To reenforce principles learned in the class-
room, the school requires students to engage in
hands-on training, This includes underway
experience on yard-patrol craft and time in mock-
ups of ships bridges and combat information
centers. It also includes training on the USS
Buttercup, a damage control trainer that simulates
a sinking ship.
Upon successful completion of the course of
instruction, officer candidates receive a com-
mission as an ensign in the United States Naval
Reserve. They then serve 4 years on active duty
and 2 years in an inactive Reserve status. The top
10 percent of each graduating class receive
recognition as distinguished naval graduates and
are offered a Regular U.S. Navy commission.
The Navy began the Aviation
Candidate School (AOCS) Program in
provides an avenue to commissioned service for
applicants interested in serving as naval aviators,
naval flight officers, intelligence officers, or
aviation maintenance duty officers.
Candidates selected for AOCS attend 14 weeks
of indoctrination training at Pensacola, Florida.
Subjects of instruction include seamanship,
organizational operations, naval administration,
military law, naval leadership,
aeronautics, engineering, and navigation. Upon
successful completion they receive their com-
missions as ensigns.
Members desiring pilot training continue their
flight training for 12 to 18 months after com-
missioning. Following successful completion of
the additional flight training, candidates are
designated naval aviators and accept a 7-year
Naval flight officer (NFO) candidates, after
will continue their training
leading to designation as NFOs. NFOs incur a
6-year active-duty obligation following their
Candidates selected for the intelligence
program and the aviation maintenance duty
officer program undergo additional training
following commissioning. They must serve on
active duty for 4 years from their date of
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) was
officially established at Monterey, California, in
1951, although the original postgraduate school
dates back to the early 1900s.
The current total educational emphasis of this
school is on graduate-level programs; the school
meets 80 percent of the Navys graduate educa-
tion requirement. NPS has over 40 programs of
study, ranging from the traditional engineering
and physical sciences to the rapidly evolving space
science programs. No other university offers
Navy-oriented graduate curricula with such a
broad span of topics. Studies include aircraft
combat survivability, fiber optics, robotics,
artificial intelligence, data base systems, and
light weight satellites.
Lieutenant and lieutenant commander selection
boards screen officers for NPS. The boards also
determine the officers areas of study, based on
the officers designators and academic profile
codes. Potential NPS students discuss with their
detailers how the school can fit into their careers
and whether or not they wish to attend.
NPS is accredited by the Accrediting Com-
mission for Senior Colleges and Universities of
the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
UNIVERSITY OF THE HEALTH
The Uniformed Services University of the
Health Sciences was established to educate career-
oriented medical officers for the military services.
The university currently incorporates the F.
Edward Hebert School of Medicine graduate and
continuing education programs. It is located on
the Naval Medical Command Reservation in
A faculty committee on admissions makes
student selections. The committee bases its
selections upon candidates motivation and
dedication to a career in the uniformed services
and an overall appraisal of their personal and
intellectual characteristics. Applicants must be
U.S. citizens and meet the physical and personal
qualifications for commissioning. They also must
give evidence of a strong commitment to serving
as a uniformed medical officer. The graduating
medical student must serve a period of obligation
of not less than 7 years.
The universitys F. Edward Hebert School of
Medicine now has an enrollment of over 600
officers in training for their M.D. degrees. It
has an additional enrollment of over 100