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Officer Candidate School - Academics

Academic Training

OCS is designed to prepare you for becoming a commissioned officer by providing you with the basic knowledge of the naval profession and its related military, academic and nautical subjects. It will provide moral, mental and physical development, and instill the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty. You will receive specialized follow-on training after OCS to further prepare you for your initial fleet assignment. The training you will receive during your 12 weeks at OCS is divided into the following units of instruction:

  1. Programs and Policies: Subjects include suicide awareness and prevention, Fraternization, Hazing, Sexual Assault Prevention and Readiness (SAPR), Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO), Operational Risk Management (ORM), Navy Knowledge Online (NKO), Personally Identifiable Information (PII), GI Bill, and the Fleet and Family Support Center.
  2. Sea Power: You will gain an overview of U. S. Naval history from the Revolutionary War to modern day. Special emphasis will be placed on major Navy wartime campaigns, the development of Navy technology and strategy, and joint warfare operations.
  3. Engineering & Weapons: You will be introduced to the fundamentals of naval propulsion plants, auxiliary systems, and electrical distribution. In addition, you will gain a basic understanding of naval radars, undersea sound propagation, Electronic Warfare, and weapons.
  4. Damage Control: The damage control curriculum is designed to familiarize you with fire-fighting and flooding controls through hands-on training. At the Fire-Fighting Trainer and Wet Trainer, you will have the opportunity to directly combat fires and flooding with the help of your damage control team.
  5. Naval Orientation and Warfare: You will be taught basic military rank structure, naval customs and courtesies, chain of command structure, components of naval strategy, naval doctrine and platforms, different warfare arenas, and the threats we currently face worldwide. In addition, you will learn different administrative aspects of being a naval officer, including records, advancement, classified information handling, career advancement, and pay.
  6. Leadership: You will be encouraged to develop your self-motivation, goals, officer like qualities, ethics, mentorship abilities, and decision making skills. There will be many opportunities through practical application to demonstrate your honed leadership skills.
  7. Naval Orientation and Seamanship (NOS): NOS familiarizes you with naval terminology, equipment, and deck operations. You will learn to use the maneuvering board, and how to put this knowledge to practical use underway.Academic Training
  8. Navigations: Navigation training consists of chart work, the study of Navigational Aids, and knowledge of the Rules of the Road. You will be required to read charts and plot simulated movements and positions of a ship at sea.
  9. Military Law: Subjects introduced include the Military Code of Conduct, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, investigations, Non-Judicial Punishment, Courts-Martial procedures, and administrative discharges.

Military Training

Military training at Officer Candidate School is comprised of the following categories:

Physical Training:
There are four Physical Fitness Assessments (PFA) at OCS, the Initial Strength Test (IST), In-PFA, Mid-PFA and the Out-PFA. The passing requirements are Satisfactory for IST, and Good for the Out-PFA. Click Here for specific requirements regarding the Navy’s Physical Readiness Program. You will not be allowed to begin training without a Satisfactory on the IST or without passing the Body Composition Assessment (BCA).Military Training

Room & Locker Inspection (RLP): A candidate's room is subject to inspection anytime. To ensure cleanliness and maintain standards, room inspections occur at regular intervals in lieu of zone inspections. Rooms are to be maintained in accordance with the daily room standards.

Personnel Inspection (PI): Each candidate will be inspected for proper uniform, haircut, shave, knowledge, hygiene and general military appearance.

Drill: Approximately 40 hours are spent learning and practicing drill. Officer Candidates march to and from every evolution. In week 5 of training you will have a drill competition where you will be graded on your drill proficiency.Military Training

Graduation/Commissioning Ceremony: Your final exercise as an Officer Candidate is the Graduation/Commissioning Ceremony. Your ultimate goal at Officer Candidate School is a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy.

Memorization Items

Attached is the OCS Inspection Knowledge. This is knowledge that is required to be memorized verbatim by all Candidates. Study these items prior to arrival at OCS.

Click here Click here to download the OCS Inspection Knowledge

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