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Officer Development School



Officer Development School     

*** Email Address Updated: May 16, 2022 ***
If you have any questions, please consult the information included in the ODS website,  
email us at: NWPT_OTCN_INFORMATION@US.NAVY.MIL. For emergency issues or problems with check-in after hours and on weekends contact the Command Duty Officer (CDO) at (401) 862-4321.

If confirmed for a class, ODS staff will reach out to you 2 weeks prior to course convene date with amplifying guidance and information on the course and graduation.


Welcome aboard,
Welcome to Officer Development School! ODS is one of five officer accession programs operated at Officer Training Command Newport (OTC), and is the foundation for your success as a member of the Naval Officer Corps. The course is both comprehensive and intense, and is designed to facilitate the introduction to your responsibilities as a naval officer. ODS is physically demanding, but will also mentally challenge you as you learn about different aspects of the United States Navy including military structure, traditions and customs, the legal system, and finally, military etiquette. The website addresses check-in procedures, lodging, messing, transportation, uniforms and various other topics.

We look forward to your arrival. Please read through all the tabs located below. They contain important information on reporting, check in, and what you are required/allowed to bring. Report to the quarterdeck (lobby) of King Hall (Bldg. 291) in appropriate business casual civilian attire.  Your class team will reach out about 2 weeks prior to your convening date and be able to answer any specific questions at that time. Safe travels and again, Welcome Aboard!

Commanding Officer
Officer Training Command Newport


ODS Program Overview

Navy Officer Development School (ODS) is one of five officer training schools located at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. This 5 week course is designed to provide a working knowledge of the Navy in order to prepare you to work as a commissioned Officer in the world’s greatest navy. In order to earn that honor, ODS will challenge you morally, mentally, and physically to prepare you to both lead sailors and conduct your duties worldwide.

ODS focuses on Naval Leadership, Naval Administration, Naval Organization, Sea Power, Military Law, Military Indoctrination, Naval Warfare and Damage Control.  It also provides leadership through case studies and instructor led leadership scenarios.

Each area of study will prepare you for life as a commissioned officer. Your personal Honor, Courage, and Commitment will be tested at ODS and you will be challenged to live up to the highest standards of these values.

A successful Naval Officer is one who embraces the mission of THE NAVY, and develops the ability to execute basic Naval Officer functions that are expected upon entering the fleet/Navy as a commissioned Officer 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.  On check-in Sunday, you will have your height and weight taken to ensure you are within Navy Body Fat Standards.

**Students not within standards may not graduate from Officer Development School.**

 Information on the Navy Body Composition Assessment may be found at: Navy Body Composition Assessment. This document explains how the Navy determines body fat percentage. This is the only approved body composition procedure for the Navy. It also contains height/weight tables for you to determine where you are right now.

During the first week of training, students will execute a mock Navy Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA), in order to demonstrate an ability to conform to Navy physical fitness standards. (*NOTE: Scores cannot be entered into PRIMS)

The PFA consists of max push-ups in 2 minutes, holding a plank for the maximum time, and a 1.5 mile run. Guidance on how to perform and how to score the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) can be found here Guide_5-Physical_Readiness_Test_PRT_JAN_2023.pdf (

It is imperative to arrive in the best possible physical shape; ready and able to participate in a demanding physical fitness program.  The Navy’s Official guidance on Physical Readiness can be found here Navy Physical Readiness Test

**Postpartum Sailors may not attend ODS until they have reached six-month postpartum status and have been cleared by a military Health Care Provider to participate in a wellness physical fitness assessment. All postpartum screenings must be completed prior to arrival.**
Physical Training Overview

The Navy considers a physically fit body as important as a sound mind. The objectives of the physical training classes at Officer Training Command are to develop stamina, endurance and to improve your overall physical condition so you can meet physical fitness requirements associated with military service.

The better shape you’re in, the less susceptible you will be to injury. It is highly recommended that you prepare yourself well ahead of time. Below is a link to the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System (NOFFS) 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.

