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Officer Candidate School: A Leader in 12 Weeks

In OCS, college graduates and Soldiers with degrees, like Candidate Ricky Jones, get the opportunity to challenge themselves and become officers.

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  • Lead and Train Soldiers

    CPT Richard Taylor talks about his responsibilities and goals as an Infantry Off...

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Training Leadership

    Lead and Train Soldiers
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    Captain Eugene Handza, Pharmacist (Reserve) talks about role/experience/benefits...

    Leading and Living
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    Captain Eugene Handza, Pharmacist (Reserve) talks further about job details and ...

    Captain Eugene Handza - Pharmacist (Reserve)
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  • Major Nouansy Wilton, M.D.

    Major Wilton is very inspired by how many women are in leadership roles in the A...

    Major Nouansy Wilton, M.D.
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  • Captain Kevin Gormley - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

    Captain KEVIN GORMLEY, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner talks about role/experienc...

    CATEGORY: Medicine

    TAGS: Nurse Medical Corps

    Captain Kevin Gormley - Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
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  • Captain Samuel Sama - Critical Care Nurse

    Captain Samuel Sama, Critical Care Nurse talks about role/experience/benefits - ...

    CATEGORY: Medicine

    TAGS: Nurse Medical Corps

    Captain Samuel Sama - Critical Care Nurse
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  • Being a member of the West Point family

    Hear Cadet Gabra Perez explain the academic and leadership training she received...

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: West Point Officership Education Training scholarships

    Being a member of the West Point family
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  • Army ROTC: From Student to Officer

    Cadet Richard Dolan knew he wanted to become a leader. See why he chose Army ROT...

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: Officership ROTC

    Army ROTC: From Student to Officer
    04:00
  • Officer Candidate School: A Leader in 12 Weeks

    In OCS, college graduates and Soldiers with degrees, like Candidate Ricky Jones,...

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: Officership Officer Candidate School

    Officer Candidate School: A Leader in 12 Weeks
    03:56
  • West Point: Graduate as an Officer

    A rigorous curriculum and unparalleled training in leadership, that’s why Cadet ...

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: Officership West Point

    West Point: Graduate as an Officer
    03:58
  • Drill Sergeant Creed

    Two drill sergeants talk proudly of their crucial role in instilling pride, conf...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Events Drill Sergeant

    Drill Sergeant Creed
    00:49
  • NHRA Webisode 1

    Tony Schumacher and his Racing Team explain what they do to keep the team winnin...

    CATEGORY: Racing

    TAGS: Army Racing Dragster

    NHRA Webisode 1
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  • Hansel Henry

    Hansel's experience in the Army Reserve gave him the leadership skills to be a s...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Intelligence Analyst Leadership

    Hansel Henry
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  • Neil Raaz

    Neil's pilot training in the Army helped him reach his dreams of becoming a pilo...

    CATEGORY: Career & Jobs

    TAGS: Aviation Careers

    Neil Raaz
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  • 2010 - EPISODE 10:

    Rangers must run an unknown distance while carrying an M4. Team members must sta...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Buddy Run - Ep. 10

    2010 - EPISODE 10:
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  • 2009 EPISODE 12 of 12: CANOE EVENT

    In the final two events Soldiers will have to canoe down a river then complete t...

    CATEGORY: Events

    TAGS: Best Ranger Canoe - Ep. 12

    2009 EPISODE 12 of 12: CANOE EVENT
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  • Reserve Story: Added Value ROTC

    ROTC really is a unique and important program because it sets the foundation for...

    Reserve Story: Added Value ROTC
  • Episode 2:

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    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: Officership West Point

    Episode 2:
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  • Episode 10:

    Find out what an Army MP instructor has to say about coaching NCAA football.

    TAGS: Officership West Point

    Episode 10:
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    See how managing Soldiers and college athletes requires similar leadership skill...

    CATEGORY: Officership

    TAGS: Officership West Point

    West Point Instructor / Athletic Director
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  • Military Police Instructor / NCAA Linebacker Coach

    Watch a U.S. Army MP instructor go one on one with an NCAA football coach.

    TAGS: Officership West Point

    Military Police Instructor / NCAA Linebacker Coach
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  • I drew on a lot of my Army experience

    Lt. Col. Shane Kimbrough explains how his Army experiences helped him in his pre...

    CATEGORY: Space

    TAGS: Space Astronaut

    I drew on a lot of my Army experience
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  • My efforts to figure out what I am doing in life. I want

    Col. Timothy Kopra answers Jonathon Johnson from North Chicago, Illinois, who as...

