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The reviewing officer, Rear Adm. Craig T. Mattingly (front), Commander, Naval Service Training Command, and Capt. Kenneth Froberg, commanding officer, Recruit Training Command (RTC), inspect the newest Sailors at RTC’s Pass-in-Review in Great Lakes, Illinois, Feb. 1, 2024. More than 40,000 Recruits train annually at the Navy's only boot camp (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher M. O'Grady)

Recruit Training Command Great Lakes

"These recruits are entrusted to my care. I will train them to the best of my ability. I will develop them into smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained Sailors. I will instill in them, and demonstrate by my own example, the highest standard of Honor, Courage, and Commitment."

The mission of Recruit Training Command is embodied in the Recruit Division Commander's Creed. Supplying the fleet with top-quality Sailors ready for follow-on training is why we are here. The leadership of Recruit Training Command cannot do this alone. It takes the dedication, hard work, and selflessness of our committed staff to pull everything together.

40,000 active duty component recruits assess annually at RTC

1,955 reserve component assess annually at RTC

The 12-year Recruit Training Command recapitalization is nearly complete. When finished it will have furnished 14 new recruit barracks with classrooms and dining facilities, an indoor physical training facility, a combat trainer pool, a new visitor center and Battle Stations 21. By choosing to join the United States Navy young men and women pledge themselves to a new way of life. Recruit Training Command trains, mentors, and anchors their lives in the war-fighting culture of being a Sailor.


Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps

The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program was established to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the unrestricted line Naval Reserve or Marine Corps Reserve. The NROTC scholarship program fills a vital need in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.


Seaman To Admiral-21

In the past, there were over a dozen different paths for Sailors to become commissioned officers, Seaman to Admiral being just one of them. This wide array of programs lacked uniformity in benefits, selection procedures, educational opportunities, and program requirements. This created a very confusing assortment of program applications, deadlines, and choices for fleet applicants and, quite frankly, was very cumbersome for the Navy to manage and administer. Consequently, there were countless Sailors in the fleet who would make outstanding commissioned officers, but due to program restrictions, educational background, or financial concerns, they did not apply.

For all of these reasons and more, the Navy combined most of these current commissioning paths into one consolidated program that preserves the Seaman to Admiral name made popular by Admiral Boorda: Seaman to Admiral-21 (STA-21). The STA-21 Commissioning Program is designed to meet the goals of the Navy in the 21st Century, while at the same time creating a fair and equitable system for outstanding active duty Sailors to receive a top-notch college education and become commissioned officers in the Unrestricted Line (URL), Special Duty Officer (Intelligence), Special Duty Officer (Information Warfare - formerly Cryptologic), Nurse Corps (NC), Medical Corps (MC), Supply Corps (SC), or Civil Engineer Corps (CEC).


Officer Training Command, Newport, R.I.

To develop civilians, enlisted, and newly commissioned personnel morally, mentally, and physically and imbue them with the highest ideals of honor, courage, and commitment in order to prepare graduates for service in the fleet as Naval Officers.

  1. Officer Candidate School (OCS): 12-week course that prepares college graduates (civilian and military) to become commissioned Navy officers.
  2. Officer Development School (ODS): To prepare officers of specific staff corps and restricted line communities as Navy leaders supporting the fleet.
  3. Limited Duty Officer / Chief Warrant Officer (LDO/CWO): 4-week course that trains newly commissioned LDO's and CWO's into their new roles and responsibilities
  4. STA-21 / NSI: NSI is 9 weeks. Educates and trains qualified enlisted personnel for service as commissioned officers through undergraduate degree completion.

2,500 officers commissioned annually at OTC

  • Direct Commission Officer (DCO) Cancellation / Transition:  On 1 October 2019, the Reserve Officer Direct Commissioning Officer Indoctrination Course (DCOIC) was consolidated with the 5-week Officer Development School (ODS).  This was per NAVADMIN 101/19.  (Read the entire NAVADMIN 101/19 for details.)
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