Course work consists of six major areas that are equivalent to
approximately 18 semester hours of college credit in Naval Science
(each college/university has its own course credit policies).
The academic courses at NSI will include:
(1) Introduction to Naval Science. This course is a general
introduction to the military and the naval service.
Instruction places particular emphasis on the officer’s perspective
of the mission, organization, regulations, and warfare components of
the Navy. Included is an overview of officer and enlisted rank
and rating structures, career opportunities, promotion and
advancement, and retirement policies. This course also covers
the basic tenets of naval courtesy, customs, discipline, naval
leadership, and ship nomenclature. The candidate is made
cognizant of the major challenges facing today’s naval officer,
including the areas of equal opportunity, fraternization, sexual
harassment and drug/alcohol abuse.
(2) Sea Power and Maritime Affairs. This course is a survey
of American naval history from the American Revolution to the
present. In addition, the course discusses the general concept
of Sea Power, the roles of various warfare components of the U.S.
Navy, and U.S. Naval Strategy.
(3) Naval Ships Systems I (Engineering). This course is
designed to familiarize candidates with the types, structure, and
purpose of naval ships. Ships’ propulsion systems, auxiliary
power systems, interior communications, and ship control are
included. Elements of ship design to achieve safe operations
and ship stability characteristics are examined.
(4) Naval Ships Systems II (Weapons). This course offers an
introduction to the theory and principles of the operation of naval
weapons systems. The course includes coverage of types of
weapons and fire control systems, radar and sonar fundamentals,
theory of target acquisition, identification and tracking,
trajectory principles, and basics of naval ordnance.
(5) Navigation I. This course provides an in depth study of
the theory, principles, procedures and application of plotting,
piloting, and navigation techniques. Students learn piloting
techniques, the use of charts, visual and electronic aids, and
theory of operation of magnetic/gyro compasses. Other topics
include tides, currents, effects of wind/weather, voyage planning,
and application and understanding of international/inland rules of
navigation. The course is supplemented with review/analysis of
case studies involving actual navigation.
(6) Navigation II (Seamanship and Naval Operations). Study of
relative motion,vector-analysis theory, formation tactics, and ship
employment. Also included is an introduction to naval
operations, operations analysis, ship maneuvering characteristics,
applied aspects of ship handling, communications, and
command/control. This course is supplemented with a
review/analysis of case studies involving moral/ethical/leadership
issues pertaining to the concepts listed above.
Memorization Items. Officer Candidates may be
required to recite the items below. It would be highly beneficial
for you to learn and memorize this information. (Click on the
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
Physical training instruction begins immediately upon arrival. You
are required to be within Navy body fat standards upon arrival.
Male standard: 22% Max (23% for members 40 and over)
Female standard: 33% Max (34% for members 40 and over)
Within the first week of training, you will be weighed and
measured, and will run a Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA). It pays
to be in peak physical condition when you report to OTC.
For STA-21, participants must maintain Physical Fitness Standards
IAW OPNAVINST 6110.1(Series).
You should report in your best possible physical condition. The
better shape you’re in, the less susceptible you’ll be to injury. It
is highly recommended that you prepare yourself well ahead of time.
The following link contains recommended conditioning programs to
help prepare you for the physical fitness requirements of OTC.
- Select "Group Training Series"
- Perform for 30-60 minutes, 3-4 days a week.
*** NOTE *** Contact your doctor prior to commencing any exercise
The Physical Fitness Assessment consists of 4 events:
- Height, weight and body composition analysis
- 1.5 mile run
Individuals who do not satisfactorily complete any portion of the
PFA may be subject to administrative actions which may adversely
affect their status at Officer Training Command and the program in
which they are currently in.
For information concerning the Navy Physical Fitness Assessment,
please click on the following links
Navy Physical Readiness Home Page
OPNAVINST 6110.1 (series) Navy Physical Fitness Assessment
Initial Physical Readiness Qualifications (required to graduate)
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