In the midst of budget cuts and a war that is winding down, it should come as no surprise that the Department of Defense is continuing to reduce manpower. With the Marine Corps having the smallest budget of all the services, it is even less surprising that we are getting hit hard. What does this mean for new officers, the number of NROTC scholarships, and OCS applicants? You won't find a definitive answer here, in fact much of this information [...]
The Basic School and Marine OCS require officers and candidates to be physically prepared for the training ahead. These are the recommended benchmarks and suggested workouts for Marine Officers preparing for TBS. This information was obtained from eMarines, and will give you a general idea of what to expect. There isn't much difference when it comes to OCS prep. If you can do these workouts and meet the benchmarks then you won't have any trouble. Benchmarks 1. Hike 3-5 miles [...]
The Leadership Reaction Course is an important component of your leadership grade at Marine OCS. It is not as heavily weighted as SULE, but the skills practiced in the LRC will carry forward to SULE. Essentially, the LRC is a group of mini challenges and obstacles that are carried out as a fire team. Every candidate will be required to take the role of a fire team leader and attempt an obstacle. Candidates are given a set amount of time [...]
Marine Communications Officers have four basic options to pick from as far as billet assignments go, and they boil down to the four parts of the MAGTF.
At TBS there is going to be an "MOS Mixer", which is basically where a bunch of Captains talk about their Marine Occupational Specialties then you go to the bar and talk to them over beers. It is a great experience that will give real insight into what being an officer in a certain MOS means. UAV Officers The UAV Officer MOS is a brand new officer MOS and no one knows anything about it. Here's is some basic gouge [...]