ODS is designed to prepare you for your future as a commissioned
officer by providing the basic knowledge of the naval profession and
its related military, academic and nautical subjects. It will
provide moral, mental and physical development, and instill the
highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty. The training you will
receive during your 5 weeks at ODS is divided into 7 units of
1. Military Indoctrination: During military
indoctrination you will be taught basic military customs and
courtesies, naval terminology, basic uniform assembly and
requirements, inspection procedures and training requirements.
2. Damage Control: The damage control
curriculum is designed to familiarize you with the types of damage,
which can occur in the naval environment due to accidents, warfare
and nautical disasters. Damage control also includes instruction in
fire fighting theory and prevention of different kinds of fires
common to sea, shore and air commands. It also includes principles
of chemical, biological and radiological warfare defense. Practical
demonstrations of flooding control are given in a mock-up of a
shipboard space. Completion of both Damage Control ("wet trainer")
and Basic Firefighting are required for successful completion of ODS
3. Naval Leadership: Subjects include
leadership qualities, motivational theories, team building,
management skills, decision making, goal setting and action
planning, communication processes and public speaking skills. You
will have many opportunities through practical application to
demonstrate leadership skills.
4. Division Officer: Subjects include
military rank structure, performance evaluations, educational
programs, enlisted records, classified material handling, naval
correspondence, officer designations, promotions, pay and
allowances, junior officer administrative duties and advancement.
5. Military Law: Subjects introduced include
the Military Code of Conduct, The Geneva Convention, the Uniform
Code of Military Justice, investigations, non-judicial punishment,
court-martial procedures, apprehensions, jurisdiction, pretrial
restraints, administrative discharges and claims.
6. Naval Warfare: During this phase you will
study the equipment, shipboard spaces and weapons used in various
operations. Amphibious, Mine, Strike, Electronic, Submarine, Surface
and Air warfare tactics will be studied. You’ll also examine the
problems of detection and learn the weapons systems used in various
types of combat.
7. Programs and Policies: Subjects include
suicide awareness and prevention, Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor
(DAPA), Human Resources, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
(SAPR) and Safety Programs. It also covers programs such as
Tricare, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and the Montgomery
Military training at Officer Development School is comprised of the
Physical Training: Students will conduct weekly mock Physical
Readiness Tests (PRT) at ODS. A grade of at least "Probationary" in
all events of a single mock PRT is required to graduate ODS.
Room & Locker Inspection (RLP): Student rooms are subject to
inspection at all times. To ensure cleanliness and maintain
standards, room inspections occur at regular intervals. Rooms
are to be maintained in accordance with prescribed room standards
which will be provided during training.
Personnel Inspection (PI): Each Officer will be inspected for
proper uniform wear, grooming standards, knowledge (see Required
Knowledge items below), hygiene, and general military appearance.
Drill: Approximately 20 - 25 hours are spent learning and
practicing drill for graduation. Officer’s will be required to march
while at ODS. (Marine
Corps Drill Manual)
Third Class Swim: Students will be required to take and pass the
Navy Third Class Swim Test. This will test the students ability to
jump off of a 10ft platform, float for five (5) minutes, swim 50
yards, and inflate their uniform in a drown proofing exercise.
Click here to watch the
Third Class Swim Video.
Students must pass the Navy Third Class Swim Test or they may be
sent back to their previous assignment or retained at Officer
Training Command and delayed in reporting to their next duty
assignment until passing the test.
Graduation Ceremony: Your final exercise as an Officer is the
Memorization Items: Students will also be required to memorize
certain items for their various inspections while at ODS. The
attachment below needs to be committed to memory prior to your
arrival at ODS. (Click on the link below)
Physical Fitness Standards
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 they may be retained at Officer
Training Command and delayed in reporting to their next duty
assignment until passing an official Navy Physical Fitness
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
During ODS, physical training will be conducted regularly and will
include warm-ups, running and/or strength and conditioning
exercises, and cool-down stretches.
You are required to be within
Navy body fat standards upon arrival and at all times during
Within the first two days of training, you will be weighed and
measured. In the first week, you will participate in a
Physical Readiness Test (PRT). Due to the structure of
ODS, the run is the only cardio event option available for the PRT.
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
Click here for Fitness Guide
•Select "Group Training Series"
•Perform for 30-60 minutes, 3-4 days a week.
*** NOTE *** Contact your health care provider prior to commencing
any exercise program.