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My name is Civilian-Candidate-2nd Lt-Sgt-Pvt-Openbah…

Until I went to Quantico I was a civilian. For the 39 days I was at Officer Candidates School, I was referred to as Candidate. About 5 weeks into OCS we received our orders to TBS. I remember sitting in the classroom next to Candidate L. and seeing the words “Second Lieutenant” before my name. It was the first and last time I would see it printed that way.

Only a few days later while being admitted to Bethesda Naval Hospital I was given a hospital bracelet which had Sergeant written on it. Apparently because we were receiving E-5 pay at OCS, I was thought to be a Sergeant.

Since being discharged from the Hospital, I have been being paid “incapacitation pay” by the Marines. Unfortunately for my wallet, those that NPQ from OCS receive a Private’s pay. So now I am in the system as Private. Hopefully one day this civilian will once again read “Second Lieutenant” before his name.

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  1. May 3rd, 2006 at 10:22 | #1

    If this was a different occasion, the name of this post would be a really bad thing. Going from 2ndLt to Sergeant to Private would be a personal and Marine Corps record for demotion.

    But luckily we all know what you’ve been through and know that you haven’t been demoted at all.

  2. May 7th, 2006 at 22:30 | #2

    I am sure you will see it again one day soon!

  3. Mark
    March 27th, 2009 at 21:42 | #3

    I know this is very late but it reminds me, I remember the day when my OCS class received those orders. It was so motivating. I also remember the day I found out I was going to be NPQ’ed, that same night the uniform vendors showed up with our uniforms, all finished and tailored. Dang.

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