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ODS FAQ
  1. What does our diet consist of while at Officer Training Command?
    • You will be required to eat in the Ney Hall dining facility for every meal while you are here with the exception of liberty weekends.  You will only be eating three times a day.  Food is not allowed in the barracks. The galley has an adequate selection of food, which includes a salad and fruit bar, along with a variety of proteins and vegetables. They also provide some vegetarian options.
  1. If I am prior military service from a different branch of the military, how do I find out what ribbons and medals I am authorized to wear?
  1. Should I bring civilian clothes?
    • Civilian clothes are only authorized when traveling to and from ODS. Uniforms will be worn during all liberty periods.  Civilian clothes worn between arriving at ODS and the first evolution on Sunday afternoon should be casual and professional, i.e., no tank-tops, open-toed shoes, or plain white tee-shirts.
  1. What kind of expenses will I incur while at ODS?
    • You will incur meal expenses, which will run $97.00 per week as well as initial uniform costs which will be approximately $2,000 - $3,000.   Some other items will be:

      • Graduation Reception. $20.00-$50.00 per person (If family attends, you will need to pay for each).
      • Company T-Shirts/Sweatshirts.  Each company usually designs and orders a shirt.  These range from $15-$35 each.
      • Uniform accessories.  Throughout training you will probably need items to maintain your uniform.  This cost usually averages around $40.00.
      • Miscellaneous Supplies.  Items to help maintain your barracks, which is optional as OTC provides cleaning materials for your use.  Students report spending around $30-$40 a piece on items in this category.
      • Any other expense will be on the individual.  There is a Navy Exchange on the base, along with other MWR services. 
      • Pictures.  You will have an opportunity to purchase portraits of yourself in your service dress uniform.  These packages range from $30-$300.  This is an optional cost.
  1. What kinds of hairstyles are authorized for women?  Will I have time to groom my hair on a daily basis?  
  1. What specific office supplies should I bring to ODS?
    • You will need a small to medium notebook and 3-4 pens (do not bring expensive pens).
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  1. What specific personal items should I bring to ODS?
    • Please see required items section.
  1. Can I bring an MP3 player?
    • Yes.
  1. Can I bring my cell phone?
    • Yes, however, use of your cellphone is limited to after classes end for the day. Cell phone privileges will be addressed by the Class Team upon your arrival.
  1. Can I bring my laptop computer?
    • Yes.  Please be advised we DO have wireless internet capability, it is available at a cost.  Also, there are computers available for you to use while at ODS. Access to personal email accounts (g-mail, yahoo, hotmail) is not accessible on these computers.
  1. Do I need to buy my uniform items prior to ODS, or will we purchase them there?
    • You do not need to purchase any uniforms prior to reporting to ODS.  The second day is uniform issue, and everything will be available for purchase on that day.

       However, please bring any serviceable Navy uniforms that you already have to avoid the need to purchase them again while at ODS.

  1. If I am prior enlisted, should I bring a copy of my service record?
    • Please go to the required paperwork section.  If you still have your original enlisted service record, please bring it.  It will need to be mailed to PERS to be archived.  You should make a copy of it prior to that.
  1. Can I bring over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Motrin?
    • Yes, but they must be in the original bottles.
    • You CANNOT give/trade/sell over-the-counter medications to fellow students.
    • The student healthcare clinic, “King Hall medical,” does have a limited supply of some commonly used over-the-counter medications that are available for issue.

