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The mission of Officer Training Command Newport, Officer Candidate School is to morally, mentally, and physically develop future Leaders of Character and Competence — imbuing them with the highest ideals of Honor, Courage, and Commitment in order to serve as Professional Naval Officers worthy of special trust and confidence.

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Faces of OCS

  • Naval Service Training Command
  • Oct. 12, 2023 | 20:54

Faces of OCS offers potential officer cadidates an unvarnished view of what they can expect during Officer Candidate School Training.

Officer Candidate School

OCS accomplishes this mission by building the foundations of professional “OFFICERSHIP” — Leadership, Profession of Arms, Academics and Fitness.

Leadership: Instilling within candidates the qualities of a Professional Naval Officer. These qualities include Honesty, Integrity, Work Ethic, Military Bearing, Character, Dependability, Initiative, Accountability, Toughness and Teamwork. Further, OCS develops officer candidates to perform capably under pressure and in adverse conditions while testing and strengthening their time management skills and confidence.

Profession of Arms: Instilling discipline, military bearing, attention to detail, patriotism, pride, and building esprit de corps.

Fitness: Instilling a “Culture of Fitness” that will endure well beyond OCS through the entirety of a career. A professional Naval Officer must be physically strong and resilient — ready to LEAD/sustain a culture of fitness in an austere and challenging sea-duty environment.

Academics: Providing candidates a fundamental knowledge of the Naval Profession through classroom and practical instruction that forms the basis for their commitment to the Naval service and establishes personal standards of excellence which will remain with the graduate throughout the individual’s professional career.”


This Welcome Aboard is on behalf of our Commanding Officer (CO), CAPT Everett Alcorn, to welcome you to
Officer Candidate School (OCS).  This letter provides you with critical information regarding your arrival at the command. 
Please read it in detail, and then re-read it for thorough understanding.


1.  Arrive Saturday by 1200. Communicate with your OCS point of contact if you experience travel delays or expect to be late.
2.  Please refer to the Packing List section on this website for a detailed listing of all required and recommended items to pack.
3.  Do NOT share transportation or lodging accommodations with other candidates – no exceptions!   
  • Keep all travel/lodging receipts for travel claim requests (i.e., financial reimbursement).  Not all expenses can be claimed, but you must have receipts for any valid expenses you do claim (such as taxi, shuttle service, hotel).  Staff will assist you with this at the appropriate time.   
4. *** IMPORTANT ***  For those who have already arrived to Naval Station Newport and are residing in NGIS, Navy Lodge, or Susse Chalet:
  • Contact your provided OCS POCs to inform them of your berthing location.  They will provide info on transitioning you to Nimitz Hall for check-in.
  • You will remain in your current lodging until check-in at Nimitz Hall on Saturday morning.
  • You ARE NOT authorized to eat in the galley until you have been checked-in.    
5.  *** IMPORTANT *** If you have an emergency, please contact the Command Duty Officer at 401-862-4321.
Finally, I offer you a well-deserved CONGRATULATIONS on your acceptance to OCS.  I commend you for volunteering to serve our great nation, and I share your excitement for the upcoming training.  OCS is proud to staff the finest Officers, Chiefs, and Marines from across our great Fleet, and we await your arrival!

OCS Program Overview image


Navy Officer Candidate School (OCS) is one of four officer training schools located at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. This 13 week course is designed to provide a working knowledge of the Navy (both afloat and ashore) in order to prepare you for a commission in the world’s greatest navy. In order to earn that honor, OCS will test you morally, mentally, and physically to see if you have what it takes to both lead sailors and conduct worldwide naval operations in defense of our nation.

Training Phase Breakdown 

OCS Training is divided into four main phases, Indoctrination (INDOC), Junior Officer Candidate (JOC), Senior Officer Candidate (SOC), and Candidate Officer (Candio). Each phase presents its own unique challenges and experiences that build upon one another in order to prepare you for life as a commissioned officer. Your personal Honor, Courage, and Commitment will be tested at OCS and you will be challenged to live up to the highest standards of these values.
A successful officer candidate is one who embraces the mission of OCS, and develops the ability to execute basic Naval officer functions that are expected upon earning a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy.

Physical FITNESS Standards

Naval officers are expected to be a model of physical fitness to their sailors and the American public. Candidates who successfully complete training at Officer Candidate School (OCS) within the 13-week course, arrive meeting above average physical standards. Candidates who arrive at minimum physical standards will struggle to complete the school in the allotted time, and are also subject to disenrollment.

During Week 1 of training, candidates will undergo a Body Composition Analysis (BCA). If a candidate is found to exceed allowable limits, they are subject to removal from their class and / or disenrollment from the program.

