Navy Basic Crewman Training candidate takes a breath during a conditioning swim

Navy Boot Camp and Officer Candidate School: What to Expect

Navy Boot Camp is the first step in turning you into a sailor with all the skills to perform in the fleet. If you're on the Navy officer path, you'll attend a 12-week course to prepare for an officer's responsibilities. Know what to expect and arrive ready for Navy training.

What you need to know

Navy Recruit Training takes place in Great Lakes, Illinois. It's a seven-week program.

  • First five processing days:
    • Medical and dental exams, administrative screenings, inoculations, uniforms
    • Physical Training: One-hour daily workouts, six days a week
    • Training alternates between cardiovascular endurance and strength and conditioning
  • Navy Physical Fitness Assessment. You must pass in your sixth week of training to graduate from boot camp.
  • All recruits will also get hands-on technical training in the following areas:
    • Basic seamanship: Line handling, shipboard watch standing, getting a ship underway and back to port safely as a team
    • Firefighting: Five days of classroom and hands-on fire team training
    • Water survival: Techniques for surviving at sea, staying afloat in open water — without a personal floatation device, swimming 50 yards, five-minute prone float, clothing inflation.
    • Weapons training
      • M9 service pistol and M870 shotgun
      • Antiterrorism and force protection training.

At five-and-a-half weeks: Battle Stations program begins. Battle Stations is an intense 12-hour final evaluation that will assess:

  • Everything you learned in boot camp
  • That you have the skills, discipline and core values to be a sailor

Navy Officer Candidate School

Officer Candidate School, or Navy OCS, is a 12-week course located at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. Navy OCS prepares you to assume the responsibilities of a naval officer, and helps you develop to your fullest potential.

It includes academic training, memorization, and military and physical fitness training. Its purpose is to develop qualities important to your success as an officer, including:

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Work ethic
  • Military bearing
  • Character
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Teamwork
  • Discipline
  • Attention to detail
  • Patriotism and pride
  • Esprit de corps
  • Develop time-management skills
  • Train you to perform capably under pressure and in adverse conditions

Additional details regarding these programs are available at this Navy website.