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U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidates School

U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidates School

Becoming an officer in the United
States Marine Corps is more than a career choice, it is a bold statement of intent. As a Marine officer, you will be trained
specifically to lead and inspire. There is no greater path of distinction
and no better way to test your mental and physical limits than becoming a
Marine Officer. The purpose of officer candidate school
is to train, screen, and evaluate officer candidates for services company grade
officers United States Marine Corps. There are several paths to earning the
title of Marine Officer including the Platoon Leaders Class, Officer Candidate
Course and the Bulldog course, which includes prior enlisted marines and
NROTC students. Great Americans come to OCS. Somebody that wants to serve his or
her nation, someone that can inspire me. Officer selection officers help find and
assist qualified applicants in applying for Marine Officer programs and prepare
candidates for the most demanding and thorough leadership training in the
nation at OCS. Officer candidates who end up coming OCS and making it are the folks
that are looking for leadership, challenge, professional development.
Looking to do something above and beyond what what they ever thought was possible. Candidates arrive at OCS from colleges around the country. The University of Texas, Harvard
University, California Berkeley, the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, George Mason University, Yale University Texas A&M, the University of Virginia
University of Pennsylvania, Miami University, Arizona state, William and Mary, Fordham
University, Pennsylvania State University, The Ohio State University. Although every candidate has a different reason for coming to OCS, they are all bound by the opportunity and challenge of leading Marines. I’m very patriotic, there’s something
that I wanted to do they serve my country. I learned how to do the 9-5 job, but I was more interested in serving my country. To test myself, to help make the country a
better place, to fufill a higher calling, to be a part of something that is bigger than
myself, to help those who can’t help themselves, To push myself out of the comfort zone that I’ve lived in, fact got so much from these contractors want to contribute I wanted to give something back, I want to make a bigger difference, I love my country. For candidates, the training is a sharp
contrast from life back on campus. You can never prepare yourself for that first
week when you first meet your sergeant instructors and they come rushing at you. You can’t prepare yourself for that, that’s always a shock. At OCS every event has a
purpose. Here candidates must learn to act quickly and decisively in a stressful environment. If they can’t do it in the squad bay, chances are they will not be able to do it in combat. At OCS, the candidates are evaluated
in three categories. Your physical fitness, your academics and your
leadership. Obviously the leadership potential being
biggest thing that we’re screening here Every candidate is given the opportunity
to lead, which enables instructors to evaluate potential and desire to lead amid conditions of chaos and uncertainty. Officer Candidates are given the
opportunity to hold billets to be put in an environment where they have to make
decisions that have to manage a group of their peers. You can’t ask your men to do something
that you’re not willing to do yourself. As our nation’s expeditionary force in
readiness, Marine officers must be prepared to lead
from the front in even the most inhospitable environments. Here, the weather is just one more obstacle
the candidates will have to overcome to earn the title of Marine Officer. The weather has a huge effect on the
candidates. It’s a constant test to their character and their bearing. On top of having to adjust to the
rigorous days and hard schedule, I’ve got to adjust to the weather, as well. You’re gonna be cold, you’re gonna be wet, you’re gonna be exhausted. Marine officers have always taken care
of their Marines in every clime and place. From the Chosin Reservoir to the
Kuwaiti desert. We don’t get to choose where we fight.
Officer Candidate School will train officer candidates to be a tough Marine
officer no matter what the climate. Over the training cycle, the candidates are
put through numerous challenges that help the instructors gauge leadership
potential, including the leadership reaction course. I’m going to have you get on this first bank see if you can reach into the sewer. The field exercise and small unit leadership evaluation. We are currently located at grid 9-6-8-9-6-2-8-1. Marine officers are expected to maintain
the highest physical standards in order to effectively lead in any environment
and set the example for Marines under their command. Physical conditioning events include the physical fitness test, functional fitness, the muscular endurance course, the obstacle course, combat fitness test, and the endurance
course. Candidates are inspected
throughout training by all levels of their chain of command. They are expected to show confidence,
character, and mastery of the knowledge they have been taught thus far in the curriculum. The Marine Corps has 14 leadership traits, you understand that? Yes SSgt! Name 5. Aye, SSgt! Judgment, justice, bearing, courage, endurance. Confidence, you understand that? Yes SSgt. Confidence is key for your man.
It’s not that hard, good to go? As important as
leadership and physical conditioning are in the Marine Corps, a strong moral character is equally as
important. Marines are held to the highest
standards of personal conduct, the nation expects that from us. The importance of
ethics is a foundation of who we are as Americans and how we define ourselves as Marines. We have core values: honor, courage, commitment. The nation expects something more out of Marines they expect the finest actions in both peacetime and combat. The Marine Corps fosters a culture of
continual learning and academics play an important role at OCS. Academics is a
vital part of becoming a Marine officer, you need to constantly be educating
yourself. The candidates will be evaluated on a
variety of subject matter such as Marine Corps history, general military subjects, land
navigation, drill performance, tactics, and weapons. In the final week of OCS, the candidates
prepare to graduate. These young candidates out here will
never ever be the same. It’s something that changes their life
forever. Where they become more concerned about the Marine on their left and their right than they are about themselves. This is the greatest war fighting
organization on the face of the earth. I’m proud of you, god bless you, and
congratulations on your many many accomplishments. Semper Fidelis. I feel pride every time I graduate
a candidate here at OCS. It is a part of me going with them. Nobody gives this to you, you earn it.
I’ve been very lucky with whats been given to me in my life, be there at the end means a lot. While members of the platoon leaders
class return to college to complete their degree and receive their
Commission, those candidates who already have their college degree, receive their
Commission following graduation from OCS. Of the office of which I am about to
enter, so help me God. Congratulations, Second Lieutenants of Charlie Company. You’ve got to take care of the Marines, okay. You’ve got a lead them, help them to accomplish great things in life, and they will follow you and they will
take care of you because that’s what the Marine Corps is all about. Words just can’t describe how proud we are of him today. I wouldn’t say I’m a different person, I
think OCS brings you out. I think that it’s just you, but with an
exclamation point on it now. Officer Candidates School and the Basic
school offer the toughest and most thorough leadership curriculum in the
nation. The lessons you learn as a Marine
officer will become the foundation by which you live and lead. There’s no better leadership training in the country or in the world. People don’t come here for money, we are
very selected, and you have to be here for the right
reasons, the right reasons meaning you want to lead Marines. I’m looking for somebody that can
inspire me, someone who can lead me. For more information about becoming an
officer in the United States Marine Corps contact your local Officer
Selection Officer or visit