During Week 1 of training, candidates will be required to pass an initial Navy Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) to determine suitability to initiate physical training. Candidates must be able to complete the initial PFA with a minimum passing score of Satisfactory Medium in all categories (push-ups, planks, 1.5 mile run).

Proper form is essential to successfully completing push-ups and planks. Your recruiter can provide further instruction on proper form.

Navy Body Composition Standards

Candidates who do not pass the initial height and weight check will be further assessed to determine if they meet the Navy's body composition standards. This determination is made in two different steps.
The first step is abdominal circumference. Candidates are expected to be within the following Navy standards:

  • Male Abdominal Circumference Standard: less than or equal to 39.0 inches
  • Female Abdominal Circumference Standard: less than or equal to 35.5 inches
Candidates who fail the abdominal circumference will then complete the second step, body fat composition check. For males, a neck to waist ratio is used to determine their body fat composition. For females, a neck, waist and hip ratio is used to determine their body fat composition. Candidates are expected to be within the following Navy standards:
  • Male Standards by age:
    • 18-21: 22%
    • 22-29: 23%
    • 30-39: 24%
  • Female Standards by age:
    • 18-21: 33%
    • 22-29: 34%
    • 30-39: 35%
Candidates who are concerned about meeting body composition limits should schedule an assessment with their recruiter prior to arrival at OCS.
The Navy’s official guidance can be found here: Guide 4 – Body Composition Assessment

Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)

The PFA consists of four evolutions: height and weight verification, planks, push-ups (2 mins), and a 1.5 mile run.  The minimum passing standard in each category is Satisfactory Medium.
Candidates that fail any PFA administered at OCS, are subject to removal from their class and may be subject to disenrollment from the program.
It is imperative that you arrive in the best possible physical shape; ready and able to participate in a demanding physical fitness program.
ALL candidates will be expected to achieve the Navy standard of a Satisfactory Medium on the PFA. The Navy’s official guidance can be found here: Guide 5 – Physical Readiness Test

OCS Physical Fitness Program

During the first week of training, you will commence a regimen of daily physical training. Candidates must be able to perform aerobic activity, muscular strength exercises, and endurance exercises. Aerobic activity will include running approximately 3 miles, two times per week, on a track or road surface and three days of strength training through HIIT exercises. Successful candidates arrive at OCS already able to complete 30 mins of aerobic exercise in a session, sustained running at a pace consistent with passing the run portion of the PFA, and a variety of total body calisthenics. Candidates will be required at various points in training to run with weighted packs and perform continuous, high-intensity, 10 minute physical sessions. It is imperative to understand that the first PFA assessment standards are the minimum standards to demonstrate that a candidate can continue training safely. They do NOT represent the minimum physical fitness requirements for OCS.
Below is a list of common exercises authorized in training at OCS (not all-inclusive). Below are example workouts conducted by candidates at OCS. During Week-2, candidates will complete the Third Class swim qualification. This qualification includes the following:
  • Deep water jump
  • 50-yard swim
  • 5 minute prone float (face in water, or on back)
  • Coverall flotation
Candidates who are unable to complete the Third Class Swim qualification will be sent to remedial swim training. If candidates are unable to pass the Third Class Swim qualification by Week-9, they will be removed from their class for further remediation in Remedial Holding Company and may be subject to disenrollment from the program.
Below is a link to the Technical Training group at Officer Training Command Newport who oversees the Third Class Swim Qualification:
3rd Class Qualification Page

Pre-Arrival Physical Training Program

Here is a link to a four-week training program that can help you prepare for the physical training at OCS.

Below is a link to the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling (NOFF) virtual trainer. This virtual trainer will provide a series of Navy approved exercises that allow physical development and sustainment when gym facilities are not available.
After clicking the below link, select Group Training Series. These exercises should be performed for 30 - 60 minutes, 3 - 4 days a week. Proper preparation for the intensity of OCS is required. Failure to prepare adequately, or preparing only to meet minimum PFA standards could result in the following:
  • Delays in training
  • Disenrollment from the program
  • Placing yourself at risk of performance related injuries and/or Rhabdomyolysis.
***NOTE*** No physical activity should be initiated without first consulting your physician to determine physical suitability.
Rhabdomyolysis is a serious medical condition. More information can be found at the CDC website below. One of the primary ways to prevent rhabdomyolysis is to become acclimatized to the physical activity level and the weather prior to reporting to OCS.
Prevention: Rhabdomyolysis | NIOSH | CDC
NOFFS Virtual Trainer
Candidates may also download and access the official Navy PFA mobile application by SeaWarrior Applications. This mobile application provides further links and information to successfully prepare for and complete the Navy PFA.


