There is a lot of gouge on here about OCS at Pensecola, which did things a little different than OCS, so I figured it might be nice for recent OCS grads from Newport to post some inside info on Newport OCS. As for me, here goes: *Disclaimer* Take all gouge with a grain of salt. Every DI is different and every class is different. Just because it was a certain way for me, doesn't mean it was set in stone. Try to keep it as general as possible. 1. LEARN CHOW HALL PROCEDURES! This is hard to do until you actually get to OCS, but go over it as a class ASAP. Get with the H-ers and get it nailed down. Practice in the p-way. The better you are at chow hall, the easier your pre-chow hall beatings are going to be. You'll still get beat before every meal for quite a bit, but it shouldn't be as long. 2. Memorize: "Discipline. D-I-S-C-I-P-L-I-N-E. Discipline is the instant willing obediance to orders, respect for authority and self reliance. Freeze candidate, freeze." 3. Practice saying, "Indoctrination Candidate", "Officer Candidate" and "Class Drill Instructor, Gunnery (or staff) Sergeant Whoever, United States Marine Corps". 4. DO NOT call a your Class CPO, "Chief". He/She is a sir/ma'am until the day of your commission. I'm talking to all you priors!! 5. Only ever respond with "Yes, sir." "No, Sir" or "Aye, Sir". DIs don't care about an explaination. It will just get you into a deeper hole. 6. Aye vs Yes. Yes is a response to a question! Aye is confirmation of an order. For example, DI says, "Do you want me to put you on your face?" "Yes, Sir." DI says, "Get on your face!" "Aye, Sir." 7. You should always be at a position of attention when talking to DI, CPO or Class Officer, unless being specifically told you don't have to, or when you're getting beat. 8. Learn door entry proceedures. Do them flawlessly or you're just BEGGING to get dropped. 9. Learn and PRACTICE "Attention on deck stand-by, good morning (Sir, ma'am, ladies, gentlemen)" and "Attention on deck, good morning (Sir, ma'am, ladies, gentlemen)". You call attention on deck stand-by for DIs and CPOs and you are as loud as possible. You use Attention on deck for the class officer and you are NOT ballistic (screaming), but you are loud and firm. There are also a million different variations of this. Whoever has a room closest to the door at the end of the p-way better get good at this QUICK! Officer and DIs entering together = attention on deck female with male = good morning ma'am, good morning sir. You do NOT squish them together into "goodmorning ma'am and sir". females with males = good morning ladies, good morning gentlemen. 10. Being loud can make up for a lot. If you are getting "special attention", scream and be as intense as you can. The closer you sound to being on fire, the better off you are going to be. 11. NEVER LEAVE GEAR ADRIFT!!!! Always lock your locker. 12. Write your name on everything and any thing. In the event of a hurricane, its the only way to get it back. Remember, you all have the same stuff which looks exactly the same. 13. ALWAYS WEAR PT SHORTS UNDER YOU SWEATS TO PT. If they tell you to take them off, you don't want to be the one guy hanging out on the PT field in your tighty whities! 14. Be uniform. Uniformity in some cases makes up for incorrectness. You're not wrong if you're all wrong together...well, not all the time any way. 15. PUT OUT AT PT. As a class, kick ass at PT. Learn the stretches. Be loud, be squared away. DIs love having bragging rights with PT. The whole regiment is watching. Thats about all that comes to mind now, if any one's got some other suggestions...let's hear it!