Operation Adrenaline Rush


Marines with reintegration


Combat readiness


Small-unit leaders


Unit cohesion

Operation Adrenaline Rush (OAR)

What is it?

Operation Adrenaline Rush (OAR) is a RESILIENCY training tool designed to introduce Marines to activities that serve as alternatives to aberrant behaviors often associated with accidents involving recently deployed Marines. This tool presents coping outlets to help Marines realize their own new level of normal and “move on” with their lives. OAR can also have secondary affects including: increased Unit Cohesion, Esprit de Corps, morale, teamwork and communication.

Who participates?

All Marine units returning from deployments can participate. OAR is executed at the platoon/squadron level, facilitated by trained unit leaders, and coordinated by MCCS Semper Fit Outdoor Recreation and Combat & Operational Stress Control (COSC) Trainers.

OAR Info Sheet
Operation Adrenaline Rush

Seasonal activities

March - November

Paintball, Mountain Biking

April - November

Kayaking, SUP, Paintball, Biking

4 Stages of OAR

Stage 1

Unit Leader Training

Unit Leader is responsible in facilitating Stage 2, conducting stage 4 and being responsible for all Marines. This stage is for individuals who are COSC trained and E5 and up.

Stage 2

Marine Training

This is a presentation facilitated by the participants of Stage 1 and describes the goals and process of OAR as well as concepts such as Combat Operational Stress Control, Post Traumatic Growth and coping skills.

Stage 3

OAR Activity

This is an actual activity. The activities available will depend on the season.

Stage 4


This is the facilitation of the review by the unit leaders trained in Stage 1. The purpose of this review is to realize connections between the activity they have just experienced and the challenges they may be experiencing in their daily lives.

How it Works

OAR programs are conducted in company/squadron level groups (approximately 50 personnel) within the first 120 days after return to home station. If a company/squadron has less than 15 Marines, we will attempt to combine with another group to maximize resources.

Each company is allowed one OAR program per deployment cycle. Each company must have one Corpsman on each trip. Due to the focus on unit cohesion, morale and Esprit de Corps, units must complete the same OAR activity as a group.

In most cases, transportation will be provided by Outdoor Adventures. Food must be provided by the unit. If done through the D-DAF, 30 days’ notice is required.


After OAR, you would have successfuly:

  1. Gained healthy coping skills for managing combat experiences
  2. Strengthened unit cohesion
  3. Enhanced awareness of COSC principles
  4. Expanded knowledge of outdoor recreational opportunities

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Ready to schedule an event? Contact us today.

For more information, visit the Operation Adrenaline Rush Coordinator, located in the Outdoor Adventures office (adjacent to Gottschalk Marina), or contact us by phone.