New Entry Officers' Course

A Ceremonial Sunset.
A Ceremonial Sunset.

The New Entry Officers' Course (NEOC) teaches the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be an effective junior naval officer. The course is approximately five months long and is residential, requiring students to live at HMAS Creswell.

Creswell is at Jervis Bay, surrounded by Booderee National Park, three hours south of Sydney. The biggest challenge of the course is understanding what it means to be a naval officer. The primary responsibility of an officer is the welfare of their sailors and to uphold the Navy's core values of honour, honesty, courage, integrity and loyalty. The first four weeks of the course is the Initial Training Period (ITP). ITP is intensive and teaches the basics of military life. These include military discipline, how to wear a uniform with pride, how to move around in a military manner and to correctly interact with other officers as well as sailors. There is no leave during ITP as these activities run seven days a week.

The course's first challenge is learning to live in communally with your new division mates. Each trainee has their own single cabin, however all trainees share communal heads (toilets) and showers. Each cabin will be required to be set up in a specific fashion, with minimal personal effects unpacked during ITP, however once ITP is complete there will be the freedom to put out a limited number of personal effects.

NEOC is about naval leadership, requiring team member and team leader qualities. And development of mateship with fellow junior officers on the course is an important part of a career in the RAN.

Training Summary

NEOC Graduation Parade.
NEOC Graduation Parade.

Administration

This time is reserved for miscellaneous tasks. These include, but are not limited to, attending medicals, uniform issue, social functions and paperwork. This time can also be used to keep in touch with family.

 
Officers conducting a brief.
Officers conducting a brief.

Communications

These lessons teach communication skills within the military, including the format for verbal communications and the use of templates for written material. This is an important module, because officers are expected to be proficient communicators.

 
Division mustering.
Division mustering.

Divisional System

The RAN's Divisional System facilitates effective personnel management and the RANC creates the opportunity to experience it first hand. Trainees are taught how the Divisional System is applied throughout the rest of the RAN and given a brief introduction to the role of the Divisional Officer (DO). Formal training as a DO comes later in the Naval Officer Leadership Courses (NOLC).

 
Male and Female officer conversing.
Male and Female officer conversing.

Equity & Diversity Awareness

Being an equal opportunity employer, the RAN requires all it's members to undergo Equity and Diversity (E&D) training. This course teaches the various ADF and Navy policies in regard to E&D and also the Equity Adviser Network, which exists to aid people in resolving E&D issues.

 
Standard military targets.
Standard military targets.

F88 Steyr Rifle Course

The F88 Austeyr Rifle is the primary service weapon of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Training in how to use this weapon is conducted over a week and covers safe handling, how to strip and assemble it, as well as a live range shoot.

 
Leadership in the field.
Leadership in the field.

Leadership

The job of a RAN officer is to lead by example. RANC provides lessons in leadership which includes learning how to apply the Navy's military leadership model to various situations, as well as opportunities to develop leadership potential through numerous practical exercises.

 
Boats at mooring.
Boats at mooring.

Maritime Studies (Boatwork)

Maritime studies covers learning to drive HMAS Creswell's work boats and the Navy's Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs).

 
Monitoring equipment.
Monitoring equipment.

Naval Weapons and Technology

"What sort of guns do the ships have?" is often the first question asked of Navy personnel. NEOC covers the RAN's range of weaponry and supporting technology such as radar, sonar etc.

 
Equipment being moved with a jackstay.
Equipment being moved with a jackstay.

WHS and Risk Management Induction

The RAN takes very seriously its responsibility to provide a safe working environment. This course teaches the principles of Work Health and Safety and how they apply within the RAN.

Parade and Ceremonial

Ceremonies, drills and marching are part of the military. Towards the end of the course, trainees take the Power of Command test - an assessment of drill and command knowledge.

 
The Chaplain presenting a personal development lesson.
The Chaplain presenting a personal development lesson.

Personal Development

These lessons assist trainees identify personal strengths and weaknesses in themselves and others. They include application of Navy values as integral to moral and ethical leadership.

 
The Pixley cup.
The Pixley cup.

Physical Training

Physical Training Instructors (PTIs) raise trainees' physical fitness to required levels. PT includes what is known as Early Morning Activities (EMA), conducted at 0545h every second day. EMA activities include running, circuit training and pack marches, to name a few.

 
The Voyager memorial.
The Voyager memorial.

RAN History

In order to take advantage of past mistakes and successes the course covers RAN history. Course work is assessed through an exam as well as a military history essay. The person who writes the best essay will receive the Naval Historical Society Prize from the reviewing officer at the graduation day ceremonies.

 
Casulty under observation in Exercise.
Casulty under observation in Exercise.

RAN Initial First Aid Course

The RAN Initial First Aid Course is run over two and a half days and covers everything from Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Expired Air Resuscitation (EAR), to how to apply a Pressure Immobilisation Bandage (PIB) bandage to a snake bite, or even how to treat someone for hypothermia.

 
Three Huon Class Mine Hunters.
Three Huon Class Mine Hunters.

RAN Organisation

This course covers RAN structure. It includes the rank and rating system, honours and awards, and the ships and establishments of the RAN.

 
Training vessel Seahorse Horizon.
Training vessel Seahorse Horizon.

Sea Familiarisation

The first sea familiarisation experience for trainees is a weeklong adventure on board the College's vessel, Seahorse Horizon, where the basics of seamanship learnt in the classroom are applied. In the last 24 hours of this trip each division takes a turn at command, overseen by Navy staff.

 
Various major fleet units at anchor.
Various major fleet units at anchor.

The next exposure to sea will be on the Sea Training Deployment where trainees will join a Major Fleet Unit (MFU) for several weeks, for example the Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Canberra, for whatever activities they are conducting. Trainees become crew members for this period, and are involved in all their activities. To appreciate the various departments on board ship, trainees also complete a task book during this time. Port visits, around Australia and overseas, is an additional advantage of this activity.

 
Helicopter conducting night operations.
Helicopter conducting night operations.

Security Acquaint Course

This is a one-day course on how security works within the military and, in particular, the RAN.

 
Firefighting training.
Firefighting training.

Standard Combat Survivability

This course is conducted at the RAN School of School of Survivability and Ship Safety (RANSSSS) located near the RANC. It covers threats to the ship and crew, which includes fighting fires, performing flood control, and reacting to various hazardous situations, commonly referred to as Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defence (NBCD) training.

 
Trainees in life raft.
Trainees in life raft.

Survival at Sea

A prerequisite for joining the Navy is serving at sea., which requires being able to abandon ship correctly. Such knowledge includes how to: wear a thermal suit, enter the water from the side of a ship, use the life jackets, enter a standard RAN life raft as well as attracting rescuers' attention.

Systems Management

These lessons cover the various systems employed by the RAN including Microsoft Office through to the personnel management systems.