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Will I be a good candidate for Marine officer candidate school?

Will I be a good candidate for Marine officer candidate school? Topic: Will I be a good candidate for Marine officer candidate school?
July 20, 2019 / By Asia
Question: So I've asked this question a thousand times but I'm running through it one last time before I go through with it. Once I graduate high school in two weeks I'm going to spend my summer getting in excellent shape. Then I'm going to do Marine bootcamp for the Marine reserves and choose administration for my occupation. Then I will attend college and the college I'm attending offers aviation science and I get my commercial pilots license there. It will be a bit expensive for flight hours but 300$ a month for tuition assistance from the Marine reserves isn't to bad though i don't get as much as the other branches. After I have gotten my bachelors in aviation science I will try and get into OCS and hopefully get a flight contract. So when I apply I am already a marine, ill be in good shape for the PFT, I have a bachelors degree in aviation science, I have a commercial pilots license, I have flight hours in, a good attitude, and I can get letters of recommendation from Marine DIs or pilots (hopefully) I completely understand something can go wrong and I can not get selected for OCS. I would not mind flying for the Army if I can't get into Marine OCS. And I can always just stay in the reserves and become an Airline pilot. So am I giving myself a good advantage against the other candidates? If you have to be rude and rant something I guess that's ok. Oh and no I wasn't paying attention to spelling and grammar while typing this on my phone.Thanks and ill leave comments to each answer. @Dempsey Dumpster: I'm pretty sure this is what I want to do. Good observation though. @james: unfortunately the college I want to attend doesn't offer ROTC. @Abbadon: You are very right man. I gotta get off this site haha. @James: I suppose. ROTC will pay off all my college right? @Tom: thanks alot dude!
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Originally Answered: Competitive Marine Corps Officer Candidate?
I'm what is called a mustang. Went from Private to Sergeant with a tour in Vietnam, received my BS in engineering on GI Bill, retired as a Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel after total of 27 years service. This included 13 weeks at Parris Island, SC and OCS. The difference in training between an enlisted Marine and an officer is significant. An enlisted Marine is trained to follow orders without question. When an enlisted Marine goes to bootcamp, they are immediately regimented toward the instant following of orders as soon as they get off the bus and hit the yellow foot prints on the pavement. The academic material that they received to include weapons handling are the same as that given to officer candidates. The close order drill is integral to getting the platoon to respond as one, not 70 individuals. Is it hard, yes. It is more mentally challenging since many people have a problem converting from being an individual to thinking and reacting as a well trained green machine. Physically, if one considers the "extra" PT time they get, it is probably harder. Recruits cannot "quit" bootcamp. Those who have problems in the transition from civilian to Marine are recycled or discharged. OCS is for a different purpose. It is a leadership screening process that leads to a commission as a Marine Corps Officer. In OCS each officer candidate is evaluated and assessed on their ability to give orders and follow orders. They are also assessed on their ability to think and perform complex military tasks under extreme stress that includes problem solving courses after long distance forced marches, combat tactics, and land navigation. The PT is the same as enlisted bootcamp (including the O Course and Confidence Course) as is the academic training. The part that is toughest is that each candidate must accept responsibility for their platoon and demonstrate their ability to lead. After the 3rd week, the weeding out process begins where peer (fellow candidates) and platoon staff evaluation of a candidate's leadership ability begins. These evaluations result in the lowest two scored candidates being invited to pack their bags for a trip home (during Vietnam, home was a trip to Marine Corps bootcamp for a four year hitch). Additionally, a couple of candidates from each Platoon are also sent home due to inability to meet the Physical Training standards associated to the O course and long distance forced marches (recruits marches are much, much shorter). Some candidates quickly discover that they can't handle the constant stress/leadership expectation and Request to Drop Out (called DOR - drop on request). An officer is taught to give orders with clarity and expectation that those orders are carried out with efficiency and thoroughness (called attention to detail). During OCS (PLC and OCC), each candidate is assigned a platoon or company level billet for 2 to 3 days (e.g. Company or Platoon Commander, Company 1st Sgt, Platoon Sgt, etc). They must perform flawlessly without alienating their fellow candidates. The screening process is brutal but necessary. Only the best get through this level of screening prior to commissioning. Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps-Retired
Originally Answered: Competitive Marine Corps Officer Candidate?
In the Army, if you come in as a civilian to be an officer candidate, you go through both Basic Training (same first stop as enlisted soldiers) AND OCS. Of the various courses you've mentioned, I've only done Army Basic Training, so I really can't speak for anybody else's Basic or Boot or OCS or OTS. I've had friends go through Army OCS, they said it wasn't easy, but since they'd all been through Basic Training, language school, AIT, NCO training, and two year long tours in Iraq already, it wasn't impossibly hard for them either. I think your first contact/indoctrination into the military is the hardest (excluding Special Ops training of course.) So if you've already done Basic, OCS shouldn't be as hard, even if it is more physically demanding. But if you are coming into the Marines as a civilian, and your first stop is OCS, it WILL be very hard and demanding. Does that make sense?

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