Officer Candidate School – Coast Guard 

Coast Guard Officer Candidate School

The U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School (OCS) is located at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. The 17-week course prepares potential commissioned officers of the Coast Guard to assume the responsibilities of an officer upon graduation. Attendance of an OCS is limited to civilians who have a four-year college degree and enlisted members of … Read more

Officer Candidate School – Marine Corps

Marine Corps Officer Candidate School

The U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) is located at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. The 10-week program identifies and prepares potential commissioned officers of the Marines to assume the responsibilities of an officer. Marine Corps OCS – The Basics Marine Corps OCS’ mission is to “educate and train officer candidates in Marine … Read more

Officer Training School – Air Force

Air Force OTS

The U.S. Air Force Officer Training School (OTS) is located at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. The nine-and-a-half-week program prepares potential commissioned officers of the Air Force to assume the responsibilities of an officer upon graduation. Attendance of OTS is limited to civilians and enlisted service members who have a four-year college degree. … Read more

Officer Candidate School – Navy

Officer Candidate School Navy

The U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School (OCS) is located at Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island. The 12-week course prepares potential commissioned officers of the Navy to assume the responsibilities of an officer upon graduation. Attendance of an OCS is limited to civilians who have a four-year college degree, enlisted service members with at least … Read more

Officer Candidate & Training School

Officer Candidate School

Officer Candidate Schools (OCS), or Officer Training Schools (OTS) for Air Force personnel, prepare potential commissioned officers for a career in the military. Courses generally cover basic military training, leadership development, and physical training. These schools vary in length depending on the branch of service, but typically last between nine and 17 weeks. Attendance at … Read more

How To Become A Commissioned Officer

How To Become An Officer

When compared with the civilian world, commissioned officers in the U.S. Armed Forces are the equivalent of upper management and executives for the military. As such, commissioned officers are expected to exude leadership skills and have a well-rounded education. On the education front, all commissioned officers must have a four-year college degree. An officer’s education … Read more