Learning to Lead

In the summer of 2009, the second largest class since the Vietnam War enrolled in Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Va. During a grueling, six-week bootcamp, the candidates must pass a set of mental and physical tests that determine if they have the qualities to become Marine Corps officers.

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VIDEO BY: Matthew Hashiguchi, The Washington Post | PRODUCED BY: Christian Davenport, The Washington Post - November 27, 2009

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