Navy Officer Candidate School Overview

Navy Officer Candidate School Overview

Right now, I’m a Nuclear Programs Officer at
Navy Recruiting Command, and I assist recruiters assess nuclear applicants into the Navy. I’m Lieutenant Walter McDuffie, a Submarine Officer in the United States Navy, and a graduate of Officer Candidate School. Officer Candidate School is one of the four ways by which an applicant can become an officer in the Navy. The type of candidate that would go to the Officer Candidate School would be one that did not go to the Naval Academy, did not go to ROTC, but still desires to be an officer. There are a few exceptions, lawyers, health care professionals, chaplains, who attend Officer Development School. Talk to your recruiter to find out which one works for you. Candidates should expect to meet physical and mental challenges that are designed to build you up into becoming a Naval officer. And you need to understand that the drill instructors,
and the class chiefs, are there to test you mentally. The curriculum is a 12-week course of engineering, damage control, Naval history, navigation, things designed to build a candidate into a Naval officer, mixed with physical training, and rifle drills designed to build military bearing. There’s a progression of responsibility for a candidate
in Officer Candidate School. And once you reach your ninth week,
you become what we call a candidate officer, where you take on responsibilities that you will see as a Naval officer, so you can be the battalion commander, the regimental commander, you can be the battalion adjutant, and you will train the classes behind you, so that they could be prepared to step into your roles
in a couple of weeks. While at OCS, you live in the barracks,
which we call the battalion. It’s a dormitory where you share a room
with three other candidates. You can help prepare yourself for OCS by reading the OCS fitness
guide, which is going to prepare you physically for OCS, and the late entry guide, which is going to tell you some of the things you can expect as a Naval officer. Thank you for watching this Navy webcast. If you have any questions, visit, or find us on Facebook.


  1. Lt. McDuffie did my phone interview to get into the NUPOC program.
    I report to OCS next month.

  2. I don't understand why he says someone who goes to OCS is someone who didn't go to ROTC. After you graduate college while in ROTC you attend OCS..

  3. what is the way forward for me with a first degree in law and with so much desire to become a commissioned officer in the navy?

  4. So I am in a program that will help you get a job in armed forces and some other ones and by the end of the program were I am no longer able to be in it because of age if I get 18 college credits I can go into the navy as a officer

  5. Anyone know if you have to be super smart at stuff like physics and math to be a submarine officer? I'd like to be, but I'm terrible at physics and math.

  6. I wanna join OCS because I heard bad things about enlisted, and plus my dad is a retired Naval officer. But the thing is, does it matter what type of bachelors degree you have?

  7. I'm about to finish my BS in biology, and I'm worried about enlisting as an officer in the US Navy. Is the whole process straightforward? Will I need to take the ASVAB, or some other form of mental testing, and if so, what score is required? Are there any guides online that people with experience taking the ASVAB recommend? Is it possible to fail officer training, and wind up being stuck enlisting as a recruit?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *