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Submarine Officer Basic Course Graduation

GROTON, Conn (June 15, 2018) - Sixty-six officers, "Class 18050" graduated June 15 from the Submarine Officer Basic Course.

Commander Reed Koepp, USN, commanding officer, USS Colorado, was guest speaker.

Ensign Nicholas Wilcox received the L. Y. Spear Award and a gold watch in recognition of overall superior academic performance as the Basic Course Honor Graduate.

Ensign Andrew Anderson received the Naval Submarine League Tactical Excellence Award for achieving the greatest understanding of Target Motion Analysis (TMA) as measured by demonstrated proficiency in plotting mechanics and fire control system operation.

The Submarine Officer Basic Course is ten weeks in length and teaches officers the theory, instruction and operation of nuclear powered submarines. In preparation for their first submarine assignment, officers receive intensive instruction in areas to include shipboard organization, damage control, submarine safety and escape procedures, submarine weapons, fire control and sonar systems in order to be a fully contributing member of a ship's wardroom from the day they report aboard.

Joint Submarine Officer Course Graduation

GROTON, Conn (October 19, 2017) - Thirteen students of "Class 17040," Submarine Office Advanced Course (SOAC), and thirty-three students of "Class 17060," Submarine Officer Basic Course (SOBC), graduated in joint ceremonies Friday, 20 October.

Commander Matt Fanning, Commanding Officer USS Hartford (SSN 768), addressed the graduates.

For the Advanced Course, Lieutenant Jacob Cates received the L. Y. Spear Award and a gold watch in recognition of his overall superior academic performance as Course Honor Graduate as well as the David Lloyd Award for Excellence.

Lieutenant Christopher Hart was recipient of the Naval Submarine League Tactical Excellence Award.

Cates, together with Lieutenant Brian Decker, graduated with distinction.

LT Tyler Turpin was selected as the course's outstanding instructor.

The Submarine Officer Advanced Course is twenty weeks long and prepares graduates for increased responsibilities as Department Heads by providing extensive instruction in tactics, sonar, weapons, fire control, navigation and operations.

Lieutenant Commander Eric Brooks received the L. Y. Spear Award as Basic Course Honor Graduate and Ensign Perry Artz received the Admiral Andrew I. McKee Award.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Joshua Mueller was recipient of the Naval Submarine League Fire Control Excellence Award for achieving the greatest understanding of Target Motion Analysis (TMA) as measured by demonstrated proficiency in plotting mechanics and fire control system operation.

Electronics Technician Submarine Navigation Chief (Submarines) Kerry Wertheim was selected as the course's outstanding instructor.

The Submarine Officer Basic Course is ten weeks long and teaches officers the theory, instruction and operation of nuclear powered submarines. In preparation for their first submarine assignment, officers receive intensive instruction in areas to include shipboard organization, damage control, submarine safety and escape procedures, submarine weapons, fire control and sonar systems in order to be a fully contributing member of a ship's wardroom from the day they report aboard.

Submarine Officer Advanced Course Graduation

GROTON, Connecticut (June 29, 2018) - Twenty-three members of "Class 18020" graduated from the Submarine Officer Advanced Course on Friday, June 29.

Captain David Youtt, USN, COMSUBRON 12, was the guest speaker.

Lieutenant Alexander Kinney received the L. Y. Spear Award as the class honor graduate.

Lieutenant Kristin Shaw was receipient of the David Lloyd Award for Excellence for demonstrated excellence in leadership, military bearing, academic performance, and extra-curricular activities.

Lieutenant Calvin Hargadine was recipient of the Naval Submarine League Tactical Excellence Award in recognition of achievement in the study of command, control, and tactical planning.

Kinney and Lieutenant Aaron Marchant both graduated with distinction.

Lieutenant Samuel Amazeen was selected as the course's outstanding instructor.

The Submarine Officer Advanced Course is twenty weeks of instruction in preparation for increased responsibilities as department heads. The course provides extensive instruction in tactics, sonar, weapons, fire control, navigation and operations.