Click here for Fitness Guide: 
Navy Fitness NOFFS

Click NOFFS Series Virtual Trainer

  • Select "Group”
  • Choose 30, 45, or 60 minutes/Stage A/Level 1/Cardio Conditioning/Fit Kit.
  • Progress through stage C as you are able to complete the work out in the time allotted. Then move up to level 2 and start over at Stage A.  
  • Some exercises will require exercise bands to get the maximum benefit.
  • You may be able to progress through the levels quickly if already executing an exercise plan.
  • Ideally, you will be able to perform 60 minutes of physical training 3 – 4 days a week – which is what will be expected of you here at ODS


*** NOTE ***
Contact your health care provider prior to commencing any exercise program.

Academic Overview

1.  Military Indoctrination: During military indoctrination you will be taught basic military customs and courtesies, naval terminology, basic uniform assembly and requirements, inspection procedures, and training requirements.

2.  Naval Leadership: Subjects include leadership qualities, motivational theories, team building, management skills, decision making, goal setting and action planning, communication processes, and public speaking skills. You will have many opportunities through practical application to demonstrate leadership skills.

3.  Division Officer: Subjects include military rank structure, performance evaluations, educational programs, enlisted records, classified material handling, naval correspondence, officer designations, promotions, pay and allowances, junior officer administrative duties, and advancement.

4.  Military Law: Subjects introduced include the Military Code of Conduct, The Geneva Convention, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, investigations, non-judicial punishment, court-martial procedures, apprehensions, jurisdiction, pretrial restraints, administrative discharges, and claims.

5.  Programs and Policies: Subjects include suicide awareness and prevention, Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor (DAPA), Human Resources, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR), and Safety Programs.  It also covers programs such as Tricare, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, and the GI Bill.

Military Training

Military training at Officer Development School is comprised of the following categories:

1. Physical Training: During ODS, physical training will be conducted regularly and will include warm-ups, running and/or strength and conditioning exercises, and cool-down stretches. See the above Physical Standards and Training sections for more information.

2. Room Inspections: Student rooms are subject to inspection at all times.  To ensure cleanliness and maintain standards, room inspections occur at regular intervals.  Rooms are to be maintained in accordance with prescribed room standards which will be provided during training.

3. Personnel Inspection (PI): Each Officer will be inspected for proper uniform wear, grooming standards, knowledge (see Additional Documents and Maps Tab), hygiene, and general military appearance.

4. Drill: Approximately 20 - 25 hours are spent learning and practicing drill for graduation. Officers will be required to march while at ODS.

5. Navy Third Class Swimmer Qualification: Students will be required to pass the Navy Third Class Swimmer Qualification. This will test the student’s ability to jump off a 10ft platform, float for five (5) minutes, swim 50 yards, and inflate their uniform in a drown proofing exercise.

6. Shipboard Damage Control: The damage control curriculum is designed to familiarize you with the types of damage that can occur in the naval environment due to accidents, warfare, and nautical disasters. Damage control also includes instruction in firefighting theory and prevention of different kinds of fires common to sea, shore, and air commands. It also includes principles of chemical, biological, and radiological warfare defense. Practical demonstrations of flooding control are given in a mock-up of a shipboard space. Successful completion of both Damage Control ("wet trainer") and Basic Firefighting are required for graduation from ODS.

Graduation Requirements

  • Attend 5-week Officer Development School

  • Demonstrate personal physical fitness by conforming to Navy physical fitness test standards

  • Demonstrate fundamental swimming skills through completion of Navy Third class Swimmer Qualification

  • Demonstrate shipboard damage control skills by completing both tech trainer evolutions (Wet Trainer and Fire fighter)

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamentals of Navy Officership by passing comprehensive exam

 Course Enrollment Information

Course Number: P-9E-0003 (CIN)
Length: 35 Days
Class of School/Course: PC
Skill Identifier for Which Trained: NONE
Student UIC: 66949
Security Clearance: Open Tier 3 or equivalent investigation or a Final Adjudicated Secret or above



