Officer Candidates School

The first proving ground for future Marine Officers is Officer Candidates School (OCS) in Quantico, VA. The mission of OCS 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. Officer Candidates School training will be more demanding than any you've experienced before, regardless of commissioning program.

Leading From The Front

Leadership is evaluated on your ability to motivate your peers, successfully complete assigned tasks and make sound decisions under pressure. Instructors constantly monitor each candidate and track individual progress. You will have opportunities to prove your leadership skills during problem-solving challenges such as the Leadership Reaction Course, and during increasingly difficult tactical exercises.

Demonstrating leadership potential is key to your success at Officer Candidates School. Instructors are looking for candidates who display self-reliance, discipline and responsibility. Your desire and motivation to lead Marines will be a deciding factor in your success.

The motto here at Officer Candidates School is Ductus Exemplo, which is Latin for "Lead by Example."

Capt Chad J. Althiser