BUMP TO WEAPON X!
I successfully completed the three months of USMC OCS and the subsequent 6 months of The Basic School for Officers. Gary E, you’re just wrong.
In fact, OCS is harder physically and mentally…as it should be. Officers lead Marines, and do it best by the example of their own performance.
Just consider, the “Crucible” that enlisted Marines started performing in boot camp several years ago under Commandant Krulak is a duplication of the Small Unit Leadership Evaluation tests given to officers at OCS for decades.
I served with a number of officers who did both enlisted boot camp and OCS. Their consensus is that OCS is much harder physically than enlisted boot camp. I’ve witnessed the physical conditioning of Marines recently graduated from boot camp and Officers from both OCS and TBS. There’s just no real comparison…Officers win hands down.
The quality of the entrant is much different too. I went through OCS with officer candidates who were Harvard, Yale, or Columbia grads, an All-American honorable mention, and an Olympic boxing finalist…all in the same 50 man platoon! That just doesn’t happen at boot camp.
After OCS, all officers, whether grunts, pilots, or lawyers endure an even more rigorous test for six months at The Basic School for officers. I’m here to say, there’s no comparable follow-on school for enlisted personnel. TBS is a true ball buster, it is not for the faint of heart.
I’m not going to call you out on your statement that only enlisted Marines are real Marines. I’m not going to waste my time. You’re probably the type of Marine I routinely send to the brig. The only time I would have spoken to you on active duty would have been to deliver your sentence in a military justice proceeding. I’ll ask you instead…why do you feel such a need to display your ignorance and immaturity in public and give the remainder of enlisted Marines, like my father, a bad name?