Officer Development School     

*** IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ ***
Please view the information in the “ODS Operations During COVID” tab for current information and reporting instructions due to COVID.

If you have any questions, please consult the information included in the ODS website, contact the 
ODS Deputy Director at (401) 841-3345, Mon. – Fri. from 0800-1600 for ODS matters only, or email us at: OTC_Admin@navy.mil. For emergency issues or problems with check-in after hours and on weekends contact the Command Duty Officer (CDO) at (401) 862-4321.
Officer Development School


Welcome aboard,

Welcome to Officer Development School! ODS is one of five officer accession programs operated at Officer Training Command Newport (OTC), and is the foundation for your success as a member of the Naval Officer Corps. The course is both comprehensive and intense, and is designed to facilitate the introduction to your responsibilities as a naval officer. ODS is physically demanding, but will also mentally challenge you as you learn about different aspects of the United States Navy including military structure, traditions and customs, the legal system, and finally, military etiquette. The website addresses check-in procedures, lodging, messing, transportation, uniforms and various other topics.

We look forward to your arrival. Report to the quarterdeck (lobby) of King Hall (Bldg. 291) in appropriate business casual civilian attire.  The first evolution occurs Sunday afternoon at approximately 1300. If you have any questions, please consult the information contained in the ODS website, contact the ODS Deputy Director at (401) 841-3345, Mon. – Fri. from 0800-1600 for ODS matters only, or email us at: OTC_Admin@navy.mil. For emergency issues or problems with check-in after hours and on weekends contact the Command Duty Officer (CDO) at (401) 862-4321.

Sincerely,
CAPT Hazenberg
Commanding Officer
Officer Training Command Newport

ODS Program Overview

ODS - PROGRAM OVERVIEW

 

Purpose:

The purpose of this course is to provide Staff Corps Officers and several Restricted Line designators with training necessary to prepare them to function in their role as a newly commissioned Naval Officer.  It provides a basic introduction into fundamental aspects of leadership while providing a working knowledge of naval instructions and references.

Scope:

Academics: 5 weeks of instruction in Naval Leadership, Naval Administration, Naval Organization, Sea Power, Military Law, Military Indoctrination, Naval Warfare and Damage Control. It also provides leadership training through case studies and instructor led leadership scenarios.

Physical Training:

The privilege of serving in the Navy comes with the expectation that you will develop and maintain a level of fitness that allows you to complete all expected job tasks, respond to emergency situations and be physically able to accomplish the mission.

The “Officer Training Command Pre-arrival Physical Training Plan” will inform you of the physical fitness requirements and provide physical training plans to prepare you for the rigors of Officer Training Command.

Students should be prepared to take a Navy PRT upon arrival at ODS. A grade of at least Probationary; in all events of a single PRT is required to graduate ODS. Physical Training will include up to five days of strength and conditioning exercises to include, pushups, sit-ups, and various other exercises as well as sprints and sustained runs. It is highly recommended that you begin a physical training regimen before reporting to ODS. Please consult the Navy Physical Readiness Page and the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series to help prepare you better for ODS. On these websites you can find information in regards to improving your overall physical fitness and dietary recommendations. Due to the structure of ODS, the run is the only cardio event option available for the PRT.

 

*NOTE*
Students must be within Navy body fat standards upon arrival at ODS and students must pass an official Navy Physical Fitness Assessment while at ODS.  Students who do not meet body fat standards, or who are unable to pass a Navy Readiness Test, may be sent back to their previous assignment or retained at Officer Training Command until passing an official Navy Physical Fitness Assessment.

ODS OPERATIONS DURING COVID


ODS classes will execute as scheduled, but there will be precautions taken and policies put in place to adhere to Department of Defense guidance concerning the current COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
Prior to your class’s execution you will receive a welcome e-mail with reporting instructions and a memorandum from the Commanding Officer of Officer Training Command, CAPT Mark Hazenberg.  All students will be required to read this document in its entirety and return a signed social distancing policy to confirm that you understand and will comply with Officer Training Command Policies. 
 