Physical Fitness Qualifications (requirements to graduate):

  • Successful completion of Navy PFA in accordance with specified standards
  • Third Class swim qualification


Military Training

Military training at Officer Candidate school is designed to transform individuals into cohesive operating teams with the overall goal of training candidate officers to become professional, confident and competent future Naval officers worthy of earning their Nation's special trust and confidence. Military training is comprised of the following areas:
  1. Military Customs: Candidates will be taught the military customs, courtesies, and traditions required in the military profession.
  2. Room & Locker Inspections: Candidates will be taught how to maintain a living space to military standards. Living spaces are inspectable daily.
  3. Personnel Inspections: Candidates will be taught and inspected on military hygiene standards, uniform wear, and general appearance.
  4. Drill: Candidates will be taught close-order drill utilizing the Marine Corps Rifle Drill manual.
  5. Damage Control: Candidates will be taught shipboard fire-fighting and flooding control through hands-on training.
  6. Battle Stations: Candidates will utilize skills learned to complete a series of events in a team setting.

These areas are taught in formal settings and reinforced daily through interaction with staff members.
Officer Candidate School

Academic Training

OCS provides the baseline level of knowledge required of all commissioned officers in the United States Navy.
Over the 13-weeks course, candidates will be instructed in the following areas:

  1. Division Officer Fundamentals: Covers numerous requirements and programs to execute duties as a division officer.
  2. Engineering & Weapons: Introduces candidates to the fundamentals of shipboard naval engineering and various weapons in the United States Navy arsenal.
  3. Naval History: Provides an overview of U.S. Naval history and how various aspects of Naval weaponry, engineering, ship and tactics have advanced since 1775.
  4. Cyber: Introduces candidates to naval network infrastructure in order to prepare them for future warfare.
  5. Navigation: Introduces candidates to naval terminology, equipment, shipboard operations, marine navigation, and maneuvering utilizing ship handling simulators.
  6. Leadership and Ethics: Case studies of recent naval events are used to develop and apply leadership principle
Candidates should expect to be examined in the above areas. Failure to repeatedly demonstrate comprehension of required material may result in disenrollment.

Selected Officer Candidates

Congratulations on your selection to Officer Candidate School (OCS) and thank you for making the decision to serve your country as a Naval officer. Very few men and women meet the numerous screening requirements and have the dedication and desire to earn a seat in OCS.

To successfully complete the program, you will need to exhibit mental toughness, physical strength and conditioning, and a never-quit attitude.
Below, accepted future Officer Candidates will find several documents that will assist them with their pre-arrival preparations. Your recruiter should have provided several of these documents to you. If your recruiter has not provided any of these documents, please contact him / her.

Commitment To Success Form (NAVCRUIT 1131/15) – Provides formal check-list of information and documents for selected future Officer Candidates to review with their recruiter.

OCS Delayed Entry Program Guide – Provides information on OCS, Navy Core Values, general information, rank and insignia, qualification standards, and physical fitness standards. All selected Officer Candidates are strongly encouraged to review this guide in its entirety and begin memorizing the information provided in the Gouge section.

Navy Fitness and Nutrition Guide – Provides information on fitness and nutrition that will help ensure selected candidates arrive at OCS healthy and ready to train. Candidates who successfully complete training at OCS within the prescribed course length arrive able to meet or exceed the minimum physical standard of Satisfactory Medium on all portions of the Navy Physical Fitness Assessment. Candidates not able to meet these minimum physical standards will struggle to complete the course in the allotted time.

Naval Station Newport Base Map - Provides Naval Station Newport base layout and location of OCS check-in and base hotels.


Social Media

Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS)OTC Newport on DVIDS
  • All released visual information from Officer Training Command can be found here.

Facebook OTC Newport
  • Officer Training Command Newport regularly posts photos and updates on OCS classes. Selected Officer Candidates are encouraged to review this page in preparation for the program.

YouTubeFaces of OCS
  • Naval Education Training Command regularly produces videos of the OCS experience. Selected Officer Candidates are required to watch the most recent, official video in preparation for the program.

Required Administrative Items

Want to get your first paycheck quicker?

  • Below are different categories of students and is the required paperwork for successful in-processing. Students must review each section for applicability and required documentation.
  • All documents must be original or court certified copies. Photo copies, NRD copies, and notarized copies WILL NOT be accepted. All paperwork turned-in for in-processing will be returned.
  • Foreign documents, not in English, must be officially translated into English by an official translator or translation company.
  • For those married or who may have financial situations that require regular address, it is recommended you provide your spouse or trusted agent with a Limited Power of Attorney prior to reporting to Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN) to address financial or legal situations that may arise. You will have the opportunity to generate a Military Power of Attorney free of charge after reporting to OTCN.
  • Students will NOT have access to cellphones for a majority of their training time. All required or requested contact information must be available in hard copy (written format).

