About Interested in joining USMC OCS
|October 3rd, 2004||#1|
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Interested in joining USMC OCS info
The thing that bothers me a little is how much I hear about OCS grads with no prior enlisted experience get little respect versus their previously enlisted counterparts. I feel that in my heart that I can do well at OCS. With God, I know nothing is impossible. That with his wisdom, I will make the right decisions. If I become an officer, my priorities will be serving my country and taking care of those under me. I know I can lead by example. Is there anything else I should do? All I ask is, to give the same respect others give you. I know it will take time. Anyone out there with some constructive insight? Let me know. Thank you.
|October 4th, 2004||#2|
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Sounds like you got a pretty good head on your shoulders, the biggest thing is respect is earned. You have to earn the respect of others without comprimising your position. This is the same advice as any job or anything in life that you will do be it military or not. You have to be able to earn the respect of those under you without lookin weak. People can think your cool but not respect you, big difference.
|October 4th, 2004||#3|
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I agree with Sooner. Contact your OSO post haste and find out what you need to do.
Should you become an Officer of Marines please remember. Your enlisted Marines have much to offer, and listen to your NCO's.
Good luck and Semper Fi.
|October 5th, 2004||#4|
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Like the other two have said, respect is earned and NCO's are important. Remember, that 21 year old Corporal has more field, patrol, and combat time than you will, listen to what he has to say, you may not agree, but it may keep you alive.
\"U.S. Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever known. They treat their service as if it was some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everythng they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics...., which I have come to the conclusion they are!\"
-- An Anonymous Canadian Citizen
|October 5th, 2004||#5|
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First off, I want to thank you guys for your positive input as I begin my journey to OCS. I know the path will be narrow and, at times, difficult. But I will do my best to uphold the values of the Corps and practice them on a daily basis.
As far as ways of attaining the respect of the NCO ranks, I could not agree with you more. One of the leadership traits all Marines must have is knowledge. I know the enlisted men will have way more experience out there in the field than I ever could have. I know coming into this that I will gain valuable insight from those who have already been through it.
To approach a situation and think that one knows it all is foolish. A wise officer would listen to all available information and make a decisive judgement based upon that info. I see this and understand the gravity of it. These are soldiers lives at stake.
03USMC, you said it best,
Lil Hulk 1988, your comment,
In conclusion, there are many obstacles to overcome in order to be an effective officer. One of the most important is keeping your group of Marines informed and to maintain the lines of communication open both ways. The bonds of respect will grow tighter, but more importantly, the bond of brotherhood will take hold. Faith in one another will begin to grow. I tell you now that I will always keep my ears open to my NCO's. I will ask questions from them and ask for their perspective on issues. Thank again.