BDOC is an intensive, eight-week course of instruction designed to provide foundational classroom training to prospective surface warfare officers.
The course places emphasis on in-class instruction and the use of technology such as the Conning Officer Virtual Environment (COVE) simulators, which simulate every class of ship in the U.S. Navy and all their homeports, in addition to many routine ports of call around the world. COVE allows for the reinforcement of concepts in navigation, seamanship, and shiphandling.
The new course will also provide instruction on administration, engineering, leadership, and damage control.
BDOC training site San Diego has a staff of fifteen, headed by a Lieutenant Commander, with twelve Lieutenant instructors, and one Quartermaster Senior Chief and two civilian Shiphandling instructors. BDOC training facilities have been equipped with state-of-the-art electronic classrooms and shiphandling simulators that meet Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) standards.