PETTY OFFICER AND CHIEF PETTY
OFFICER INDOCTRINATION COURSES
Completion of the Petty Officer (POIC) and Chief
Petty Officer Indoctrination Courses (CPOIC) are
mandatory for new third class petty officer and chief
petty officer selectees. E-4 and E-7 selectees may not
be frocked or advanced until they have completed the
appropriate course. However, commanding officers of
training commands may authorize frocking for student
CPO selectees before they complete the CPOIC if the
course is not available at the training command.
Although a temporary waiver may be granted for
frocking purposes, completion of the CPOIC is
required before the advancement is effected.
Personnel in training commands and accelerated
advancement programs must also complete the POIC
before frocking or advancement to petty officer third
class. Personnel must complete the POIC even if they
are advanced to Third Class Petty Officer by programs
other than the Navywide advancement examination.
The POIC and CPOIC were developed to ease the
transition of newly advanced enlisted personnel as they
assume the responsibilities of new and unique roles.
Individual commands should conduct these courses
when feasible. Consolidated training by several
commands, which is considered to be more effective
for the CPOIC, is recommended if possible. The
command master chief should be the organizational
coordinator for both courses. If possible, chief petty
officers with instructor experience should conduct the
The CPOIC and POIC onboard training packages
consist of two components: the Students Journal
(S.J.) and the Instructors Guide (I.G.).
The S.J. is a narrative text presented in a modified
outline format. It includes a topical outline, a course
overview, key points, supplemental readings, and
references. Each page contains space for student
notes. The S.J. becomes the property of the student
upon completion of the course.
The I.G. is the working document for the
instructor. It contains all the information found in the
S.J. in an outline format. It also contains questions the
instructor may use to stimulate classroom discussion.
The I.G. should be personalized to fit the policy,
doctrine, and climate of the command.
Petty Officer Indoctrination Course
The POIC is a 22-hour onboard training course
covering a wide range of subject matter areas. The I.G.
(NAVEDTRA 38201) and S. J. (NAVEDTRA 38200)
are divided into the following nine units of instruction:
1. Roles and responsibilities of a petty officer.
2. Developing leadership and management skills.
3. Basic needs and human behavior.
4. Communicating with others.
5. Standards in the Navy.
8. Military justice and the petty officer.
9. Pride, professionalism, and personal
Chief Petty Officer Indoctrination Course
The CPOIC is a 25-hour onboard training course
designed to prepare newly selected CPOs for transition
from PO1 to CPO. The course is designed to answer as
many questions as possible regarding this major
milestone in a Navy persons career.
(NAVEDTRA 38203) and S.J. (NAVEDTRA 38202)
are divided into the following 10 subject matter areas:
1. Introduction to the Chief Petty Officer
3. Communication skills.
4. Management skills.
5. Leadership skills.
6. Command climate.
8. Chief petty officers quarters and messes.
9. Navy programs and policies (for example, the
Substance Abuse, and Sexual Harassment
10. CPO uniforms history, requirements, and
Ordering CPOIC and POIC Publications
Since the CPOIC and POIC publications are
updated annually, the ESO should order new S.J.s and