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Direct Commission Officer Indoctrination Course


DCOIC provides Reservists (Staff Corps, Restricted Line, LDOs/CWOs) with indoctrination training necessary to function in their role as newly commissioned Naval Officers. It provides a basic introduction to the fundamental aspects of leadership while providing a working knowledge of available references. DCOIC participants attend a two week course and receive specialized training to further prepare them for initial fleet assignment.  All newly commissioned Navy Reserve Officers must attend DCOIC within one year of commissioning.  They cannot attend any other Annual Training (AT) until this course is completed.


DCO curriculum includes 90-plus hours of academic instruction, military training, and physical conditioning. The lessons include: Reserve Programs, Leadership and Management, Programs and Policies, Military Customs, Traditions, Regulations, Naval History, Naval Warfare, Fitness and Wellness Programs. For comprehensive details and amplifying information, including the most current announcements from the schoolhouse, students are encouraged to visit the DCOIC 'Community of Interest' page on The Navy Reserve Homeport (CAC-enabled private side  **Use email certificate**): https://private.navyreserve.navy.mil/coi/DCOIC/Pages/default.aspx Navy Reserve Homeport (DCOIC)

Resource Material:

All new Direct Commission Officers should review the following documents which are also available on the CNRFC N7 webpage under Leadership -> Direct Commission Officer.
DCOIC Handbook: DCO_handbook_2015_PDF
CNRF Instruction: Direct Commission Officer Onboarding Program COMANVRESFORINST 1120.3 DCO Onboarding Program COMANVRESFORINST 1120.3

  Verified Current - July 2018  
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