How I Got Rejected to Marine Corps OCS in 2012

In follow-up to the example application that Got Accepted to Marine OCS in 2012, we are publishing a letter sent in from a candidate with a strong resume who was unfortunately not selected this time around. My OSO sent in 13 books for 211. Only 1 was accepted, and that was a reserve spot. I was not selected. In case anyone is curious, here are … Continue reading How I Got Rejected to Marine Corps OCS in 2012

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How I Got Accepted to Marine Corps OCS in 2012

From a helpful candidate with a sparkling resume. Friends, this is how you let your resume speak for itself to the board! “I was on the board for October OCC. I was very uneasy about what my results would be since I knew how competitive thing have gotten over the last year or two. I was fortunate to be selected. Here were some of my … Continue reading How I Got Accepted to Marine Corps OCS in 2012

Extremely competitive applications for OCS…rejected

Candidates, there is no sure thing when it comes to applications and the boards right now. We have heard of good candidates with 300 PFTs not getting selected. Work as hard as you can to have an airtight application, and do not hesitate to APPLY EARLY AND OFTEN. One current Second Lieutenant applied several times over a time period of about a year before being … Continue reading Extremely competitive applications for OCS…rejected

USMC Crunches Video: PFT Rules

USMC Crunches: PFT Rules MCO P6100.12  MARINE CORPS PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST AND BODY COMPOSITION PROGRAM MANUAL Abdominal Crunch. The goal of the abdominal crunch event is for a Marine to execute as many proper and complete crunches within the prescribed time limit. The procedures are: (1) 2-minute time limit. (2) On a flat surface, Marines will lie flat on their back with shoulder blades touching … Continue reading USMC Crunches Video: PFT Rules

Book Review: The Power of Habit

Does this sound like you? Before I joined the Marine Corps, I hated running. A whole lot. But I needed that 25 minute three mile to get a lot closer to 18:00! Creating the habit of following a disciplined running program was extremely difficult. I really didn’t know how to efficiently form new habits, or even how habits worked. I wish I had had this … Continue reading Book Review: The Power of Habit

Guest Post: Hey Motivator, Are You Overtraining?

Thanks so much to physical trainer and civilian Marine Manny at 300PFT.com, a wonderful Marine-friendly fitness website for this guest post.  Educate yourself at his great website! Muscles aren’t built in gym while exercising. They don’t grow in real time. They’re built in bed while sleeping and recovering. They’re built through the recovery process that your body undergoes when it is healing from the muscle … Continue reading Guest Post: Hey Motivator, Are You Overtraining?

Burn some fat! Try this example no-gym Fartlek workout

Some of you have expressed an interest in example workouts. A Fartlek is a very simple workout to understand, and is a staple of Marine OCS. Fartleks rock because you can completely tailor it to your own body and needs. Maybe this flexibility leads to analysis paralysis for some? Anyways–get your butt off the couch and try this one out! Each workout station is separated … Continue reading Burn some fat! Try this example no-gym Fartlek workout

OSO Trades: Peak Behind the Curtain

Note–“gouge” is Marine Corps speak for getting the low down on a topic. Check out one candidate’s story which might change the way you think about how the OSO system works. I’m from a certain state west of the Mississippi and am contracting on Thursday for OCC-211. After a recent sitdown with my Captain, he mentioned offhand that my region (three total states) were each … Continue reading OSO Trades: Peak Behind the Curtain

Candidate Question: P90X for Crunches Problem

Candidates, we are beginning a new 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’m in the process of applying for active duty OCC next fall and have been doing monthy PFTs on campus with … Continue reading Candidate Question: P90X for Crunches Problem