• 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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      • Army Officer Candidate School
      • Duration:

        12 weeks
      • Locations:

        Second Lieutenant
      • Physical Fitness Requirements:

        Fort BenningFort Benning, Ga.
      • :

        ArmyOCS
      • Marine Corps Officer Candidates School
      • Duration:

        10 weeks
      • Locations:

        Second Lieutenant
      • Physical Fitness Requirements:

        Marine Corps Base QuanticoQuantico, Va.
      • :

        Marine CorpsOCS
      • Navy Officer Candidate School
      • Duration:

        12 weeks
      • Locations:

        Ensign
      • Physical Fitness Requirements:

        Naval Station NewportNewport, R.I.
      • :

        NavyOCS
      • Air Force Officer Training School
      • Duration:

        9 weeks
      • Locations:

        Second Lieutenant
      • Physical Fitness Requirements:

        Maxwell-GunterAir Force Base
        Montgomery, Ala.
      • :

        Air ForceOTS
      • Coast Guard Officer Candidate School
      • Duration:

        17 weeks
      • Locations:

        Ensign
      • Physical Fitness Requirements:

        Coast Guard AcademyNew London, Conn.
      • :

        Coast GuardOCS

    OCS Videos

    OCS Videos

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