Officer Candidate School

Officer Candidate School or Officer Cadet School (OCS) are military institutions which train civilians and enlisted personnel to be officers in the armed forces of a country. Different countries and services run their Officer Candidate schools differently. Most schools are for less than one year. An OCS is different from a service academies which include academic instruction leading to a Bachelor degree. Another difference is that an OCS is taught almost exclusively by the military.[1]


  1. Ron Milam, Not a Gentleman's War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2009), p. 42

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