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Academic Training

OCS is designed to provide the baseline level of knowledge required of all commissioned officers in the United States Navy. OCS will provide the environment to develop candidates morally and mentally, and will instill the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty.

Over the 13-weeks course, candidates will be instructed in the following areas:

  1. Division Officer Fundamentals: Covers numerous requirements and programs to execute duties as a division officer.
  2. Naval History: Provides an overview of U.S. Naval history and how various aspects of Naval weaponry, engineering, ship and tactics have advanced since 1775.
  3. Engineering & Weapons: Introduces candidates to the fundamentals of shipboard naval engineering and various weapons in the United States Navy aresnal.
  4. Damage Control: Introduces candidates to shipboard fire-fighting and flooding controls through hands-on training.
  5. Leadership and Ethics: Case studies of recent naval events are used to develop and apply leadership principles.
  6. Watch Officer: Introduces candidates to naval terminology, equipment, shipboard operations, navigation, and maneuvering utilizing simulators.
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Military Training

Military training at Officer Candidate school is designed to transform individuals into cohesive operating teams with the overall goal of training candidate officers to become professional, confident and competent future Naval officers worthy of earning their Nation's special trust and confidence.

Military training is comprised of the following areas:

  1. Physical Training: Candidates will be taught numerous exercises and proper form.
  2. Room & Locker Inspections: Candidates will be taught how to maintain a living space to military standards. Living spaces are inspectable daily.
  3. Personnel Inspections: Candidates will be taught and inspected on military hygiene standards, uniform wear, and general appearance.
  4. Drill: Candidates will be taught utilizing the Marine Corps Rifle Drill manual.
  5. Battle Stations: Candidates will utilize skills learned to complete a series of events in a team setting.
  6. Commissioning Ceremony: Candidates will be taught military customs, courtesies, and traditions used during their commissioning ceremony.

Knowledge Items

The link below provides a PDF for download that contains all knowledge candidates are expected to master while at Officer Candidate School. Study these items prior to arrival at OCS. This information is required to be memorized verbatim, with Bravo Knowledge becoming inspectable Week 3.

OCS Knowledge Items

  Last updated: November 18th, 2019  
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