NEWPORT, R.I. (Feb. 6, 2020) A student with Officer Development School (ODS) class 20020, at Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN) in Rhode Island, receive orders to prepare the platoon for the khaki uniform inspection, Feb. 6. ODS provides Staff Corps Officers and several Restricted Line designators with training necessary to prepare them to function in their role as newly commissioned Naval Officers. (U.S. Navy photo by Darwin Lam)

*** Officer Candidate School Classes in FY-22 ***
For students executing orders to Officer Candidate School Classes in FY-22 you should contact your Detailer/Recruiter to confirm you have quota for OCS and that your orders have not changed. Officer Training Command Newport has modified class sizes and arrival dates due to COVID-19 mitigation procedures to minimize exposure to staff and students at Officer Training Command.

If you don’t have your detailer’s phone number or email, you should call the MNCC Contact Center at 1-833-330-MNCC(6622) or send an email to These experts put you through to your detailer for guidance and potential orders modification.


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.




Officer Candidate School

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.



As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected numerous aspects of our daily lives, including travel, dining, and gatherings.  Accordingly, our CO has directed many mitigations to protect his staff and students.  Please be advised, our CO has mandated a significant mitigation that places all incoming personnel into a 14-day “Enhanced Social Distancing” (ESD) period, which includes possible frequent periodic antigen testing, as well as the possibility of a stringent "Restriction of Movement" (ROM) or isolation period.  The ESD period ensures newly reporting students are free of COVID-19 before formally entering our training environment.  During the ESD period you will remain in a controlled access area of Nimitz Hall (1356 Meyerkord Ave), which is the building where you’ll ultimately commence your training.  Masks will be provided and worn at all times during your first 3 weeks of training (and as directed for the remainder of training).  You will maximize social distancing to the max extent practicable when not moving and working in close quarters during required training. 
  • A 2-week ROM period is required for anyone arriving to training who is not yet fully vaccinated, as defined by having a final COVID-19 vaccine dose.  Meals will be provided and delivered to your room.
  • An isolation period is required for any person who tests positive on any antigen test, with the length of isolation to be determined by medical staff.  Meals will be provided and delivered to your room.
  • Refer to the next section for REQUIRED ACTIONS. 