Reader Comments

  1. Outstanding and motivating in every way. I had the honor to serve with a 23 year old 2nd LT. He was very sharp in every way. I will never forget how great of example he was to us and how proud i felt every time he called me by my last name and not my rank.

  2. @XmojotronX Don't you like it when they do that to you? It's like he's getting to know you in their unit. I'll be going to the Marines too. Idk what though. Reservist or Active Duty? I'm going for Paramedic in the Infantry (do they have that?)

    I'm already 21 years old and I wanna join before I turn 22 next January 11th. Besides, I was gonna join after I graduated at the Class of 2008, but got held back by my father forcing me to go to college. :/

  3. @Rowiekun Marines have medics, they're called Corpsmen. And no, you can't join the Marines and become a Corpsman, you have to enlist in the Navy since Corpsmen are Navy personnel. Whether you become a Hospital Corpsman or you get attached to a Marine infantry unit is partially dependent on luck, meaning where they decide to place you.

  4. @TheEliamani You're comparing a large scale armed force to a Spec Ops capable unit? Hmm… FORECON would be a better comparison to SEALs.

  5. @TheEliamani I don't know if you are aware but I would suppose so due to the FACT that the Seals are a Special Forces Unit. Soo.. Yeea.. Marine Corps!

  6. @Rowiekun no if you want to do medical you have to go through Navy and become a then get deployed with Marines but you wont be a Marine you'll be a Navy Corpsman and you wont be put in 0311 (Infantry) where ever they need you they will place you

  7. I am a 13 year old boy wanting to be a Reservist Fighter Pilot but I can not decide between Air Force and Marines. I am a city guy so I really am scared of being alone in nature (like Quantico) and I would rather be in Maxwell AFB for OTS, but then again the Marines are so much cooler and better Aircraft! Does anybody know what would be better?

  8. im currently in the Air Force and want to be an officer in the future but i believe the Air Force has more aircrafts than the Marines. If you would feel more comfortable being at Maxwell than i would say Air Force. I chose the Air Force because i thought it would be better for my life not whether it was cooler or not. I agree with elcid523, and suggest go with what you are comfortable with.

  9. How badly have these programs been hurt since the budget cuts? I'm just about ready to talk to an OSO and I'm wondering if the budget cuts will hurt my chances.

  10. I'm going to say this, from what I've learned reading about leadership: Leadership is not a job (That's just management). Leadership is a way of life.

  11. I have never served in the military, but I cannot imagine a SGM or any senior NCO for that matter is not looking to be led by a 2LT.  

  12. This video gets my blood pumping. I'm attending Norwich University & I can't wait any longer to commission as a 2nd Lt. in the Corps. Oorah!

  13. I enlisted but maybe in the future I can be an officer. First you have to live through enlisted before you inspire to be an officer is my philosophy.

  14. ya know, i don't know. I've wanted to be a marine since i was 3 but i don't know if im doing it for the right reasons what should I do?

  15. I was told at my college that they are recruiting for a program in the summer. While I am excited about the leadership and mental training, I am worried I would not fulfill the physical requirements the program demands.

  16. The thing I'm scared of most is that OCS is not enlistment but selection. I can give my 110% and i could still fail to be a Marine officer and be dropped from the course.

  17. I got three years before I'm going to test myself to become an officer of The United States Marines. Looking foward to all of these.

  18. I'm 12 and I've always wanted to be a Marine Officer since I was 9, I know I have a lot of time before I can join but any tips for preparing for OCS, and any tips for getting better at push-ups! Thanks in advance if helped me

  19. How many officer candidates make it through OCS or PLC and actually receive the commission compared to how many enter the course?

  20. Is it possible to get an age waiver up to 29? I'm 26 right now, but no where near the shape I need to be in for this.

  21. what happens if a current marine who attempts, fails the course? does he or she go back to the enlisted life they were at before or separated from the military? that seems a bit extreame, but i am very curious.

  22. spent 6 years in the Army reserves, it was a boring enlistment but gave me the chance to go to school and get my degree as well as work on a number of things as a civilian. But now am going to try out for becoming a Marine Officer.

    I know am gonna get my ass kicked and its going to be the hardest thing I ever do….but I will either get it or die trying. Hoah(Rah)

  23. Oh wow, I've been to the National Museum of the Marine Corps. It was really awesome, many of the exhibits there where really creative and represented the history of the corps very well, from 1775. to now.

  24. I'm currently an enlisted marine corps reservist I want to become a officer in the Marines but I'm scared of going to Ocs and failing I really want to do this but I need help to know what to expect currently I'm in school right now I'm in my sophomore year

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