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OCS Required Paperwork

OCS Required Paperwork/Items to Bring

Below is the required paperwork needed for each student reporting to Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN).  Foreign documents not in English must be officially translated into English by an official translator or translation company.  All documents must be original or court certified copies.  No notarized documents allowed. You will receive all paperwork turned in to us back at the end of the course.

If you are married, it is recommended that you provide your spouse with a Power of Attorney prior to reporting to OTCN to decrease the original documentation you are required to bring for DEERS enrollment (see comments below).  You will have the opportunity to generate a Military Power of Attorney with the Command Legal Officer free of charge after reporting to OTCN.

Officer Candidate School Required Paperwork All Students:

  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or Reserve Orders and any Modifications
  • Copies of prescriptions from civilian physicians if taking prescription medication. At Minimum 1 weeks’ worth of medication should be hand carried with you.
  • All medical/dental records and immunization records. Military and Civilian.
  • All students are required to bring a voided check to ensure correct set-up of your direct deposit account for your military pay.
  • Original unexpired state or federal issued photo identification
  • Marriage certificate. Original or original court certified copy. 
  • Spouse's original unexpired identification card if not already entered into DEERS. (driver's license, state identification, or passport)
  • Birth certificates (original or original court certified copy) and original social security card (no copies) for all dependents if they are not already entered into DEERS.
  • Child custody documents (if applicable)(Original)
  • Divorce documents (if applicable)(Original)
  • Recruiter Contact Information (Name/Phone/Fax and NRD Address)
  • Driver’s License Number, Auto Insurance Policy Number, license plate number, vehicle make/model. (this info is needed only if you drive your vehicle to OCS)
  • All documentation should be originals or the original court certified copy, no notarized copies or photo copies of an original copy will be accepted.  Photo identification and social security cards must be originals and unexpired.

Required Documentation in Addition to Drivers License:

Additional Requirements For Active Navy Members Only:

  • Military Identification Card
  • Proof of all medals, awards and unit citations
  • Transfer EVAL
  • SMART transcripts
  • Page Two (Record of Emergency Data). -It would be acceptable if you re-signed the two copies of the current page 2 on the last page under your previous signature. Your new signature means that there are no changes to the current page 2, and that it is up-to-date. After your new signature, put today's date.

Additional Requirements For Prior Military Service Only:

  • All DD-214's
  • Point Capture Sheet (Reservists only)
  • All DD-368
  • NGB-22 (National Guard only)
  • Page Two (Record of Emergency Data). -It would be acceptable if you re-signed the two copies of the current page 2 on the last page under your previous signature. Your new signature means that there are no changes to the current page 2, and that it is up-to-date. After your new signature, put today's date.
  • Last PSD Point of Contact info (POC Name/Phone/Fax/and Address)

Additional Requirements for Collegiates (BDCP and NUPOC) Only:

  • Military Identification Card
  • Page Two (Record of Emergency Data). - It would be acceptable if you re-signed the two copies of the current page 2 on the last page under your previous signature. Your new signature means that there are no changes to the current page 2, and that it is up-to-date. After your new signature, put today's date.

Other Items:

**Special Dietary and Religious needs must be expressed on the first day of training.  OTCN will do everything possible to accommodate all special and religious needs without compromising training.

  • Candidates should have access to their bank accounts for various expenses throughout training.  Candidates will need access to funds to pay for their initial haircut upon arrival
  • Book of stamps
  • Please be advised that due to computer security settings, you will be unable to access most financial institutions while in your first 9 weeks of training.  Candidates are expected to have all of their financial responsibilities in order and taken care of during this time period prior to their arrival at Officer Candidate School.
  • List of emergency contact information as you will not have access to your cell phones until approximately week 9.

Required Items To Bring:

You will be issued all necessary uniform items upon arrival at OCS.  You will also receive a clothing allowance based on your rank (Prior Chief Petty Officers will not receive this, as they have already received an allowance).  Below are the items needed to begin training.  No more than what is listed should be brought.  Any excess gear will be stored.  During check in, any candidate reporting without the required number of items will be required to purchase them.  Candidates may bring these items or may purchase them from the Navy Exchange upon arrival.

Required Items:

  • 2 forms ID
  • Original copy of orders
  • Debit/Credit/ATM card
  • Cash(~$100)
  • Checks/ Check Book
  • Medical Records that may be pertinent while at OCS
  • Dental Records
  • Immunization Records
  • Phone numbers and emails addresses for family/friends you would like to contact while at OCS.
  • Phone card
  • Eye glasses(if prescribed) with head strap
  • Laundry detergent to last 1-2 weeks
  • 7 pairs white mid-calf length socks
  • 7 pairs underwear(2-3 pairs white underwear)
  • Digital wristwatch with alarm
  • 2 all white bath towels and hand towels
  • Hygiene products/ toiletries
  • High quality running shoes
  • Insoles (recommended if you have foot issues)
  • 7 white T-shirt/undershirt (ensure snug fit around neck)

Recommended Items:

  • Contact lenses
  • Zip lock bags for storage/ organization
  • Face wipes for sweat(between showers)
  • Hand lotion
  • Nose hair trimmer
  • Cell phone with charger

Additional Information Regarding Check-In Items:

  • Do not over pack toiletries.
  • Trips to the NEX will be made regularly after 1-2 weeks of training. Toiletries and other personal care products can be purchased at that time.
  • No civilian clothes will be needed at OCS. An issued uniform will be worn at all times until graduation.
  • Electric razors are authorized

Note: Civilian clothing is not authorized while a student of OCS. It is not necessary to pack more than required to travel home after commissioning.

Additional Items:
_ Glasses (sturdy pair for wear during physical activity with black/brown strap)  You will only be issued a new pair of glasses if your prescription needs to be updated.
_ Contact lenses with solution and supplies WILL NOT be authorized until the night prior to Commissioning.

Prior Enlisted:
_ Bring medals (Large), Ribbons, and Warfare Devices.  Also, if you have the NWU uniform, bring it along with any other uniform items you may have that transition from enlisted to officer uniforms.

Running Shoes:
_ Please invest in a quality pair of running shoes less than six months old.  You will be running several miles per week, depending on where you are in training.  MINIMALIST SHOES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED AT OCS.

Authorized Items:
_ Alarm Clock, Battery-Operated (may be authorized at class team's discretion.)
_ Cell Phones with charger (may be authorized at class team's discretion.)
_ Wristwatch (may be authorized at class team's discretion.)
_ Wallet, Check Book and Bank Card
_ Females only: gold ball stud earrings (authorized in 9th week).  All earrings must be 4mm-6mm  (approximately 1/8 inch – 1/4 inch).  Ball earrings may be plain with shiny or brushed matte finish, screw-on post type.

All other items will be provided upon check-in and during uniform issue.

*** Athletic shoes are sold at NEX. Only candidates authorized by medical or OTCN staff will purchase this item during “uniform issue days.

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