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Required and Recommended Documents

Below is the required paperwork needed for each student reporting to Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN).  Foreign documents not in English must be officially translated into English by an official translator or translation company.  All documents must be original or court certified copies.  No notarized documents allowed. You will receive all paperwork turned in to us back at the end of the course.

If you are married, it is recommended that you provide your spouse with a Power of Attorney prior to reporting to OTCN to decrease the original documentation you are required to bring for DEERS enrollment (see comments below).  You will have the opportunity to generate a Military Power of Attorney with the Command Legal Officer free of charge after reporting to OTCN.

Required for all students

  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or Reserve Orders and any Modifications
  • Copies of prescriptions from civilian physicians if taking prescription medication. At Minimum 1 weeks’ worth of medication should be hand carried with you.
  • All medical/dental records and immunization records. Military and Civilian.
  • A voided check to ensure correct set-up of your direct deposit account for your military pay.
  • Two forms of identity source documents. Click here for the list of acceptable documents for initial issue of a CAC.
  • Recruiter Contact Information (Name/Phone/Fax and NRD Address)
  • Driver’s License Number, Auto Insurance Policy Number, license plate number, vehicle make/model. (this info is needed only if you drive your vehicle to OCS)

Required for students with spouses and dependents

  • Marriage certificate (original or original court certified copy).  This document is REQUIRED to add a spouse to DEERS regardless if they are on the member's page two or not.
  • Spouse's original unexpired identification card if NOT already entered into DEERS. (driver's license, state identification, or passport).
  • Birth certificates (original or original court certified copy) and social security card (original) for all dependents if they are NOT already entered into DEERS.
  • Child custody documents (original).
  • Divorce documents (original).

Required for students serving as active duty sailors

  • Military Identification Card
  • Proof of all medals, awards and unit citations
  • Transfer EVAL
  • SMART transcripts
  • Page Two (Record of Emergency Data). - It would be acceptable if you re-signed the two copies of the current page 2 on the last page under your previous signature. Your new signature means that there are no changes to the current page 2, and that it is up-to-date. After your new signature, put today's date.

Required for students with any prior military service

  • All DD-214's
  • Point Capture Sheet (Reservists only)
  • All DD-368
  • NGB-22 (National Guard only)
  • Page Two (Record of Emergency Data). - It would be acceptable if you re-signed the two copies of the current page 2 on the last page under your previous signature. Your new signature means that there are no changes to the current page 2, and that it is up-to-date. After your new signature, put today's date.
  • Last PSD Point of Contact info (POC Name/Phone/Fax/and Address)

Required for students enrolled in Collegiate Programs (BDCP and NUPOC)

  • Military Identification Card
  • Page Two (Record of Emergency Data). - It would be acceptable if you re-signed the two copies of the current page 2 on the last page under your previous signature. Your new signature means that there are no changes to the current page 2, and that it is up-to-date. After your new signature, put today's date.

Recommended for all students

  • Candidates should have access to their bank accounts for various expenses throughout training.  Candidates will need access to funds to pay for their initial haircut upon arrival.
  • Book of stamps
  • Please be advised that due to computer security settings, you will be unable to access most financial institutions while in your first 9 weeks of training.  Candidates are expected to have all of their financial responsibilities in order and taken care of during this time period prior to their arrival at Officer Candidate School.
  • Paper list of emergency contact information (phone numbers and email addresses) as you will not have access to your cell phones until approximately week 9.

Required and Recommended Items

The items needed to begin training are listed below. No more than what is listed should be brought. Any excess gear will be stored. During check in, any candidate without the required items will be required to purchase them. Trips to the Navy Exchange may be made regularly after the first week of training. Toiletries and other personal care products can be purchased at that time.

Required for all students

  • Debit/Credit card and/or checks
  • Cash(~$200)
  • Phone numbers and emails addresses for family/friends you would like to contact while at OCS.
  • Phone card
  • Eye glasses(if prescribed) with plain black head strap
  • Laundry detergent to last 1-2 weeks
  • 7 white T-shirt/undershirt (ensure snug fit around neck)
  • 7 pairs white mid-calf length socks with no logos or markings
  • 5-7 pairs Black boot socks
  • 7 pairs underwear(2-3 pairs white underwear)
  • Digital wristwatch with alarm
  • 2 all white bath towels and hand towels
  • Hygiene products and toiletries (do not overpack). Electric razors are authorized.
  • High quality running shoes. You will be running several miles per week. MINIMALIST SHOES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED AT OCS.
  • Insoles (recommended if you have foot issues)

Required for female students

  • 5 White sports bras
  • 3-5 White/skin tone bras
  • Feminine hygiene items to last at least one week

Recommended for all students

  • Contact lenses
  • Zip lock bags for storage and organization
  • Face wipes for sweat (between showers)
  • Hand lotion
  • Nose hair trimmer
  • Cell phone with charger

Recommended and authorized for female students

  • Strong holding gel
  • Non-aerosol hair spray
  • Bobby pins that match hair color
  • Small hand mirror
  • Gold ball stud earrings (starting week 9). All earrings must be 4-6mm (1/8 - 1/4 inch). Earrings must be plain with shiny or brushed matte finish, screw-on post type.

Uniform Requirements

You will purchase all necessary uniforms during your first week of training at OCS.  If you do not already own uniforms, DO NOT purchase them prior to arrival.  The average OCS student will spend roughly $3,500 on uniforms. The uniform allowance does not cover the entire cost of items purchased. Most students will need to pay out of pocket an additional $1,000, so planning for the additional payment is important.

No civilian clothes will be needed at OCS. An issued uniform will be worn at all times until graduation.

Prior Military Service Students

Bring the following uniform items ONLY IF you already own them. Your uniforms will be verified for serviceability and proper fit after arrival. Any items that are determined to be unserviceable must be replaced during uniform issue periods. The uniform inspection process is extremely meticulous.

  • PT shorts, short and long sleeve shirts, hoodie, sweatpants
  • Service Dress Blue
  • Service Dress White
  • Summer White
  • Khakis with garrison and combination covers
  • NWU Type III with Black Boots
  • Medals (large), ribbons, warfare devices
  • Undergarments associated with each uniform



  
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