Do Navy Nurse Reserve OFFICERS have to complete boot camp?

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I am a student who will be granduating next year, and Im considering applying to one of the military reserve fields after I complete the NCLEX. I can't seem to find a clear answer on this. Do Navy reserve officiers have do the 8 week boot camp and finish the fitness test at the end? (the only information I can find on this matter applies to enlisted) I know as an officer you have to do the 12 day training of leadership before anything else. Any insight from the experienced would be appriciated. Thank you.


Specializes in Med/Surg.

EVERYONE going into the military attends SOME type of basic military training. Not sure how long the Navy's officer training is though.

Navy officers complete a course called ODS. It's a few weeks long and it isn't basic. However, it is the military, and they expect you to pass the physical fitness test before you leave. ODS (as best I can tell) is a compilation of courses and classes that Navy officers complete before they go to their first duty station. It is attended only by direct commissionees, not ROTC grads.

Specializes in Neuro ICU/Trauma/Emergency.

For current or former Officers of military branches other than the Navy (OSVET), as well as for Officer candidates without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial leadership training requirement by attending the twelve-day Direct Commission Officer School (DCO) in Newport, RI. This will count as your first Annual Training.

The Navy Reserve offers flexible training options that fit the busy schedules of nursing professionals. That means you can comfortably balance your civilian and Navy schedules while enriching your personal career experience.

If your specialty area lies in anesthesia, operating rooms, medical/surgical or critical care nursing, your skills are highly valued in the Navy Reserve, and your service will be rewarded accordingly.

Specializes in Neuro ICU/Trauma/Emergency.

Every member of the Armed Forced is required to complete a 6 week-minimum basic training course!

Every member of the Armed Forced is required to complete a 6 week-minimum basic training course!

This is not true. Requirements vary by branch and by active vs. reserve. The active Marine Officers complete the 9 week basic training with enlistees. Active Army Officers (such as myself) complete a 12-week med-specific course in San Antonio, TX. Active Navy Officers who are not ROTC grads complete ODS, which is 3-4 weeks long from what my coworkers tell me.

Reservists are always the exception to the rule. Army Reservists were only with us in training in San An for 3 weeks.

Due to recent changes in the military overall, I would strongly suggest you speak to recruiters. Not enlistee recruiters, but nurse recruiters specificallly. They can tell you what the requirements are and what your options are much better than any of us can.

SoldierNurse22 is correct. In Army ROTC we had a one month field leadership course our summer of third year to our fourth year. We did not have the enlisted basic training (unless you were already a prior service member). Talk to a nurse recruiter and they will give you the correct information.

Marine Corps Officers do not attend "basic" with Enlisted Marines. USMC Officers attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, VA. It can vary in length, depending on the program through which you enter the Marine Corps. ROTC candidates go for 6 weeks. PLC or OCC candidates go for either 10 weeks or they go for 2- 6 week periods, in separate years (e.g.- after freshman year and again after junior year). The only USMC Officers that do not go to OCS are Naval Academy graduates. All Marine Corps Officers attend TBS (The Basic School), for 6 months, after getting commissioned and then head out to their MOS school. Marine Corps Boot Camp is 12 weeks and takes place in either San Diego or Parris Island, SC. The men are split between the two, and all women go to PI.

@0402-Not sure if your referring to active duty or non active reservists. Im also more interested in the Navy rather than the Marine Corps. But thank you for the information.

Thank you for all the input, I dont wanna contact a recruiter atm because Im about a year away from taking the NCLEX, so Im just kindof gathering as much information as possible from experienced people. Also, I'm going to complete my next semester of nursing clinical in Africa on a Mission trip. As a result, my contact to the outside world will be limited. I was planning on contacting a recruiter when I return, but for now Im hoping someone who has traveled this path personally will be on the forums and able to give me a general idea.

You guys are all awesome for the information so far.


The Marine Corps doesn't have medical personnel anyway, so it's pretty much a moot point, but I just wanted to correct something that was said earlier by someone else. Sorry about that.

The Marine Corps doesn't have medical personnel anyway, so it's pretty much a moot point, but I just wanted to correct something that was said earlier by someone else. Sorry about that.

Good point. MC uses Navy medical personnel. The point is, no officer or officer candidate or cadet goes through enlisted basic training (unless you happen to be a prior service member).

I'm aware that officers in the USMC don't go through basic with enlistees (believe it or not, you can learn a thing or two on active duty). The point I was attempting to make is that this branch's officer training is more like enlisted basic than any other branch. Army officer vs. enlistee basic is a completely different atomosphere. My apologies for not being spot-on correct. I will strive for a higher level of clarity.

As far as the length, that's changed and goes to prove my "ask a recruiter" point nicely. Especially with budget cuts and full branches, requirements are changing quite a bit. Unfortunately, the armed forces are trying to cut back, not expand.

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