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Officer Development School


The purpose of this course is to provide Staff Corps Officers and several Restricted Line designators with training necessary to prepare them to function in their role as a newly commissioned Naval Officer.  It provides a basic introduction into fundamental aspects of leadership while providing a working knowledge of naval instructions and references.


Academics: 5 weeks of instruction in Naval Leadership, Naval Administration, Naval Organization, Sea Power, Military Law, Military Indoctrination, Naval Warfare and Damage Control. It also provides leadership training through case studies and instructor led leadership scenarios.

Physical Training:

The privilege of serving in the Navy comes with the expectation that you will develop and maintain a level of fitness that allows you to complete all expected job tasks, respond to emergency situations and be physically able to accomplish the mission.

The “Officer Training Command Pre-arrival Physical Training Plan” will inform you of the physical fitness requirements and provide physical training plans to prepare you for the rigors of Officer Training Command.

Students should be prepared to take a Navy PRT upon arrival at ODS. A grade of at least Probationary; in all events of a single PRT is required to graduate ODS. Physical Training will include up to five days of strength and conditioning exercises to include, pushups, sit-ups, and various other exercises as well as sprints and sustained runs. It is highly recommended that you begin a physical training regimen before reporting to ODS. Please consult the Navy Physical Readiness Page and the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series to help prepare you better for ODS. On these websites you can find information in regards to improving your overall physical fitness and dietary recommendations. Due to the structure of ODS, the run is the only cardio event option available for the PRT.


Students must be within Navy body fat standards upon arrival at ODS and students must pass an official Navy Physical Fitness Assessment while at ODS.  Students who do not meet body fat standards, or who are unable to pass a Navy Readiness Test, may be sent back to their previous assignment or retained at Officer Training Command until passing an official Navy Physical Fitness Assessment.
  Last Updated: December 17th, 2019  
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