Submarine Officer Basic Course Introduction

Welcome to the Submarine Officer Basic Course!

GENERAL INFORMATION

HOUSING FOR THOSE COMING PCS TO PRE-COMMISSIONING UNITS (PCU) IN THE GROTON AREA

HOUSING FOR THOSE PCS TO COMMISSIONED SUBMARINES IN THE GROTON AREA OR TO COMMANDS OUTSIDE THE GROTON AREA

CHECK-IN PROCESS

GROTON CHALET LIVING SUGGESTIONS

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • The course will start at 8:00 a.m. on the report No Later Than (NLT) date of students’ orders. Students must muster in the auditorium on the first deck in Building 499, Bledsoe Hall, not later than 7:45 a.m. on the first day of classes.
  • The Uniform of the Day at Naval Submarine School is Type III Navy Working Uniforms (NWUs). Students will also need coveralls and sneakers that can get wet for the Damage Control and Firefighting trainers.
  • Except in unusual or emergency circumstances leave will NOT be authorized during the training week (M-F) during SOBC. Leave during the weekends and federal holidays outside of the holiday stand down will be considered on a case-by-case basis. (Note: All per diem is forfeited when in a leave status). Students will be briefed on the liberty policy on the first day of classes.
  • Military personnel may not conceal or carry any dangerous weapon, instrument or device, or any highly explosive article or compound aboard any Navy station, ship, craft or aircraft, or any other place under the jurisdiction of the Navy. Personal weapons can be stored with the Security Department Armory in Building 462 on a space-available basis. Storage of firearms and weapons is prohibited in on-base quarters and barracks. For additional information on firearms and weapons, contact the Security Department at (860) 694-4012.
  • For planning purposes, students should avoid negative leave balances.

The NAVSUBSCOL forwarding address is:
Naval Submarine School
Box 700
Code N325, Your SOBC Class Number
Groton, CT 06349-5700

General Information about the Groton area can be found by visiting the https://cnic.navy.mil/newlondon/index.htm website.

HOUSING FOR THOSE COMING PCS TO PRE-COMMISSIONING UNITS (PCU) IN THE GROTON AREA

  • Students MUST find permanent housing upon your arrival in Groton. Those with PCU or decom boat orders are considered an intermediate stop in the same location as the permanent duty station and as a result are NOT authorized to stay at the Groton Chalet and WILL NOT BE PAID per diem.
  • Students get reimbursed for staying in the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS) for up to 10 days as Temporary Lodging Expenses (TLE) while searching for permanent residence. If the NGIS does not have availability, students may stay in town. Do not get a hotel room in town unless you get a stamp from the NGIS stating no government facilities are available, along with a certificate of non- availability (CNA). Students will not receive TLE reimbursement until they check into their ultimate duty stations. Contact the NGIS to make reservations at (860) 694-3416 or DSN 694-3416.


HOUSING FOR THOSE PCS TO COMMISSIONED SUBMARINES IN THE GROTON AREA OR TO COMMANDS OUTSIDE THE GROTON AREA:

  • All students TDY to Submarine School are authorized to stay in the Groton Chalet while TEMDUINS to SOBC (about 68 days). Reservations at the Chalet will be made starting on the 'no earlier than date' of students’ orders. These reservations will automatically be made for all personnel based on SUBSCOL's receipt of students' orders. The Chalet will hold these reservations for two nights. While staying at the Chalet, students will receive a per diem allowance and BAH from their previous duty stations, regardless of marital status. If rooms are not available at the Chalet, students will stay in the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS) until a room is available at the Chalet. Do not stay in town unless NGIS issues a certificate of non-availability (CNA); this is required in order to receive reimbursement.
  • All per diem is governed by the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR). Because students are staying in government-provided quarters, they will receive lodging reimbursement that is equivalent to the daily cost of a room at the Chalet. Additionally, students will receive a Proportional Meal Rate (PMR) that is equal to [(Government Meal Rate + Local Meal Rate) / 2 + Incidental Expenses]. The Government Meal Rate (GMR) can be found in the JTR at https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/travelreg.cfm, and the Local Meal Rate and Incidental Expenses rates can be found by utilizing the Defense Travel Management Office calculator at https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/perdiemCalc.cfm.
  • Students will receive two meal reimbursement payments while at SOBC. Lodging is paid directly to the Chalet weekly.
  • If a student is married, his/her spouse may stay in the Groton Chalet for an additional cost. TDY orders are considered unaccompanied, so any inconvenience or added expenses that students experience from living in a hotel is the responsibility of the service members.
  • For students PCS to a commissioned submarine in Groton: Students may start BAH for Groton by submitting the BAH PG13 and update RED/DA request with local permanent address once permanent housing is obtained. Students are no longer authorized per diem once they have moved into local housing either in town or on base. Students with PCS orders to a submarine in Groton can acquire permanent housing at any time after they have been issued orders. Contact the NSB New London Housing Service Center at (860) 694-3851 to obtain more information about base housing and local rentals.

