Combat Operational Stress
COSC has as its mainstay the COSC continuum for checking yourself, your fellow Marines, and others who deploy. Using a simple color code, the COSC continuum gives you a method to determine your level of stress based upon behaviors associated with each of the colors.
We all feel stress. Stress is what we feel before courage motivates us to pull a downed Marine out of the line of fire. Stress is what we experience after being up for 24 hours constructing a portable bridge, laying an improvised runway, and moving from house to house. Stress is a constant companion to Marines and the Sailors who serve with us. How we handle stress can make or break us. The COSC Continuum is a tool for you and your Marines to use to ensure stress does not break you.