1MCD TAKES COLLEGE PROFESSORS TO OCS/THE BASIC SCHOOL
By Cpl Chad Simon
| | July 08, 2002
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. --
Educators from across the Northeast recently returned to their universities with more knowledge and power to offer future students.The college educators gained the knowledge at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., as part of a workshop hosted by the Officer Selection Officer of 1st Marine Corps District in Garden City, NY. While at Quantico, "The crossroads of the Marine Corps," the 21 educators were offered a sneak peek into the making of a Marine Corps Officer.The purpose of the workshop was to inform the college educators about the military and specifically the Marine Corps. "We wanted the educators to learn about the Officer program," said Capt. Melinda Rizer, Assistant Officer Procurement, 1st MCD, "We wanted to show them the benefits and find out how we can work together to help the students find the military if they so desire."Colonel William Smith, commanding officer of the Officer Candidate School, met and talked to the educators. He stressed the importance of leadership as an essential part of a Marine officer. "This is a leadership school, not a management school," he emphasized to the educators. Smith's words echoed those of General James L. Jones, Commandant of the Marine Corps, who said in a 1999 speech, "Leadership is the heart of our institution's character. It is the most important bond between Marines and is the basis for the Corps' achievements in peace and war." After a tour of OCS and The Basic School, Dr. Jim Thrasher of Grove City College, Grove City, Pa., said, "I have great respect for the Marines. I now have a better understanding and I am impressed with [the Marines] commitment. This is a very special place and it has been a neat opportunity for us."Thrasher also said that the Marine Corps and his institution have similar beliefs. "We have really wholesome leaders looking for an opportunity to lead. The Marines provide that opportunity." Dr. Thrasher has friends in the Marine Corps, but not all educators have that link to the Marines. Dawn Hemphill of Dartmouth College said, "I am very impressed with the program. It has been eye opening. I am impressed with the guiding principles of the (OCS) program."After seeing the officer program first-hand, many of the educators said they will help students pursue the Marine Corps as a possible career, according to Rizer. Even some of the educator's expressed a desire to become a Marine officer, "I am 44 now," stated Thrasher, " but if I was half as young I wish I would have the opportunity to do this."The 1st MCD OSO believes the educator's workshop was a monumental success and plans to offer the program to educators annually.