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Posted: 3/19/2006 9:14:28 PM EDT
When I am done with college I am thinking of going to officer canidate school for the marines, any thoughts on this versus just joining and going to basic? Have any of you gone through O.C.S.?

Thanks
Matt
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 9:15:41 PM EDT
If you are in college now, you will be fucking miserable as an enlisted man.
Be an officer.
Go talk to your recruiter, and ask them about the Platoon Leaders Course.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 9:16:21 PM EDT
if you have put in the time/money/energy to go to college, you should go to OTS. You will get a job much more in line with your experience in regards to responsibility, pay, ect.

good luck to you, and thanks in advance for serving
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 9:17:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/19/2006 9:19:21 PM EDT by dsg2003gt]

Originally Posted By thedoctors308:
If you are in college now, you will be fucking miserable as an enlisted man.
Be an officer.
Go talk to your recruiter, and ask them about the Platoon Leaders Course.



I figured I would hate being enlisted, which is the main reason why I am considering OCS. PLC is not doable for me right now because I have a full time job so I can pay my way through college.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 9:21:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/19/2006 9:21:26 PM EDT by adair_usmc]

Originally Posted By dsg2003gt:

Originally Posted By thedoctors308:
If you are in college now, you will be fucking miserable as an enlisted man.
Be an officer.
Go talk to your recruiter, and ask them about the Platoon Leaders Course.



I figured I would hate being enlisted




What makes you think that?

Link Posted: 3/19/2006 9:22:18 PM EDT
How is your running? Thats the only thing that kept me out of OCS after I got my degree. Good luck to you if you make it through.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 9:22:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/19/2006 9:29:56 PM EDT by danpass]


G­o OCS
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Do 20 pull ups, 100 situps, then run 3 miles in less than 21 minutes.

You'll be good to go for Marine OCS

Link Posted: 3/19/2006 9:24:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/19/2006 9:26:13 PM EDT by dsg2003gt]

Originally Posted By adair_usmc:

Originally Posted By dsg2003gt:

Originally Posted By thedoctors308:
If you are in college now, you will be fucking miserable as an enlisted man.
Be an officer.
Go talk to your recruiter, and ask them about the Platoon Leaders Course.



I figured I would hate being enlisted




What makes you think that?




I knew someone would ask that whenI wrote it...

first, the benefits of being enlisted. I am a college grad already, so I could qualify for OCS and start out at a much higher rank and pay grade than if I just enlisted. I dont need the money for college later(which everyone gets when they enlist), so I would feel as if I were not fulfilling my potential by just enlisting. Between intelligence and my leadership abilities I feel I would make a much better officer than infantryman.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 9:26:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dsg2003gt:
I knew someone would ask that whenI wrote it...

first, the benefits of being enlisted. I am a college grad already, so I could qualify for OCS and start out at a much higher rank and pay grade than if I just enlisted. I dont need the money for college later(which everyone gets when they enlist), so I would feel as if I were not fulfilling my potential by just enlisting.



think about it like this too:

Uncle Sam gets more out of you by using your college experience as an officer. It's mutually beneficial
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 10:03:40 PM EDT
yeah i have been thinking about OCS when i graduate, but frankly I am not sure I would make a good officer as I am rather indecisve
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 10:11:34 PM EDT
Going to PLC summer of 2007... broken jaw playing lacrosse kept me out this year.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 1:55:24 AM EDT

Between intelligence and my leadership abilities I feel I would make a much better officer than infantryman.




Feeling a bit self important are we?


It would be more appropriate to let the Corps decide if you have the intelligence and leadership abilities to be an officer .
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 1:55:29 AM EDT
It's tough. I hope you are.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 6:51:12 AM EDT
I am considering the something similar, however it would be OCS for the Army National Guard. I would not join as an enlisted man. I am 30, a college graduate, and someone with 6.5 years of professional expereince.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 8:47:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By KC-130 FLT ENG:

Between intelligence and my leadership abilities I feel I would make a much better officer than infantryman.




Feeling a bit self important are we?


It would be more appropriate to let the Corps decide if you have the intelligence and leadership abilities to be an officer .





thats what O.C.S. is for...
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:52:49 AM EDT
Read One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick. He's probably a bit of a liberal, but he's a Marine so I won't hold it against him. Great story of OCS, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:30:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Beleg:
Read One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick. He's probably a bit of a liberal, but he's a Marine so I won't hold it against him. Great story of OCS, Afghanistan and Iraq.



I actually have a BN gift card...thanks for the title...
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:31:27 AM EDT
Do it, you have the degree.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 10:41:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/20/2006 10:43:34 AM EDT by mmx1]

Originally Posted By dsg2003gt:

Originally Posted By thedoctors308:
If you are in college now, you will be fucking miserable as an enlisted man.
Be an officer.
Go talk to your recruiter, and ask them about the Platoon Leaders Course.



I figured I would hate being enlisted, which is the main reason why I am considering OCS. PLC is not doable for me right now because I have a full time job so I can pay my way through college.



Hmm? PLC just sends you to OCS. You don't have to do jack during the year except attend one or two pool events your OSO (officer recruiter) sets up for the candidates to get together. For example, my OSO's got us doing a full day of MCMAP training next week.

Here's the distinction:
OCS is a place in Quantico where you get your ass kicked for the priviledge of being the lowest form of life in the Marine Corps, a 2nd Lt. (As my SI told us).

PLC and OCC are programs to send you to OCS; PLC if you're a Junior or younger, OCC if your're a senior or older (basically, whether or not you'd have your degree when you graduate OCS.

Went for 6 of 10 weeks of the PLC-Combined last year. Be happy to answer any questions.

I'm very tempted to enlist to experience life as a Lance Corporal in the infantry. But then again I have the vision (as another poster here experienced) of me cleaning toilets, thinking "I went to college so I could do THIS?"

Oh, and start captializing Marine. It's a proper noun.
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