective on the differences and similarities between Marine Corps PLC Juniors and PLC Seniors. Check out his Youtube channel for more insight on OCS. I often get questions addressing the differences between Marine Corps PLC Juniors and Seniors; thus, I will address the major differences and then share my personal experiences. OCS made a lot of … Continue reading Secrets of Marine Corps PLC Juniors and Seniors

short and skinny candidates

The Little End: Lessons from a Short and Skinny Candidates At OCS

Being a short and skinny candidate at Marine OCS So you have some concerns about being a short and skinny candidate at OCS? I was also a short and skinny candidate at OCS. Height: 5’ 6” and 120 lbs at my lightest point at OCS and the second shortest candidate in the platoon. Here is advice, tips, and straight talk to help you through OCS. … Continue reading The Little End: Lessons from a Short and Skinny Candidates At OCS

JAG Candidates: Prepare for OCS Now!

Thanks to 2ndLt X for his advice on the challenges that law (JAG) candidates face as they prepare for and complete OCS. The JAG Application Process Coming through the law (JAG) contract pipeline is probably 95% the same as the regular application process. One difference is that here’s a much larger emphasis on one’s LSAT score and law school grades. Further, I would say the … Continue reading JAG Candidates: Prepare for OCS Now!

Ductus Exemplo

Ductus Exemplo: “Amazing!! And You’re Supposed to be the Future??!”

Take care of those around you. If you don’t like them, remember: it’s not about you. Ductus Exemplo means lead by example. Lead from the front. Keep this in mind as you read my perspective: There are many things at OCS that won’t make sense at the time but will become perfectly clear later. And everyone’s experience at OCS is different. But, everyone’s experience is … Continue reading Ductus Exemplo: “Amazing!! And You’re Supposed to be the Future??!”

From Infantry Sergeant to OCS Graduate

Thanks to SSgt San Miguel, an Infantry Marine and MECEP for answering our questions about the MECEP and OCS from a prior service Marines perspective. As far as the difference between an MECEP applying to OCS and a college student, I am not too sure but I can speak on my process from the MECEP standpoint. I want any Marine applying to the MECEP to … Continue reading From Infantry Sergeant to OCS Graduate

April To Do List for USNA Applicants, courtesy of USNA or Bust

Thanks so much to USNA or Bust for sharing their extremely valuable and efficient April To Do list for future Annapolis midshipmen! Depending upon where you are in the process, you may have done some of the items on this list. Skip them. Be happy you’re done. Move on to the next First Steps: If you’re serious about attending the USNA or any other military academy, … Continue reading April To Do List for USNA Applicants, courtesy of USNA or Bust

Lessons Learned for the Mental and Physical Challenges of OCS

Thanks to a recently graduated OCC candidate who volunteered to share his advice and thoughts on the physical and mental rigors of OCS! My personal experiences at OCS Every selected candidate on his or her way to OCS will be understandably nervous. Whether that be at the airport when you arrive, when you first meet your sergeant instructors , or when you first get selected in … Continue reading Lessons Learned for the Mental and Physical Challenges of OCS

How OCS Views College Extracurriculars

College Student’s Question I’m an incoming college freshman trying to prepare for OCS after college. My question is: What extracurricular activities look best for OCS? Do they even care for extracurricular activities much at all? Do team sports look great or just clubs, or are they all the same in worth to OCS Admissions? Answer Extracurriculars with the following components look very good: Military Sports teams Fitness … Continue reading How OCS Views College Extracurriculars

Advice for Future Officers in High School

If you’re in high school and aim to become an officer in the Marine Corps, consider the following discussion and goals for your planning. The Realistic Odds and the Importance of Backup If 1 out of 3 OCS attendees fail (worse odds for females), and less than half of applications are accepted, your odds of becoming a Marine officer are tough even if you’re a qualified … Continue reading Advice for Future Officers in High School