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Officer Candidate Course

The OCC, the Officer Candidate Course, that's only for college seniors and college graduates.

[Marine 2]:
Which is the preferred program for those that already have a degree but do not have prior enlisted experience.

[Marine 3]:
Once they've completed their college degree, they provide that proof of college degree and they enter into that program, attend Officer Candidates School for ten weeks and receive their commission at the end of that program.

[Officer Candidate Hertig]:
Well, I went through UVA, learned how to do the nine-to-five job, bolster the bottom line and decided that's not for me.

[Officer Candidate Miller]:
I tried a lot of different things. I went and worked a little bit. I went out to sea on my engineering license.

[Officer Candidate Hertig]:
All the while, having that dream to do something more with my life, to make a difference.

[Officer Candidate Miller]:
And I just felt like this was the challenge that I was looking for. I found out that this is right for me and that I'm very excited about pushing forward and being a Marine Corps Officer.

When I graduated Penn State, I was actually very eager to report to training.

[Officer Candidate 1]:
[California State] University, Hayward

[Officer Candidate 2]:
Emory Riddle Aeronautical University

[Officer Candidate 3]:
College of William and Mary

[Officer Candidate 4]:
University of California, Berkley

[Officer Candidate 5]:
Yale University

[Officer Candidate Bench]:
Georgetown University

[Officer Candidate 6]:
Fordham University in New York City

[Officer Candidate 7]:
Starting off, you're coming here just a bunch of college students and we each possess our own personalities and skills.

[Marine 12]:
It's a very challenging transition for most of them. It's a lot more intense than their laid-back college atmosphere.

[Officer Candidate Allen]:
Everything is challenging and it really tests you, tests your discipline, it tests your desire to be here.

[Officer Candidate Burns]:
My OSO kinda briefed me on what it was gonna be like and I talked to other candidates who had gone through previously.

[Officer Candidate 8]:
This has been harder than I could imagine and to get through it is really rewarding.

[Officer Candidate 2]:
Couldn't ask for a better experience over the last ten weeks. This is just the beginning of what's hopefully to come-a lot of good training and a good career in the United States Marine Corps.