Ocs letters of recommendation?

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  1. ns1234

    ns1234 Member

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    I will hopefully be speaking with an ocs OSO soon, but I want to have everything ready beforehand, hence this post.

    I have a few LOR from past professors/employers - the problem is, they are not specifically addressed to the Marine Corps, just recommendations for me to attend grad schools, or apply for other jobs in general. unfortunately I am not really in contact with these people anymore, and so I won’t ask them to rewrite their letters. I only have a few people in my life now who I can probably ask for usmc -specific letters. Is it acceptable to use some letters that were written for various other purposes (such as grad school), but still demonstrate my character? I know USMC OcS wants many LOR so I’d like to use as many as possible.

    Thanks!
     
  2. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator

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    A generic letter is certainly better than no letter in this particular case. However, a USMC or military oriented letter is definitely going to reflect a more current evaluation and can show how the person knows your goals well.

    Quality over quantity is important. Consider people who know you well and not just a casual acquaintance.
     
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    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    ns1234: are you sure a letter of recommendation is part of the application?
     
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    Grunt brings up a great point. If you have not spoken to the OSO yet, who directed you to obtain LOR's?
     
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    USMCGrunt 5-Year Member

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    Another thought: if you are applying to OCS I assume you are in college (or just finished). If so, perhaps you have a professor, guidance counsellor, college dean or someone from the university that could write a letter for you.

    Its been a long time, but when my DS applied to NROTC, I think he needed a letter from the guidance counselor and someone else (English teacher or perhaps any other teacher?)

    Does your school have a NROTC unit? You could introduce yourself to the MOI and possibly develop enough credibility to ask for a letter?

    Good luck!
     
  6. ns1234

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    Thanks for the replies - I haven’t spoken with my OSO yet but I’ve read that LOR are needed. Unfortunately it’s been awhile since college and I have been at the same job for a while, so I don’t have many many sources from which to collect LORs. That’s why it would be great if I could use some recommending me for graduate school.
     
  7. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    What do you think you buy waiting to speak to the OSO. I doubt there is any advantage to doing so.