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Survivors Guide to Navy Officer Candidate School

"The First Week of OCS"

The first week of Officer Candidate School is easily the most difficult. It is hard due tothe shock and change from being at OCS, not because it is the hardest week of yourtraining. Each day will be broken down to give a better understanding of what ishappening in your new environment. Though this first week is difficult, reading thisinformation will help you immensely and hopefully prevent you from becoming acasualty of “Poopie Week” (indoctrination week).

The first week of the program is Indoc week. Try to arrive at the ‘seawall’ to check inaround 1030. If you show up at 0800 you will leave the candidate officers more time toscrew with you, but if you are late (after1200) the ‘seawall’ will be shut down. Don’t belate.

Early = On Time

On Time = Late

Late = Dead

If possible, it is highly advisable that you drive your own car (referred to as a PrivatelyOperated Vehicle, POV, at OCS). If you are prior enlisted or entering through a collegeprogram (NUPOC, BDCP, etc.) you will be reimbursed for travel from your old dutystation to Newport. Nonetheless, having your own vehicle will be very beneficial duringthe last phase of training and when you are leaving after commissioning/graduation. You will quickly realize how much extra luggage you will be leaving with and this causessome problems when traveling by air.

If you arrive the Saturday before training begins, it is advisable to have reservations at theBOQ (Bachelor’s Officer Quarters), the Navy Lodge, or another local hotel. Mostcandidates stay at the BOQ; however, it is not required. The Navy will pay for your
travel to Newport; however, do not expect to be reimbursed for expensive hotel rooms or
expensive meals. The usual way for the Navy to pay for your travel is to pay you a per
diem rate for each day of authorized travel. With the per diem mode of payment, the
Navy does not gather receipts; the rate is an all-inclusive rate to cover all of your
expenses. However, do to ever changing circumstances, save your hotel, gas, and food
receipts as they may be taken on the first day.

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