DO NOT REPORT FOR TRAINING IF:
  • You are currently sick and exhibiting flu like symptoms
 
IF EXPOSED OR COVID POSITIVE, YOU MAY REPORT FOR TRAINING IF:
  • SYMPTOM-BASED CRITERIA:  (1) AT LEAST 72 HOURS HAVE PASSED SINCE RECOVERY [DEFINED AS RESOLUTION OF FEVER WITHOUT THE USE OF FEVER REDUCING MEDICATION], (2) **IMPROVEMENT** IN RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS (E.G., COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH), AND (3) AT LEAST 14 DAYS HAVE ELAPSED SINCE THE SYMPTOMS FIRST APPEARED.
 
  •  TEST-BASED CRITERIA:  (1) RESOLUTION OF FEVER WITHOUT THE USE OF FEVER REDUCING MEDICATION, (2) IMPROVEMENT IN RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS (E.G., COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH), AND (3) NEGATIVE PCR TEST RESULTS FROM AT LEAST TWO CONSECUTIVE RESPIRATORY SPECIMENS COLLECTED MORE THAN OR EQUAL TO 24 HOURS APART.
 
*IF you have any concerns call OTCN at 401-841-3345 for guidance prior to reporting for training*
 
REPORTING TO ODS:
ODS check-in will be executed on Sunday, starting at 1300. 
 
Upon arrival at Naval Station Newport, you will report to the Navy Gateway Inn and Suites (NGIS) located at:
 
1688 Perry Road, Newport, RI 02841
 
As part of the Officer Training Command COVID mitigation policy, all students are subject to a 14 day Restriction of Movement (ROM) upon arrival, which will be executed in rooms at the Navy Gateway Inn and Suites.  All students will be assigned an individual room during this 14 day period.
 
POINTS OF CLARIFICATION:
 
The rooms that are reserved for your 14 day ROM starting on Sunday, will be funded by Officer Development School and you will not be charged for your stay during the 14 days of ROM.  You do not need to call the NGIS to make a reservation, we will provide the NGIS with a class roster to reserve your rooms.  NGIS will allow students to check-in on Saturday if you arrive early and NGIS will bill you individually for that night’s stay.  Please save your receipt from that night’s stay as you will require it to claim reimbursement.
 
The expectation for those who check-in on Saturday is that you will adhere to social distancing policies and procedures to minimize your contact with people.  The galley will not be prepared to deliver meals to students who arrive on Saturday and you will not be authorized to eat in the galley, but you will be authorized to order food for delivery, or pick up groceries on Saturday to sustain yourself.  This authorization expires on Sunday; food delivery and grocery runs WILL NOT be authorized after check-in on Sunday.
 
Check-in will begin at 1300 Sunday and those who arrived on Saturday will be expected to report to the first floor of the NGIS building 443 to check-in with the ODS staff.  Upon check-in you will begin your 14 day ROM status and will be sequestered in your rooms for the duration of the 14 day days.  The galley will provide meals and the staff will coordinate outdoor recreation and physical activity for students in ROM, weather permitting.
 
Please pick up any incidentals and hygiene items that you need prior to arrival and if you can, you may want to eat prior to arrival as well.  As stated above, upon check-in with the ODS staff on Sunday your ROM period will begin and you will be sequestered to your rooms.
 
There is no latest check-in time for the Navy Gateway Inn and Suites (NGIS); they are open 24 hours and we will have staff available to execute ODS check-in on Sunday between the hours of 1300-1600.  If you are scheduled to arrive after 1600 on Sunday, please call 401-841-3345 to notify the ODS staff.
 
TRANSPORTATION:
There is NO shuttle from the airport to the base.  Taxi and Uber/Lyft are the only modes of transportation from the airport to the base.  Not all of the taxi/Uber/Lyft drivers have access to come on base.  If you happen to get a taxi that does not have base access it is OK.  The driver will drop you off at the main gate.  The NGIS is located just inside the main gate and is a 1-2 min walk from the main gate.
 
EXPECTATIONS WHILE IN ROM:
While in your 14 Day ROM you will have 31 course modules to complete via our distance learning system.  This is how we are mitigating the loss of training time at ODS.  These are lessons that we would have executed in person, but they have been transitioned to e-learning.  The expectation is that you will complete these modules while in your ROM and you will be tested on the content at the end of the 14 days.  If you do not have a personal laptop, iPad, or other electronic device to bring with you don’t worry, we have iPads that we can issue to you upon your arrival.  No need to let me know if you need one, just let the staff know when you check-in on Sunday and we will provide one to you.
 