Prior to Arrival

 Required for all students

  • Two forms of identification. Acceptable documents are original social security card, birth certificate, driver’s license and United States Passport.
  • One primary and one secondary form of identification for use in obtaining Military Identification. Click here for the list of acceptable documents for initial issue of Military ID.
  • Recruiter Contact Information (Name/Phone/Fax and NRD Address)
  • Driver’s License Number, Auto Insurance Policy Number, license plate number, vehicle make/model. (Only if you drive your vehicle to OTCN)

Required for students reporting as Active Duty Enlisted with no Break in Service:

  • Detach Stamped Orders
  • NAVCRUIT 1131 Service Agreement with Paygrade assigned
  • DD4/Enlistment Documents (Include Ext/Reenl doc if unapproved)
  • DD214 Prior Military Service (if applicable)
  • Verification of Military Education & Training (VMET) or Joint Service Transcripts (JST)
  • Signed RED/DA from previous command
  • Signed Evaluation from previous command

Required for students reporting from Home of Record or Reservist reporting on Active Duty:

  • Orders
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Naturalization Certificate/Passport (Non US Citizens Only)
  • Transcripts (provide copy)
  • NAVCRUIT 1131 Service Agreement with Paygrade assigned
  • DD4 Enlistment/Reenlistment Armed Forces of the United States
  • DD214 Prior Military Service (If applicable)
  • DD368 Conditional Form of Release (If applicable – For prior service other than Navy)
  • NAVPERS 1070/885 Points Capture/ASOSH (Reserves Only)
  • Current Lease Agreement/Mortgage (Selected Reserves Only)
  • Signed Evaluation from previous command (Selected Reserves Only)
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Birth Certificates for Dependents
  • Custody / Divorce court order

Required for students reporting from the Collegiate Program:

  • Detached Stamped Orders by NTAG
  • Naturalization Certificate/Passport (Non US Citizens Only)
  • Transcripts with Confer/Graduation Date (provide copy)
  • NAVCRUIT 1131 Service Agreement with Paygrade assigned
  • DD4 Enlistment/Reenlistment Armed Forces of the United States
  • DD214 Prior Military Service (If applicable)
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Birth Certificates for Dependents
  • Custody / Divorce court order

Required for students reporting as Active Duty enrolled in the Collegiate Program:

  • Detach Stamped Orders
  • College transcripts with Confer/Graduation Date (provide copy)
  • NAVCRUIT 1131 Service Agreement with Paygrade assigned
  • DD4/Enlistment Documents (Include Ext/Reenl doc if unapproved)
  • DD214 Prior Military Service (if applicable)
  • Verification of Military Education & Training (VMET) or Joint Service Transcripts (JST)
  • Signed RED/DA from previous command
  • Signed Evaluation from previous command


  • For processing of your incoming travel claim and associated travel expenses, we will need the following in physical items.  Please print out any electronic receipts you may have:
  • Lodging receipts, Taxi receipts, Toll receipts, Copy of military orders, Flight itinerary, Certificate of Non-Availability (CNA). This is required if you are staying at a hotel off base.
  • You obtain a CNA from NGIS and Navy Lodge which authorizes you to go out in town if they do not have sufficient space for you to use their lodging.
  • What to Know:  If you require lodging prior to Saturday night, you must first pursue Navy Gateway Inn & Suites (NGIS) or Navy Lodge.  If they are fully booked, request a CNA which authorizes you to go out in town due to insufficient space available in the government lodging.  Before you commit to any lodging off base, ensure you have (or will be able to obtain) the CNA to ensure you receive maximum compensation for any lodging expenses.

***If you stay out in town and do not obtain a CNA you will not be compensated for any amount above the government per diem rate***  (This can equate to $150+ per night of uncompensated dollars in the Newport area due to the high cost of local lodging.)