  1. ENTRS: Please be assure to utilize eNTRS to book your request for ODS training via the “CORPORATE eNTERPRISE TRAINING ACTIVITY RESOURCE SYSTEM” website.  Welcome to CeTARS
  2. New Requests: Upon making a new request, confirm that the student information is correct to include the DOD-ID, name, UIC, SCAT, gender, email, and designator is all up to date and listed properly.
  3. Changes to Requests: If attempting to change an existing request that has been approved and needs to be amended so that it can be in another class, email ODS Quota Control Manager (QCM) and request a change. Approvals of request will depend upon quota for each class and availability of the ODS QCA.
  4. Troubleshooting: If there is any issues for booking requests in eNTRS, please utilize the SOPs, which can be found in the CETARS website to begin basic troubleshooting. Notwithstanding, if there are questions regarding status of a request, please have your command QCA reach out to the ODS QCM for QCA-2-QCA link up.
  5. Waitlist:  Members placed on the waitlist will be notified of acceptance into the class 2 weeks before class convene.  Acceptance off the waitlist is first come, first serve until max capacity of 200 students.

For seat requests or concerns, please contact RESFOR:


All Selected Reserves (SELRES) personnel must be assigned as a commissioned officer and paid as an officer to enroll and attend Officer Development School.
  • All SELRES prospective students must apply for a quota (seat) in a class before creating their orders using their .mil email only. Please contact your training officer at your Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) if assistance is needed in booking a quota for ODS classes through eNTRS (Enterprise Navy Training Reservation System).
  • Quotas for ODS under the SELRES SCAT Code USNARS are first come, first serve priority. It is imperative that you sign up as soon as you have been gained to an NRC and are reflecting as a commissioned officer. You will not receive a confirmed quota if information is not submitted in eNTRS.
  • Reservists - verify your RED/DA on NSIPS prior to arrival. Failing to verify your RED/DA on NSIPS will result in delayed pay and benefits for your family.
  • If booking travel through DTS, you do not need to book lodging as you will be provided government quarters in King Hall.


Required Paperwork

Below is the required paperwork needed for each student reporting to Officer Training Command Newport, (including prior service members).  All paperwork submitted will be returned to you at the end of the course. 
*Not having all required paperwork will delay the Navy gaining you onto Active Duty, which will delay the ability to receive pay *
*Even if your dependents are enrolled and you are receiving pay, it is highly recommended to bring the required documentation in case any administrative issues arise – it is better to have any not need then to try and overnight documents from around the world. *

All Active Duty/SELRES/Graduated HPSP:

(Legible copies will suffice for all required documents unless otherwise noted.)
  • (2) sets of your Orders
  • Oath of Office. (Oath of Office must be signed with ink by witnessing Officer.)
  • Recruiter Contact Information (Name/Phone/Fax and NRD Address)
  • Bring a bank direct deposit form.  If this cannot be obtained prior to arrival, a blank/voided check may be used.  This is to ensure correct set-up of direct deposit account for military pay. 
  • Birth certificate (Original/certified copy)
  • Social Security Card
  • Original, unexpired state or government issued photo identification.
  • Bring any/all paperwork filled out with recruiter.  Bring copies even if recruiter is sending record to ODS.
  • W4
  • Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) Certificate of Coverage
  • DD Form 2058 - State of Legal Residence
  • DD Form 93 Record of Emergency Data
  • Marriage License (if applicable).  (Original)
  • Divorce documents (if applicable)

If receiving an accession bonus, the following is required:

  • Service Agreement

Additional Required Documentation for those with Dependents

You will need to wait until you have been strength gained into the Navy and receive a CAC to enroll your dependents in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility System (DEERS).  For required paperwork, bring legible scanned copy if unable to bring original.
  • Spouse's original unexpired identification card (driver's license, approved state identification card or passport) if applicable. 
  • Birth Certificates (Original or Certified Copy)
  • Social Security Cards for all dependents (all children/spouse if applicable). 
  • If born outside of US, bring naturalization certificate and/or US birth certificate for citizen born abroad
  • Child custody documents (if applicable).

