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Supply Corps Officer Basic Qualification Course (BQC) and Division Officer Leadership Course (DIVOLC)

Last updated: 14 Nov 2023

The Basic Qualification Course is an in-depth study of the Supply System encompassing the following major areas of an afloat supply department: supply management food service, retail operations, disbursing management, leadership and management and personnel administration. Students will, through the use of practical exercises, practice sets, and exams, demonstrate the ability to complete and post all forms and files in each functional area. Additionally, students will demonstrate the ability to audit and correct problem areas posed in exercise situations. Also included in the course is a brief introduction to automated data processing systems such as Relational Supply (R-Supply) and Organizational Maintenance Management System – Next Generation (OMMS-NG).

The objective of the 20-week BQC is to prepare newly commissioned Supply Corps officers and other officers who may be ordered for this instruction in their professional duties. This course provides detailed, job-related technical instruction while encouraging the formation and use of desirable attitudes and characteristics.

While at the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS), all BQC students are required to complete the week-long Division Officer Leadership Course course. This five-day course is designed to facilitate and indoctrinate all junior officers who will be relieving afloat in a Division Officer capacity, and provide the skill set necessary to be effective first-time leaders in an operational environment. The curriculum is scenario driven, taking the student from their first day of reporting on board all the way through their first nine months. Through interactive videos, role-playing and group based discussions, students will be exposed to various leadership dilemmas and will engage in discussions on potential courses of action. Leadership principles addressed will be competition and collaboration in an enlisted work center, building working relationships with the Chain of Command, time management, and functional administration.

Student Check-In 

Basic Qualification Course (BQC) students will check in with the education counselor, (401) 841-4819, at the first deck of the Navy Supply Corps School (NSCS). Report in Service Dress Blues/Whites (seasonal) between 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Ensure your SDB/SDW uniform is prepared. Bring the following documentation to check in: physical copy of orders to be stamped.  

If checking in after hours, contact the command duty officer at (601) 497-5775. 


Students receive up to 14 days Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) after detaching from their last command. Upon transferring from your previous command, look to exercise TLE before and during your check-in to NSCS as you find permanent housing. The preferred lodging is the Navy Lodge. To book a reservation, call 1-877-NAVY-BED (628-9233). You must exercise all on-base temporary lodging options before seeking off-base lodging. If base lodging is not available, students must obtain a Certificate of Non-Availability (CNA) to submit with their travel claim.  

BQC students receive Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to NSCS, so they must reside in off-base military or private housing. For this reason, students should use the Navy Housing Service Center for information on housing options or to inquire about the Roommate Share Program.  

After graduation, you may be attached to NSCS for additional time before your next school starts. This could add 1-2 months additional stay in Newport. For this reason, it is recommended you discuss lease flexibility when seeking housing (such as whether your landlord will allow you to extend a shorter lease, or ensuring your rental agreement allows you to cancel a longer lease with orders).  

The following are examples of additional time spent in Newport: 

  • Supply Officer Department Head Course (SODHC): Time awaiting instruction plus 4-week course. 

  • Submarine Officer Basic Course (SOBC): Time awaiting transfer before reporting to Groton (depends on start dates).  

  • Joint Aviation Supply and Maintenance Material Management (JASMMM): Time awaiting instruction plus 2-week course.  

Students Awaiting Instruction 

Those students attached to NSCS who are awaiting instruction are encouraged to use this time to manage medical and dental records, prepare your uniforms, and complete any other administrative tasks such as Periodic Health Assessments (PHA’s), Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS), and travel claims. You may optionally complete the following CAC-enabled trainings with the Defense Travel Management Office once you receive your CAC:  

  1. Travel Card 101 

  1. TDY Travel Policy 101 

  1. US Government Rental Car Program 


All incoming BQC students must ensure the following annual trainings are complete for the current fiscal year in Navy eLearning. Type in the name below, then click the button to enroll and launch the training. Bring a hard copy of your completed certificates with you to the Navy Supply Corps School. 

  1. DoD Cyber Awareness Challenge 

BQC Indoctrination 

The first two days of instruction at NSCS will be led by staff and guest speakers. They will present topics including general expectations, student resources, and a program overview. The class will be divided into two companies during this time. On the first day, students will be in service dress blues/whites according to the season. Ensure you and your uniform are photo-ready for your official headshot and NSCS class photos! 

We recommend downloading the following app: Navy App Locker. Within that app, you will see multiple other apps. Consider downloading eSUPPO, MyNavy UNIFORMS, NavyMWR Newport, and Warrior Toughness. Sign up for the OP Monthly by emailing and asking to be added to the correspondence list.  

Operational Screening 

As a graduate, expect to take operational tours on platforms such as amphibious transport ships, carriers, destroyers, minesweepers, and submarines. Additional medical or security screenings may be required during your time at the schoolhouse. Upon check-in with the educational counselor, please express any medical or security clearance concerns that may impact serving on certain platforms or duty stations.  

Additional Considerations 

  • Civilian Attire: During your time in Newport, you will participate in a range of command events requiring civilian business casual and business professional attire.  

  • Uniform of the Day (UOD): Bring your whole seabag! The UOD will include the Navy Working Uniform, Service Khakis, Summer Whites, or occasionally SDB/SDW with ribbons. You may attend the Navy Ball or Supply Corps Ball, which would require SDB with medals or mini medals. There will be command PT requiring Navy PT gear. Prepare your uniforms and all components well in advance. 

  • Detaching: When packing out your home, avoid the costly mistake of shipping necessary uniform items with the rest of your household goods. Ensure all uniforms are ready and accessible for check-in because every command differs in their reporting procedures.  

BQC students with additional questions may contact the educational counselor via phone at (401) 841-4819 or email  

We look forward to welcoming you aboard and making you Ready for Sea!

Point of Contact
Navy Supply Corps School
Educational Counselor

1378 Porter Ave.
Naval Station Newport
Newport, RI 02841

(401) 841-4819

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