Volunteer

OCS recognition events are uplifting, inspiring and a great way to bring your community together by recognizing our young men and women enlisting into our Armed Forces.

Want to help plan an OCS event? Make a phone call to a potential sponsor? Act as a liaison with a service branch career recruiter? From banquets to auditorium events, we have something that will fit your interests and let you join in the spirit of camaraderie. Individual, groups, organizations and businesses alike can demonstrate their commitment by volunteering to help with a local OCS chapter. We welcome all volunteers with various backgrounds, talents and skills.

We appreciate your desire to help, as all of our local OCS chapters are made up of volunteers just like you. Please contact your local chapter to learn about volunteer opportunities. Begin here to find a local chapter.

Find a Local Community
To find a local OCS Community, visit our Communities page and search by state for a community in your area. Once you find a community, call or email the primary contact provided for that local community and let them know that your interested in volunteering to help. Community chapter organizers are eager to talk to people interested in supporting their local OCS Community.
Your unique talents will make a real difference in volunteering, and you can choose from volunteer positions that match your interests and offer flexible scheduling. Join us and discover how rewarding it is to be an OCS Community volunteer.

Volunteer activities at local OCS Community chapters can include:

  • Finding sponsors for the event
  • Working with local recruiters
  • Event planning and setup
  • Working with high school seniors, parents and guidance counselors
  • Help with promoting the event through blogging, social networking and outreach
While most OCS events are open to all members of the community, attendance at some events are by invitation only due to limited venue size or service type, for example, attendance at an auditorium-held event or small banquet hall. To attend an OCS activity or event, please contact your local OCS Community.

To contact a local OCS Community leader, visit our Communities page and search by state for a community in your area. Once you find a community, call or email the primary contact provided for that local community.

“We welcome all volunteers and the support they provide to our communities. Without your help, many of these special events in honor of our young men and women would not happen. With sincere gratitude and respect for all who volunteer, a very special ‘Thank You’ for all that you do.”
Ken Hartman, Founder and Chairman, Our Community Salutes

Spread the Word

Support OCS by forwarding our website to a friend, blog about us, Tweet about us, like us on Facebook, or forward our videos YouTube.

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EmailHelp recognize and honor the young men and women of your community who have chosen to enlist into the military by writing about them in a blog post, a tweet, or by posting a comment to your Facebook or Google+ page and sharing with your friends and colleagues.
Ideas for blogging, tweeting or posting to Facebook can include:

  • Why your son, daughter or family member has decided to join the military.
  • When they are entering the service and what branch they will be serving.
  • What they will be doing while in the military, i.e., what is their “military occupational specialty” or MOS.
  • Photos of them at their OCS event.
  • Photos of them in uniform after graduation from boot camp.
While most OCS events are open to all members of the community, attendance at some events are by invitation only due to limited venue size or service type, for example, attendance at an auditorium-held event or small banquet hall. To attend an OCS activity or event, please contact your local OCS Community.

To contact a local OCS Community leader for an interview, visit our Communities page and search by state for a community in your area. Once you find a community, call or email the primary contact provided for that local community.

Yes. OCS Community organizers are available for interviews by the press and online bloggers.

To contact a local OCS Community leader for an interview, visit our Communities page and search by state for a community in your area. Once you find a community, call or email the primary contact provided for that local community. Community chapter organizers are eager to talk to people interested in supporting their local OCS Community.

Sponsor

We’re proud to provide support from our sponsors who have an interest in serving the needs of your our military community.

OCS works with brands that better the lives of our enlistees and their families. Sponsoring or advertising at an OCS event will create an authentic and lasting relationship with your brand and our graduates, enlistees, families and the communities of our OCS chapters.

Contact us to see what opportunities can help your brand reach the enlistees and families of our communities.

Become a Sponsor

Start a Community

Start a Community
Looking to start an OCS recognition ceremony in your community? It begins with a commitment from a few volunteers in a given community who are willing to plan and implement an OCS graduation ceremony in their community.

People from just about every occupation imaginable are involved in leading an OCS chapter, including parents, educators, retired generals and senior non-commissioned officers, university presidents, small business owners, and other leaders with a community.

Our national office receives and approves requests from local community leaders to start an OCS chapter in their community. To be considered as an official OCS chapter, please begin here.