Officer
Candidates School

These are the battles that forge leadership potential into Marine Officer material.

Find a Way. Lead the Way.

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Officer Candidates School (OCS) is where mind, body and character are screened, evaluated and honed to a razor-sharp point. Where leadership is measured not by how well you follow procedure, but how you lead in conditions of uncertainty. Where decisiveness, judgment, 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.

Past the Indecision

A Marine Officer marches as snow falls.

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 the country they fight for. Indecision is the greatest threat in the heat of battle, and the greatest battle to win in the heat of Officer Candidates School.

A Marine Officer marches as snow falls.

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 the country they fight for. Indecision is the greatest threat in the heat of battle, and the greatest battle to win in the heat of Officer Candidates School.

Above the Scrutiny

Will your ability to lead hold up to the scrutiny of OCS? Will your judgment measure up to the Marines looking to you for sound decisions? Will your determination to win every battle live up to the reputation forged by every officer before you? Performing in environments of heightened scrutiny is a significant battle at OCS, as every action a Marine Officer makes must live up to the scrutiny of our entire nation.

Every action a Marine Officer makes must live up to the scrutiny of our entire nation.
Every action a Marine Officer makes must live up to the scrutiny of our entire nation.

Will your ability to lead hold up to the scrutiny of OCS? Will your judgment measure up to the Marines looking to you for sound decisions? Will your determination to win every battle live up to the reputation forged by every officer before you? Performing in environments of heightened scrutiny is a significant battle at OCS, as every action a Marine Officer makes must live up to the scrutiny of our entire nation.

Through the Chaos

At OCS, candidates will be conditioned to perform at their best when the conditions are worst.

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.

At OCS, candidates will be conditioned to perform at their best when the conditions are worst.

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.

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.

Officer candidates are expected to turn to their determination when there’s no fuel left and set the example for Marines in their command.
Officer candidates are expected to turn to their determination when there’s no fuel left and set the example for Marines in their command.

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.