Academic lectures will include topics covering:
Leadership and Management: Prepare the newly
commissioned officer to inspire and effectively utilize the people
in their charge, their most valuable assets.
Programs and Policies: A basically trained Naval
Officer will possess knowledge and the ability to apply programs and
policies central to Navy core values and leadership.
Military Customs, Traditions, and Regulations:
Naval Officers will demonstrate customs, traditions, and regulations
central to naval culture.
Naval History: Officers must comprehend the
role naval forces play in current national policies and diplomatic
and military strategies of the United States.
Naval Warfare: Officers must understand the
basics of Naval warfare and comprehend how to apply them in a
Fitness and Wellness Programs: Officers must
demonstrate a high level of personal physical fitness and be able to
apply leadership skills in the implementation of Navy and Marine
Corps personal excellence and wellness programs.
Reserve Programs: Officers will learn
about programs specific to the Navy Reserves such as Naval Reserve
Order Writing System (NROWS), JO APPLY (Job Opportunities for Junior
Officers), Mobilization, and Retirement Points.
Military training at the Direct Commission Officer
Indoctrination Course is comprised of the following categories:
Physical Training: Physical training
instruction begins immediately upon arrival. Students will be
required to take an unofficial Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)
while attending DCOIC. You should be in peak physical condition
when you report to DCOIC.
Drill: Students will learn the basics of drill
commands and practice marching as a group.
Room Inspection (RP): An Officer'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 which will be provided to students the first
day of training.
Personnel Inspection (PI): Each Officer will be
inspected for proper uniform, haircut, shave, knowledge, hygiene and
general military appearance in the following uniforms: service khaki
and service dress blue. Students will be required to memorize
information in the DCOIC Gouge Sheet. It is highly recommended
that you know this information before arriving at OTCN. Please
refer to the DCOIC Required knowledge document below.
DCOIC Required knowledge
Pass Third Class Swim Qualification: Students
will be required to take and pass the Navy Third Class Swim Test.
Third Class Swim Test consists of the following:
- Abandon Ship Jump: Jump from a 10 foot tower to simulate
- 5 minute Prone Float: Remain afloat face down, utilizing
survival floating skills, for five minutes. Treading water is
- Coverall inflation: Fill NAVY coveralls with air to remain
- 50 yard Swim: Using any single following stroke or combination
of the crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary
IN ALL EVENTS THE SWIMMER MUST APPEAR CALM AND RELAXED.
You will NOT receive graduation credit if you do not pass the swim
(MILPERSMAN 1414-010). It is HIGHLY encouraged that you seek
additional swim instruction prior to your arrival. Click here to
view Swim Qualification video.
- Pass the Academic Test with a 70% or above:
(Academic information can be found on the DCO Community of
Interest Page on the Navy Reserve Homeport:
Navy Reserve Homeport
- Body Composition Analysis (BCA): Students
must report to DCOIC within Body Composition Assessment (BCA)
standards or you will be dis-enrolled and returned to your
Reserve Unit on the first day of class. There are no exceptions
to this policy. Please have your Command Fitness Leader take an
official BF measurement within 2 weeks of your reporting to DCO
Physical FITNESS Standards
The Navy considers a physically fit body as important as a sound
mind. The objectives of the physical training classes at Officer
Training Command are to develop stamina, endurance and to improve
your overall physical condition so you can meet demanding physical
fitness requirements. You should report in your best possible
physical condition. The better shape you are in, the less
susceptible you will be to injury. It is highly recommended that you
prepare yourself well ahead of time.
You are required to be within Navy body fat standards upon
arrival. The standards are:
|| AGE (Years)
|| 17 - 21
|| 22 - 29
|| 30 - 39
Within the first two days of training, students will be weighed
and measured. They will participate in a Physical Fitness
Assessment (PFA) during their 2 weeks at DCOIC as well as
participate in group physical fitness training. Physical training
will entail running and strength and conditioning exercises several
days a week. Strength and conditioning consists of normal
Physical FITNESS Assessment
The Physical Fitness Assessment consists of 4 events:
- Height, weight and body composition analysis
- 1.5 mile run
The PFA is not an official event and scores will not be entered
into PRIMS. The scores that are received by students can be
used to determine their readiness for the next official PFA. For the
latest information concerning the Navy Physical Fitness Assessment
and current standards, please read the
Physical Readiness Program Operating Guide at:
Navy Physical Readiness Home Page
OPNAVINST 6110.1J: the Navy Physical Fitness Assessment
Instruction, the Navy Physical Fitness Assessment Instruction,
is another source of general information regarding the Physical
Readiness Program but may not be as updated as the Physical
Readiness Program Operating Guides.
The following link contains recommended conditioning programs to
help prepare you for the physical fitness requirements of DCOIC.
- Select "Group Training Series"
- Perform for 30-60 minutes, 3-4 days a week.
*** NOTE *** Contact your doctor prior to commencing any exercise