Officer
Candidates School

The battle to become a Marine Officer demands you earn the trust and respect of the Marines in your command and lead them to victory over any threat.

MEETING THE CHALLENGE TO LEAD THE CHARGE

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Officer Candidates School (OCS) is where mind, body, and character are screened, evaluated, and honed to a razor-sharp point. Success here is measured not by how well you follow procedure, but how well you lead in conditions of uncertainty. Decisiveness, judgement, initiative, and moral courage are tested in the midst of chaos, exhaustion, indecision, and scrutiny.

 

These are the initial battles that must be won—and will only be won—by those who have the mettle to step forward, the resolve to continue through every adversity, and the presence to lead in front of the world’s most revered fighting force. Those who complete OCS not only find a true sense of purpose and belonging, but also earn the privilege of wearing the Marine Officer uniform with pride. 

Past the Indecision

PAST THE INDECISION

In times of uncertainty, the worst decision is not making one. Marine Officers are leaders whose legacies are defined by their decisions. They use their training, their judgment and any available information to achieve victory for the Marines and our Nation. Watch now.

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ABOVE THE SCRUTINY

Revised copy for Above the Scrutiny: Performing in environments of heightened scrutiny is a significant battle at OCS, as every action an officer makes must live up to the Marine Corps standards as well as the scrutiny of our entire Nation. Watch now.

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THROUGH THE CHAOS

How do you plan for the moments when nothing goes as planned? How do you advance when you don’t know what’s around the corner? How do you make timely decisions when there’s not a second to spare? At OCS, candidates will be conditioned to perform at their best when the conditions are worst. Leading the fight. Fighting to win. Watch now.

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BEYOND THE FATIGUE

It is impossible to lead from the front when you’re falling behind. Officer candidates are expected to turn to their determination when there’s no fuel left, and win the battles in front of them when there are Marines in their command. Through mental and physical exhaustion, it is our officers who must not only find the will within—but also convince those around them that they too have more to give. Watch now.

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