- What is my mailing address?
Candidates at OCS are able to send and receive mail through
the USPS. Below is the mailing address for all candidates while
at OCS. Only the candidates name and class number will require
- OC (First M.I. Last)
- Officer Candidate School
- Class ##-##
- OFFICER TRAINING COMMAND NEWPORT
- 1356 Meyerkord Avenue
- Newport, RI 02841-1641
- How do I apply to OCS, and what are the
All Officer Accession program applications, including OCS, are
handled through Navy Recruiting Command. For information on specific
programs and their requirements, please click the below link,
contact your nearest Navy Recruiter, or send an email to
Ensure to reference Officer Accession Programs.
Enlisted personnel applying to OCS should reference OPNAVINST
1420.1 (series), Promotion, Special Selection, Selective Early
Retirement, and Selective Early Removal Boards for Commissioned
Officers of the Navy and Marine Corps. Officer Candidate School
specific information is located in Chapter 7. Additional questions
should be directed to your Command Career Counselor (CCC).
- When should I arrive and check-in to OCS?
Candidates for OCS should make arrangements to arrive and
check-in no earlier than 0700 on Check-in Sunday. Fleet returnees
with orders directing them to report no later than the Saturday
before check-in Sunday should contact the command immediately for
further guidance and tracking. Orders that allow check-in over both
Saturday and will not be allowed to check-in earlier than Sunday.
Individuals who arrive early will not be provided housing by
Officer Training Command Newport. All candidates who plan on
arriving early should make lodging reservations either out in town
or, at the Newport Navy Gateway Inn and Suites. Candidates will
submit all receipts for travel and lodging to OTCN during check-in
- What kinds of hairstyles are authorized for
men and women?
Men: Upon arrival at OCS you will be required to have your head
shaved. During the third phase of training (Senior Officer Candidate
Phase), men will be allowed to start growing their hair out. During
the final phase of training, men are authorized to style their hair
within Navy regulations. See the link below for guidelines.
Women: Upon arrival at OCS, you will be required to maintain a
hairstyle in accordance with Officer Candidate Regulations (OCR). It
is recommended that women arrive with hair as close to their natural
color as possible to forgo compliance issues.
Please note, women with hair longer than a bob are only
authorized to wear their hair in a bun until the final phase of
training. At no time are women authorized to shave their heads in
accordance with US Navy regulations. The link below provides
information on authorized hair styles and grooming standards.
- How much time are we allotted to address
personal hygiene each day?
Candidates are allotted 10 to 20 minutes for health and hygiene
in the morning period. It is encouraged that future candidates
practice getting ready (shave / shower / dress / hair) within this
amount of time prior to their arrival at OCS.
- What does our diet consist of while at Officer
You will be required to eat in the Ney Hall dining facility for
every meal while at OCS with the exception of liberty weekends
during the final phase of training. Meals are only offered three
times a day, and food is not allowed in the barracks. The galley has
an adequate selection, which includes a salad and fruit bar along
with a variety of proteins and vegetables. A vegetarian option is
provided at every meal.
- If I am prior military service from a
different branch of the military, how do I find out what ribbons and
medals I am authorized to wear?
The below links provide information on authorized awards and
medals from other services for wear on Navy uniforms.
United States Navy Uniform Regulations
U.S. Navy Awards
- I have family that is interested in attending
the graduation ceremony, what should they know to coordinate travel?
OCS Graduation Ceremonies are typically held in Kay Hall at 1030
on Fridays. The Graduation ceremony usually lasts 90 minutes. Please
note: students will not be secured from training until noon on
Friday. Therefore, flights leaving out of Providence should not
depart until after 1500 on Friday. Flights out of Boston should not
depart until 1700 on Friday.
Students are expected to attend a reception planned by students
for families and friends which usually lasts about 2 hours the
Thursday evening prior to graduation. The venue for this event
varies by graduating class.
Family travel arrangements for those who plan to attend the
graduation reception and graduation should be made well in advance.
The following website provides information on the Newport Area and
can help in locating services.
All non-military visitors will be required to be vetted by base
security before arriving for the reception or graduation
festivities. Students who wish to invite family members that do not
have Military ID and are not normally allowed on military bases will
need to provide the following information for each guest during week
eight of training:
- Full legal name (First, M.I., Last)
- Social Security Number
Foreign Nationals will also need to provide the following
- Place of birth (city, country)
- Home address
- Passport number
- Alien registration number
- Social Security number (if applicable)
If visitors are not on the approved access list, they will be turned away at the gate.
- How can my family contact me in-case of an
In case of family emergency, the candidate’s family should go
through their nearest American Red Cross for assistance in
contacting the command.
For non-emergent issues (not relating to medical condition of
immediate family member or other extraneous hardship), the
candidate’s family may inform the candidate through the following
- What cannot be included in care packages for
Candidates are authorized to receive mail as soon as they arrive
at OCS. Packages may include anything except those items listed as
contraband. Contraband is defined as any item that is prejudicial to
the good order and discipline, health, welfare, or safety of any
candidate at OCS.
- Weapons and blades, to include letter openers.
- Chemicals, cleaning or other.
- Food and Beverages to include chewing gum.
- Tobacco, to include e-cigarettes.
- Medicine, to include gummy vitamins, mineral/herbal
supplements, energy drinks.
- Electronic Equipment not previously listed as allowed.
- Gambling equipment to include playing cards.
- Any light requiring more than two "AA" batteries.
- Sealable Containers.