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Receiving Mail at Marine OCS: What You Need to Know

This post originally appeared on the USMC OCS Blog, the #1 site for future Marine Officers. What Mail at OCS Means to Your Candidate Mail at OCS is often the highlight of the day. Many candidates enjoy receiving sports scores, newsletters, newspaper clippings, etc.: anything they would have normally kept up with at home. Family ...

Proposing at Your Basic Training Graduation: Mistake or the Perfect Time?

It's flashy, it's exciting, it's the combination of two of the most momentous days of your life. But is it also a decision you will regret? Ryan and Jenny Ryan and Jenny first met in biology class in their suburban Georgia high school. Their personal chemistry was evident nearly immediately. Jenny started coming to Ryan's ...

The Pre-Armstrong Workout for Pull-up Beginners

If doing full dead-hang pullups, or as a whole, the official Armstrong Pullup Program is too difficult for you, we recommend trying the following workout until your max set is 7-10 controlled, full dead-hang pullups. Best of luck! The Pre-Armstrong Pullup Program Workout  When required, simply pick any bicep curl type exercises (barbell, dumbbell, alternating, ...

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Marine OCS Graduate’s Overview of the Physical Fitness Test

Need some ideas for maxing out your next PFT? Here is some insight about the test, and some workout routines to follow.