For input into the personnel system Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS), which is how you obtain your military ID Card and also extend your medical (TRICARE) & other privileges to dependents:

  • You will be required to provide original documentation for yourself and eligible dependents. ***Original documents are required for on-site identity verification; copies are not permitted for DEERS entry and ID lab.***
  • Staff WILL NOT, NOR WILL YOU ALLOW staff including Candidate Officers (CANDIOs) to take originals of your vital documents. It is strongly recommended that you arrive with extra copies as there is limited availability to make copies yourself while in training.
  • Again, you will need original documents only in the ID Card Office, and it will remain in front of you while working with the Verifying Official and you will ensure that your documents are given back to your possession after uploading into the computer system.
  • Please bring at least two forms of identification including one photo identification.  Some of the common forms are:
    • Marriage Certification
    • Birth Certificates for yourself and Dependents
    • Social Security Cards
    • Non-expired Passports
    • Non-expired Driver’s License
  • Check what original documents you need to get your Common Access Card (Military ID): DEERs requirements for CACs: 



  • Active duty Sailors can lose NSIPS access while in a training status at OTCN. Best practice is ensure your NSIPS account is not locked/suspended prior to reporting.
  • Prior to arrival, verify that service record accurately reflects all awards received.  We do not have authority to submit or correct any awards for students.
  • For Active Duty Sailors reporting from a previous PDS, please ensure that your travel and household goods arrangements are situated prior to reporting.  Once you graduate and commission, you will not receive orders to travel back to your previous duty station.  That will be considered and out of pocket expense on your behalf. 

Helpful Links


***    Make every attempt to limit luggage to one suitcase or sea bag.    ***

Required and Recommended Items to Bring

The items needed to begin training are listed below. No more than what is listed should be brought. During check in, any candidate without the required items will be required to purchase them. Regular trips to the Navy Exchange may be made after the first week of training. (for direct assistance).

Required for all students

  • Debit/Credit card
  • Checks / mobile payment application
    • Anticipate $3,500 or more out-of-pocket expenses for uniform components and for misc. class costs.
    • Uniform card is issued to cover purchases and the candidate is responsible to pay off the balance at the time of out-processing.
  • Notify all necessary financial institutions that you will be at a military training command and unable to utilize double authentication measures (cellphone number / text with password, email confirmation etc.). If possible, have accounts temporarily set-up for single authentication measures. There will be extended periods of training in which candidates do not have access to their cell phones.
  • Candidates are expected to have all personal financial responsibilities addressed and placed in a steady state (not requiring constant review or action) prior to arrival at OTCN.
  • Paper list of emergency contact information [Next of Kin] (phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Eye glasses (if prescribed) in accordance with Navy Uniform Regulations with plain black head strap (required)
  • Laundry detergent to last 3 weeks (recommend pods/powder type)
  • 7 - 10 pairs underwear
    • At least one pair shall be white or wearer’s skin tone when worn with white uniforms per NAVPERS 15665l. Color is optional with other uniforms.
    • Men are authorized to wear boxer shorts or knitted brief styles.
  • Digital wristwatch with alarm (Smart watches NOT authorized Weeks 1-9 of training)
  • Hygiene products and toiletries (3 weeks' supply, do not over pack). Electric razors are authorized. *Any CBD or Hemp containing products are not authorized on naval installations. Check ingredients of all products. This is not limited to ingestion or inhalation but to any product intended for personal use. This includes but is not limited to lotions, creams, shampoo, conditioner, etc.*
  • Physical training (PT) gear must consists of a t-shirt and shorts/pants. Ensure your attire is weather appropriate (i.e. shorts in warmer weather, sweatshirts in colder weather) and modest (shirts must have a 2 in inseam minimum and shirts cannot be cut off on sleeves or midriff). If your clothes are inappropriate for your stay on training country, PT gear may be purchased at the NEX.
  • 8-9 pairs of socks to wear with 1 pair of running shoes.
  • Cell phone (and charger) and/or laptop (and charger) with web access to acquire any needed documentation for your gaining process.

Required for female students

  • 5 - 7 plain sports bras designed for high impact sports – no words or logos
  • 2 - 3 brassier
    • Both sports bra and brassiere shall be white or wearer’s skin tone when worn with white shirts or should be white or wearer’s skin tone when worn with yellow PT top.
  • Solid Black or Solid Navy Blue one piece swim suit
  • Feminine hygiene items to last at least one week (packed in clear plastic bag, e.g. Ziploc)

Recommended for all students (available for purchase at the Navy Exchange on base.)

  • Contact lenses (if already worn) – contact lenses are a privilege for use in later phase of training, candidates should be prepared to wear glasses if required for much of training
  • Zip lock bags (gallon size) or personal size trash bag
  • Unscented face and body wipes (between shower use)
  • Unscented hand lotion
  • Nose hair trimmer
  • Insoles for both running shoes and boots (if required)
  • Non-aerosol sunscreen
  • Compression shorts
    • Shall be Solid Navy Blue or Solid Black in color, worn fully on the waist, and may not extend beyond the length of the PT shorts nor be visible while standing – mid-calf length
  • Physical training recovery equipment (lacrosse balls, resistance bands, etc.)
  • 1-2 extra bags/luggage for items accumulated throughout training
  • Clorox disinfectant wipes
  • Tide pen
  • White shoe polish
  • Cotton balls/swabs
  • Chlorhexidine wash (antibacterial wash)
  • Postage stamps in order to send mail to loved ones early in training. After P-week, you will not have your phones until very late in training.

