Officer Candidate School Packing List. This will be a long post, but if you’re headed to OCS, it will be very helpful I promise.
Well, I have been struggling to get official information on what to bring to OCS.
- First, below is a packing list I received from another candidate.
- Secondly, I then had someone who went through OCS look it over for feedback. Check it out!
Proposed Packing List–Not Official
-1 pair wrinkle free khakis
-1 wrinkle free polos
-1 pair dress shoes and belt
-2 pair dress socks
-5 sets of medium(ankle) height white socks (NOT NO-SHOWS)
-3 pairs skivvie shorts
-3 pair underwear
-1 pair compression shorts
-2 pair Thorlo combat boot socks (black)
-1 pair Bates lights PT/Garrison boots [NOTE: Bates Lights no longer allowed for 2011]
-1 pair of go-fasters
-1 pack PT shirts
-1 pair shower shoes
-2 packs extra blades
-1 tube deodorant
-1 bottle antibacterial body wash and scrubber
-2 small travel bottles of mouthwash
-1 tube sunscreen
-1 bottle liquid soap
-1 tube Lotrimin Ultra
-1 tub Vaseline
-2 bottles hand sanitizer
-2 Sharpie Rub-A-Dub markers
-6 in. ruler
-2 large notebooks (rite in the rain 4×6)
-2 small notebooks (rite in the rain 3×5)
-1 box erasable black pens
-2 erasable red pens
-2 mechanical pencils + lead
-1 red LED headlamp
-1 durable watch
-$400 cash ($300 in 100’s, $100 in $1’s and $5’s)
-Cell phone and charger
-4 rolls 1” white athletic tape (hockey tape)
-2 rolls ½” white athletic tape
-1 roll electrical tape
-2 tubes of Body Glide
-1 roll duct tape
-1 personal stamp with last name
-health, dental, or shot records
-ziplock bags (Quart – 1box; Gallon – 1box)
Response from OCS Graduate:
Bring an extra pair of civilian pants and a shirt.
The extra towel and athletic socks are not required; you’ll be issued about 8 pairs of those socks. Consider bringing 2 extra white wash clothes though because although you get issued 4 towels, you only get two wash clothes.
The 3 pairs of underwear also aren’t required. Just bring a pair to make it through the first day of in-processing. Your green silkies will be your underclothes forever hence .
Compression shorts and body glide seem interchangeable in my mind. I don’t think you need both.
Shower shoes are not required. Good call on bringing extra PT shorts (they are the right kind, right?), but I don’t think you’ll need extra shirts. I think were issued at least six shirts last year.
If you’re driving, leave the tube of deodorant in your vehicle to use on Libo. Same think with the Bates Lites (they won’t be required until about week 5 anyway).
Why are you bringing antibacterial body wash as well as liquid soap? One or the other.
The lotrimin ultra could be construed as an over-the-counter convenience/item supplement; those are strictly prohibited and could even get you sent home. I think there is antifungal spray in the squadbay medical locker anyway.
If you’re already bringing body glide and/or compression shorts, what do you need the vaseline for?
I’d forego the large Rite in the Rain notebooks. If you can’t fit them in your pocket, they’re worthless to you. If you still have them all after pickup, give the rest to others that don’t.
Red pens are unnecessary, I’m not even sure if they’re allowed. You’ll only really use pencils for the multiple-choice tests (and the Rite in the Rain pads if you don’t have a waterproof pen), so I don’t think extra lead is required. That seems like something that could be lost very easily anyway. Why bring an eraser?
1/2″ white athletic tape is not allowed. It has to be 1″. Good call on the electrical tape though; you’ll be using that on the straps of your day pack and ILBE pack (straps flapping in the wind is considered sloppy appearance).
I just checked and off-brand Body Glide is included in the large/small bag issue now, so I don’t think you need two sticks.
All in all, you covered everything pretty well, but aside from civilian clothes you’re bringing too much stuff, some of which isn’t even allowed. So get an extra pair of civvies and cut all the aforementioned superfluous items and you should be good to go.