Family Day events provide opportunities for the family and friends of candidates to learn more about Officer Candidates School (OCS) from the Commanding Officer. The candidates are also granted liberty for the afternoon and will be free for several hours to show their friends and family around Brown Field (OCS) and the local area.
Family day will begin with the Commander's Motivational Run which is a three and a half-mile formation run that all graduating candidates and OCS staff participate in. As the candidates move one step closer to becoming Marine Corps officers this run serves as a reminder of the importance of building and maintaining the esprit de corps that is the hallmark our Corps.
Friends and family are invited to pre-stage themselves along the run route to cheer their loved ones as they run by. The map below shows the best places to park and watch your candidate.
It is recommended to be parked in one of the designated parking areas no later than 10 minutes before the start time to ensure the safety of the runners and spectators. Those participating in the motivational run should be reaching the turnaround point at about 20 minutes after the start time.
Following the run will be the Family Day Orientation. The orientation is an informal, hour-long presentation led by the OCS Commanding Officer, and provides an overview of officer candidate training and an opportunity to ask questions to the CO. After the Orientation, candidates are granted liberty where they may show their guests around Marine Corps Base Quantico, or otherwise spend time with their guests in the local area. Candidate liberty will secure by company per the schedule below. Please allow plenty of time for the candidates to be aboard Brown Field early.
Guests typically dress casually for Family Day. Restrooms and handicapped parking are available.
Specific dates and times for each training company can be found on our Facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/USMCOCS/ You do not need a Facebook account to access this page or its content.
Directions and Parking
Parking will be available on Brown Field, OCS following the conclusion of the Commanding Officer's Motivational Run. Signs will be posted aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico to direct guests to OCS, as well as Marines directing traffic and parking. A map of Quantico is also available for your use, located here:http://www.trngcmd.marines.mil/Portals/207/Site%20Images/OCS/OCS_20Map.jpg
Two interactive maps have been created:
The first one is the route for the Commanding Officer's motivational run. It includes the route as well as popular viewing areas.
You can find that map here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=12YQH7MZpTycZzCOXU0Afn_teg40&ll=38.50172987787479%2C-77.30974417972834&z=14
The second one is for Family Day, Graduation, and Commissioning events. On it you will find the location of all events with description as well as parking locations and driving directions. You can access it here:
You can find that map here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1mBeU4M1gyL17p9wPBBixs9v4OEk&ll=38.505313533833174%2C-77.34737825792791&z=12
Both are located in Google Maps and you can change the view of the base map in the bottom left corner to show you a road map or satellite view to get a better idea of what the surroundings will look like.
Please direct any questions or concerns to our Facebook site or to our e-mail address at OCS_Visits.firstname.lastname@example.org . We hope to see you there!