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ODS Program Overview

Officer Development School


The purpose of this course is to provide Staff Corps Officers and several Restricted Line designators with training necessary to prepare them to function in their role as a newly commissioned Naval Officer.  It provides a basic introduction into fundamental aspects of leadership while providing a working knowledge of available references.


Academics: 5 weeks of instruction in Naval Leadership, Naval Administration, Naval Organization, Sea Power, Military Law, Military Indoctrination, Naval Warfare and Damage Control.  It also provides leadership training through the Division Officer Leadership Course, which is held during the fourth week of training.

Physical Training:

While at ODS you will complete two PRT's (an In-PRT, and Out-PRT). Students should be prepared to take a Navy PRT upon arrival at ODS. Physical Training will include two to three days of strength and conditioning exercises to include, pushups, sit-ups, and various other exercises. Students will run two to three days per week. Run days will consist of cone drills, sprints, and sustained runs.  It is highly recommended that you begin a physical training regimen before reporting to ODS. Please consult the Navy Physical Readiness Page and the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series to help prepare you better for ODS. On these website you can find information in regards to improving your overall physical fitness and dietary recommendations.  Due to the structure of ODS, the run is the only cardio event option available.

Last Modified 4/9/2014
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