During your second week of ROM, ALL students will be tested for COVID-19.  The OTCN mission to train the future leaders of the United States Navy is critical to the sustainment of America’s global maritime superiority. To ensure our student and staff remain COVID free, only students that test negative for COVID will be authorized to continue their training.  Those who test positive will receive the appropriate medical care.  The staff at OTCN are regularly tested for COVID-19 as well.  To date we have had ZERO cases in ODS and we have graduated over 800 students since COVID-19 restrictions and mitigations began.  Your safety, health and well-being are of upmost importance to us. 
 
At the conclusion of the 14 day ROM and a negative COVID 19 test, all students will check out of NGIS and will transition to King Hall, which is the barracks where you will live for the remaining three weeks of ODS.  At that time your vehicles will also need to be relocated to the OTCN student parking area. 
 
At the conclusion of ODS your graduation will be executed at 0900 on Thursday.  Due to COVID mitigations ODS graduation will be executed one day early, which will be Thursday, vice Friday for each class.  PLEASE ENSURE YOUR ORDERS ARE GENERATED ACCORDINGLY.  You will be authorized to depart ODS and travel as early as 1100 on Thursday after graduation.   If you happen to have itineraries that reflect your departure as Friday; if you cannot, or do not want to change your departure date it is fine.  We will allow you to remain in King Hall until you need to depart for your flight. 
 
 
DIETARY RESTRICTIONS:
If you have any dietary restrictions the galley can support: 
 
  • Vegetarian
  • Some religious accommodations for meals (no pork, no beef, etc)
  • Food Allergies – if you have food allergy, we will ask you to specify the type of allergy and the extent of the allergic reaction
 
ITEMS TO BRING:
With enhanced social distancing and restriction of movement policies currently being executed we recommend that students arrive with clothing and hygiene items to sustain themselves in the NGIS.  You will have access to a laundry facility, but students should arrive with:
 
- 10 days of undergarments and clothes (workout attire) to include a jacket/coat for cold weather. Multiple layers to include hats and gloves in the winter months. There WILL BE outdoor training events you must come prepared for.  Every effort will be made to consider the weather, however you should come prepared to be able to go outdoors in below freezing temperatures, for extended periods. Uniform outer garments items can be worn during this period.  
 
You may bring laundry detergent with you as well (pods are convenient).  There will be free use washers and dryers for your use and laundry detergent is available for purchase via vending machine, so please bring quarters if you do not report with your own washing detergent.
 
- During the 14 Day ROM at NGIS the staff will coordinate time for you to have outside recreation and exercise, weather permitting.  You will also be authorized exercise in your room and will provide resistance bands to facilitate indoor exercise in your rooms.  If you like, please feel free to bring your personal additional workout equipment to facilitate physical activity while in your room, but please don’t bring your entire home gym as you will be required to move the equipment when the class checks out of the NGIS at the end of the 14 day ROM period.
 
- Any personal medications that you require; however, we discourage the use of Tylenol, Advil, ibuprofen, etc. as these will suppress a fever, which is one of the COVID-19 symptoms.  If you require and are prescribed these medications, please contact us soonest so that we may consult our medical professionals concerning your prescribed use of acetaminophen and ibuprofen products.
 
- Food – you will be provided three meals a day, but you may bring snacks as nutritional supplements during your restriction of movement period the first two weeks. NGIS rooms are outfitted with mini refrigerators, microwaves, and Keurig machines. The water you drink will come from the tap in your rooms; please feel free to bring water filtering devices, if so desired.  
 
- Please bring a laptop, iPad, tablet, etc. to complete the online course work.  If you do not have a device the command has iPads that can be issued to you for use.
 
- To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, DoD policy requires face coverings; please bring a homemade, or store purchased mask that covers from your nose to your chin for reporting.  We will provide a command issued mask upon arrival as well, but you MUST report wearing a mask in accordance with DoD policy as they are required on all installations.
 
