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    Marine Corps Officer Candidates School(2:31)

    Marine instructors at Officer Candidates School describe the training that prepares candidates to lead by example. Those with the potential to lead as Marine officers must first prove themselves at Officer Candidates School. Here they undergo intense training, screening and evaluation to earn a commission as an officer in the Marine Corps.

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Speaker 1: The goal of Officer Candidates School is to screen officer candidates for potential as Marine Corps officers.

Speaker 2: It doesn't matter what job you have, what rank you are. We place a premium on leadership. From the private that graduates from boot camp to the four-star general, that's our core competency, and that's what we develop here at Officer Candidates School.

Speaker 3: Our primary duties here are train, screen and evaluate the leadership potential for future officers of the United States Marine Corps on how to act, how to conduct themselves as officers and how to lead Marines, the ability to make quick, rapid decisions in a time-compressed environment under pressure.

Speaker 4: Are they able to think? Are they able to decide? Make decisions on their own? Are they able to get the company from point A to point B? Are they able to communicate?

Speaker 5: If they can communicate well, they can effectively pass information in order to accomplish a mission.

Speaker 6: The motto here at Officer Candidates School is "ductus exemplo," which is Latin for "lead by example."

Speaker 7: We want them to be able to lead from the front, and we try to instill that from day number one. From the moment they get here, they see their platoon commanders demonstrating by example, and that's how we train them.

Speaker 8: You can't ask your men to do something that you're not willing to do yourself.

Speaker 9: They have to have integrity. They have to be able to do the right things when nobody's looking and then just conduct themselves as professionals at all times.

Speaker 10: Well, we evaluate them in the four separate areas: decision-making, leading subordinates, communication and overall leadership capabilities.

Speaker 11: We teach them how to be good followers, but we jump-start them very quick to be leaders, and that's the difference.

Speaker 12: The training here is more individualized, and it's a lot more on the candidate's initiative to get the mission accomplished.

Speaker 13: Here we put them in position. We put them in scenarios to where they have to take charge to where they have to lead.

Speaker 14: And we're going to take care of them, and we're going to give them the leadership skills they need to be successful in life.

Speaker 15: I wanted the opportunity to lead, and I wanted to lead the best, so I chose the Marines.

Speaker 16: We are taking the books and putting them to the side, and we're going to discuss leadership.

Speaker 17: OCS will help these candidates get their basic understanding of what leadership is.

Speaker 16: Now you're in that position where you have to make that ultimate decision.

Speaker 18: To be a leader, you've got to be humble, and you've got to treat each and every person with respect, no matter what rank they are.

Speaker 4: I believe there's no better leadership training than here at OCS. The things that we teach them here: how to be physically fit, how to be confident, how to exhibit good command presence, how to lead by example — the honor, courage, commitment — nobody else in the world teaches them how we teach them here.