Senior Officers' Course

Welcome Aboard

On behalf of Naval Justice School (NJS), welcome to Senior Officer Course (SOC). If you are unable to attend the SOC, please notify the NJS Registrar, Mr. Gallant, as soon as possible (his contact information is below). Please bring Mr. Gallant a copy of your travel orders on the first day of class.

Course Schedule

Instruction will begin on the commence date listed in your orders or as otherwise directed at 0800 on the first day and will end no later than 1400 on the third day. You must attend all instruction in order to receive credit for completing the course. Please schedule your travel plans accordingly. Additionally, the Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) made this course mandatory for all Navy captains en route to command. Requests for a waiver of this policy should be routed to CNP as soon as possible. A Sample Course Schedule is located here.


The primary resource used in instructing the SOC is the USN/USMC Commander's Quick Reference Legal Handbook (QUICKMAN)

This guide provides procedural information to assist commander's with legal matters within their command. While this guide serves as a useful tool to spot and develop solutions for legal issues, it is not a substitute for the informed advice of a judge advocate. This reference, like all reference material, is meant as a guide and is not, by itself, authoritative legal or regulatory information. Statutes and service regulations always supersede contradictory guidance that may be contained in this reference. Under all circumstances, commanders ‐ whether utilizing this guide or not ‐ are strongly urged to contact a judge advocate to seek personal guidance in handling all legal issues that may arise in execution of command responsibilities.


NJS is located in Building 360 onboard Naval Station Newport. Signs will be posted at NJS directing you to the classroom. Driving directions and information on the Newport area are available here. If flying, the closest major airport is T. F. Green Airport (PVD), Providence, Rhode Island. Ground transportation options from PVD may be found at


All students must reserve their lodging using or call 1-877-NAVY-BED (628-9233). If all rooms are booked, a Certificate of Non-Availability will be issued.


The uniform of the day for this course will be Service Khaki or Navy Working Uniform for U.S. Navy Officers and Woodland or Desert Camouflage Uniform for U.S. Marine Corps Officers depending on the season and U.S. Marine Corps guidance.

NMCI access

Students desiring NMCI access while onboard NJS will need their CAC, NMCI password, and domain name. Access instructions will be provided.


Personal WiFi devices will have INTERNET access at NJS. A password will be provided by your course coordinator at the outset of the course.

Gate Time

With varying security measures in place at Naval Station Newport, please allow extra time when entering through the gate.

Point of Contact

If you have any questions prior to your arrival, please contact any of the following staff members:

  • Major Gregory Funk, SOC Program Manager, at DSN 841-3800 x121, (401) 841-3800 x121, or
  • Mr. Jerry Gallant, NJS Registrar, at DSN 841-3800 x131, (401) 841-3800 x131, or
  • NJS Command Duty Officer at (401) 862-9373 (24-hour access mobile)

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Locations & Contact Info

Naval Justice School
360 Elliot St.
Newport, RI 02841
Registrar: (401) 841-3800, ext. 131
NJS Detachment Norfolk, Virginia
1474 Gilbert St., Suite 105
Bldg. N-30
Norfolk, VA 23511
Registrar: (757) 444-5641
NJS Detachment San Diego, California
3975 Norman Scott Rd.
Bldg. 3290, 5th Deck
San Diego, CA 92136
Registrar: (619) 556-8380
NJS Branch Office Charlottesville, Virginia
The Judge Advocate General’s School and Legal Center (Army)
600 Massie Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Comm: (434) 971-3375