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Class number?

Started by Paul Kinney. Last reply by Tim Bates Aug 1, 2016. 57 Replies

My son Alex is scheduled to report to OCS June 20.  Is there a way to find out his class number ahead of time?  We have everything else we need to compose his mail address.Continue

Tags: United States Navy, Navy OCS, Class Number, OCS Class Number, Officer Candidate School

Class 08-17 A/B Newport Rhode Island started Jan 8, 2017

Started by LTB. Last reply by LTB Feb 21, 2017. 41 Replies

These are threads from this website that I found extremely helpful in providing me with a window into our kids' lives for the next three months:First Week of OCS,…Continue

Tags: 2017, Class, 08-17, January, RI

Class 17-16

Started by Jim Gauley. Last reply by Jonas Berman May 19, 2017. 28 Replies

Any parents out there for this group interested keeping in touch during the process, we are newbies to all of this and willing to talk to any as we watch our kids through the process of OCS.God bless.Continue

OCS Class 02-11

Started by Mike Galligan. Last reply by Mike Galligan Sep 22, 2010. 23 Replies

Hope this is the first thread for this class.  Just a place for all to go for questions/info as we go through this experience.  Seems as if some of the class was able to make calls yesterday (8/29).  Maybe F Company?  Nothing from Ted in E Company…Continue

Tags: United States Naval Academy, Navy Officers School, United States Navy, E Company, F Company

Hotels suggestions please for OTC Newport for OCS Graduation

Started by LTB. Last reply by Joe Parsons Mar 5, 2017. 19 Replies

We will be attending our son's graduation the very end of March. An uncle and aunt also plan on flying out with us and possibly another uncle and aunt so we have a need for two rooms, possibly three. It's been at least 30 years since we visited…Continue

Waiting for selection letter with start date......OCS

Started by Brian James. Last reply by Darren Gaylor Apr 26, 2017. 14 Replies

Good morning!I hope someone may have some insight/thoughts on the selection letter timeline and staying motivated. My son received notification that he was selected back in march, but has not received a selection letter or start date. How long does…Continue

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Comment by Bob Kenyon on August 19, 2017 at 11:16am
Hi Bart. Yes, you can take pictures/videos during part of the graduation. They will tell you when it is allowed. If I remember correctly, no cameras allowed during The National Anthem or Navy and Marine Anthems.
Comment by Bart Broadman on August 5, 2017 at 9:49pm

Thanks and congratulations Bob

Comment by Bob Kenyon on August 5, 2017 at 9:30pm
Just attended our sons commission, class 14-17. It's like what Tim said. The Hi Moms reception was 5:30-830 at the Officers Club. We were asked to come early in the afternoon to help move out as much as possible. Graduation was at 10/30 the next morning. We had to arrive early to pick up the rest of our sons thing so that he was out before graduation. We live in NY so we only spent Thursday night. We regretted not staying an extra night to see more of Newport. Best wishes for your son.
Comment by Bart Broadman on August 5, 2017 at 9:23pm

Thanks for the info -- much appreciated.  and really looking forward to it.

Comment by Tim Bates on August 5, 2017 at 8:31pm


i have been to 2 of these graduations a couple years ago. Generally, there is a party/celebration at the Officers club in the afternoon for the graduating class. The usually happens on a Thursday. The dress is business casual and some food and drink are available. The next day, normally a Friday the graduation ceremony takes place either on the drill field or the drill hall. Lots of Navy tradition here. Band plays, guest speaker, etc. Afterwards, the officers are usually free for dinner or travel and move their stuff out of the barracks. 

Comment by Bart Broadman on August 5, 2017 at 7:25pm

I received a one liner from my son saying class 16-17 graduation is sep 14/15.

Anybody been to an OCS graduation before able to tell me the rough agenda?  When it is good to arrive and depart?  thanks

Comment by Bob Kenyon on July 25, 2017 at 1:02pm

My son is in class 14-17.  I have read that they don't have PIR anymore.  We haven't heard anything for his class either.  Fingers crossed that they do have it.  Our candidates work so hard, would love to see it.  Congrats on everyone passing RLP!

Comment by Bart Broadman on July 25, 2017 at 8:53am

Got it, thanks.  I haven't heard anything on the PIR date yet, but will post here if i do.  I am keen to find out as organizing a Singapore to Newport trip is going to take a bit of work.  But wouldn't miss it for anything!

Comment by JOSEPH HICKEY on July 25, 2017 at 8:47am

Bart- According to my son, all future OCS classes will be 10 weeks long, not 12. Hear anything about PIR date?

Comment by Bart Broadman on July 25, 2017 at 8:37am

Joseph -- Thanks for sharing that -- my son is also in 16-17.  We live abroad so he wasn't able to call us (he dropped us a short email).  So any updates from other class 16-17 parents are much appreciated.

One question -- what does it mean when you say "Classes will be 10 weeks after his?"



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