• Officer Candidate School

      Officer Candidate School

      Officer Candidate School (OCS), known as Officer Training School (OTS) in the Air Force, is essentially the equivalent of Basic Training for enlisted recruits interested in becoming officers.

    • There are three types of people who attend OCS/OTS:

      • Graduates from a traditional four-year college or university
      • Enlisted service members transitioning into officer roles
      • Direct Commission Officers (DCOs) with specialized skills or professional degrees

      While duration and type of training varies among the Services, all teach military subjects, leadership skills and physical training. The goal is to prepare recruits for the challenges of officer life, from managing others to understanding military culture and law. You can learn more about specific programs and classes by visiting the Service-specific websites listed in the table below.

    Army Officer Candidate School Marine Corps Officer Candidates School Navy Officer Candidate School Air Force Officer Training School Coast Guard Officer Candidate School
    Duration: 12 weeks 10 weeks 12 weeks 9 weeks 17 weeks
    Rank Upon Graduation: Second Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Ensign Second Lieutenant Ensign
    Location: Fort Benning
    Fort Benning, Ga.
    Marine Corps Base Quantico
    Quantico, Va.
    Naval Station Newport
    Newport, R.I.
    Maxwell-Gunter
    Air Force Base

    Montgomery, Ala.
    Coast Guard Academy
    New London, Conn.
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    Coast Guard
    OCS
      • Army Officer Candidate School
      • Duration:

        12 weeks
      • Rank Upon Graduation:

        Second Lieutenant
      • Location:

        Fort BenningFort Benning, Ga.
      • More Info:

        ArmyOCS
      • Marine Corps Officer Candidates School
      • Duration:

        10 weeks
      • Rank Upon Graduation:

        Second Lieutenant
      • Location:

        Marine Corps Base QuanticoQuantico, Va.
      • More Info:

        Marine CorpsOCS
      • Navy Officer Candidate School
      • Duration:

        12 weeks
      • Rank Upon Graduation:

        Ensign
      • Location:

        Naval Station NewportNewport, R.I.
      • More Info:

        NavyOCS
      • Air Force Officer Training School
      • Duration:

        9 weeks
      • Rank Upon Graduation:

        Second Lieutenant
      • Location:

        Maxwell-GunterAir Force Base
        Montgomery, Ala.
      • More Info:

        Air ForceOTS
      • Coast Guard Officer Candidate School
      • Duration:

        17 weeks
      • Rank Upon Graduation:

        Ensign
      • Location:

        Coast Guard AcademyNew London, Conn.
      • More Info:

        Coast GuardOCS
  • OCS Videos

  • OCS Videos

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      The Next Step: Working

      The Next Step: Working

      After a service member has completed his or her training, it's time to put what they've learned to use.