  1. I am already being paid at my current rank, do I still need to bring all the documentation?
    • It is recommended that you bring all the required paperwork if you have had any recent changes to the status of any of your dependents, or if your status recently changed (i.e., enlisted to officer, or reserve to active duty). If you do not bring it and there is a problem with your pay, this may slow the process of correcting it down the road.
  1. Who do I contact if I have a problem arriving at the base?
    • Contact the Command Duty Officer at 401-862-4321.
  1. What is a typical day like at ODS?
    • Days typically start at 0430, and begin with Physical Training. The majority of the day is filled with classes and usually ends at 1700. Down time is minimal during the first week so having your Required Knowledge memorized prior to arrival will assist. (Refer to the ODS Required Knowledge on the ODS Program Requirements page).
  1. What can I expect the first weekend I arrive prior to the start of class on Monday?
    • If you check in prior to Sunday afternoon at 1300 (Mandatory no-later-than check-in time) you are authorized liberty without restrictions until that time. No matter what your orders state, you need to be here by 1300 on that Sunday. Rooms will be available Friday afternoon and Saturday for those that need to check-in before Sunday.
  1. Can females wear make-up during training?
    • Yes.  Your class team will determine when this will start.
  1. What will be my mailing address for ODS?
  2. (YOUR NAME)
    ODS (CLASS #)
    (YOUR COMPANY)
    OFFICER TRAINING COMMAND NEWPORT
    1356 Meyerkord Avenue
    Newport, RI 02841-1641

  1. I have family that is interested in attending the graduation ceremony, what should they know to coordinate travel?
    • ODS Graduation Ceremony will be held in Kay Hall at 0900 on the Friday of departure.  The Graduation ceremony usually lasts 45 minutes. Please note: students will not be secured from training until noon on Friday. Therefore, flights leaving out of Providence should not depart until after 1500 on Friday. Flights out of Boston should not depart until 1700 on Friday.
    • Students are expected to attend a reception planned by students for families and friends which usually lasts about 2 hours. The venue for that event is usually the base Officers' Club, and is held on the Thursday afternoon before graduation from 1300-1500.  The specific venue for that event will be decided upon by the students.
    • Family travel arrangements for people who plan to attend the graduation reception and graduation should be made well in advance, due to the number of students graduating from ODS as well as other OTC Newport schoolhouses. The following website provides information on the Newport Area, and can help in locating services. http://www.gonewport.com/.
    • All non-military visitors need to be vetted by security before arriving on base for reception or graduation festivities.  Students who wish to invite family members that do not have Military ID and are not normally allowed on military bases will need to provide the following information for each guest at the beginning of ODS training: 
      • Full legal name (First, M.I., Last)
      • Birthdate
      • Social Security Number

Foreign Nationals will need to provide the following information as well as:

  • Place of birth (city, country)
  • Home address
  • Passport #
  • Alien registration #

If the Pass and ID office does not receive this information at least 5 days before the date of arrival, visitors will be turned away at the gate.

  1. Should I obtain a Common Access Card (CAC) or Reserve ID card prior to my arrival at ODS?
    • You should make every effort to obtain your CAC (if active duty) or Reserve ID card (still in a Reserve status or in school) prior to reporting to ODS. Use the following website to locate the closest location to obtain a CAC and to schedule an appointment: https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil/,  You will need a copy of your orders and two forms of picture ID to receive your Military ID card. Acceptable identification examples to obtain your CAC include: Military ID, Driver’s License, Passport, Social Security Card, voter registration card, Birth Certificate or Veterans Health Identification Card.  All must be unexpired.  Time will be available during your training if you are not able to receive your Military ID card prior to arrival. It is not a guarantee that you will be able to receive your ID card while you are at ODS nor is it a requirement for reporting; you will be able to access the base and exchange/commissary with your orders. If you are uncertain as to which military ID you are eligible for just ask your recruiter or accession program.
  1. I am a new mother and am providing breast milk for my child; will I have an opportunity to continue pumping while I am in training at ODS?
    • Yes.  Officer Training Command has opened a lactation room for staff and students to use while they are in training.  The room is located in King Hall, the building where ODS students live, and provides a quiet, secure room with sink and refrigeration facilities and comfortable seating.  Students who use this room maintain the key to the room at all times so that they can remain undisturbed.  Students must bring their own pumping supplies, are responsible for removing any stored milk, and keeping the room clean.
  1. What is the current liberty policy for ODS?
    • Students will be briefed on each liberty period while at ODS. Do not make any plans prior to reporting to ODS as the liberty policy for ODS has changed.
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