Officer Candidate Course | Quantico

Paul here with your week 8 update for Officer Candidates School. 

Candidates will start their week with  Exam 5. Next, candidates will go through an introduction to the Endurance Course (E-Course). The E-Course is a grueling 3.27-mile physical fitness event that begins with the obstacle course (O-Course) with which your candidates have become familiar. 

The course is conducted in full Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform while carrying a load-bearing vest, canteens, and rifle. For this first round, Candidates will simply learn the route and techniques and understand the penalties and violations. In order to graduate, candidates will be required to pass this event, as their time correlates to points similar to their 3-mile run for the PFT.

Candidates will head out into the field again for their final field exercise SULE (SULE 2). Your candidate has experienced a SULE before, but with each event introduces a new challenge. Candidates will start the day with the rising sun as they board buses and get dropped off at various locations throughout the base. Since each candidate is required to be a Fire Team leader, the SULE will take a full day to complete. Your candidate will be fueling up on MREs to get them through the exercise.

Candidates will challenge their land navigation skills learned and be tested with night land navigation. 

Send them a letter to see how they are feeling as they near the end of training, and be sure to ask what they are most excited for after graduation. Stay tuned, I’ll be back next week with your intel on week 9.

Semper Fidelis,
Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Paul Davis