What should I know before I go to OCS?
If you are returning for PLC-Seniors, chances are you will be tested on some of the knowledge you learned at PLC-Juniors. Here is the test that you will be given:
Technically, if you are going to OCC, you don’t need to know anything before you go, because you will be taught everything you need to know once you arrive. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare youself. In my opinion, the more you know before OCS, the less you’ll have to memorize when you’re there. And that means more sleep.
11 General orders
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1. To take charge of this post and all government property in view.
2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse than my own.
5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.
6. To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me: all orders from the commanding officer, officer of the day, and officers and non-commissioned officers of the guard only.
7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.
8. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
9. To call the corporal of the guard in any case not covered by instructions.
10. To salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.
11. To be especially watchful at night, and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.
Leadership traits (JJDIDTIEBUCKLE)
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Know yourself and seek self-improvement.
Be technically and tactically proficient.
Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions.
Make sound and timely decisions.
Set the example.
Know your Marines and look out for their welfare.
Keep your Marines informed.
Develop a sense of responsibility in your subordinates.
Ensure that the task is understood, supervised, and accomplished.
Train your Marines as a team.
Employ your command in accordance with its capabilities.
5 Paragraph Order
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Chain of Command (Current as of Jan 2011)
President Barack Obama
Vice President Joe Biden
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus
Commandant of the Marine Corps General Amos
Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps General Dunford
Commanding General of MCCDC Lieutenant General Flynn
Commanding Officer of OCS Colonel Jackson
(You will learn the last two when you arrive at OCS)
4 Weapon Safety Rules
1. Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.
2. Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.
3. Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
4. Keep the weapon on safe until you intend to fire.