When is officer training? Do I have to attend?

Officer training for each service takes place during the summer prior to the start of medical school and lasts 5-6 weeks. Specific dates vary from year to year.

Unless otherwise stated, the officer training course is mandatory.

  • Army: Prior Army officers are not required to attend the Army Basic Officer Leadership Course (BOLC). The Army will recognize all BOLCs as meeting requirements as long as there has not been more than a two year break in service (this may change so check with the Commissioning Coordinator). All civilian, enlisted, ROTC, and West Point graduates are required to attend BOLC, located at Fort Sam Houston in TX.
  • Navy: All civilian and enlisted incoming students commissioning into the Navy are required to attend the Navy Officer Development School (ODS), located in Newport, RI. Naval Academy, NROTC graduates, and prior officers are to report directly to USUHS in August as they are not required to attend the summer training.
  • Air Force: All civilian and enlisted incoming students commissioning into the Air Force must attend the Commissioned Officer Training (COT), located at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Alabama. Air Force Academy, AFROTC graduates, and prior officers are to report directly to USUHS in August as they are not required to attend the summer orientations.
  • Public Health Service: Prior PHS officers are not required to attend the Officer Basic Course (OBC) if they have already completed it, provided there has not been greater than a two year break in service. All other incoming students, including prior service officers and enlisted from other services, ROTC and academy graduates, and all incoming civilians must attend OBC, located in Rockville, MD.
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