CHECK-IN PROCESS

You MUST Check-In in this manner in the Uniform of the Day:

  1. Report to the NGIS to obtain an availability stamp on your original orders. This must be done NLT 7:00 a.m. on the day of commencing classes.
  2. Check-in at the Groton Chalet (Not applicable for students who are detailed to a PCU or students who have already obtained permanent housing).
  3. Report to the NAVSUBSCOL quarterdeck to stamp your original orders, Building 499 (Bledsoe Hall) first deck, to check in to Submarine School. This must be done NLT 7:30 a.m. the day of commencing classes.
  4. On the first day of class, report to Bledsoe Hall (Building 499) auditorium on the first deck no later than 7:45 a.m. Be prepared for class from 8:00-5:00 that day. Bring the following items:
    1. Medical/dental records.
    2. Personal and pay records, original orders (if not already turned in to Officer Records), and at least one additional copy of your orders.
    3. PG. 2.
    4. SGLI.
    5. Driver’s License or Passport.
    6. Chalet reservation (ask Chalet front desk).
    7. Your last FITREP.
    8. The routing and transit number for your bank account for travel and per diem payments.
    9. The total amount of per diem you have received so far. Do NOT include advanced travel pay or dislocation allowance (DLA).
    10. Writing materials to take notes.

The SOBC staff look forward to preparing you for the fleet and that preparation starts now!

If you have questions, please call the SOBC Office at (860) 694-4340 or (860) 694-2180; DSN 694-4340 or 2180. We can answer most questions on-the-spot and will get back to you on any others.

Once again, welcome to the world's finest submarine force!

Submarine Officer Advanced Course Introduction

Welcome to the Submarine Officer Advanced Course!

Incoming Students,
Congratulations on your selection for Submarine Department Head duty!

The Submarine Officer Advanced Course is DAY ONE of your Department Head tour. Our focus is intricately applied across tactical employment and expert navigation of a submarine. The curriculum is an adult-learning environment where you are required to apply self-paced study skills and subsequently be evaluated in the skill sets you have developed from your required reading and lectures. In addition to testing knowledge and skills, you will also be assessed on soft skills (e.g. command and control, leadership abilities, watch team management, etc…).
At the completion of the course, you will be ready to serve as a Mission Capable Officer of the Deck, Navigator and Operational Planner.

GENERAL INFORMATION

HOUSING INFORMATION

CHECK-IN PROCESS

GENERAL INFORMATION

The course will start at 7:30 a.m. on the report No Later Than (NLT) date of your orders. You will report to Building 499, Bledsoe Hall and have your orders stamped at the Quarterdeck. At the Quarterdeck, there will be a sign directing you to your classroom.

UNIFORMS

The Uniform of the Day (UOD) is Type I, or Type III Navy Working Uniforms with the exception of Tuesdays and the day you class up, when the UOD is service Khakis with ribbons. You will need Summer Whites from May to October and Service Dress Blues for the rest of the year for graduation and inspections.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Based on priorities with respect to waterfront units, trainer availability drives your day to day schedule. The SOAC Training Pipeline Manager will email the upcoming weekly schedule to each student. Please keep in mind that the schedule may change and you are still responsible to your Class Leader for schedule updates. The SOAC Training Program Manager (TPM) schedules items in your best interest but expect frequent trainer evening sessions.
The schedule is built with enough self-study time that you should be able to focus on your professional learning goals in preparations for your Department Head tour.