    CATEGORY: Space

    TAGS: Space Astronaut

    My efforts to figure out what I am doing in life. I want
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  • Infinite Possibilities

    Hear from Col. Tim Kopra what it\'s like to be Army Strong aboard the Internatio...

    CATEGORY: Space

    TAGS: Space Astronaut

    Infinite Possibilities
  • The Army has taught me how to be resourceful.

    Col. Douglas Wheelock walks you through how he had to use the problem-solving sk...

    CATEGORY: Space

    TAGS: Space Astronaut

    The Army has taught me how to be resourceful.
    01:38
  • Money For Education

    "Soldiers talk about their experiences in the Army Reserve: leadership, educatio...

    CATEGORY: Education

    TAGS: Army Reserve Education

    Money For Education
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  • Army Reserve

    Soldiers describe the Army Reserve as a life-changing opportunity.

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Army Reserve Careers

    Reserve overview
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  • Volunteer Work

    Captain Jennifer Huntsman (Reserve, Officer), talks about job role/experience/be...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve Featured

    TAGS: ROTC Army Reserve

    Volunteer Work
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  • Otto Padron

    Otto describes how his Army Reserve service helped him develop leadership skills...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Army Reserve Infantry

    Otto Padron
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  • Looking to the Future

    Sergeant Igor Tyapugin (Reserve, Enlisted), talks about job role/experience/ben...

    Looking to the Future
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  • Leadership Skills

    Captain Valerie Wallis (Reserve, Officer), talks about job role/experience/benef...

    CATEGORY: Army Reserve

    TAGS: Army Reserve Leadership

    Leadership Skills
    01:35
  • The Campus Cadre

    Soldiers describe the role of the cadre of the ROTC program. Role of the Cadre i...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Leadership

    The Campus Cadre
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  • Making Officers, Building Leaders

    Soldiers describe the ROTC program and their experiences - what it takes to beco...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Training

    Making Officers, Building Leaders
    02:20
  • Start Strong

    Soldier's talk about their ROTC experiences.

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: Army ROTC Leadership

    Start Strong
    03:00
  • An Enhanced Education

    Soldiers in the Army ROTC Nurse program talks about: the program, benefits of be...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Nurse

    An Enhanced Education
    02:33
  • Leader Development and Assessment Course

    Video shows nonscripted real- life examples of ROTC activities.

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Training

    Leader Development and Assessment Course
    01:00
  • Skills That Last A Lifetime

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    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Leadership

    Skills That Last A Lifetime
    02:02
  • Leader's Training Course

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    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Training

    Leader's Training Course
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  • The Making of an Army Officer

    Watch Soldiers talk about their personal experiences in the ROTC. “I wanted to h...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Leadership

    The Making of an Army Officer
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  • Making of an Officer

    Soldiers talk about the ROTC program and personal experiences. ROTC benefits: ci...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC West Point

    Making of an Officer
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  • Making of an Officer

    Soldiers talk about the ROTC program and personal experiences - what makes a goo...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC National Guard

    Making of an Officer
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  • Making of an Officer

    Soldiers talk about the ROTC program and personal experiences, experience of the...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Officers

    Making of an Officer
    02:59
  • First Lieutenant Maureen Bickett

    First Lieutenant Maureen Bickett (Reserve Officer) talks about experience/benefi...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Nurse

    First Lieutenant Maureen Bickett
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    Meeting in ROTC
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  • A Most Rewarding Experience

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    A Most Rewarding Experience
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  • Jeff Davis

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    TAGS: ROTC Army Reserve

    Jeff Davis
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  • Getting the Most Out of College

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    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Sports Management

    Getting the Most Out of College
    01:26
  • A World of Options

    The first in his family to attend college thanks to an ROTC scholarship, John Pa...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Training

    A World of Options
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  • Becoming a Leader

    John Paul and his ROTC superiors discuss his leadership development and personal...

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    TAGS: ROTC Leadership

    Becoming a Leader
    02:06
  • A Strong Family

    John Paul’s parents and ROTC superiors discuss how the Army ROTC program incorpo...

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    A Strong Family
    01:09
  • Skills You Can Use For A Lifetime

    Major Otto Padron (Reserve, Officer), talks about experience/benefits - civilian...

    CATEGORY: ROTC

    TAGS: ROTC Army Reserve

    Skills You Can Use For A Lifetime
    02:41
  • Turn Dreams Into Reality

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    CATEGORY: ROTC

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    Turn Dreams Into Reality
    01:10
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    CATEGORY: ROTC

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    RJ Custodio
    01:02
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    Serving When Needed
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    Furthering Her Career
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    Captain Kendrick Forrester
  • Protecting Freedom

    A Soldier talks about tradition and protecting freedom.

