Surface Warfare Officers School Command
Prospective Staff & Students

Welcome to the Surface Warfare Officers School Command -- the Surface Fleet's schoolhouse. Whether you're considering relocating or have been here in Newport for some time, the following pages are sure to provide some helpful tips and information. The Schoolhouse is truly a unique duty assignment for both students and staff. Nearly 1,800 officers from the United States Navy and allied nations attend classes here. In addition, over 250 officers and enlisted personnel are permanently assigned as SWOSCOLCOM staff.


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Reporting for Duty

Information Assurance Training: Information Assurance (IA) awareness training is now mandated for all users of Department of Defense (DOD) information systems. This requirement applies to Department of Navy (DON) personnel who have or will require access to DOD or DON computers.

Information Assurance training must be taken annually, no later than September 1 each year, as a condition of being granted and retaining access to DOD and DON computer systems. The IA training course, DOD Information Assurance Awareness, is available through My Navy Portal (MNP) at the following address: https://www.mnp.navy.mil. You will need a Common Access Card (CAC) to use MNP.

Validation of IA training completion is required in order for personnel in-processing to proceed.

All newly arriving or transferring military and civilian personnel are require to submit OPNAV 5239-14, System Authorization Access Request-Navy (SAAR-N), in order to obtain DON e-mail accounts.

OPNAV 5239-14 Rev 9/2011 provides an electronic format that can be filled out on screen, digitally signed, and forwarded via e-mail. This form replaces OPNAV 5239-14 Rev 7/2008, which is now obsolete. Your CAC generates a valid digital signature for the SAAR-N if you complete the form on any CAC-enabled computer. Other digital signatures are not accepted on this form.

Personnel transferring from another command should also speak to their Security Manager, to ensure that their clearance information is up to date in the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS).

Students:

Effective 01 April 2017, SWOS will continue with seasonal uniforms. From 06 November - 02 April, all newly reporting students, regardless of course of instruction, are required to report in the Navy Working Uniform (NWU). From 03 April - 05 November, all newly reporting students, regardless of course of instruction, are required to report in Service Khakis (E-7 and above) and Service Uniform (E-6 and below).

The authorized uniform will be worn by all student personnel in SWOSCOLCOM buildings during working hours (7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.). Those enrolled in courses longer than 3 weeks, or those desiring formal Quarterdeck photos, shall also bring the appropriate dress uniform (Summer White and/or Service Dress Blue).

Students attending any Prospective Engineering Officer (PEO) or Advanced Engineering course will require NWU's, Safety Boots, and Fire Retardant Coveralls for the shipride portion of the course.

Appropriate civilian attire may be worn by personnel in SWOSCOLCOM buildings after working hours and on weekends.

For the Newport area, the summer uniform period is from the first Monday in May to the First Monday in October; the winter uniform period is from the first Monday in October to the first Monday in May.

For students reporting to SWOS during the summer months, it is recommended to book lodging early through the Navy Gateway Inns and Suites. If you are issued a Certificate of Non-Availability to stay in town and your intermediate stop in Newport is 31 days or more, you are subject to the 75% rule in the JTR Chapter 4 TDY Part B 4250 a and B (1-7). To clarify, you will only be receiving the 75% flat rate; you will NOT receive the other 25% upon liquidation of your travel claim.

The following per diem applies to the 75% flat rate

1 May – 30 June 17
Lodging Meals Total
$128.25 $44.25 $172.50 per day
1 July – 31 Aug 17
$156.00 $44.25 $201.00 per day







Newport and Middletown hotels charge various rates for rooms based on the day of the week. Usually Thursday through Sunday can range from $100 to $150.00 more than the rest of the week. You will NOT receive any more money for this time; it will be an out of pocket expense. Plan accordingly.

Further information on check-in procedures may be obtained from the Administrative Office: (401)-841-2663 or DSN 841-2663.

Staff:

All newly reporting Staff members to SWOS are required to report for duty in the following uniform:

  • Summer uniform period: (E-7 and above) Summer White; (E-6 and below) Service Dress White
  • Winter uniform period: (All) Service Dress Blue

For the Newport area, the summer uniform period is from the first Monday in May to the First Monday in October; the winter uniform period is from the first Monday in October to the first Monday in May.

