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Officer Candidates School

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Tips for Family Success

                            

Write letters to your candidates from the day they leave. Be positive and encouraging. Don't write anything negative that can wait until after training to discuss. The candidates are under significant stress, and if possible, you should try not to contribute additional stress. Do not be alarmed if letters home reveal some of this stress; it is normal. If you are worried, talk to your loved one's Officer Selection Officer (OSO) about your concern, and continue to encourage them in correspondence. Don't worry too much though, because your candidate is well cared for and receives the best training from the finest instructors in the Marine Corps. Before your candidate leaves, consider sending them off with an address book with important names, addresses, and phone numbers including doctors and dentists in case medical information is required.

 

 

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Send letters every day.  Mail is an important lifeline to candidates.

    Miss Family Day or Graduation.  It will be one of the proudest moments of your life.  
Keep letters upbeat when you write; encourage your candidate.     Send items to your candidate unless asked for.  (We don't recommend sending perishable items.)  It is parental nature to want to send something.  RESIST! 
Remind them about Honor, Courage, and Commitment, and tell them what these values mean to you.  Contact his/her commanding officer of any rank directly.  If you have questions or concerns, contact the OSO first.      Contact his/her commanding officer of any rank directly.  If you have questions or concerns, contact the OSO first. 
Send pictures ONLY if they request them.  Remember, EVERYONE will see them.    

Contact his/her instructors for any reason.

Encourage others to send letters.  Keep friends and family members updated on your candidate's progress. 

    Write on the outside of the envelope or put stickers or kiss marks. Put Marine, 2ndLt, 1stLt, etc...On the address to your candidate.  They are candidates until they graduate OCS