For this post, former Captain Patrick Weeks (active 2009-14) shares the advice he wishes he could give himself as a brand-new Second Lieutenant. Hopefully it helps many of you future and new officers! Dear brand-new Second Lieutenant, First, you just graduated ten weeks of OCS, commissioned on one of the most memorable days of your life, and are headed right to TBS. It was a … Continue reading Dear Second Lieutenant: Six Things I Wish I Knew as a Boot
Candidate Question: As a starving college student I have to ask. I know I get paid at OCS Juniors for the time spent there but am I entitled to any sort of monthly pay between then and my next session at OCS? A: You only will get paid for time at OCS until you get to TBS–even if you commission 6 months before TBS! So … Continue reading Candidate Q: Active Duty Pay Between OCS & TBS?
Set your new Second Lieutenant up for success at The Basic School! Reader and Marine Spouse Jill S had some great ideas for gifts that will definitely come in handy at TBS: I got my husband a JetBoil stove and a Leatherman to use at TBS. My husband also suggested some other practical things to use at TBS. For example: a Kindle or other reading … Continue reading TBS Gift List
Every new Marine Corps officer makes this oath. Just like you will someday. Enjoy the motivation: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; … Continue reading The Oath of Office