Additional Required Documentation for Students with Prior Military Service 

  • Any/all documents depicting prior time served in the military (active or reserve), i.e., DD-214, DD-368, NGB-22, last enlisted contract, Reserve Points Summary sheet, etc.
  • Ensure you read your orders in their entirety and have faxed any DD-214 to the appropriate entity (i.e. PERS-831 or NPC) as prescribed in orders
  • Ensure orders have been stamped by prior/detaching command
  • Page Two (Record of Emergency Data). Bring a copy of your NSIPS-verified Page 2.  Without a page 2, we cannot pay Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
  • POC at your last personnel office (PSD for navy personnel; S-1/IPAC for prior Marine Corps personnel; Military Personnel Office for Air Force personnel; S-1/Human Resource Service Center for Army personnel)
  • SGLI Certificate from Milconnect

For Current (non-graduated) HPSP Students Only:

Only required documents:
  • Your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or Reserve Orders and any Modifications.
  • Verify with the HPSP office that your Page 2, otherwise known as your "Record of Emergency Data" has been updated (if necessary) within the last 12 months for any changes.  If not, please update your Page 2 with the HPSP office prior to arriving at ODS.
Please note, all HPSP students pay issues will be handled by the HPSP office in Bethesda, MD. If you have questions or need assistance, please email USN.OHSTUDENT@MAIL.MIL and your inquiry will be processed promptly by the HPSP staff.
All HPSP student medical/dental records will be sent to ODS from the HPSP office.  However, strongly recommend HPSP students bring a copy of their immunization records.

Action Items Prior to Arrival to ODS

  • 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.


Packing List

Required and Recommended Items to Bring

The items needed to begin training are listed below. Ensure you have enough hygiene and personal care supplies to get through to the first weekend. Regular trips to the Navy Exchange may be made after the first week of training. If you arrive early on Saturday or Sunday, you may be able to purchase many of these items at the Navy Exchange prior to training commencing.
** There is a common area locker that will have leftover supplies from the previous class. Items include detergent, starch, small fans, clocks, and other items listed below. There is no guarantee of what and how much will be available of each item **

Estimated Costs:

  • Anticipate requiring $2000 - $3500 to meet uniform, food costs, and specific class costs
    • ~$450 for the galley (Daily Meal Costs) – this will be paid on your last weekend at ODS
    • $1000 - $2250 for uniform costs depending on which uniforms beyond the required items you purchase
    • Additional costs for any activities/food you take part in when allowed to go off-base for liberty – you will have around 5 days to go off-base for liberty while at ODS.
    • Class Merchandise – classes will be able to design and purchase t-shirts and coins specific for their class. Average cost for 1 of each is $50. Some classes also get sweatshirts which would increase the costs if you get all three or multiple.
    • Professional Photos in your service dress uniforms will cost between $30 and $500 depending on how many you take and what package you purchase.
  • Debit / Credit card/ Checks / mobile payment application
  • Emergency contact information for Next of Kin (phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Eye glasses and/or contacts (if prescribed) - Transition glasses are not authorized while in military formations
  • Laundry detergent (recommend pods/powder type) – laundry will need to be done every 2 – 3 days at a minimum
  • Hygiene products and toiletries (1 weeks' supply suggested, do not over pack).
  • Shaving gear (Electric razors are authorized.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Nail Clippers
  • Shower Shoes (flip-flops any kind)
  • Mesh laundry bag with string (white or black)
  • Bath towels/wash cloths
  • White athletic socks, ankle or calve, without visible emblems (7 pair minimum)
  • Undershirts - crew neck tee-shirts, white, 100% cotton (5 minimum)  
  • Combination lock (Key locks are not authorized)
  • Running Shoes:
    • Please invest in a quality pair of running shoes less than six months old.  You will be running approximately 1.5 to 2 miles multiple days per week.   (Running will be limited during winter months due to outdoor conditions.) 
  • Underwear- 7 - 10 pairs underwear
    • At least one pair shall be white or wearer’s skin tone when worn with white uniforms per NAVPERS 1566. Color is optional with other uniforms.
    • Men are authorized to wear boxer shorts or knitted brief styles.
Additional requirements for Females
  • 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 that rises to the mid-back
  • Hair securing products and devices (bobby pins, spin pins, clear elastic hair ties etc.) that match hair color
  • Prescribed medical equipment (to be cleared by medical upon beginning of training)
  • Bring any necessary items for your religious practice.
  • 3-4 black ink pens
  • Notebook, small to medium sized (solid color)
  • Shoe Shine Kit (Black Polish/Brush/Cloth)
  • Digital wristwatch with alarm, (smart watches are authorized)
  • Caddy Basket to hold toiletries
  • 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
  • Lint Rollers
  • Envelopes
  • Stamps
  • Note Cards
  • Scissors
  • Vitamins
  • Optional: Female earrings in accordance with NAVPERS 1566

