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Phase 0 (IDT):

This phase is conducted over three IDT weekends (March, April, & May) prior to Phase I. This phase consists of  instruction on basic Soldier skills, drill and ceremony, physical training, administrative preparation, and land navigation. The goal of this phase is to prepare prospective candidates to succeed in OCS.

Phase I (ADT):  Ft. McClellan, Alabama June/July

This phase consists of 16 consecutive days (1 travel/report day and 15 training days) of OCS training at a Fort McClellan, Alabama. Day 1 will be devoted to reporting and in-processing. Day 16 of the 16-day training course may be devoted to out processing, turn-in of supplies and equipment, travel from training site, maintenance, and recovery. The focus of Phase I is Land Navigation/Warrior Tasks Battle Drills-I. Medical and weapons tasks, along with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear tasks are the focus of these drills. WTBD-I is conducted during Phase I and is conducted concurrently with the land navigation field training to accomplish three goals:

1) First, it develops the candidate’s leadership abilities by increasing his/her competence in team and individual skills. The field environment provides an opportunity for immediate feedback on leadership and followership.

2) Second, training and communicating effectively in a field environment increases confidence and endurance.

3) Third, it provides an opportunity to evaluate each candidate’s ability to prepare and present instruction. Candidates instruct their peers on all Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills. Although all of these tasks were previously taught and tested in basic training, candidates must be able to apply these skills during OCS training events. It is therefore necessary for candidates to receive refresher training on these tasks. Each candidate is assigned one or more tasks to teach and the candidate instructor must validate the proficiency of his peers on the task by conducting a performance-oriented test.

Phase II (IDT) or (Accelerated)Camp Beauregard, Pineville, LA

This phase consists of 48 separate unit training assemblies over a training year at Louisiana OCS (IDT) or is conducted in 28 consecutive days of OCS training at Fort McClellan,  Alabama (Accelerated). During Phase II, candidates will be evaluated on Warrior Tasks Battle Drills II and Field Leadership Exercise I which is conducted in a field environment (48-hour continuous operation).

Phase III (ADT): Ft. McClellan, Alabama July/August

This phase consists of 16 consecutive days (1 travel/report day and 15 training days) of OCS training at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Day 1 will be devoted to reporting and in-processing. Day 16 of the 16-day training course may be devoted to out processing, turn-in of supplies and equipment, travel from training site, maintenance, and recovery. Field Leadership Exercise II is conducted during Phase III ADT. It is a tactical exercise designed to provide candidates with an opportunity to apply skills learned in Phase II, basic Infantry tactics, while employing leadership at squad and platoon level.

Accelerated Officer Candidate School (AOCS):

Training at a national consolidated site consists of  58 consecutive days of OCS. Currently conducted at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Day 1 will be devoted to reporting and in-processing and Day 58 may be devoted to out processing, turn-in of supplies and equipment, travel from training site, maintenance, and recovery.