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Officer Candidate School

Earning Your Commission

Officer Candidate School (known as OCS) is the equivalent of Boot Camp for Officers. You'll be indoctrinated, tested, and evaluated every step of the way.

If you graduate, you will earn the opportunity to commission as a Second Lieutenant.

No matter which commissioning source you go through (except the US Naval Academy), you will attend OCS.

We've broken down major training events, phases, tips, and tricks to help you succeed every step of the way.

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what to expect

What is OCS?

Is it hard?

Can I handle it?

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Where will I go for OCS?

Welcome to Camp Barret, Marine Corps Base Quantico

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Programs

Juniors, Seniors, 10 week? What does it all mean?

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key training events

SULE 1, SULE 2, Squad Attacks, The Combat Course, The Quigley, etc

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evaluations

How are the Depots structured? What should I know about my battalion?

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instructors

Your DIs will be with you all day every day for 3 months. Here's the scoop.

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basic daily routine

Workouts to get you in Marine Corps shape before you go to training

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eating at OCS

Every single day of the recruit training cycle broken down for you

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living in the squad bay

Get a head-start on the information you'll be expected to memorize

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5 paragraph order

Every single day of the recruit training cycle broken down for you

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getting ready

Getting Mentally, Physically, and Spiritually strong enough

what can i bring with me?

What to pack, what to leave, and how to have an easy receiving week

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staying in touch

No Cell Phones. No email. Learning to love your daily Mail Call.

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PT Plans

Workouts to get you in Marine Corps shape before you go to training

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OCS Knowledge

Get a head-start on the information you'll be expected to memorize

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Knowledge check

Get a head-start on the information you'll be expected to memorize

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money

How do you get paid? What's free? What do you pay for?

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family day

A Recruit's Guide to Family Day. Show your family what you endured and overcame

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graduation

The end of your time as a recruit. What your graduation day looks like.

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Platoon Guide

Pro Tips

Learn the tips of the trade to make life easier and get ahead

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Platoon Guide

The Rumor Mill

Fact-checking the rumors you have heard about boot camp

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Contact us

Ask us anything and we will typically respond within one business day

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VideoS

Videos and movies depicting boot camp and reviews of their accuracy

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Counseling Call

Your plan allows you to schedule free counseling calls to have us answer anything on your mind

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faq

We constantly add our answers to your newest questions on the FAQ

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No BS facts to graduate at the top of your class

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reading materials

Get ahead on reading that is required for junior Officers

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