Recruit Training Command Great Lakes
"These recruits are entrusted to my care. I will train them to
the best of my ability. I will develop them into smartly disciplined,
physically fit, basically trained Sailors. I will instill in them, and
demonstrate by my own example, the highest standard of Honor, Courage,
The mission of Recruit Training Command is embodied in the Recruit
Division Commander's Creed. Supplying the fleet with top-quality
Sailors ready for follow-on training is why we are here. The
leadership of Recruit Training Command cannot do this alone. It
takes the dedication, hard work, and selflessness of our committed
staff to pull everything together.
40,000 active duty component recruits assess annually at RTC
1,955 reserve component assess annually at RTC
The 12-year Recruit Training Command recapitalization is nearly
complete. When finished it will have furnished 14 new recruit
barracks with classrooms and dining facilities, an indoor physical
training facility, a combat trainer pool, a new visitor center and
Battle Stations 21. By choosing to join the United States Navy young
men and women pledge themselves to a new way of life. Recruit
Training Command trains, mentors, and anchors their lives in the
war-fighting culture of being a Sailor.
Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program was established
to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as
commissioned officers in the unrestricted line Naval Reserve or
Marine Corps Reserve. The NROTC scholarship program fills a vital
need in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and
management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine
Seaman To Admiral-21
In the past, there were over a dozen different paths for Sailors to
become commissioned officers, Seaman to Admiral being just one of
them. This wide array of programs lacked uniformity in benefits,
selection procedures, educational opportunities, and program
requirements. This created a very confusing assortment of program
applications, deadlines, and choices for fleet applicants and, quite
frankly, was very cumbersome for the Navy to manage and administer.
Consequently, there were countless Sailors in the fleet who would
make outstanding commissioned officers, but due to program
restrictions, educational background, or financial concerns, they
did not apply.
For all of these reasons and more, the Navy combined most of these
current commissioning paths into one consolidated program that
preserves the Seaman to Admiral name made popular by Admiral Boorda:
Seaman to Admiral-21 (STA-21). The STA-21 Commissioning Program is
designed to meet the goals of the Navy in the 21st Century, while at
the same time creating a fair and equitable system for outstanding
active duty Sailors to receive a top-notch college education and
become commissioned officers in the Unrestricted Line (URL), Special
Duty Officer (Intelligence), Special Duty Officer (Information
Warfare - formerly Cryptologic), Nurse Corps (NC), Medical Corps
(MC), Supply Corps (SC), or Civil Engineer Corps (CEC).
Officer Training Command, Newport, R.I.
To develop civilians, enlisted, and newly commissioned personnel
morally, mentally, and physically and imbue them with the highest
ideals of honor, courage, and commitment in order to prepare
graduates for service in the fleet as Naval Officers.
- Officer Candidate School (OCS): 12-week course
that prepares college graduates (civilian and military) to become
commissioned Navy officers.
- Officer Development School (ODS): To prepare
officers of specific staff corps and restricted line communities as
Navy leaders supporting the fleet.
- Limited Duty Officer / Chief Warrant Officer (LDO/CWO):
4-week course that trains newly commissioned LDO's and CWO's into
their new roles and responsibilities
- Direct Commission Officer (DCO): 12-day course
to provide Direct Commissioned Reserve Officers Military
Indoctrination Training necessary to prepare them to function in
their role as newly commissioned Naval Officers.
- STA-21 / NSI: NSI is 9 weeks. Educates and
trains qualified enlisted personnel for service as commissioned
officers through undergraduate degree completion.
2,500 officers commissioned annually at OTC