1) Arrive with 3-5 days of clothing essentials, hygiene products, and items for comfort.  ** Non-vaccinated students should bring sufficient supplies for a 14-day ROM period. **  NOTE: This not a mandate, but it will help you is in the event you are ultimately directed into an unexpected ROM or isolation period.  In such a case:
  • You will be restricted to a room, likely alone.
  • You should exercise in room to improve fitness; bring sufficient attire and use this time!
  • You will go outside for 60 minutes for physical training (PT), twice a day, weather permitting—as cold as 20 degrees F and as warm as 85 degrees F, with possible snow/rain.  Review the upcoming 14-day forecast and plan accordingly for weather-appropriate workout attire.
  • Laundry facilities are available onsite; bring your own detergent.
  • You will not have access to a store or any other facilities (apart from the laundry room); plan accordingly for desired supplies.
  • Computers, tablets, e-readers, books, etc. are allowed during any directed ROM / isolation period.  However, they will be stored permanently for the duration of your 13-week training if no ROM or isolation is required.
  • Consider bringing some nutritious, non-perishable snacks.  You would have 3 meals per day, but they are boxed meals and often leave candidates unsatisfied.  CAUTION: If you snack, MANAGE YOUR CALORIC INTAKE so as not to add unnecessary body weight.  All unused snacks will be disposed of properly at conclusion of any ROM/isolation period.  Do NOT bring too much if you want to avoid waste.
  • ** ALL CANDIDATES: Consider bringing stamps so you can send letters to loved ones early in your training.  You will not have your phones until very late in training.
2) 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.
3) Limit close contact with others around you while traveling -- Wear a mask and practice social distancing.
4) Do NOT engage in social gatherings of any kind upon arrival to the Newport area.
5) *** 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 check-in and cleared to continue training without any directed ROM / isolation period.
6) For Active Duty members coming from a Permanent Duty Station (PDS):
  • Our staff will no longer be working travel claims because we are a TDY location. 
  • You will be reimbursed for all travel once you fully complete your training pipeline and check in to your ultimate duty station.
  • Get a travel advance for your travel to OCS, or plan to use your GTCC for PCS/travel expenses.  If you intend to use your GTCC for PCS/travel expenses, ensure your losing command puts your card in both “PCS” and “MISSION ESSENTIAL” statuses.  This prevents expenses on your GTCC from reflecting as overdue until after 120 days from the first expense. NOTE:  This GTCC action must be done every 120 days in order to maintain your MISSION ESSENTIAL status until you reach your ultimate PDS.
7) Required Documents, Pay, Allowances & Entitlements.  A variety of documents are required for a variety of reasons.  It can be confusing, so please review the info below carefully to ensure you bring with you all requisite documentation for the 3 key processing areas below. NOTE: you will not have your phone with you for most check-in appointments, so you must have documents and key information (addresses/phone numbers) captured for quick reference.
  • For general in-processing, please have the following information with you:
    • Checking information (routing and account numbers; a VOIDed check is preferred) – this is for your mandatory direct deposit of pay
    • Family’s physical address(es) / phone numbers written down for reference – this is for listing your beneficiaries for life insurance, providing emergency notifications, etc.)
  • For housing allowance (BAH) and other entitlements, the Navy requires proof that you are entitled to BAH/FSA (Family Separation Allowance).  The below listed documents will be collected by military and civilian staff upon check-in to document this proof and conduct processing during your first few weeks of training.  Please ensure you have an extra copy of your original documents to streamline collection & processing where possible; originals cannot be collected.  Bring physical copies of these items, along with your Service Record, to your STUDENT CONTROL In-Brief.  ***NOTE:  The service record is most likely the packet your recruiter gave to you prior to arriving at OCS. Do not worry if you don’t have anything other than orders though; that most likely means your recruiter shipped the record to us via Insured and Tracked Mail.  Feel free to inquire with your recruiter if in doubt.***
    • SSN card
    • Driver’s License
    • Marriage Cert
    • Birth Certs for both yourself and your dependents/spouse
    • Divorce Decrees
    • Proof of dependent children if not married (court order)
  • 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:
    • Same documents as for BAH section above, but this office MUST see the originals.  (They will be viewed but not collected & held.)
    • ***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 (aka 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.
  • 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
    • Certificate of Non-Availability (aka 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.)
  1. *** 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!
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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. 
OCS 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.


Updated: April 11th, 2022



Required Administrative Items

Required and Recommended Administrative Items


Want to get your first paycheck quicker?  Use this handout to ensure you have all required documentation in hand prior to reporting to OCS.

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).

Required for all students

  • Any and all prescription medication to include birth control.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or Reserve Orders with any modifications.
  • Copies of all civilian prescriptions if taking prescription medication.
    • Hand carry 1 weeks’ worth of medication to OTCN.
  • All medical/dental records and immunization records. military and civilian.
  • Voided check for direct deposit set-up.
  • Two forms of identification. Acceptable documents are original social security card, birth certificate, 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 with spouses and dependents

In order for spouse and dependents to be enrolled in DEERS, 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 processing will be returned.


  • Marriage certificate, birth certificate, social security cards. These documents are REQUIRED regardless if spouse is on the member's Page Two or Record of Emergency Data.
  • Spouse's original unexpired identification card. (Driver's license and state identification can be copies. Official passport must be original).
  • Birth certificates and social security card for all dependents.
  • Child custody agreement.
  • Divorce decree and / or separation agreement documents.
  • Foreign documents, not in English, must be officially translated into English by an official translator or translation company.

Please see the following for further information on required documents:

Check what original documents you need to get your Common Access Card (Military ID):
DEERs requirements for CACs:



Required for students serving as active duty sailors / prior service


Active duty Sailors will lose NSIPS access while in a training status at OTCN. Best practice is to bring hard copies of all documents that will be required and would normally be accessed via NSIPS.

Prior to arrival, verify that Navy Department Awards Web Service (NDAWS) accurately reflects all awards received (individual and unit level).

