I generally do not like to talk about myself, but I believe it is necessary for you to understand who I am. At the least this will add credibility to some of the information provided. Please do not take any of this to mean that I am someone special or significant. The truth is that I am a regular person who was able to meet my goal of becoming a Marine Officer. There is nothing great about my PFT score. At OCS, I kept my head down and did all I could to prove I have what it takes to lead Marines. I was not the honor graduate, nor did I win any special awards. In fact, I started this site before ever attending TBS. I’m a just a regular Marine who wants to give others as much information as I can about becoming a Marine Officer and being a Marine Officer.
In the fall of 2008, I applied for the NROTC Scholarship. At the time, I knew that going to college and becoming a Marine Officer were my top priorities. Being accepted into NROTC would give me the opportunity to pursue both simultaneously. Fortunately, I was able to get a scholarship to attend college. I can remember clearly the day I received my call informing me that I would have the opportunity to prove my ability to lead. Had I not been able to pickup a scholarship both PLC and OCC were already on my radar. I was honored to be chosen.
I spent three years training for OCS while in NROTC. In the summer of 2012, I was dropped into the depths of Quantico and began my evaluation at OCS. It was not easy getting through to be honest. Although, I never failed an exam or PT event there was a continuous thought reminding me I could fail at any moment for a thousand different reasons. Never forget the rules and be smart about every little thing at OCS. I remember someone getting dropped for going to an IHOP during liberty (maybe I will elaborate another time). Caution is going to be one of the most important traits for candidates.
In the summer of 2013, I received a diploma and was commissioned as a United States Marine Corps Officer. However, for several reasons I was placed in the IRR for 12+ months. Now I am here writing this post. More will come once I go through TBS and eventually hit the fleet.