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OCC 223 Grad

Piposterous

"The road to success is always under construction"
#1
Hey motivators, as a recent graduate of the OCC 223 class, I just want to shine light on some of the experiences from the cycle while it is still fresh on my mind.

In regards to physical fitness, it goes without saying that it is necessary to come to Brown Field in shape. I was selected with a 281 PFT - 21:07, 20, 100. Prior to shipping off, I was PTing 6 times a week, running about 4 of those days and doing body exercises in between. A week before arriving to OCS I stopped PTing all together to give my body some R&R so that I knew I would be prepared for whatever they threw at us. Realistically, when you arrive to OCS you do not PT at all for the first week, so keep that in mind.

Arriving to OCS was by far in the back half of the company with my run time. Many of the individuals in my platoon were running sub 20s or so. Eventually you start PTing damn near every day. These PT events range from cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, fartleks, etc. By the end of OCS, my final PFT was 20, 100, 18:32. The average PFT score for this event was 290. All the running in boots, screaming, and drill will bring your run time down.

Prior to arriving to OCS I would suggest organizing your trash in seperate plastic baggies (academic items, marking items, hygene items, etc). It really made the first week or so a bit smoother when you were expected to find a specific item. This initial implementation of organization will make your life easier because organization at OCS is essential.

For those who have been accepted to OCS, when arriving I would suggest using that first week to make stencils out of the letter of your company. IE a big D for Delta company. You will be expected to mark all of your skivvy shirts every night and there is only one or two platoon stencils. Life is much easier when you make and possess your own.

Be loud, be confident, apply what you learn and you will be alright.

Feel free to ask any questions and I'll do my best to answer.
 

Duc'-guy25

Active Member
#2
IE a big D for Delta company. You will be expected to mark all of your skivvy shirts every night and there is only one or two platoon stencils. Life is much easier when you make and possess your own.
Basically what he is saying is get your own "big D" so you're not wondering around the squad bay asking people if they have a "big D." You may not get exactly what you're looking for...
 
#4
Just ran my final PFT before shipping in January, 280. Feeling pretty comfortable with everything right now and am trying to relax a bit rather than stress out about OCS. Did you follow the packing list on the OCS website?
 
#5
Mate, congratulations. If I recall correctly, did you not have some issues with getting bounced back from NAMI or so? or perhaps I am thinking of another guy that posts on here...

I ran a 291 and have 7 months until ship date, so I have a lot of time to work on improving physical fitness. Any specific tips, especially with regards to weighted rucks/running in boots (which I understand is done frequently)? Any knowledge in particular that we should absolutely be memorizing down pat?

Thanks and congratulations.
 

Piposterous

"The road to success is always under construction"
#7
Sorry for not replying, I haven't been on here in a while as TBS has been off to a quick start.

Just ran my final PFT before shipping in January, 280. Feeling pretty comfortable with everything right now and am trying to relax a bit rather than stress out about OCS. Did you follow the packing list on the OCS website?
IRT to the packing list, I did adhere pretty closely to the list. I purchased extra items however, for example extra skivvy shirts, plastic bags, 6 inch ruler, etc. Having these extra items ended up being very useful not only for yourself, but to give to your peers as well. It's a great way to make a good first impression.

Mate, congratulations. If I recall correctly, did you not have some issues with getting bounced back from NAMI or so? or perhaps I am thinking of another guy that posts on here...

I ran a 291 and have 7 months until ship date, so I have a lot of time to work on improving physical fitness. Any specific tips, especially with regards to weighted rucks/running in boots (which I understand is done frequently)? Any knowledge in particular that we should absolutely be memorizing down pat?

Thanks and congratulations.
Great memory - yeah that was me. NAMI DQ'd me and I was able to get around it through two elective surgeries, but that's another story. Running in boots is done very often, nearly all of your runs will be in boots. I would suggest PTing in boots on your own, but don't do it more than once a week. The worst thing you can do is go in with some type of injury. IRT rucks, I rarely practiced for them prior to going to OCS - I wouldn't suggest worrying about them until you get there.

If you go to OCS knowing your General Orders, Leadership traits, Leadership principles, and the weapon safety rules then you will be well above the curve.
 

Piposterous

"The road to success is always under construction"
#8
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This photo from OCC 223 was just published by the CO. Everyday was a grind for us in Delta Company.
Oorah motivators.
 
#9
Congrats for finishing strong!
One thing I would recommend for those who are planning to go to OCS is to study and practice the 5 Paragraph Order! It will be very important and will be something that you will be graded on. Oorah!
 
#10
Sorry for not replying, I haven't been on here in a while as TBS has been off to a quick start.



IRT to the packing list, I did adhere pretty closely to the list. I purchased extra items however, for example extra skivvy shirts, plastic bags, 6 inch ruler, etc. Having these extra items ended up being very useful not only for yourself, but to give to your peers as well. It's a great way to make a good first impression.



Great memory - yeah that was me. NAMI DQ'd me and I was able to get around it through two elective surgeries, but that's another story. Running in boots is done very often, nearly all of your runs will be in boots. I would suggest PTing in boots on your own, but don't do it more than once a week. The worst thing you can do is go in with some type of injury. IRT rucks, I rarely practiced for them prior to going to OCS - I wouldn't suggest worrying about them until you get there.

If you go to OCS knowing your General Orders, Leadership traits, Leadership principles, and the weapon safety rules then you will be well above the curve.
Did you supplement with any of the other packing lists out there like http://officercandidatesschool.com/ocs-packing-list/, https://www.fexgear.com/single-post/OCS-Packing-List-USMC-2017, or http://openbah.com/marine-ocs-articles/pack-list-for-ocs ?

Just curious what your take is on it. I have buddies going this summer.