Students of U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidates School (OCS) OCC-224 are lead by the OCS Commanding Officer Col. Julie L. Nethercot, in a motivational run prior to commencing liberty with their families at OCS, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., March 17, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Sarah R. Hickory)

Catch Some 2017 OCS Updates from Recent Candidates

We have received several messages from the Winter/Spring 2017 OCS graduates, with updates to share for you all. Tape Recommendation Buy Covidien Medical Tape. It’s so strong and waterproof, it will save you hours in marking and remarking your gear. Get Your Z’s You have to be in your rack at 2200, apparently, only with exceptions for head calls. This means you need to be … Continue reading Catch Some 2017 OCS Updates from Recent Candidates

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Packing list update: bring this tape if you’re headed to OCS!

Thank you for reviewing our packing list, Second Lieutenant Will. The Fall 2016 graduate¬†shared this update after his commissioning: But something for your packing list, that needs to go NUMBER ONE on the list is Kendall Covidien Waterproof tape. They’ve changed how sleeping works, which puts¬†an absolute premium on night time time management and subsequently, gear markings. That tape, coupled with a waterproof map pen, … Continue reading Packing list update: bring this tape if you’re headed to OCS!

Tale of the Tape: A Cheap, Easy Way To Prevent Blisters

The most common injuries at OCS which derail candidates’ performance are shin splints and foot blisters. A combination of excessive running and marching, sweaty or wet feet, and adjusting to combat boots lead to the perfect storm for blisters. Luckily there seems to be real progress made by science on solving this issue–pioneered by Standford scientists who work with runners covering over a marathon per … Continue reading Tale of the Tape: A Cheap, Easy Way To Prevent Blisters