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A Sea Story

“Reveille! Reveille! Reveille! All hands heave up and thrice out! Now reveille! The smoking lamp is lighted in all authorized spaces! The Uniform of the Day is as follows! Navy wash khaki uniform wear for all Officer Candidates! With wash khaki cover! Navy working khaki uniform for E-Seven and above! With C.N.T. cover! Carry guidons! Carry flags! Close all outboard windows! Daily exercise will be held on the parade ground! Weather forecast is! Sunny! With a daily low of seven-five degrees Fahrenheit! Daily high of niner-eight degrees Fahrenheit! Visibility of one-zero miles! Niner-zero percent humidity! Wind conditions light! Zero-three miles variable! Arising from the southeast! Black flag conditions are forecasted in the course of the day! Again reveille!”


Wake up to A Sea Story: Navy Officer Candidate School, a unique book about life at the U.S. Navy’s Officer Candidate School (Navy OCS) training program. Join Mike Zurich and his classmates for a detailed look at the school's rigorous academic, physical and military training. Honor. Courage. Commitment. Give the gift this Christmas that can change a life.
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N.W.S. 1977 –
A Sea Story 
Book 1
Navy Officer Candidate School (OCS)
531 pages
ISBN 978-0-9853554-2-5
2013
PUBLISHED IN THE U.S.A.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

About the author: N.W.S is from New York City. Following his studies at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, he joined the Navy (1999 - 2005), serving with distinction in the Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. He remains the youngest recipient of the U.S. Navy Junior Intelligence Officer of the Year Award (2002) for his part in Operation Enduring Freedom and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Defense Human Intelligence Service (DHS) Company Grade Officer of the Year (2004) serving in some of the world's most dangerous places. Following law school at the University of Miami School of Law as a Dean's Scholar, he joined the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, DC as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2009 working as part of the Office of Policy and International Affairs, where he continues to work with Europe and the Asia Pacific to build international energy cooperation. He is a member of the New York bar.

A History of U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School (Navy OCS)

The core curriculum of Navy Officer Candidate School (Navy OCS) dates back to World War II officer commissioning programs and the 1950s era training of naval aviators at Navy Aviation Officer Candidate School (Navy AOCS) in the cradle of naval aviation at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida. Whereas most police and military training courses rely traditionally on instructors drawn from within a service branch's own ranks, Navy AOCS chose enlisted Marine Corp Drill Instructors as its military indoctrinators, extending the option to graduates of ascending to service in the Navy or the Marine Corp. The list of distinguished graduates from Navy AOCS is long, among them President George H.W. Bush, the nation's 41st President who served with distinction in World War II as an aviator for Torpedo Squadron (VT-51) in the Pacific.

The success of the World War II programs also led Navy leadership to establish a parallel Navy Officer Candidate School (Navy OCS) program at Newport, Rhode Island in 1951 to serve the need for other Naval Officer designators in the Navy's Surface Warfare, Submariner, Special Warfare (SEAL), Line, Supply Corps and Intelligence communities. These Officer Candidates were trained by Navy Chiefs.
Distinguished graduates from Navy OCS in Rhode Island, especially Surface Warfare Officers, often cite the program as the true antecedent of today's program.

Modern Navy OCS Training Program

Navy Aviation Officer Candidate School (Navy AOCS) and Navy Officer Candidate School (Navy OCS) training continued in parallel until their merger at NAS Pensacola in 1994 as a unified curriculum for Officer Candidates that retained the service of both the Marine Core Drill Instructors and the Navy Chiefs. The curriculum, largely faithful to its earliest core, remains demanding. As described by the U.S. Navy's Officer Training Command: 

"OCS is extremely demanding; morally, mentally, and physically. Your personal Honor, Courage, and Commitment will be tested at OCS and you will be challenged to live up to the highest standards of these core values. The school’s curriculum will demand the most of your academic prowess. Mental training involves memorization of military knowledge, academic courses, and military inspections. Physical training (PT) begins immediately upon arrival at OCS."


Return to Newport

As part of the Department of Defense (DOD) base realignment and closure review in 2005, Navy Officer Candidate School (Navy OCS) training was again relocated in September 2007, returning the program to its sister roots in Rhode Island. The "Navy owned, Marine Corps trained" slogan remains a point of pride for Navy OCS and the school's graduates, now entering a seventh decade of training. Additional information on the program is available at http://www.ocs.navy.mil.

Navy OCS in Popular Culture

Navy Officer Candidate School (Navy OCS) entered America's popular consciousness with the release of An Officer and a Gentleman in 1982, a fictionalized portrayal of the school at a naval air station in Washington State. The movie captures the coming-of-age spirit of the officer program amid a love story between Richard Gere's Officer Candidate Mayo and a local girl played by Debra Winger, as well as officer training under Marine Gunnery Sergeant Emil Foley portrayed by Louis Gosset Jr. in an Academy Award winning performance.

A Sea Story: Navy Officer Candidate School

At once academic and highly literary, the narrative of A Sea Story takes a detailed look at the academic, physical and indoctrination rigors of Navy OCS as part of a history that dates from the early origins of the U.S. Navy during the Revolutionary War to the modern nuclear fleet. The result is a story that honors the legacy of this great American institution without shying away from a detailed description of the realities of military indoctrination.

We believe that A Sea Story will resonate with serious readers as a challenging read that captures an important narrative within America's cultural landscape in an original literary voice. While nothing can prepare a person for Navy OCS, this book is as close you can come to living the experience without putting on a Poopie Suit. This book can potentially impact the direction and substance of a life's trajectory. Check it out.

For the courageous, additional information on the Navy Officer Candidate School application process and Navy selection boards may be found at: http://www.ocs.navy.mil/ocs_faq.asp.  







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     “Line it up. Repeat after me. Say it loud. Yes, Sir.”
     “Yes, Sir!”
     “No, Sir.”
     “No, Sir!”
     “Aye aye, Sir.”
     “Aye aye, Sir!”
     “No excuse, Sir.”
     “No excuse, Sir!”
     “This Indoctrination Candidate does not know but will find out, Sir.”
     “This Indoctrination Candidate does not know but will find out, Sir!”
     “Altogether now and much louder. Yes, Sir.”
     “Yes, Sir!!”
     “No, Sir.”
     “No, Sir!!”
     “Aye aye, Sir.”
     “Aye aye, Sir!!”
     “No excuse, Sir.”
     “No excuse, Sir!!”
     “This Indoctrination Candidate does not know but will find out, Sir.”
     “This Indoctrination Candidate does not know but will find out, Sir!!”
     “You must get louder.”
     “He said louder!”
     “On your own. Begin.”
 
     “Yes, Sir!!”
     “No, Sir!!”
     “Aye aye, Sir!!”
     “No excuse, Sir!!”
     “This Indoctrination Candidate does not know but will find out, Sir!!”



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