Just as important as making our enlisted Marines, is making the officers that are in charge of them. A lot has been written about the initial process of making the toughest and most decorated fighting force in the history of the U.S. Military. U.S. Marine Corps boot camp is one of the most famous military trainings of them all. Enshrined for eternity in the movie Full Metal Jacket, boot camp is synonymous with hell broken loose for anyone entering the military, particularly for Marines recruits.
However, after those civilians have been turned into fighting machines and completed their Military Occupational Schools, they are sent to the U.S. Marine Corps Fleet and assigned to platoons under the command of freshly graduated U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenants. The command at the unit level is one of the crucial concepts for the formula for success concatenated through blood and sweat left on the battlefield since 1775. This video shows the process of making those second lieutenants, a.k.a. officer butter bars, at the U.S. Marine Corps’ Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia, the crossroads of the Marine Corps.