Skip to main content
Event banner

Leadership Expedition to USMC Quantico | 0.5 LSP Credits

by Leadership Programs


Thu, 26 Mar 2020, 1:15 PM –

Fri, 27 Mar 2020, 11:55 PM

Add to Calendar

USMC Quantico

Quantico, VA, United States




Leadership Expedition to USMC Quantico, VA


15 Johnson Students

24 Hours of Leadership Training on the United States Marines’ Combat and Leadership Training Courses in Quantico, Virginia

1 Question: Are you game?

Expedition Dates: Thursday-Friday, March 26-27, 2020 (arriving back in Ithaca on Saturday, March 28 at approximately 1 a.m.) Please note this is just before Spring Break and you must be able to attend the expedition in its entirety in order to participate.

How to Apply: Please submit the online application by Sunday, February 2nd, by 11:59pm. Students will be notified if they are/are not selected the following week.

Expedition Overview

This expedition is a unique opportunity to draw upon the programs, facilities, and expertise of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to further develop your leadership skills at its Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. Utilizing its famed Leadership Reaction Course and Combat Course, this two-day expedition provides an intense, hands-on learning experience that emphasizes fast decision-making, team-based problem solving, effective strategic thinking, and leadership under pressure.

For 24 hours, a team of 15 Johnson students will join students from the Wharton School of Business and other graduate programs in individual and team-based leadership scenarios similar to those encountered by officer candidates for the Marine Corps. Students will be formed into small "fire teams" and will be asked to solve logistical and strategic problems. They can expect to face navigation challenges, surmount physical barriers, establish plans of action, and solve tactical problems. Students will receive both guidance and feedback from Marine officers. 

Expedition Schedule

Thursday, March 26th:

  • 1:30PM: Depart Sage Hall by bus for travel to Quantico, Virginia
  • Evening: Arrive at USMC Quantico. Training begins immediately upon entry into the base
  • Overnight: Students sleep in USMC barracks

Friday, March 27th:

  • Morning: Training begins and lasts until the late afternoon
  • 5:00-7:00PM: Reception with Marines and students from other programs 
  • 7:00PM: Johnson team departs USMC Quantico to return to Ithaca by bus
  • 1:00AM: Approximate arrival time, Sage Hall (March 28)

What to Expect & How to Prepare
Expedition participants will go through a Leadership Reaction Course and a Combat Course. There are normal physical risks associated with this venture such as sprains, strains, and soreness. There is also a moderate risk of injury while climbing ropes and completing the combat courses. Students should expect to get dirty and are required to wear footwear (athletic or boots) that cover and provide full ankle support. Please also note that students will not be able allowed to wear contact lenses during the training. 

No pre-training is necessary, but students should be in reasonable physical shape and be prepared to be physically challenged and active all day. Additionally, you must understand that you will be engaged in physical activity that involves physical risks, as outlined above.

What Students are Saying about the Leadership Expedition to USMC Quantico

“The [expedition] helped drive home the mentality that the 70% solution now is better than the 100% solution when it’s too late."

“The most rewarding experience for me was watching my fellow classmates persevere through extremely challenging and uncomfortable scenarios.”

“It was an honor to work with, and learn from, those that lead the officer training at Quantico. It gave me a renewed appreciation and gratitude for our armed forces.”

“[During the training, you learn that] it comes back to the focus. When you’re really uncomfortable, can you get the job done? Can you listen to your leader, can you pay attention to your teammates, can you focus on the goal? In extreme situations, how do you perform?”

All Ithaca residential students, including two-year and one-year program students are encouraged to apply.

Dates: March 26-27, 2020. Students must be available to leave Sage Hall at 1:30pm on Thursday, March 26 and must travel with the group by bus to USMC Quantico
** Please note this is just before Spring Break. You must be able to attend the expedition in its entirety in order to participate.

Credit: Participation in the expedition will count for 0.5 LSP credits on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Program Fees: There is a $100 fee associated with the expedition. Students who are selected, must fully commit to the expedition and will be expected to write a reflection paper upon completing the expedition to receive credit. The link to pay the expedition fees will go out to the students who are selected.

How to Apply
Please submit the online application by Sunday, February 2nd, at 11:59PM. 

About Leadership Expeditions Leadership Programs

Leadership Expeditions are a chance to leave Ithaca and dig in, full-time, to your leadership development. Expeditions are designed to give students the opportunity to go through the Johnson leadership learning cycle of instruction, experience, and review multiple times in an intensive, condensed timeframe. Learn more about Leadership Expeditions here.

If you have questions about this expedition, please contact Natoshia Spruill, associate director of leadership programs.


Leadership Programs

Leadership Programs

Leadership Programs

All photos by Alex Chang.

File Attachments: USMC Quantico Leadership Expedition--Key Info.pdf

Share with friends

Hosted By

Leadership Programs | Website | View More Events
Co-hosted with: MBAI, MBAII, One-Year MBA Program

Contact the organizers