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Candidates are required to be fitted for and purchase athletic shoes on their day of arrival. Candidates are authorized to bring an additional pair of athletic shoes but it is not required.
OCS Required and Recommended Items

OCS Required and Recommended Items

Below are different categories of students and is the required paperwork for successful in-processing. Students must review each section for applicability and required documentation.

All documents must be original or court certified copies. Photo copies, NRD copies, and notarized copies WILL NOT be accepted. All paperwork turned-in for in-processing will be returned.

Foreign documents, not in English, must be officially translated into English by an official translator or translation company.

For those married or who may have financial situations that require regular address, it is recommended you provide your spouse or trusted agent with a Limited Power of Attorney prior to reporting to Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN) to address financial or legal situations that may arise. You will have the opportunity to generate a Military Power of Attorney free of charge after reporting to OTCN.

Students will NOT have access to cellphones for a majority of their training time. All required or requested contact information must be available in hard copy (written format).

Required for all students

  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or Reserve Orders with any modifications
  • Copies of all civilian prescriptions if taking prescription medication.
    • Hand carry 1 weeks’ worth of medication to OTCN.
  • All medical/dental records and immunization records. military and civilian.
  • Voided check for direct deposit set-up.
  • Two forms of identification. Acceptable documents are original social security card, birth certificate, and United States Passport.
  • One primary and one secondary form of identification for use in obtaining Military Identification. Click here for the list of acceptable documents for initial issue of Military ID.
  • Recruiter Contact Information (Name/Phone/Fax and NRD Address)
  • Driver’s License Number, Auto Insurance Policy Number, license plate number, vehicle make/model. (Only if you drive your vehicle to OTCN)

Required for students with spouses and dependents

All documents must be original or court certified copies. Photo copies, NRD copies, and notarized copies WILL NOT be accepted. All paperwork turned in for processing will be returned.

Foreign documents, not in English, must be officially translated into English by an official translator or translation company.

  • Marriage certificate. This document is REQUIRED regardless if spouse is on the member's Page Two or Record of Emergency Data.
  • Spouse's original unexpired identification card. (driver's license, state identification, or passport).
  • Birth certificates and social security card for all dependents.
  • Child custody agreement.
  • Divorce decree and / or separation agreement documents.

Required for students serving as active duty sailors

Active duty Sailors will lose NSIPS access while in a training status at OTCN. Best practice is to bring hard copies of all documents that will be required and would normally be accessed via NSIPS.

Prior to arrival, verify that Navy Department Awards Web Service (NDAWS) accurately reflects all awards received (individual and unit level).

  • Military Identification Card
  • Proof of all medals, awards and unit citations
  • Transfer EVAL
  • SMART transcripts
  • Page Two (Record of Emergency Data).
    • Recommend updating Page Two via SGLI Online Enrollment System (SOES via MilConnect) prior to arrival at OTCN.

Required for students with any prior military service

  • All DD-214's
  • Point Capture Sheet (Reservists only)
  • All DD-368
  • NGB-22 (National Guard only)
  • Page Two (Record of Emergency Data).
  • Last Personnel Service Department(PSD) Point of Contact info (POC Name/Phone/Fax/and Address)

Required for students enrolled in Collegiate Programs (BDCP and NUPOC)

  • Military Identification Card
  • Page Two (Record of Emergency Data).
  • Transcripts with confirmation (graduation) date.

Recommended for all students

  • Book of stamps
  • Notify all necessary financial institutions that you will be at a military training command and unable to utilize double authentication measures (cellphone number / text with password, e mail confirmation etc.). If possible, have accounts temporarily set-up for single authentication measures.
  • Candidates are expected to have all personal financial responsibilities addressed and placed in a steady state (not requiring constant review or action) prior to arrival at OTCN.
  • Limited Power of Attorney granted to a trusted agent to act on candidate’s behalf in-case unanticipated situations arise (student loan repayment issues, rental property management, DEERs access etc.).
  • Paper list of emergency contact information (phone numbers and email addresses).

OCS Required and Recommended Items

Required and Recommended Uniform Items to Bring

The items needed to begin training are listed below. No more than what is listed should be brought. During check in, any candidate without the required items will be required to purchase them. Trips to the Navy Exchange may be made after the first week of training.

Required for all students

  • Debit/Credit card
  • Checks / mobile payment application
    • Anticipate $1,500 or more out-of-pocket expenses for uniform components and $300 for misc. class costs.
  • Phone numbers and emails addresses for family/friends written on paper.
  • Phone card
  • Eye glasses(if prescribed) with plain black head strap
  • Laundry detergent to last 1-2 weeks
  • 7 pairs underwear
    • Per NAVPERS 15665I, underpants shall be white or wearer’s skin tone when worn with white uniforms. Color is optional with other uniforms.
    • Men are authorized to wear boxer shorts or knitted brief styles.
  • Digital wristwatch with alarm
  • Hygiene products and toiletries (do not overpack). Electric razors are authorized.
  • Toiletries (1 week supply).

Required for female students

  • 5 - 7 sports bras designed for high impact sports
  • 2 - 3 brassier
    • o Both sports bra and brassiere shall be white or wearer’s skin tone when worn with white shirts or should be white or wearer’s skin tone when worn with yellow PT top. Otherwise, color is optional.
  • Black or Navy Blue one piece swim suit
  • Feminine hygiene items to last at least one week

Recommended for all students

  • Contact lenses (if already worn)
  • Zip lock bags
  • Unscented face wipes (between shower use)
  • Unscented hand lotion
  • Nose hair trimmer
  • Cell phone with charger
  • 1 all white bath towel and hand towel
  • 1 pair of running shoes (not minimalist in nature) as secondary pair. Students will be fitted for and issued a pair of primary running shoes upon check-in.
  • Insoles
  • Non-aerosol sunscreen
  • Compression shorts
    • Shall be Navy Blue or black in color, worn fully on the waist, and may not extend beyond the length of the PT shorts nor be visible while standing.

Recommended and authorized for female students

  • Strong hold gel
  • Non-aerosol hair spray
  • Hair retaining devices (bobby pins, spin pins, clear elastic hair ties etc.) that match hair color
  • Small hand mirror
  • Gold ball stud earrings (Worn starting in Week 9 of training). All earrings must be 4-6mm (1/8 - 1/4 inch). Earrings must be plain with shiny or brushed matte finish.

OCS Required and Recommended Items

Mandatory Issued Uniform Requirements

You will purchase all necessary uniforms during your first week of training at OCS.  DO NOT purchase them prior to arrival.  The average OCS student will spend roughly $3,500 on uniforms. The uniform allowance does not cover the entire cost. Most students will need to pay out-of-pocket an additional $1,500. Planning for the additional payment is important.

No civilian clothes are required at OCS. An issued uniform will be worn at all times until graduation.

Prior Military Service Students

Bring the following ONLY IF you already own them. Your uniforms will be verified for serviceability and proper fit after arrival. Any items determined to be unserviceable shall be replaced during uniform issue periods.

  • PT shorts, short and long sleeve shirts, hoodie, sweatpants (most current Navy logo and design, shall be matching set)
  • Service Dress Blue (Dry-cleaned)
  • Service Dress White (Dry-cleaned)
  • Summer White
  • Khakis with garrison and combination covers
  • NWU Type III with Black Boots (rough-side-out are not authorized)
  • Medals (large), ribbons, warfare devices
  • Undergarments associated with each uniform meeting strictest Navy standards



  Last updated: July 13th, 2018  
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