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This course is designed to prepare you for becoming a commissioned officer by providing you with the basic knowledge of the naval profession and its related military, academic and nautical subjects. It will provide moral, mental and physical development, and instill the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty. You will receive specialized follow-on training after OCS to further prepare you for your initial fleet assignment. The training you will receive during your 13 weeks at OCS is divided into eleven units of instruction. Classes you will take include at least: Engineering , Military Indoctrination , Naval History , Navigation , Seamanship , Damage Control , Naval Leadership , Naval Administration , Military Law , Naval Orientation , Special Emphasis Program

  1. Engineering: You will be introduced to the fundamentals of naval propulsion plants. These include steam, nuclear, gas turbine and diesel. In addition , you will be introduced to the basic theories of electrical distribution systems, hydraulic systems, evaporator plants, air conditioners and refrigeration systems.

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

  3. Naval History: Subjects include the history of the Navy from the Revolutionary War to the present, theories on sea power, the influence of geography, the elements of strategic deterrence, maritime strategy and a quantitative and qualitative comparison of US and foreign navies.

  4. Navigation: Navigation training consists of dead reckoning, coastal piloting, Rules of the Road and electronic navigation. You will be required to plot simulated movements and positions of a ship at sea. You will receive practical application training aboard a yard patrol (YP) training ship in the Seamanship and Navigation phase of training.

  5. Seamanship: Seamanship training at OCS familiarizes you with naval terminology, equipment and various deck operations. You'll become acquainted with fiber lines, wire ropes, anchors and anchor chains as well as the supervision of their safe use. The different types of rigs used by ships under way in refueling and replenishment at sea are introduced. You will learn to use the maneuvering board and how to put this knowledge to practical use when sailing.

  6. Damage Control: The damage control curriculum is designed to familiarize you with the types of damage which can occur in the naval environment due to accidents, warfare and nautical disasters. Damage control also includes instruction in fire fighting 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.

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. Naval Orientation: During this phase you will study the equipment, shipboard spaces and weapons used in various operations. Amphibious, Mine, Strike, Electronic, Submarine, Surface, and Air warfare tactics will be studied. You'll also examine the problems of detection and learn the weapons systems used in various types of combat.

  11. Special Emphasis Program: Subjects include suicide awareness and prevention, Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor (DAPA), Human Resources and Safety Programs, counterespionage and AIDS briefings.


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