Candidate Question: OCS to TBS Transition

Candidates, we are beginning a new series of small posts which answer specific candidate’s questions. Feel free to submit questions as blog comments. If the information could help others, the question may be answered as a blog post under the Q&A category.

Candidate Question:

How does the transition from OCS to TBS work? Are those that graduate from OCS typically able to enter TBS immediately? Or is there a waiting period, and if so, how long would the wait be? Lastly, was there a waiting period in between what would be required of the graduate during that time?


From OCC to TBS, there is usually no wait–you commission and then go check into TBS immediately. From PLC, you will have a long wait, maybe 6 to 9 months after commissioning. For PLC, you commission once you graduate college, since you did OCS over the summers. However, these timing issues always change so talk to your OSO for up-to-date info.

Lastly, check out our TBS gift guide for family, or I guess for yourself to pick up some necessary pieces of gear!

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  1. When PLC graduates are commissioned after their college graduation, and are awaiting their entry into The Basic School are they eligible for any benefits? Specifically, do they need to remain covered under their parents’ health insurance or are they covered by the Government? When do they begin getting paid, when they get to The Basic School? Thank you.

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