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Officer Candidates School


Officer Candidates School

"Ductus Exemplo"

Quantico, Virginia


Dear OCS Families and Friends,


Unfortunately, effective immediately, the OCC-233 Social Dinner, all Family Day events, Graduation and Commissioning Ceremonies, and Graduation Day Brunch, are canceled to public attendance, in order to prevent any potential spread of COVID-19 to Marines or Marine Corps families. This prohibition on "public attendance" includes all military affiliated personnel, unless they are OCS staff members.


The good news is, we will LIVE stream the Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony on our YouTube channel <https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8bcxZZw-4wMZCBUvvkdskg> and our Facebook page <https://www.facebook.com/pg/usmcocs/> on 14 March from 10:00-11:30 AM Eastern Time.


This decision to cancel is in accordance with the Secretary of Defense direction that, effective immediately, public attendance at graduation ceremonies and related activities is prohibited, with no exceptions.


Additional notes:

-Candidates will NOT be released for liberty on Friday, 13 March (Family Day)

-On Saturday, 14 March, upon conclusion of the ceremonies, all candidates will be transported to The Basic School (TBS) to check-in. Once they are complete with check-in, TBS will release the lieutenants at their discretion.

-Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) is issuing refunds for the Social Dinner and Graduation Brunch. Please allow 72 hours for those refunds to process.


Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any further questions or concerns.


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 two 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 aboard OCS to cheer their loved ones as they run by. The run will be conducted entirely aboard OCS and Family and friends will be seated on the Parade Deck bleachers to view the event.

 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 as OCS personnel will cut traffic onto OCS and park remaining cars outside the entrance. 


Following the run will be the Family Day Orientation. The orientation is an informal, hour-long presentation led by the OCS Protocol Officer, and provides an overview of officer candidate training and an opportunity to meet the staff and Commanding Officer of OCS. 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 OCS 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/pg/USMCOCS/events/?ref=page_internal . You do not need a Facebook account to access this page or its content.


Directions and Parking

Parking will be available on OCS. 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.

You can find that map here: https://www.google.com/maps/@38.5049563,-77.3156776,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!6m1!1s16TcugxQq0KHWmslKBpZVQSa2u9PUvoRp?hl=en

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/@38.5100597,-77.3296523,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!6m1!1s1ZNgvMtOcH-DoaAfyHjEH_sxzPos?hl=en


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 page or call 703-432-6000. We hope to see you there!