Surprise surprise, first post in over a month! I am home on liberty right now and I can say I am thriving at OCS. Mentally it has not been too challenging, academically I’m doing fine, and I’ve been keeping up fine on the physical training. I got a PR 289 initial PFT and today got a 275 on the intermediate PFT. I lost 3 pullups in the last month! I’ve been surprised how infrequently we do pull-up workouts. The whole platoon has been sick with the seasonal colds and flu going around this whole week, so everyone has been hacking up phlegm, sluggish, feverish and fatigued. Regardless, we all passed the PFT today. Yay Delta 2.
Some random thoughts:
I have enjoyed lots of the things we do at OCS, luckily! Almost every day I enjoy some aspect of our training. My favorite things so far have been individual runs and Marine Corps history classes.
I love getting letters in the mail, but don’t send food! And don’t ask about OCS in letters to candidates, they probably won’t have time to respond. Just write about walking your dog or taking my little cousin to the zoo or something random–the more your letter takes my mind off of the daily challenges, the better!
The physical training stuff posted on this site (which I followed) is spot on. Running is important, but all around fitness is the name of the game. We do way more pushups than I imagined though. My shoulders and chest are pretty sore.
OCS destroys your feet. Blisters, swelling, shin splints, tendinitis, is the name of the game. For everyone. Come with good inserts for your boots.
They pass out ibuprofen like it is candy.
Pain tolerance can be built. Mine is growing.
I am getting enough to eat–they are being pretty smart about getting the candidates a sufficient diet. (I haven’t lost any weight really but some men have lost 15 lbs already.)
I said enough to eat, not all-you-can-eat…
Sleep deprivation is the hardest thing about OCS I think. To get 6 hours of sleep a night is a luxury. Often you’ll get 4 nonsequential hours of sleep a night, then run 5 miles the next morning, drill, have classes, etc etc all day and just have to push through. Gotta stay motivated! At 22 years of age, it is something you can do though. I’m actually one of the youngest if not the youngest in the platoon, most are not immediate college grads. Lots of 24s, 25s.
Liberty is a blessing and a challenge–you get 24 hours or so off to go home (in my case) and eat and relax then you’re expected to turn around and “flip the switch” and be ready to roll again when it’s over.
Everything is a test.
Lots of OCC-202 attendees know my blog–thanks for letting me know you read it, and GOOD LUCK my brothers.
You’re always being watched and evaluated.
The ethical standards of the Marine Corps are honorable, inspirational, and traditional/conservative. The standards and morals this organization preaches and stands by unapologetically are refreshing in this world of political correctness and wishy-washy moral relativism.
The chaplain at OCS is a great source of encouragement and truly cares about all the candidates and their well-being. If the candidates don’t have anywhere to go on liberty, he has a house set up just as a hang out spot and gives away free food etc to any candidate who stops by.
I can’t wait until it’s over but I can see myself missing many aspects of OCS.
I’m tired and going to bed.
Prayers and letters appreciated.