Are you new to MarineOCSGuide.com? Or maybe just hearing about United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School for the first time ever? Well, you’ve come to the right place for information, actual perspective from past candidates and more. We’ll get stared with a few basics and then go in-depth on some must-read articles and posts that are crucial to your Officer Candidate School preparation.
What is USMC Officer Candidate School?
United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School is a 10 week (or 6 and 6 week) program located in Quantico, Virginia, designed to evaluate and screen candidates to become 2nd Lieutenants in the USMC. Officially, the mission of Officer Candidate School is “to train, screen and evaluate candidates, who must demonstrate a high level of leadership potential and commitment to success in order to earn a commission.” Upon successful completion of Officer Candidate School, you will be commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Below is a video from the Marine Corps, going into more detail on exactly what is USMC Officer Candidate School.
Still interested after watching the video? Good, you better be if you expect to last 10-12 weeks in Quantico, Virginia! So, you might be asking what’s the next step to actually attend Marine Corps Officer Candidate School? You have to find the nearest Officer Selection Office. You can request information at the Official Marine Officer website. However, the form on the Marine website often takes time for someone to respond to you, so I suggest going on Google and searching “(Your State) Marine Officer Selection Office”. Find the number for your states office and give them a call. Below is a little of what you can expect from your Officer Selection Officer.
Once you’ve gotten in contact with your local Marine OSO, you’ll likely schedule a physical fitness test, medical examination and get started on your application. Now that you’re in contact with your OSO, it’s up to YOU to physically prepare yourself to get accepted to Marine Officer Candidate School and then succeed while at OCS.
There is tons of new information being added to MarineOCSGuide.com daily, so make sure you stay tuned and check back often. Below we’ve added links to posts that you should absolutely check out on our site, our Facebook page, newsletter and forum.
- 4 Tips on Getting Accepted to Marine Officer Candidate School
- How to improve your Marine PFT Score for OCS
- Marine OCS Reading List
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