After the check in process is complete, from 02 November – 04 April, all staff members are required to wear the Navy Working Uniform (NWU). From 05 April – 01 November, all staff members are required to wear Service Khakis (E-7 and above) and Service Uniform (E-6 and below).

Appropriate civilian attire may be worn by personnel in SWOSCOLCOM buildings after working hours and on weekends.

Further information on check-in procedures may be obtained from the Administrative Office: (401) 841-2645 or DSN 841-2645.


Administrative Information
Phone Numbers (DSN: 841-XXXX)

SWOS Quarterdeck: (401) 841-4957/4958
SWOS Administration Office: (401) 841-2663/4980 Fax: (401) 841-2173
N71 - Trainers and Simulators Office: (401) 841-2524/4966
N723 - International Training: (401) 841-3648/2522
N72 - Fleet Training Department Office: (401) 841-3055/3694 Fax: (401) 841-4493
N73 - Maritime Warfare Training Department Office: (401) 841-4984/4963 Fax: (401) 841-4970
N74 - Material Readiness Training Department Office: (401) 841-7130/3051 Fax: (401) 841-1379
N75 - Command at Sea Training Department Office: (401) 841-4981/2661 Fax: (401) 841-4986
N76 - SOSMRC: (401)841-7685/1595
Curriculum and Instructional Standards Office: (401) 841-4968/7686
Finance/Supply: (401)841-1135/2666 Fax: (401) 841-2484

Personal Mail

Name
SWOSCOLCOM _______ Training Dept
Class ___, Section ___ (if applicable)
446 Cushing Road
Newport, RI 02841-1209

Rhode Island and the Newport Naval Station

Snow Condition
Snow Conditions and NAVSTA base closure are announced on WOTB FM107, WADK AM1540, WLKW AM99 and FM101.5. Information on snow conditions can also be obtained by calling NAVSTA at 841-2211 after 5:30 a.m. or the SWOSCOLCOM duty phone at 841-4957.

Motor Vehicles
Seat Belts: All Naval personnel are required to wear seat belts at all times when traveling in a motor vehicle. Also, all other passengers are required to wear seat belts when traveling in a motor vehicle on board NAVSTA.

Automobile Passes: Vehicle passes may be obtained at the Pass Office at Gate 1 upon presentation of a valid driver's license, current registration, and proof of insurance.

Cell Phones: Naval Station Newport, as with all Government installations, prohibits the use of mobile phones while driving unless a 'hands-free' device is used. Absolutely no 'texting' while driving.


Medical Facilities and Services

Same day Sick Call appointments are recommended over walk-ins. Health records and white cards are required at sick call, except for emergency treatment.

Sick Call (Active Duty Walk-ins) 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. / 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Mon Fri)
Sick Call Appointments ......................... 841-6117
Central Appointments ............................ 888-NAVYMED (888-628-9633)
Dental Clinic ............................................ 841-2541/2542

Routine dental examinations are available Monday Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., on a walk-in basis. Emergency treatment is available 24 hours.

Link To NAVSTA Newport Medical Facilities And Services

Off-Duty Activities

Known for its historic community, and sailing, the Newport area offers abundant recreational, athletic, educational and spiritual activities. Major annual events in Newport include the Newport Jazz Festival and Folk Festivals, the Taste of Rhode Island, the Used Boat and International Boat Shows, the Great Chowder Cook-off, and the Tennis Hall of Fame Championships. Newport is also famous for its summer mansions, including the Breakers, Belcourt Castle, and Rosecliff, where both The Great Gatsby and True Lies were filmed. You can view many of theses mansions from the famous Newport cliff walk, rated as one of the most beautiful extended walks in the United States.

Newport was founded in 1639 by settlers seeking religious freedom, and as a result, is home to many historic religious buildings. Examples include Touro Synagogue, the oldest Jewish house of worship in North America; and Trinity Church, built in 1726, which boasts such famous worshippers as George Washington, Queen Elizabeth II, and Bishop Desmond Tutu, among others. In addition, Newport has several 'firsts', including the first free public school in the U.S., Redwood Library, the oldest library building in the U.S., and the White Horse Tavern, the oldest operating tavern in the U.S.. Newport was the colonial capital of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, which was the first of the 13 colonies to declare its independence from England, on May 4,1776.

Recreational facilities and a huge array of activities are available for military members and their families through the Naval Education and Training Center recreation departments. In short, Newport abounds with activities to suit every age and interest.