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  1. #46
    my advice is bring a positive attitude. As a prior you will be looked at for leadership and guidance from the other candidates. While you have to be self-motivating, Sergeant Instructors (thats DI's at OCS) will try and ID the individuals, selfish, and other nasties and weed them out. Remember how to give the 5 paragraph order, and remember some of the basics knowledge that you learned at boot camp. Any knowledge that you have is always a good thing. But the biggest thing that I cannot stress enough is getting sleep. I have seen a lot of good candidates go down in flames in terms of the academics because they were just too tired and could not think. There is no reason for that because the academic exams are very easy.

    Anyways good luck down there Marine, I'll be rooting for you on the other side.

    Last edited by Soon2ndLT; 04-22-10 at 01:02 AM. Reason: gramatical error

  2. #47
    Quote Originally Posted by USMCPSU View Post
    Can you explain, or someone, what you is meant by "cross fit/combat fitness type workouts"? all I've been told, or have read, is that all you do (PT wise, excluding O course and endurance course) in OCS is run ALL THE TIME! When I think of running, all I think about is running hills in CAMPEN. When I read this, I got the impression that OCS now doesn't do as many long runs? If you can give me some examples and how it fits into a training week that would be great. If i'm way off base in assuming that, let me know. I just want to know what to expect more of, long runs or this cross fitness stuff.

    I went to Bootcamp is 2003, and got out in 2007 as a Corporal. Currently a JR @ Portland State University. Interested in putting in my package for a PLC class over summer 2011.
    Cpl.,

    The running is not nearly the same as it was under Col. Chase. OCS used to be all about running. There were always Fartlek's for PT, but there were more of them more often. I have heard that the reason they switched it is that staff and candidates alike were getting broke.

    With Col. Mancini and now Col. Jackson, the PT switched to more functional fitness as I mentioned before. Along with the usual fartlek's you can expect: Upper Body Development Course (sort of like the DI playground), Muscular Endurance Course (sort of like the UBD with some more running in between stations but not a fartlek), MCMAP drills (lots of fireman's carries and buddy drags), etc. I'd say the PT is still focused on running, and you still have to be a good runner to do well there physically. The longest run was a 5 mile timed individual run. The average run was probably 3 miles (it was a fartlek). Never been to CAMPEN, but from I hear from my west coast buddies, your hills are just as nasty. You shouldn't have a problem with the hills here in Quantico. I'd say PT is 4-5x a week but hard for me to remember. Just know you're not PTing everyday. So your average training week will be like:

    Monday: Push Pull Press Abs (PPPAs) with 3 mile Fartlek
    Tuesday: O Course
    Wednesday: Rest (in terms of formal PT)
    Thursday: MEC
    Friday: PPPAs and 3 mile Fartlek
    Saturday: UBD 2x and 3 mile Fartlek
    Sunday: Rest

    It may not be like that, but hopefully you can get an idea of what it looks like. As I said before, I'd still push to be a good runner or to maintain it if you are, but I'd also incorporate some Cross Fit stuff and even weights as well. Hope this helps.

    V/r,

    PS: Well it's been a long time coming, but I am finally commissioning soon on 1 May. Everyone's date got pushed back for whatever reason, so I'm just happy to have mine set. Just saying that if any of you motivators are in the DC area, you are welcome to come to the ceremony at 1400, MC Memorial. The honor would be mine.


  3. #48
    thanks a lot for the info Geagle05 and Soon2ndLT. Congratulations on your upcoming commission Geagle05. If you get a chance to get get stationed on Pendleton, I recommend it. The hills aren't fun, but you can't beat SoCal year round. Their is always something to do there. Twentynine Palms on the other hand, avoid at all costs. I spent 6 months their when Mojave Viper was getting started in late 2005...it was not enjoyable.


  4. #49
    I'm supposed to pin the bars on August 28th. That might not happen now.

    I'll know by May 20th. It sucks to not know.


  5. #50

    OCS Age Limit

    All,

    Does anyone know what the age cut-off is for OCS? I am prior service and was told that I am too old. I was told that prior service time does not 'subtract' from your age to put you under the age limit? I have been told otherwise as well. Does anyone here know? Thanks.


  6. #51
    Its generally 30, but it is waiverable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by flyby View Post
    All,

    Does anyone know what the age cut-off is for OCS? I am prior service and was told that I am too old. I was told that prior service time does not 'subtract' from your age to put you under the age limit? I have been told otherwise as well. Does anyone here know? Thanks.
    This site might help; http://www.ocs.usmc.mil/

    Send them a email with your particulars. There is a contact tab on the right plus some good info on the left.

    Good luck

    Dan


  8. #53
    Quote Originally Posted by UMDStudent24 View Post
    I'm supposed to pin the bars on August 28th. That might not happen now.

    I'll know by May 20th. It sucks to not know.
    That is too bad. I know a bunch of candidates in the same situation. My date got pushed back as well and I graduated college in December. Trust me though, the time flies and it's all worth it. Semper Fi.


  9. #54
    This helps a lot. There are quit a few Lt's around here that are prior service and a lot that aren't. They both have told us what OCS was like the biggest thing that I remember them saying is "It's like your MCT on steroids." I have thought of trying to go through the MECEP program but am unsure, especially if I would be eligible. But this will probably help me if I want to go or not.


  10. #55
    Quote Originally Posted by USMCPSU View Post
    thanks a lot for the info Geagle05 and Soon2ndLT. Congratulations on your upcoming commission Geagle05. If you get a chance to get get stationed on Pendleton, I recommend it. The hills aren't fun, but you can't beat SoCal year round. Their is always something to do there. Twentynine Palms on the other hand, avoid at all costs. I spent 6 months their when Mojave Viper was getting started in late 2005...it was not enjoyable.
    No problem. Hope my info was useful. Yeah, I am so hoping for a west coast duty station, but like a lot of Marines I will probably get lovely Lejeune off the bat. I spent a year out in Cali one time, and it rained like once. Absolutely beautiful.


  11. #56
    Sorry to necropost, but I just read through this entire thread. That's some good friggin' gouge, guys...thanks a lot! I have applied for MECEP this year (applied two years ago too, but obviously didn't get it). So I've got my fingers crossed!


  12. #57
    Good luck Sgt


  13. #58
    do i have a realistic possiblilty to get into the mecep program.. i leave for boot on october 18th and im going to be a reservist with the mos of 0651 (data network specialist). i scored a 90 on the asvab and 1520 on the SATs out of 2400 ... with a 3.0+ gpa in highschool... what are my possibliltys of getting into mecep


  14. #59
    General Qualifications for the program are as follows:

    Be an enlisted member of the Regular Marine Corps or Marine Corps Reserve assigned to the AR program.

    Must be a Sergeant or above as of convening date of selection board.

    At least 20 but not have reached 26 years of age by the projected beginning date of college if selected.

    Must have a minimum of 3 years of active service on the convening date of the board.

    SAT - minimum combined score of 1000 (math and critical reading with a minimum verbal category score of 400 from the same test

    ACT - minimum composite score of 22

    AFQT - minimum score of 74

    Must be a high school grad. Non high school grads must have completed a minimum of two years high school and have successfully passed the General Education high school level tests.

    I believe the SAT score requirement is based on the old 1600-point system though. These requirements change sometime from year to year, so just keep up with them. For example, this year they require that applicants have at least 3 college-level English credits, 3 college-level math or science credits, and 6 credits from any other college courses. That's because they did away with the MECEP prep school and BOOST, so this requirement will probably remain in the future.


  15. #60
    i dont think its worth it if i need to be a sgt. shuld i just go to college after boot and gain my degree and go to an oso then to ocs


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