Getting to OCS, Part II: First Meeting and Rough Application

Catch Part I of our Getting to OCS series here Part II: Your First Meeting and Filling out the Rough Application In the last post, we covered the first steps for becoming a Marine Officer. This post will detail what will be covered in your first meeting and provide a few tips to ensure everything goes smoothly. You’ll probably be greeted by a Second Lieutenant, … Continue reading Getting to OCS, Part II: First Meeting and Rough Application

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One Candidate’s Lessons Learned for OSOs

My Story My first application, which was unsuccessful, was in 2012 with a 273 PFT and with the same exact recommendations/letters/reason-for-joining/waivers/etc. My second visit into the office was March 2015 and it was with a new Captain and Staff Sergeant, but the same civilian secretary. Instantly, the secretary vouched for me and praised me, telling everyone in the office that I was the “perfect gentlemen,” proclaiming how … Continue reading One Candidate’s Lessons Learned for OSOs

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