Submarine Officer Advanced Course Introduction
Welcome to the Submarine Officer Advanced Course!
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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!