Officer Candidate School
OCS is one of five Officer training schools located at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. This website provides valuable information for those considering pursuing a commission through OCS and others scheduled to train here. The 12 week OCS course is designed to give you a working knowledge of the Navy (afloat and ashore), to prepare you to assume the responsibilities of a Naval Officer, and to begin developing you to your fullest potential. OCS is extremely demanding; morally, mentally, and physically. Your personal Honor, Courage, and Commitment will be tested at OCS and you will be challenged to live up to the highest standards of these core values. The school’s curriculum will demand the most of your academic prowess. Mental training involves memorization of military knowledge, academic courses, and military inspections. Physical training (PT) begins immediately upon arrival at OCS. PT consists of running programs augmented by calisthenics, as well as aquatic programs. You must be committed to the goal of earning a commission as an Ensign in the Navy before arriving at Officer Candidate School.
If you have been selected for OCS and have been assigned a convening date, or have questions about OCS that are not answered below, please review our Frequently Asked Questions page, or do not hesitate to contact us by using the “Contact Us” link.