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
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.
Military Indoctrination: During military indoctrination
you will be taught basic military customs and courtesies, basic uniform
assembly and requirements, inspection procedures and training
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
- 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
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
Special Emphasis Program:
Subjects include suicide awareness and prevention, Drug and Alcohol Program
Advisor (DAPA), Human Resources and Safety Programs, counterespionage and AIDS
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