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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 dynamic environment.

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

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

Graduation Requirements

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 abandoning ship.
  • 5 minute Prone Float: Remain afloat face down, utilizing survival floating skills, for five minutes.  Treading water is not permitted.
  • Coverall inflation: Fill NAVY coveralls with air to remain afloat.
  • 50 yard Swim: Using any single following stroke or combination of the crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke.


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: https://private.navyreserve.navy.mil/coi/DCOIC/Pages/default.asp Navy Reserve Homeport (DCOIC)
  • 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 Class.

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:

 Gender   AGE (Years)
   17 - 21  22 - 29  30 - 39  40+











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 calisthenics.

Physical FITNESS Assessment

The Physical Fitness Assessment consists of 4 events:

  • Height, weight and body composition analysis
  • Curl-ups
  • Push-ups
  • 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.

Click here for Fitness Guide http://www.navyfitness.org/fitness/noffs-training/operational-series/virtual-trainer Virtual Trainer

  • Select "Group Training Series"
  • Perform for 30-60 minutes, 3-4 days a week.

*** NOTE *** Contact your doctor prior to commencing any exercise program.

  Verified Current - January 2019  
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