Active Duty coming from your previous PDS:
  1. Now that the GTCC has rolled out for PCS’s, we will no longer be doing incoming travel claims for the Fleeters, because we are a TDY location. You will be reimbursed for all travel once you fully complete your training pipeline and check in to your final PDS or ultimate activity.
  2. Make sure to get a travel advance for your travel to OCS, if you do not get an advance you are authorized to use your GTCC. If you intend to use your GTCC for PCS expenses, make sure your APC puts you in a PCS status, as well as MISSION ESSENTIAL status. This will prevent expenses on your GTCC from reflecting an overdue balance after 120 days from the first expense. This must be done every 120 days in order to maintain your MISSION ESSENTIAL status until you reach your final (ULTIMATE) PDS.
IMPORTANT: It is the responsibility of the servicemember to ensure that ALL military records (awards, schools, certifications, NECs, etc.) are up to date PRIOR to arrival at OTCN.

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


  • Military Identification Card
  • Page Two (Record of Emergency Data).
  • Transcripts with confirmation (graduation) date.
  • DD93
  • Service Agreement
  • DD4
  • W4
  • SF 1199/DDS
  • State of Legal Residence Form
  • Prior DD214 if applicable
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***    Make every attempt to limit luggage to one suitcase or sea bag.    ***


OCS Required and Recommended Items

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. Trips to the Navy Exchange may be made after the first week of training.

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.
  • 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) 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 overpack). Electric razors are authorized.

Required for female students

  • 5 - 7 sports bras designed for high impact sports
  • 2 - 3 brassier
    • o 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. Otherwise, color is optional.
  • Black or Navy Blue one piece swim suit
  • Feminine hygiene items to last at least one week

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

  • Contact lenses (if already worn) to be worn in later phase of training
  • Zip lock bags (gallon size)
  • Unscented face and body wipes (between shower use)
  • Unscented hand lotion
  • Nose hair trimmer
  • Cell phone with charger
  • Insoles for both running shoes and boots
  • Non-aerosol sunscreen
  • Compression shorts
    • Shall be Navy Blue or black in color, worn fully on the waist, and may not extend beyond the length of the PT shorts nor be visible while standing.
  • Lint Rollers
  • Measuring gauge, (aka Ninja Star)
  • Clipboard
  • Physical training recovery equipment (resistance bands, foam rollers, muscle massage stick, etc.)
  • Prescribed medical equipment (braces, orthotics, etc.)
  • Extra bags/luggage for items accumulated throughout training
  • Bring any necessary items for your religious practice.

Additional Items Recommended for all students

  • Vitamins. If appropriate for you, start taking Vitamin D prior to arrival at OCS.
  • Book of stamps
  • Limited Power of Attorney granted to a trusted agent to act on candidate’s behalf in-case unanticipated situations arise (student loan repayment issues, rental property management, DEERs access etc.).
  • Items of a religious nature (to include texts and small, concealable neck-worn medallions) are permitted. Students/candidates are encouraged to arrive with these items. Medallions must not exceed 1.2"x2", must be worn on a standard dog tag chain, and must lay flat.

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
  • Gold ball stud earrings (Worn starting in Week 9 of training). All earrings must be 4-6mm (1/8 - 1/4 inch). Earrings must be plain with shiny or brushed matte finish.
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Unauthorized/Contraband Items



Contraband is defined as any item that is prejudicial to the good order and discipline, health, welfare, or safety of any candidate at OCS. The following items are specifically identified as contraband and if brought on to the premises they will be confiscated and discarded. This list is not all inclusive:

  • Weapons: Any weapon (including edge, pointed, and impact weapons) firearms, knives over 3 inches in length, and letter openers.
  • Chemicals: Any general cleaning supplies or chemicals other than those provided by OTCN.
  • Food and Beverages: Beverages defined as any drink other than plain water. The only exception to this policy is if a member is in a Restriction of Movement (ROM) status. Refer to the Travel/Check-In tab for information regarding ROM.
  • Alcohol: No alcohol of any kind is permitted within OTCN spaces. This does not include mouthwash, prescribed medications, or hand sanitizer.
  • Tobacco: No tobacco products or products intended to deliver nicotine will be used or possessed.
  • Medications: Any medications (prescription or over the counter medications) that have not been approved by appropriate military medical authority are considered contraband. All medications must be maintained in its original container with an appropriate prescription label.
  • Supplements: Anything with the label “Supplemental Facts, Mineral, or Herbal supplements are not authorized.
  • Gambling and Gaming Equipment: Gambling of any kind is prohibited along including the associated equipment (i.e. dice, cards, etc.)
  • Lights: Any light larger than one blub that uses more than 2 “AA” batteries.
  • Containers: Possession of any container intended for the storage of unauthorized chemicals, food, beverages, alcohol, tobacco, or medicine is considered the equivalent to possession of the item itself.
  • Hemp products or Derivatives: Any product made or derived from hemp, including CBD, regardless of the product’s THC concentration, claimed or actual, and regardless of whether such product may lawfully be bought, sold, and used is prohibited at OTCN.
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OCS Required and Recommended Items