Recommended and authorized for female students

  • Strong hold gel
  • Non-aerosol hair spray
  • Hair retaining devices (bobby pins, spin pins, clear elastic hair ties etc.) that match hair color
  • Small hand mirror

Mandatory Issued Uniform Requirements

You will purchase all necessary uniforms during your first week of training at OCS.  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. Most students will need to pay out-of-pocket an additional $1,500. Planning for the additional payment is important.
Link to document of “List of Uniform Items Candidates will Purchase upon Check-In”
No civilian clothes are required at OCS. An issued uniform will be worn at all times until graduation.

Prior Military Service / Active Duty Students

Bring the following ONLY IF you already own them. Your uniforms will be verified for serviceability and proper fit after arrival. Any items determined to be unserviceable shall be replaced during uniform issue periods.
  • Blue and silver PT shorts, yellow short-sleeve shirts, hoodie, sweatpants (most current Navy logo and design, shall be matching set)
  • Service Dress Blue (Dry-cleaned) If E7 or Higher
  • Service Dress White (Dry-cleaned) If E7 or Higher
  • Summer White
  • Khakis with garrison and combination covers
  • NWU Type III with Black Boots (rough-side-out are not authorized)
  • Medals (large, non-anodized), ribbons, warfare devices
  • Undergarments associated with each uniform meeting strictest Navy standards



OCS Issued Items

The following uniform items are typically issued to candidates by the Naval Exchange Uniform Store at the candidate’s expense. A charge card will be provided to assist in covering costs. Prior service members may bring uniform components with them. These components will be inspected for serviceability, and if found to meet standards, the purchase of that uniform item may be waived. Issuance of some items is subject to availability and season – e.g. issuance of Service Dress White (SDW) items during winter months.

In addition to the above uniform components, the following gear will also be issued to candidates to facilitate training.


If Flying:

Upon arrival at T.F. Green Airport (Providence/Warwick, RI, website*):
Please make your way to the ground transportation in the baggage claim area.
The airport is 29 miles from the base. Taxi fare from the airport to Naval Station Newport is approximately $100. Officer Training Command does not endorse any Taxi service; however be advised that not all Taxi companies have access to Naval Station Newport.  Taxis without base access authorization can go no further than the main gate of the Naval Station. Verify with the Taxi driver or taxi company that the driver has full access to the base. Lyft and Uber do not have base access.

Click here for a list of taxi and shuttle services:
**Every attempt should be made to fly into TF Green Airport. A rental car from the airport is not authorized unless specifically stated in your military orders. Students will be reimbursed for taxi fare.

You must be protected by liability insurance for personal injury of a minimum of $25,000 per person, $50,000 per accident, and $10,000 property damage before you are permitted to operate the vehicle on Naval Station Newport. Parking is limited and will be at some distance from your living quarters. Students are not allowed to utilize staff parking areas.
Driving of POVs will not be authorized during training. Opportunities to start your vehicle may be available during liberty hours.
If driving to Naval Station Newport, the directions below are provided. Use the following as the destination address: Nimitz Hall (1356 Meyerkord Avenue, Newport, RI 02841). You will need to modify the route to use Admiral Kalbfus Rd to take you to Nimitz Hall via Gate 1 (Front Gate).

From the South (New York, NY):

If you drive to Newport from the south, use Interstate 95 to Exit 7, then Route 138 East across the Newport Bridge (toll of $4.00). Bear left after the bridge and turn left at the second traffic light (Admiral Kalbfus Road). Proceed to the traffic circle. Continue through the traffic circle (2nd right) about three-tenths of a mile to Gate 1 of Naval Station, Newport. You will be required to show government issued ID and your orders to get onto base. Turn right at the next intersection (Perry Road). Following the road you will cross over a bridge and come to an intersection with a four-way stop. Turn left at the intersection onto Meyerkord Avenue. Go straight, passing through one stop sign. A drop off area will be marked on your right.

