Why The First Salute?

The first salute also called the “Silver Dollar Salute” is one of the most important traditions in a new Marine Officers commissioning ceremony. Who gives the first salute? The first salute lives on as a tradition to honor the enlisted service member who has had the most impact on you. Many candidates choose a Sergeant Instructor they were particularly impressed with or ask a family member or … Continue reading Why The First Salute?

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Top Tips for Families: Before, During, and at the End of OCS

We’ve created this short video series to share the most important tips for families of OCS candidates to keep in mind. Got any other questions or suggestions? Before OCS Remember to get the Sandboxx app to send support and get the best information and connections! During OCS At the End of OCS Keep an open mind, go crazy with your support, and don’t be surprised … Continue reading Top Tips for Families: Before, During, and at the End of OCS

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Remember a Silver Dollar for Your First Salute

The first salute a newly commissioned officer receives is a special moment. Naval tradition holds that the new officer should return the honor of a salute with the special token of a silver dollar. While at OCS, you should think about who you would like to give you your first salute. Who Gives You Your First Salute? Anyone of your choice, basically. Does one of … Continue reading Remember a Silver Dollar for Your First Salute