Unauthorized/Contraband Items

Contraband is defined as any item that is prejudicial to the good order and discipline, health, welfare, or safety of any student at ODS. 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.
  • Food and Beverages: Only plain water and dry, healthy snacks are authorized within King Hall without prior permission/authorization from the class team.
  • 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:  All prescription medications must be maintained in its original container with an appropriate prescription label.  Basic over-the-counter (OTC) medications are authorized. However, any medication with caffeine is prohibited.
  • Caffeine: Caffeine in any form is prohibited.
  • Supplements/Vitamins: Dietary supplements may be used by Sailors to meet the demands of military performance, but some supplements could be adulterated (contain unsafe ingredients) or misbranded (labeled falsely or misleadingly), creating potential threats to safety, and career. Visit: Substance Information ( for information on frequently misused substances – both intentionally and unintentionally.
  • 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.

Travel and Check-In

Travel to Naval Station Newport

Students are responsible for transportation to Naval Station Newport and, ultimately, King Hall.  Every attempt should be made to fly into T.F. Green (Providence/Warwick, RI). OTCN currently does not have the capacity and resources for any type of command duty van to shuttle arriving students from the airport to base. You will need to utilize a taxi to get to base. OTCN 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 (Gate 1) of the Naval Station.  Gate 1 is the only 24-hour access point for Naval Station Newport.  Verify with the taxi driver or taxi company that the driver has full access to the base. Rideshare companies do not have base access.  If utilizing transportation services, student should keep receipts and submit them for reimbursement at ultimate duty station. 

For base entry, students will either need a CAC or a government issued ID and your orders to gain entry onto base. For additional information regarding travel to Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN) please review the Officer Training Command Newport - Travel/Check-In ( For information on base access for guests, please see FAQ #22.

If you do plan to drive your personal vehicle, refer to student parking map on the “Additional Documents and Maps” tab.

Check in

·Once on base – proceed to King Hall – 291 Kollmeyer Street, Newport, RI 02841. You can only be dropped off in front of King Hall. There is no loitering in front of King Hall. There is temporary parking to the rear of King Hall for loading and unloading only.

·Enter the double doors onto the quarterdeck (lobby) of King Hall. Proceed to the front desk - which will be manned 24 hours a day. Have your orders and ID (CAC/other government issued ID) ready. The watchperson will double check these and then have you sign the check-in roster. Also, double check your spelling and rank on the roster. You will then be directed up to the fourth deck (4th Floor) which is where your room will be. 

·There are six-wings on the fourth deck. There will be a room roster on the entry door to each wing. Find your room and begin to unpack your belongings.

·Further information will be displayed up on the fourth deck on what you can/need to do prior to class starting on Sunday.

·You may leave base once you check-in. You may eat anywhere on- or off- base. If you eat at the galley (Ney Hall) you will need to pay with a debit/credit card.

·Students are responsible for all meals prior to 1100 on check-in Sunday. If there are non-refrigerated items you wish to bring (i.e. healthy, dry snacks), do so and store them in the large locker in your rooms.

For additional information regarding base amenities and hours of operation: My Base Guide - Naval Station Newport: In-Depth Welcome Cente

  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 you are here with the exception of liberty weekends.  You will only be eating three times a day.  Food is not allowed in the barracks. The galley has an adequate selection of food, which includes a salad and fruit bar, along with a variety of proteins and vegetables. They also provide some vegetarian options.
    • Special Dietary needs must be expressed by the first day of training; an email can be sent to the class team prior to arrival. OTCN will do everything possible to accommodate special needs without compromising training.
    • No fasting is allowed while in student status
    1. What religious accommodations (RA) are made at OTCN?