From the North (Boston, MA):

If you approach Newport from the north, use Interstate 93 to Route 24 South to Route 114 (West Main Road), continue south to Coddington Highway. Turn right onto Coddington Highway and proceed approximately 1.6 miles to the traffic circle. Exit at Admiral Kalbfus Road (first exit on right out of traffic circle) about three-tenths of a mile to Gate 1 of Naval Station, Newport. You will be required to show government issued ID and your orders to get onto base. Turn right at the next intersection (Perry Road). Following the road you will cross over a bridge and come to an intersection with a four-way stop. Turn left at the intersection onto Meyerkord Avenue. Go straight, passing through one stop sign. A drop off area will be marked on your right.


Officer Candidate School (OCS)

Upon arrival to OTC, check-in wearing appropriate civilian attire. OCS check in is on Monday. Arrive between 0800 and 1200 on Monday. Ask the Base gate guard for directions to OCS and follow the posted signs that read OCS Arrivals. This will take you to King Hall. Designated parking will be provided.
If arriving in Newport prior to the Monday report date, you will need to make your own lodging accommodations as OCS does not house students prior to Monday. You can find lodging information at the bottom of the page.

On Base Lodging:

Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
Building 443, 443 Perry Rd
Newport, RI 02841
Phone - (401) 841-7900
Newport Chalet
1290 Perry Rd
Newport, RI 02840
Phone - (401) 841-0800
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The appearance of external hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense, the United States Department of the Navy or Naval Service Training Command of the linked web sites, or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sites, the United States Department of Defense, the Department of the Navy or Naval Service Training Command do not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site.

 1. What is my mailing address?

Candidates at OCS are able to send and receive mail through the USPS. Below is the mailing address for all candidates while at OCS. Only the candidates name and class
number will require updating.
  • OC (First M.I. Last)
  • Officer Candidate School
  • Class ##-##
  • 1356 Meyerkord Avenue
  • Newport, RI 02841-1641

2. How do I apply to OCS, and what are the requirements?

All Officer Accession program applications, including OCS, are handled through Navy Recruiting Command. For civilian applicants, please reach out to your nearest Navy Recruiter at Find Your Local U.S. Navy Recruiter Office |  For fleet applicants, please follow the guidelines on Commissioning Programs ( For any questions, please contact Navy Recruiting Command.
Officer Accession Program Authorization requirements can be found Program Authorizations (

3. When should I arrive and check-in to OCS?

Candidates for OCS should make arrangements to arrive and check-in no earlier than 0800 on Saturday and no later than 1200 on Monday. If you are unable to arrive by 1200 on Monday, attempt to reach out to the Officer Training Command Newport Command Duty Officer by calling 401-862-4321, or your Class Team point of contact.
Individuals who arrive earlier than the Monday of their check-in will not be provided housing by Officer Training Command Newport. All candidates who plan on arriving early should make lodging reservations either out in town or, at the Newport Navy Gateway Inn and Suites. Candidates will submit all receipts for travel and lodging to OTCN prior to detaching from the command.

4. What kinds of hairstyles are authorized for men and women?

Men: Upon arrival at OCS you will be required to have your head shaved. During the third phase of training (Senior Officer Candidate Phase), men will be allowed to start growing their hair out. During the final phase of training, men are authorized to style their hair within Navy regulations. See the link below for guidelines.
Women: Upon arrival at OCS, you will be required to maintain a hairstyle in accordance with Officer Candidate Regulations (OCR). It is recommended that women arrive with hair as close to their natural color as possible to forgo compliance issues.
Please note, women with hair longer than a bob are only authorized to wear their hair in a bun until the final phase of training. At no time are women authorized to shave their heads in accordance with US Navy regulations. The link below provides information on authorized hair styles and grooming standards.
Grooming Standards for Men and Women


5. How much time are we allotted to address personal hygiene each day?

Candidates are allotted 10 to 20 minutes for health and hygiene in the morning period. It is encouraged that future candidates practice getting ready (shave / shower / dress / hair) within this amount of time prior to their arrival at OCS.

6. What does our diet consist of while at Officer Training Command?

You will be required to eat in the Ney Hall dining facility for every meal while at OCS with the exception of liberty weekends during the final phase of training. Meals are only offered three times a day, and food is not allowed in the barracks. The galley has an adequate selection, which includes a salad and fruit bar along with a variety of proteins and vegetables. A vegetarian option is provided at every meal.

7. If I am prior military service from a different branch of the military, how do I find out what ribbons and medals I am authorized to wear?

