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Officer Candidate School

Officer Candidate School

Mission Statement:

The mission of OTCN is to morally, mentally, and physically develop future Leaders of Character and Competence - imbuing them with the highest ideals of Honor, Courage, and Commitment in order to serve as Professional Naval Officers worthy of special trust and confidence.

OCS accomplishes this mission by building the foundations of professional "OFFICERSHIP" - Leadership, Profession of Arms, Academics and Fitness.

(1) Leadership: Instilling within candidates the Qualities of a Professional Naval Officer. These qualities include Honesty, Integrity, Work Ethic, Military Bearing, Character, Dependability, Initiative, Accountability, Toughness and Teamwork. Further, OCS develops Officer Candidates to perform capably under pressure and in adverse conditions while testing and strengthening their time management skills and confidence.

(2) Profession of Arms: Instilling discipline, military bearing, attention to detail, patriotism, pride, and building esprit de corps.

(3) Fitness: Instilling a "Culture of Fitness" that will endure well beyond OCS through the entirety of a career. A Professional Naval Officer must be physically strong and resilient - ready to LEAD/sustain a culture of fitness in an austere and challenging sea-duty environment.

(4) Academics: Providing candidates a fundamental knowledge of the Naval profession through classroom and practical instruction that forms the basis for their commitment to the Naval service and establishes personal standards of excellence which will remain with the graduate throughout the individual's professional career.

Scope:

Develop within candidates the Officer-like Qualities important for their initial success as Junior Officers.  Among these are Honesty, Integrity, Work Ethic, Military Bearing, Character, Dependability, Initiative, and Teamwork.

Instill discipline, attention to detail, patriotism, pride, and building esprit de corps.

Develop time management skills and train Officer Candidates to perform capably under pressure and in adverse conditions.

Provide candidates a fundamental knowledge of the naval profession through classroom and practical instruction.  This will form the basis for their commitment to the naval service and establish personal standards of excellence which will remain with the graduate throughout the individual's professional career.

Physical Training:

During your second week of training you will commence a regimen of daily physical training.  You must be able to perform aerobic activity, muscular strength exercises and endurance exercises.  The level of strength and stamina necessary to successfully complete Officer Candidate School (OCS) is similar to the level required in cross-training fitness programs.  You will benefit greatly if you report to OCS in good physical condition.  Upon arrival, Candidates are required to meet the standards of the Navy's Body Composition Assessment (BCA) and must also be able to pass the Navy's Physical Readiness Test (PRT). Candidates must achieve a minimum score of "Satisfactory Medium" on each portion of the IST.

  
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