      • There is a Chaplain present to assist with religious needs.  Services available on base may be attended if not compromising training.  Student should bring any religious items needed to assist in personnel practice. Special religious accommodations should be expressed by the first day of training; an email can be sent to the class team prior to arrival.  OTCN will do everything possible to accommodate special needs without compromising training.
      • Please visit Religious Accommodations ( for specific guidance. Work through your program manager/recruiter if you need to submit for a RA. Be advised that there are some RAs that must be approved at the CNO level and can require up to 60 days lead-time. Examples of these RAs can include wearing a beard, hijab, or yarmulke. 
      • No fasting is allowed while in student status.
  2. 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? Please click on the link to see authorized awards and medals from other services.  Medals-Awards from Other Services.pdf (

  3. Should I bring civilian clothes?

    • Civilian clothes are only authorized when traveling to and from ODS. Uniforms will be worn during all liberty periods.  Civilian clothes worn between arriving at ODS and the first evolution on Sunday should be business casual, i.e., no tank-tops, open-toed shoes, or plain white tee-shirts.
  4. What Kinds of hairstyles are authorized for women? Will I have time to groom my hair on a daily basis?

    • For authorized hair styles, please look at the Navy Uniform Regulations Chapter two at the following link: Navy Regulations Personal Appearance
    • You will normally have 20-30 minutes in the morning for all morning hygiene (shower, get dressed, and groom your hair)
  5. What specific office supplies should I bring to ODS?  

    • It is recommended to bring a small to medium notebook and 3-4 black pens (do not bring expensive pens) for notetaking.
  6. What specific personal items should I bring to ODS?

    • Please see required items section.
  7. Can I bring my cell phone?

    • Yes. And its charger. You will have access to your phone after training is completed each day. Additional phone privileges will be addressed by the class team during and after check-in.
  8. Can I bring my laptop computer?

    • Yes. Please be advised that we do have wireless internet capability at King Hall. There is limited free WiFi but there are data packages that can be purchased – both group and individual.  Also, there are computers available for you to use while at ODS. Access to personal email accounts (g-mail, yahoo, hotmail) is generally not accessible on these computers. Many classes do set-up google drives for any class material that needs to be disseminated.
  9. Do I need to buy my uniform items prior to ODS, or will we purchase them there?

    • You do NOT need to purchase any uniforms prior to reporting to ODS. Again, please see the OCS issued tab for guidance on what to purchase, if anything. Everything will be available for purchase on the main uniform issue days  However, please bring any serviceable Navy uniforms that you already have to avoid the need to purchase them again while at ODS.
  10. If I am prior enlisted, should I bring a copy of my service record?

    • Please go to the required paperwork section.  If you still have your original enlisted service record, bring it.  It will need to be mailed to PERS to be archived.  You should make a copy of it prior to that.
  11. Can I bring over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Motrin?

    • Yes, but they must be in the original bottles.
    • Caffeine is not an approved OTC item at OTCN
    • You cannot give/trade/sell over-the-counter medications to fellow students.
    • The medical clinic on base does have a limited supply of some commonly used over-the-counter medications that are available for issue. Medical services will be covered during the medical in-brief.
  12. I am already being paid at my current rank, do I still need to bring all the documentation?

    • It is recommended that you bring all the required paperwork if you have had any recent changes to the status of any of your dependents, or if your status recently changed (i.e., enlisted to officer, or reserve to active duty). If you do not bring it and there is a problem with your pay, this may slow the process of correcting it down the road.
  13. Who do I contact if I have a problem arriving at the base?

    • Contact the Command Duty Officer at (401) 862-4321, or your class team.
  14. Can females wear make-up during training?

    • You may bring makeup.  Your class team will inform you when classes may start wearing makeup.  It may be worn for official photos and for graduation.
  15. What will be my mailing address for ODS?

    • (YOUR NAME)
      ODS (CLASS #)
      1356 Meyerkord Avenue
      Newport, RI 02841-1641
  16. Should I obtain a Common Access Card (CAC) or Reserve ID card prior to my arrival at ODS?