    CATEGORY: Soldier Life

    TAGS: Soldier Life Army Values

    Protecting Freedom
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    Soldier's talk about the Army experience.

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    The Army Experience
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Officer Candidate School: A Leader in 12 Weeks

In OCS, college graduates and Soldiers with degrees, like Candidate Ricky Jones, get the opportunity to challenge themselves and become officers.

RICKY JONES I woke up one day, just sayin' you know, I'm gonna join the United States Army, to make life better for my family. After bein' in the Army for eight and half years, I knew to commission, and become an officer, I knew that that would be a challenge. But if you let go who you are, you might become who you 'ought to be. And you know I’m always up for a challenge. OCS stands for Officer Candidate School. It's a twelve week course, where the end goal is a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.
CPT DANIEL COLSON The majority of the candidates that we get, they're called College Option so, they're, they're out of college they've already graduated college.
CPT ERIC WILLIAMS If you're a College Option you will go to basic training. That's a nine week course and it's just to get everybody on par, to teach you to be a soldier. And then there's the in-service route where a soldier who's currently enlisted could apply and go through a board, to be selected to OCS.
CPT DANIEL COLSON It's very nice to have that balance between prior enlisted, as well as the College Option, because that prior enlisted can bring the Army with them and help us as instructors, to kinda, show them what the Army is about. You come back to this phase and it's like being in basic training all over again.
RICKY JONES It was very intense, it was very - like a couple of days where I wanted to back off and say, you know what, I'm done with this. But as long as, as long as you keep your eye on the goal and the end factor, you'll be fine.
CPT ERIC WILLIAMS OCS is broken down by three phases. Your six weeks is the basic phase. PT events and a classroom academic portion.
RICKY JONES Like it's constantly going every day. You start the classroom portion about zero five thirty and you go all the way to eighteen hundred. But what they do is they just immerse you – like you’re drowning into so much training.
CPT DANIEL COLSON We make them take exam after exam, really test their intellect. We give 'em confusing information just to see what decisions that they're gonna be making and get 'um making those decisions on their own. Phase two's the intermediate phase. What they'll do is they'll do is they'll change from a black ascot to a blue ascot. And then that very next minute, they'll actually go back around stage and this is where they actually find their branch. Just sinks in that, hey, I'm in the Army, this is gonna be my job from now on. You see 'um just, uh, really take off from there.
RICKY JONES So then you're considered intermediate officer candidate. At that point you're getting ready to go to the field exercises.
CPT DANIEL COLSON When you go to the field we're focusing more on them as group. Get them to come together as a squad develop SOP – which is standard operating procedures. They change one hundred percent, just right coming out of the field. They're more confident. They know what they know now.
RICKY JONES And then at that point, they make a decision across the company, if you're eligible to go to the white phase. And once you make it to white phase, it's like a breath of air – it's like, oh my goodness. They start addressing you as a second lieutenant. They salute you every day.When you walk in the rooms, they call the rooms to attention. You start feelin' the rewards that you’ve earned.
CPT ERIC WILLIAMS During that phase they do a lot of mentorship. They have opportunities to, kind of, learn from senior leaders what it means to be an officer.
RICKY JONES To be a good leader – if you break a soldier down, you always build them up. It's ok to make a mistake, but take that mistake that you made and put it in a tube bag and build from that. Be able to adjust at any moment and be flexible. That's the main point that we want, we want that agile, adaptive leadership.
CPT DANIEL COLSON By the time you leave here, you will be able to stand up in front of soliders and say, "Follow me."
CPT ERIC WILLIAMS We're looking for candidates that have the ability to think through a problem set and then make a decision and execute it with confidence. In order to apply to OCS you have to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university and you have to be between the ages of eighteen and thirty.
RICKY JONES Mind you I started this process three years ago because three and a half years ago I didn’t have my degrees. I had to come here with my mind set. I had to come here hungry. I had to come here knowing that I would not leave here without being a second lieutenant.
CPT DANIEL COLSON It just all culminates to that graduation. You just see that pride in them when they graduate – when they walk across that stage. They're ready to take that leadership role and it's definitely an exciting thing to see.
RICKY JONES My uncle, he was like that father figure to me. He's a, gonna give me my first salute. My name is Ricky Jones. I’m currently a second lieutenant in the United States Army.
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