Basic Officer Accession Training (BOAT) has been turning Navy officers into Naval Oceanography Officers for 26 years. The course was initially designed to provide formal training in the fundamentals of meteorology and oceanography and computer support systems to newly assessed officers prior to arriving at their first duty station. Although most of the officers have a science/math-type academic background, the only academic requirement for BOAT is a mathematics-based physics course, so any academic degree is accepted as long as the officer has the mathematics-based physics prerequisite. From BOAT, the new officers go to operational oceanography commands worldwide.
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