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OCS pack list

December 21st, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

(UPDATE: There is an updated pack list located in the articles section)

In one month I will be reporting to Quantico, VA for Officer Candidates Class. Training is going well and I’ve started getting my shit together. With lots of help from friends I’ve made a list of what to bring.

4 pairs Thorlo boot socks (black)
2 sticks BodyGlide
1 set of civvies (wrinkle free permanent crease and a plain polo shirt)
1 pair of nice shoes
2 pairs of go-fasters
Pair of broken-in boots
1 pair of boot insoles
2 pairs of white running socks
Underwear for about 5 days
Extra sneaker laces
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Razor and shaving cream
Travel size mouthwash
Q-tips
Wet wipes
Hand sanitizer
Liquid shower soap
Towel
Couple white washcloths for cleaning rifle
Deodorant
1 tube antibiotic ointment
1 tube antifungal cream
Motrin
6 inch ruler
Chap stick
Zip lock bags (small and large)
Black pens (erasable), red pen, pencils, and erasure
Laundry pen (Sharpie’s “Rub a dub”)
A cheap black water resistant watch
$400 (small bills)
2 inch clear tape, for your canteen
1 roll of 1/2 inch and 5 rolls of 1 inch athletic tape
Electrical tape
Small nice scissors
Waterproof spiral notebook
Cell phone and charger

I’ve been told to put everything in Ziploc bags and to mark everything. I’ve also been advised to pack it all in a sea bag or duffle bag, not a suitcase.

The “sea bag drag” at OCS… can’t wait.
sea bag drag

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  1. December 23rd, 2005 at 11:29 | #1

    Yes definitely ziploc bags. Also take all the air out of them so you have more room. Your list is pretty detailed so I can’t really think of anything else.

  2. Owen
    January 9th, 2006 at 12:07 | #2

    Wow, that picture of the guys with all their gear spilled out – that looks like it would suck.

    Your list reminds me of Tim O’Brien’s short-story, “The Things They Carried”.

    But I have nothing to add to your list – other than O’Brien’s book.

    Oh, and isn’t Motrin for cramps?

  3. Michael
    January 9th, 2006 at 12:38 | #3

    Motrin, or vitamin M, is for minor aches and pains due to:

    – headache
    – muscular aches
    – minor pain of arthritis
    – toothache
    – backache
    – the common cold
    – menstrual cramps

  4. OCCsummer2006
    May 17th, 2006 at 16:17 | #4

    A serious question: Are athletic supporters required for PT at OCC in addition to issued underwear? Thanks a million.

  5. May 17th, 2006 at 16:24 | #5

    No. You are issued a couple, but they were not required as of OCC 191.

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