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Academic Training

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 instruction.

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 graduation requirements.

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 GI Bill.

Military Training

Military training at Officer Development School is comprised of the following categories:

Physical Training: During ODS, physical training will be conducted regularly and will include warm-ups, running and/or strength and conditioning exercises, and cool-down stretches. See the Physical Standards Section for more information.

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 evolution at ODS is the Graduation Ceremony.

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)

click hereODS Required Knowledge

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 Assessment.

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 physical fitness requirements associated with military service.

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 ODS.

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 of ODS.

Click here for Fitness Guide http://www.navyfitness.org/fitness/noffs-training/operational-series/virtual-trainer
•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.

  Verified Current - December 17th, 2019  
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