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How to Succeed Physically at OCS

Updated: Jun 17, 2020

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation,hard work, and learning from failure.”

—Colin Powell


In order to succeed at the physical fitness portion of Officer Candidate School, a candidate must show up prepared. They must have already been through a rigorous self-training program.


The Officer Candidate School has published a physical training preparation pack. In the package, applicants and candidates are given a step-by-step guide on how to prepare for OCS. Even if you're already scoring a 300 on the Physical Fitness Test, the package is still helpful in other areas, such as learning how to prevent injury. For example, due to the arduous nature of the Physical Training (PT) program you are about to embark on, it is imperative that you work a period of tapering into your workout plan to avoid over training and injury. During this fourteen day ‘Taper’ phase, there should be a marked decrease in exercise intensity and frequency (reduced by 50-70%) to ensure sufficient rest and recovery so that you can start the first Training Day at OCS at 100%.


For more information on training, see the full package below.

OCS Physical Training Preparation Pack
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