    • You should make every effort to obtain your CAC (if active duty) or Reserve ID card (still in a Reserve status or in school) prior to reporting to ODS. Use the following website to locate the closest location to obtain a CAC and to schedule an appointment:,  You will need a copy of your orders and two forms of picture ID to receive your Military ID card. Acceptable identification examples to obtain your CAC include: Military ID, Driver’s License, Passport, Social Security Card, voter registration card, Birth Certificate or Veterans Health Identification Card.  All must be unexpired.  The birth certificate must be the original or certified copy. During your training, time will be available if you are not able to receive your Military ID card prior to arrival.  It is not a guarantee that you will be able to receive your ID card while at ODS; you will be able to access the base and exchange/commissary with your orders. If you are uncertain as to which military ID you are eligible for, ask your recruiter or accession program.
  17. I am a new mother and am providing breast milk for my child; will I have an opportunity to continue pumping while I am in training at ODS?

    • Yes. Students are permitted to pump when the training schedule allows. Students must bring their own pumping supplies, and are responsible for monitoring, keeping, storing, and removing their own milk, and keeping the room clean. Officer Training Command has opened a lactation room for staff and students to use while they are in training (located in King Hall) with a standard refrigerator. OTCN does NOT provide a monitored refrigerator, and can NOT guarantee that any milk stored in the refrigerator maintains appropriate temperatures. 
  18. May I attend ODS if I am currently pregnant or recently had a baby?

    • Postpartum Sailors may not attend ODS until they have reached six-month postpartum status and have been cleared by a military Health Care Provider to participate in a wellness physical fitness assessment. All postpartum screenings must be completed prior to arrival. 
  19. I have orders to an overseas command and have my family moving with me, what do I need to complete?

    • See Students with Overseas Orders Tab
  20. How do I book travel after graduation?

    • You should come to ODS with your follow-on travel already booked. Officer Training Command - Newport (OTCN) can request flights for you here at OTCN, but very often you do not receive your ticket until the day prior to departure. If you intend to conduct personal travel between ODS and your next duty station, it is highly recommended that you book your own flight. Any tickets issued by the Navy will only be to and from the stops listed on your orders.  If you wish to change the destination/origin of a government-issued ticket, you will have to call SATO Travel Company yourself and reroute your flight, pay a fee, and any additional cost differences.
  21. What if I have guests that do not have base access (i.e. no CAC card) that want to stay at the Navy Lodge or Navy Gateway Inn & Suites overnight?

  • You will need to sponsor on any guests that do not have a military or other federal ID that would grant them access to a military installation. However, you must remain with that individual at all times while on base. If they require unescorted access (i.e. to stay at the Navy Lodge without the sponsor present) you will need to fill out the forms below and send them in to the Naval Station Newport Pass & ID office. The form must be sent encrypted. If you are unable to encrypt the email, follow the PDF INTO WORD document. You can contact the Pass & ID office with questions about the form at or get with your class team for specifics. Once approved, the clearance is good for (1) year. SECNAV Form 5512-NSNPT & PDF INTO Word
  1. What are my VA/Education benefits for joining the Navy?

  • As members of the armed forces, you are eligible for education benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. On Day 1 of ODS, you will need to decide between using the Montgomery GI Bill or the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Prior to ODS, educate yourself on the differences between the two and decide which option is best for you. More information can be found at:

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  • All released visual information from Officer Training Command can be found here. 
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  • Officer Training Command Newport regularly posts photos and updates on ODS classes. Selected ODS students are encouraged to review this page in preparation for the program.

Current FY-24 ODS Convene/Graduation Schedule:


 Approved FY25 Schedule

Graduation is typically scheduled for 1000 on that Friday. Exceptions - the 12 July and 27 September graduation will occur at 1100. Each student is allowed (4) guests at this time. If a student does not utilize all (4) spots, they can be reallocated to another student. For Example: Student A is only going to have (2) guests which would allow Student B to bring (6) guests total.  Further guidance will be issued closer to your convening date. 

ODS is a 5-week course designed to provide newly commissioned staff corps officers and reserve restricted line officers with basic leadership skills, Naval Officership training, damage control training, and military ethics in order to begin the development of their leadership, decision making, and initiative. A general timeline of the 5 weeks is below. Holidays, competing interests, and unanticipated events may change what your actual 5-week timeline looks like.

Your days at ODS will start early and end late. Expect to wake-up at 0430 on training days and 0530 on the weekend. Classes and training will last until 1700 on most training days.