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 download) List of Uniform Items Purchased 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.

  • PT shorts, short and long 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), ribbons, warfare devices
  • Undergarments associated with each uniform meeting strictest Navy standards

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Updated: March 10th, 2022
Officer Candidate School

Academic Training

OCS is designed to provide 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. 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.
  3. Engineering & Weapons: Introduces candidates to the fundamentals of shipboard naval engineering and various weapons in the United States Navy aresnal.
  4. Damage Control: Introduces candidates to shipboard fire-fighting and flooding controls through hands-on training.
  5. Leadership and Ethics: Case studies of recent naval events are used to develop and apply leadership principles.
  6. Navigation: Introduces candidates to naval terminology, equipment, shipboard operations, marine navigation, and maneuvering utilizing ship handling simulators.
  7. Cyber: Introduces candidates to naval network infrastructure in order to prepare them for future warfare.

Officer Candidate School

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. Room & Locker Inspections: Candidates will be taught how to maintain a living space to military standards. Living spaces are inspectable daily.
  2. Personnel Inspections: Candidates will be taught and inspected on military hygiene standards, uniform wear, and general appearance.
  3. Drill: Candidates will be taught utilizing the Marine Corps Rifle Drill manual.
  4. Battle Stations: Candidates will utilize skills learned to complete a series of events in a team setting.
  5. Commissioning Ceremony: Candidates will be taught military customs, courtesies, and traditions used during their commissioning ceremony.
OCS Uniform Requirements

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 the first two days 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 the first week 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. The abdominal circumference found in step one will be utilized 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.

At a certain point in training, all candidates will be expected to achieve the Navy standard of a GOOD-LOW 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.

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 (any stroke)
  • minute prone float (face in water)
  • Shirt and trouser inflation

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.

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

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.

***NOTE*** No physical activity should be initiated without first consulting your physician to determine physical suitability.

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.

Get it on Google Play Download on the App Store

Physical Fitness Qualifications (requirements to graduate):

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


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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.

Preparation and Expectations Letter – Welcome letter from the Director of Officer Candidate School. Provides expectations for selected future Officer Candidates.

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.


YouTube - Faces 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.


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OCS Uniform Requirements


  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
  1. 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 information on specific programs and their requirements, please click the below link, contact your nearest Navy Recruiter, or send an email to Ensure to reference Officer Accession Programs.

Enlisted personnel applying to OCS should reference OPNAVINST 1420.1 (series), Promotion, Special Selection, Selective Early Retirement, and Selective Early Removal Boards for Commissioned Officers of the Navy and Marine Corps. Officer Candidate School specific information is located in Chapter 7. Additional questions should be directed to your Command Career Counselor (CCC).

  1. 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 1600 on Saturday. If you are unable to arrive by 1600 on Saturday, 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 Saturday of their check-in weekend 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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
  • Proof of Vaccination

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.

  1. 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:

  1. 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.

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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 the ability to pass a Navy PRT with “satisfactory” 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 Satisfactory Medium scores in all three categories of the Navy PRT, you will have three weeks to meet these standards or you will be processed from OCS for attrition. 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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For the safety of staff and students, any member who reports for OCS and is not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or is displaying COVID-19 symptoms will be placed in a Restriction of Movement (ROM) status. Fully vaccinated is defined as a person who has received all required doses of the COVID-19 vaccine plus 14 days. ROM lasts 14 days in which the member will be isolated to a hatch and 3 meals a day will be provided. During the ROM period, members will be authorized 2 hours a day, 1 hour in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon, to workout outside of their hatches in a socially distant manner. Refer to the Required and Recommended Items Tab for suggestions on how to pack should a ROM period be required.

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