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Officer Candidates School

 

Officer Candidates School

"Ductus Exemplo"

Training Command, Quantico, Virginia

Graduation Parade

The Graduation Parade takes place at Brown Field (Officer Candidates School) on the final day of training. The ceremony recognizes candidates who have met the challenge and successfully completed the demanding curriculum. During the parade, the top performing candidates and OCS staff receive awards, the Commanding Officer and Reviewing Officer will each address the guests, and the candidates will conduct a pass-in-review.

The parade takes place on the Parade Deck of OCS and lasts approximately one hour. General audience seating is in the bleachers, VIP seating is in the reviewing stand, and physically-disabled seating is available within the tents or at the front of the bleachers.  Visitors are encouraged to arrive early as seating is first come first serve.  Brown Field will open for parking. The event is free and open to the public; however, visitors must present valid ID, vehicle registration and proof of insurance to access the base. Attendees are encouraged to check the weather as the graduation date approaches and dress appropriately, as the ceremony is outside. Unless there is severe weather, the parade will go as scheduled.

The uniform for graduation is Woodland MARPAT Utilities with sleeves down or Business Casual for Civilians.

Events times, parking details, maps, and any announcements can be found on our Facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/usmcocs/

 Parking

Parking will be available aboard Brown Field, Officer Candidates School, the day of graduation.  Plenty of parking will be available. 

Maps

An interactive map has been created 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:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1mBeU4M1gyL17p9wPBBixs9v4OEk&ll=38.505313533833174%2C-77.34737825792791&z=12

This map is 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.

Commissioning Ceremony

For those candidates who successfully complete the course and choose to accept their commission as Second Lieutenants in the Unites States Marine Corps, the Commissioning Ceremony takes place on the Parade Deck following the Graduation Parade at OCS.

The commissioning ceremony is a formal ceremony where the candidates will transition from their status as a candidate to that of a Second Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps. The ceremony lasts approximately 30 minutes. Following the ceremony, the new Lieutenants will conduct their own ceremony where individuals of their choosing will pin gold bars, the insignia of a Second Lieutenant, on their uniform. At that time they will also receive their first salute, traditionally from an enlisted member of the armed forces of their choosing. Often candidates request their first salute from Staff Noncommissioned Officers from their platoon staff as they play a significant part of the development of the individual from a candidate to a Marine officer.

The uniform for the commissioning ceremony is the Service Alpha uniform with garrison cap or equivalent civilian attire. For reference, the Service Alpha uniform includes trousers/skirt, Service Bravo shirt, and a coat.

Parking

Parking will be available aboard Brown Field, Officer Candidates School, the day of graduation.  Plenty of parking will be available. 

Maps

An interactive map has been created 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:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1mBeU4M1gyL17p9wPBBixs9v4OEk&ll=38.505313533833174%2C-77.34737825792791&z=12

This map is 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.

Transition to TBS

 Following the Commissioning Ceremony, all Second Lieutenants will be free of their obligations to Officer Candidates School and are now responsible for checking into The Basic School (TBS).  Following the commissioning ceremony, the new Lieutenants will have to report in to The Basic School (TBS) right away for administrative check in and briefs.

VIPs

Any E-9 or O-6 and above personnel without a candidate graduating/commissioing OCS that would like to attend the ceremonies should e-mail OCS_Visits.fct@usmc.mil with name, rank, status (active/retired), and number attending each ceremony.

Questions?  Please direct any questions or concerns to this Facebook site or to our e-mail address at OCS_Visits.fct@usmc.mil. We hope to see you there!