LEAVE and SPECIAL LIBERTY

Except in unusual or emergency circumstances (on a case by case basis) leave will NOT be authorized during SOAC. Weddings are not emergencies. Please call the SOAC Director ahead of time to ensure the permission is given before flight arrangements are made. Additionally, foreign travel will require all requisite Security training and permission from the Naval Submarine School Commanding Officer.

Weekend travels are controlled by the Special Liberty process. If Weekend travel will include air travel, then a Leave chit will need to be routed and approved prior to your flight arrangements.
Do not put the office in a situation where leave needs to be approved because you already purchased your tickets. You are still responsible for purchased tickets if your leave is disapproved.

For planning purposes, you should avoid a negative leave balance greater than ten days.

Your official mail forwarding address is:

Naval Submarine School
SOAC Class XXXXX
Code N326, PO Box 700
Groton, CT 06349-5700

This address should be used for official mail only.

General Information about the Groton area can be found by visiting the Naval Submarine Base New London website at http://www.subasenlon.navy.mil/.

HOUSING INFORMATION

The wait for Navy Housing is presently 1-3 months. The housing office can be reached at (860) 694-3851.

For a two bedroom apartment rental costs average between $1000 and $1400.

Larger rentals (i.e. 3 and 4 bedroom places) are also available.

NAVY GROTON INNS and SUITES (NGIS)

Contact the NGIS to ask questions or to make reservations at (860) 694-3416 or DSN 694-3416.

If it is your intention to request Geographical Bachelor (GEOBACH) accommodations you must contact the NGIS office a minimum of 1 month prior to the day you intend on showing up in Groton. If you do not contact the office prior to this time period, there will be no guarantee that you will have a room provided for you, and you will be required to pay out of pocket for any accrued hotel expenses. After contacting the NGIS office, they will provide you with a GEOBACH request form that is required to be submitted 3 weeks prior to arriving.

The following paperwork in addition to the GEOBACH request form will be required from you when you submit a package:

  • Faxed copy of either your current rental agreement or mortgage
  • Faxed copy of your orders
  • NAVSUBSCOL Command Endorsement

To obtain a NAVSUBSCOL Command Endorsement contact the SOAC Training Pipeline Manager at (860) 694-3637.

CHECK-IN PROCESS

You MUST Check-In in this manner:

1. During working hours:

a. Report to the SubScol Quarter Deck, in the UOD, to stamp your original orders at Building 499 (Bledsoe Hall) to check in to Submarine School.

2. During non-working hours:

a. Report to the NGIS to obtain a quarters availability stamp on your original orders.

b. Report to the SubScol Quarter Deck to stamp your original orders at Building 499 (Bledsoe Hall) to check in to Submarine School.

c. Keep your original orders, and all your records (pay, service, medical, dental and PRT folder).

d. Report to the SOAC Office, Building 499, (Bledsoe Hall), Room 324, at 7:30 a.m. the next working day. Bring your records and orders.

3. On the first day of class, report to Bledsoe Hall no later than 7:30 a.m. Be prepared for class from 7:30 a.m. Until 5:00 p.m. that day. Bring the following items:

a. Medical/dental records.

b. Original orders (stamped at the Quarterdeck), Page 2 and SGLI information.

c. Banking information (routing and account number).

d. A phone number at which you can be reached (cell and home phone).

e. Writing material to take notes.

f. Copy of last fitness report.

g. Receipts for travel claim paperwork.

The SOAC staff look forward to preparing you for the fleet and that preparation starts now!
If you have questions, call the SOAC Office at (860) 694-3637 or DSN 694-3637.
We can answer most questions on-the-spot and will get back to you on any others.

Once again, welcome to the world’s finest submarine force!