Making Marine Corps Officers
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Officer Candidates School
“Ductus Exemplo” – Lead by Example
HONOR ~ COURAGE ~ COMMITMENT
The mission of Marine Corps Officer Candidates School (OCS) is “to train, evaluate, and screen officer candidates to ensure they possess the moral, intellectual, and physical qualities for commissioning, and the leadership potential to serve successfully as company grade officers in the operating forces”[i] of the United States Marine Corps. OCS in the Marine Corps focusses on the candidate becoming a follower first, and then a leader. The training is individualized, and centered on the candidate’s initiative to get the mission accomplished. OCS puts them into scenarios where the candidate has to take charge, and where they have to lead. Among many other things, OCS teaches the candidates:
- How to act
- How to conduct themselves as officers
- How to be physically fit
- How to establish a command presence (bearing)
- How to lead by example
- How to lead Marines
- How to be confident
- The ability to make quick, rapid decisions in a time compressed environment under pressure
Leading by example, and leading from the front, are two of the most important attributes of a United States Marine Corps officer. At OCS, this is instilled in them very early and very quickly in their training. Along with that comes the willingness to do the things that you asking your people to do. You can’t ask your people to do something that you are not willing to do yourself.
The officer candidates are evaluated on if they are able to think and make decisions on their own, their ability to get their company from point A to point B, their ability to communicate, and their overall leadership capabilities.
Marine Corps officers must have integrity; to do the right things when nobody is looking. They must conduct themselves as professionals at all times.
A leader in the Marine Corps needs to be humble and treat people with respect, no matter what rank they are. It doesn’t matter what job you have, or what rank you are, the Marine Corps places a premium on leadership; from the private to the four-star general. Officer Candidates School gives them an understanding of what basic leadership really is. It not only provides them the leadership skills to be successful in the Marine Corps, but it prepares them for life.
Copyright © Dale R. Wilson
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