Interview With A Dropped Candidate

Candidate X did well at OCS physically, but ended up dropping with a new appreciation for his own strengths and weaknesses. He has graciously accepted an invitation to conduct an interview with the OCS blog as he prepares for another run at the grueling course. How far into OCS did you get? While I wasn’t able to successfully complete USMC OCS by our end date in … Continue reading Interview With A Dropped Candidate

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Marine Corps Leadership Traits: Tact

Candidates, this is a post in a series of leadership posts relating specifically to the Marine Corps Leadership traits–the most basic introduction to the Corps’ philosophies that you will learn about at OCS. Study the leadership traits and other lessons ahead of time on our academics page. Tact Definition Tact means that you can deal with people in a manner that will maintain good relations … Continue reading Marine Corps Leadership Traits: Tact

Leadership Advice for Future Marine Officers Still in High School

Future Candidate’s Question: Hi, I’m a high school junior wanting to know what you did for leadership postitions to prepare for your application and as a future officer. I hold a leadership role in a school club and am joining National Honor Society. I know that I’m a few years away from applying, but that leadership is one of the key things that the selection … Continue reading Leadership Advice for Future Marine Officers Still in High School

Candidate Q: High School Preparation for USMC OCS

Candidate Question: As a sophomore in High School, how can I better myself…especially at a young age? I can do 90 push-ups, 13 pull-ups, 100 crunches, but I have not done much running. Unfortunately I don’t participate in any sports but I am in some clubs (yet I don’t have any leadership positions). I am very motivated to joining the Corps as an officer, I … Continue reading Candidate Q: High School Preparation for USMC OCS

Marine Corps Leadership Traits: Endurance

Candidates, this is a post in a series of leadership posts relating specifically to the Marine Corps Leadership traits–the most basic introduction to the Corps’ philosophies that you will learn about at OCS. Study the leadership traits and other lessons ahead of time on our academics page. Endurance Definition Endurance is the mental and physical stamina that is measured by your ability to withstand pain, … Continue reading Marine Corps Leadership Traits: Endurance

Marine Corps Leadership Trait: Loyalty

Candidates, this is a post in a series of leadership posts relating specifically to the Marine Corps Leadership traits–the most basic introduction to the Corps’ philosophies that you will learn about at OCS. Study the leadership traits and other lessons ahead of time on our academics page. Loyalty Definition Loyalty means that you are devoted to your country, the Corps, and to your seniors, peers, … Continue reading Marine Corps Leadership Trait: Loyalty

Marine Corps Leadership Traits: Knowledge

Candidates, this is a post in a series of leadership posts relating specifically to the Marine Corps Leadership traits–the most basic introduction to the Corps’ philosophies that you will learn about at OCS. Study the leadership traits and other lessons ahead of time on our academics page. Knowledge Definition Knowledge is the understanding of a science or art. Knowledge means that you have acquired information … Continue reading Marine Corps Leadership Traits: Knowledge

Marine Corps Leadership Traits: Courage

Candidates, this is a post in a series of leadership posts relating specifically to the Marine Corps Leadership traits–the most basic introduction to the Corps’ philosophies that you will learn about at OCS. Study the leadership traits and other lessons ahead of time on our academics page. Courage Definition Courage is what allows you to remain calm while recognizing fear. Moral courage means having the … Continue reading Marine Corps Leadership Traits: Courage

Marine Corps Leadership Traits: Unselfishness

Candidates, this is a post in a series of leadership posts relating specifically to the Marine Corps Leadership traits–the most basic introduction to the Corps’ philosophies that you will learn about at OCS. Study the leadership traits and other lessons ahead of time on our academics page. Unselfishness Definition Unselfishness means that you avoid making yourself comfortable at the expense of others. Be considerate of … Continue reading Marine Corps Leadership Traits: Unselfishness

Marine Corps Leadership Traits: Bearing

Candidates, this is a post in a series of leadership posts relating specifically to the Marine Corps Leadership traits–the most basic introduction to the Corps’ philosophies that you will learn about at OCS. Study the leadership traits and other lessons ahead of time on our academics page. Bearing Definition Bearing is the way you conduct and carry yourself. Your manner should reflect alertness, competence, confidence, … Continue reading Marine Corps Leadership Traits: Bearing