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Per NAVADMIN 189-97, SUBJ: Navy Leadership Continuum, the following prerequisites apply to CO Leadership Course:

Prospective Commanding Officers (who typically have 15-21 years of commissioned service): O-5/O-6 officers en route to their first Command tour will attend the two-week Command Leadership Course in Newport, RI.

Additionally, Surface Warfare LCDRs en route to their initial Command-At-Sea command (e.g. MCM or LCS Rotational Crews) will also attend the Command Leadership Course in Newport, RI.

SELRES Officers who have screened for command and are assigned to commissioned units will mirror the active force Leadership Training Continuum requirements.      


"Exemplary Conduct Statute"

"All commanding officers and others in authority in the Naval Service are required to show themselves a good example of virtue, honor, patriotism and subordination; to be vigilant in inspecting the conduct of all persons who are placed under their command; to guard against and suppress all dissolute and immoral practices, and to correct, according to the laws and regulations of the Navy all persons who are guilty of them; and to make all necessary and proper measures under the laws, regulations and customs of the Naval Services, to promote and safeguard the morale, the physical well-being and the general welfare of the officers and enlisted persons under their command or charge."

10 U.S. Code 5947

Article 1131, Navy Regs



CO Pre-Reading Assignments
(Click on "Assignment" in left column to start the assignment)

Assignment 1 Ch 8 Navy Regulations, the Commanding Officer
Assignment 2 Ch 11 Navy Regulations, General
Assignment 3 Navy SORM 3.1.1 and 2 the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer plus 5.1.47 REQUIRED READING FOR OFFICERS
Assignment 4 Charge of Command
NOTE: Readings are linked to the most up to date references. Periodic changes are distributed via Navy Administration (NAVADMIN) or All Navy (ALNAV) messages. These include, but are not limited to, the below:

Navy Regulations Interim Changes Navy Regulations/ALNAV Interim Changes.pdf

Command Authorities Ashore Changes (important change as of Nov 11)

Be prepared to engage in class-wide discussions on the above.