The below links provide information on authorized awards and medals from other services for wear on Navy uniforms.
United States Navy Uniform Regulations
U.S. Navy Awards

8. I have family that is interested in attending the graduation ceremony, what should they know to coordinate travel?

OCS Graduation Ceremonies are typically held in Kay Hall at 1000 on Fridays. The Graduation ceremony lasts approximately 60 minutes. Please note: students will not be secured from training until noon on Friday. Therefore, flights leaving out of Providence should not depart until after 1500 on Friday. Flights out of Boston should not depart until 1700 on Friday.
Family travel arrangements for those who plan to attend the graduation reception and graduation should be made well in advance. The following website provides information on the Newport Area and can help in locating services.
Go Newport
All non-military visitors will be required to be vetted by base security before arriving for the reception or graduation festivities. Students who wish to invite family members that do not have Military ID and are not normally allowed on military bases will need to provide the following information for each guest during week eight of training:
  • Full legal name (First, M.I., Last)
  • Birthdate
Foreign Nationals will also need to provide the following information:
  • Place of birth (city, country)
  • Home address
  • Passport number
  • Alien registration number
  • Social Security number (if applicable)
If visitors are not on the approved access list, they will be turned away at the gate.

9. How can my family contact me in-case of an emergency?

In case of family emergency, the candidate's family should go through their nearest American Red Cross for assistance in contacting the command.
For non-emergent issues (not relating to medical condition of immediate family member or other extraneous hardship), the candidate's family may inform the candidate through the following individuals:

10. What cannot be included in care packages for my candidate?

Candidates are authorized to receive mail as soon as they arrive at OCS. Packages may include anything except those items listed as contraband. Contraband is defined as any item that is prejudicial to the good order and discipline, health, welfare, or safety of any candidate at OCS.
  • Weapons and blades, to include letter openers.
  • Chemicals, cleaning or other.
  • Food and Beverages to include chewing gum. (**Advanced students at the ninth week of training may receive food and beverages**)
  • Alcohol.
  • Tobacco, to include e-cigarettes.
  • Medicine, to include gummy vitamins, mineral/herbal supplements, energy drinks.
  • Electronic Equipment not previously listed as allowed.
  • Gambling equipment to include playing cards.
  • Any light requiring more than two "AA" batteries.
  • Sealable Containers.
  • Cameras.

Q: If I drop from the program, can I leave the same day?”

 A: No, in order to leave the OCS program, you must be disenrolled as an Officer Candidate and moved to “Student Pool” for our staff to process your separation from the Navy. Expect 2-4 weeks for this out-processing to occur in order for your final pay and travel arrangements to be satisfactory prior to your departure.”


Question: What are the BCA and Physical Fitness requirements at OCS?
Answer: You should strive to arrive at OCS in peak physical condition and prepared to immediately perform a Navy PFA. At an absolute minimum, you need to arrive at OCS well within Navy BCA standards and be able to pass a Navy PRT with at least GOOD scores in all events to make your time easier when it comes to accomplishing the physical fitness tests and when conducting daily physical fitness requirements. Showing up in marginal BCA standards and struggling to make Good Low scores will make your time at OCS extremely challenging and could result in you being rolled back to provide time for you to improve your physical conditioning – delaying your graduation and commissioning. If you arrive at OCS out of DOD BCA Standards or fail to meet Good Low scores in all three categories of the Navy PRT, you will have three weeks to meet these standards or you will be recommended for attrition from OCS. OCS uses the Navy BCA and Physical Fitness standards as defined in OPNAVINST 6110.1J. Additional information about OCS Physical Fitness requirements can be found on this OCS webpage on the Physical Fitness "Tabbed" section:

Question: Are alternate cardio or swim options available for PRTs at OCS?
Answer: No. Candidates shall run all PRTs at OCS. Additionally, if you have routinely completed past PRTs using alternate cardio options you are HIGHLY encouraged to practice taking a PRT by running the 1.5 mile course.

Question: Should I complete a PRT prior to shipping and arrival at OCS?
Answer: Yes, Sailors shipping to OCS will complete and ensure the current cycle PRT is logged in PRIMS.

Question: Where can I find the required documents and materials to bring to OCS for check-in?
Answer: Review this OCS webpage: OCS and click on FAQ and Required and Recommended Items "tabs" .

Question: What happens if I do not complete OCS?
Answer: Sailors that Drop on Request (DOR) or meet OCS attrition criteria will potentially lose their rate and become needs of the Navy.
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Officer Candidate School (OCS) Class 12-24 Graduation Ceremony

  • Naval Service Training Command
  • July 16, 2024 | 01:06:29

Students in Officer Candidate School, Class 12-24, at Officer Training Command Newport, graduated June 14, 2024. Rear Admiral Jeffrey J. Kilian, Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Pacific/ Director, Fleet Civil Engineer, U.S. Pacific Fleet attended as guest speaker. Career advancement opportunities are waiting for you. Call today: 1-800-USA-NAVY (872-6289).

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