Undergraduate Entry Officers' Course

Division onboard HMAS Stuart.
Division onboard HMAS Stuart.

The Undergraduate Entry Officers' Course (UEOC) consists of a one-week residential course designed to provide an insight into life in the RAN. Its main purpose is to enable you, as a junior officer undertaking university studies, to have a fundamental understanding of the Navy.

There are no formal assessments conducted on this course as, upon completing your university degree you will then attend the New Entry Officers' Course (NEOC). Instead you will learn the very basics of what the Navy is about, including how to correctly recognise ranks and how to salute.

Members joining through the UEOC scheme will have their degrees paid for, as well as receiving a salary from the RAN. In return you accrue what is known as a Return Of Service Obligation (ROSO), that requires you to work for the RAN for a specific period determined by the length and cost of your degree.

Training Summary

Two Midshipman relaxing at a social function.
Two Midshipman relaxing at a social function.

Administration

This time is set aside to conduct a large variety of miscellaneous tasks. These include, but are not limited to, attending medicals, uniform issue and paperwork.

Division mustering.
Division mustering.

Divisional System

The Divisional System within the RAN is designed to facilitate the effective everyday management of its personnel. You will receive some introductory lessons on how the Divisional System is applied throughout the RAN and a brief introduction to the role of the Divisional Officer (DO).

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. On this course you will learn the various ADF and Navy policies in regard to E&D. You will also learn about the Equity Adviser Network, which exists to aid people in resolving E&D issues.

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

OHS and Risk Management Induction

The RAN takes very seriously its responsibility to provide a safe working environment. During this course, you will learn the principles of Occupational Health and Safety and how they uniquely apply within the RAN.

Officers with swords.
Officers with swords.

Parade and Ceremonial

A big part of being in the military is ceremonies and marching. You will receive basic lessons on how to march and perform drill, which will include how to salute correctly.

The Pixley cup.
The Pixley cup.

Physical Training

You will learn to love the time you spend with the Physical Training Instructors (PTIs). During UEOC, the PTIs will give you an introduction to fitness in the RAN and demonstrate military fitness skills.

RAN Organisation

Here you will learn how the Royal Australian Navy is structured. You will also learn about the rank and rating system, so you can correctly identify both sailors and other officers. Additionally you will learn about the honours and awards system, as well as the ships and establishments of the RAN.