A typical day at ODS on academic instruction days:

0430: Reveille (Wake-up)
0500: Physical Training
0600 – 0815 Hygiene/Breakfast
0815 – 1100 Academic Instruction
1115 – 1215: Lunch
1230 – 1700: Academic Instruction
1715 – 1815 Dinner
1830 – 2200 PSPT (Personal Study and Prep Time)
2200 – 0430: Lights Out

Liberty: Generally, you will be on liberty from Friday after training/dinner until 2100 on Sunday. Saturdays are possible training days if anything needs to be made up from the prior week. Expect to be restricted to base your first weekend. Your liberty privileges and distance able to travel will increase each weekend. There is no overnight liberty allowed at any time. All students are required to return to King Hall every night.
You will have (2) trips through the uniform shop in order to purchase the required uniforms for wear at ODS. The first is on check-in Sunday which will be to get you the physical training uniform. Later that first week you will go to the main uniform shop to get the rest of the required items.
PTU SHORTS (Blue with Silver Lettering) (2) NAVY PTU SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT (Gold) (2)  

Already Purchased Uniforms

Already purchased uniforms will be verified for serviceability and proper fit after arrival. Any items determined to be unserviceable shall be replaced during uniform issue periods. There is no requirement to purchase uniforms prior to arrival, however, it may help expedite uniform days and lessen the financial burden upon arrival.

If you do purchase anything prior to arrival, the following are recommended:

  • Basic Physical Training Uniform (PTU) (Gold short-sleeve shirt and shorts (blue with silver lettering)
    • Serviceable – Not faded, polyester/not nylon, lettering must still be intact.
  • Navy PTU Track Suit
  • Navy Sweat Suit

** You will only be able to get (2) sets of the PTU at ODS. If you wish to have more than the (2) sets, it is recommended to purchase them at the Navy Exchange Uniform Store prior to arrival.

  • All Footwear – especially if you wear a very small/large size or narrow to wide shoe  (i.e. B/C/D/E/EE/EEE)

Additional uniforms to bring if purchased prior to arrival:

  • Service Dress Blues(If class graduates October – May)
  • Summer White (If class graduates May – October) with white leather shoes
  • Service Khakis with garrison cover
  • Black Leather dress shoes (Corfam’s are not authorized at OTCN)
  • NWU Type III with Black Boots (rough-side-out/Brown are not authorized)
  • Ribbons and warfare devices.  Large medals are required if class graduates October – May.
  • Black parka required for cold weather or inclement weather
  • Watch cap/gloves
If you have orders overseas (i.e. anywhere outside of the contiguous lower 48 states), you are required to complete an overseas suitability screening package for yourself and any dependents that will be accompanying you.

Dependent Packet 
Blank Suitability Packet

Please contact Mr. Chad Gilbert with any questions regarding overseas orders:       

Mr. Chad E. Gilbert
Program Assistant - Student Medical Liaison
(401) 841-3221
Office Hours:  0730-1600, M-F

Also expect an email from him directly about 2 weeks prior to your convening date – likely after you receive your welcome aboard email from your class officers.

Medical Documentation Required:
Any medical paperwork you turn in on Monday will not be returned. Make copies prior to arrival if you wish to have an additional copy.
  • Copy of any prescriptions and any other medical documentation needed to support need for a prescription. 
  • A 5-week supply of all prescriptions should be brought to ODS in original container. 
  • Bring all recent medical and dental records from military and civilian treatment facilities. 
Immunizations and Labs:
Bring proof of all Immunizations received throughout lifetime. The following immunizations will be administered at ODS if no proof is provided:
  • TWINRIX (Hep A/Hep B)
  • HEP A Series
  • HEP B Series
  •  Tetanus (Tdap)
  • IPV (Polio)
  • Seasonal Influenza
  • PPD (Tuberculosis)
  • Varicella
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
The following Labs will be drawn while at ODS:
  • HIV and results
  • Hep B Titer
  • Varicella Titer
  • ABO/RH (Bloody type)
  • IPV (Polio)
  •  V Zoster IGG
  •  DNA
  • G6PD/Sickle Cell
**Laboratory bloodwork must be completed at ODS, and cannot be accepted from an outside facility

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