UNIFORMS:
Due to modifications in the schedule the required uniform list will be modified as well.
 
If you are a prior service member, or already have your uniforms you will only need to bring the following:
  • 1 set of Khakis, but 2 are highly recommended
  • 1 Service Dress Blue Uniform (ONLY  Oct – May) with all components (full ribbons)
  • 1 Service Dress white uniform (ONLY  June – Sep) with all components (full ribbons)
  • 1 set of Summer whites (ONLY  June – Sep)
  • 1 white combination cover
  • 1 pair of black oxfords, (leather only)
    • Corfam shoes are NOT authorized for students in Khaki, or Service Dress Uniform at ODS
  • 1 set of Type 3 Navy Working Uniforms, black boots and if you have one, the black cold weather parka
    • The type 3 cold weather parka is not required, or authorized for wear by students at ODS
    • Coyote boots are NOT authorized.  The black boot is the basic uniform item per instruction. 
  • 2 sets of Basic Navy PT uniforms/sweats with silver NAVY logo (no optional blue “Forged by the Sea”, or old Navy seal “bullseye” logo/ track windsuit gear).
 
** There is no need for you to purchase uniforms prior to your arrival at ODS.   Students who do not have uniforms, or require uniform components will have an opportunity to be fitted and purchase uniforms while at ODS after the 14 day ROM.  **
 
The global impact of COVID-19 has necessitated a 14 day Restriction of Movement policy, which requires altered methods of instruction to ensure the health and safety of the Officer Training Command staff as well as your fellow classmates.  Out of an abundance of caution, the first 14 days of ODS will be executed through distance learning modules that will provide students with a baseline knowledge of the course content and enable operations to continue in week 3, which will begin with the militarization phase of ODS and will include evolutions such as physical training, military drill, uniform issue and the swim qualification test.
 
I would like to thank each of you for your commitment to service and we look forward to your arrival at ODS.  Stay safe and we will see you soon.
 
V/R
CDR Clemia Anderson III, MSC, USN
Director, Officer Development School
 
 
Officer Candidate School
 

UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS


All ODS Students will purchase all necessary uniforms during your first week of training at ODS, unless the student already owns the uniform. Students should estimate to spend approximately $2,000-$3,000 for their uniforms. The attached uniform requirements list provides students with a general list of which uniform items they will be purchasing while attending ODS. For prior service military, if you already own the uniforms on the attached list, you will need to bring them.  This will alleviate you from having to repurchase them.  All uniforms shall be in a serviceable condition. Below is a link of all necessary uniform items.

Students will be offered $2,500 in Uniform Cards to help pay for all uniform purchases.  Each student will receive two (2) $1,250 cards during their first visit to the Uniform Store.  Students will be required to pay back the $2,500 during Week Five of Training.  Any form of payment is accepted; cash, check, credit and debit card.  Students will also have the option of applying for the Star Card during training for a 10% discount on all purchases.  More information will be provided to students while at ODS.

ODS Academics
 

ODS PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

 

Academic Training

ODS is designed to prepare you for your future as a commissioned officer by providing the basic knowledge of the naval profession and its related military, academic and nautical subjects. It will provide moral, mental and physical development, and instill the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty. The training you will receive during your 5 weeks at ODS is divided into 7 units of instruction.

1.  Military Indoctrination: During military indoctrination you will be taught basic military customs and courtesies, naval terminology, basic uniform assembly and requirements, inspection procedures and training requirements.

2.  Damage Control: The damage control curriculum is designed to familiarize you with the types of damage, which can occur in the naval environment due to accidents, warfare and nautical disasters. Damage control also includes instruction in fire fighting theory and prevention of different kinds of fires common to sea, shore and air commands. It also includes principles of chemical, biological and radiological warfare defense. Practical demonstrations of flooding control are given in a mock-up of a shipboard space. Completion of both Damage Control ("wet trainer") and Basic Firefighting are required for successful completion of ODS graduation requirements.

3.  Naval Leadership: Subjects include leadership qualities, motivational theories, team building, management skills, decision making, goal setting and action planning, communication processes and public speaking skills. You will have many opportunities through practical application to demonstrate leadership skills.

4.  Division Officer: Subjects include military rank structure, performance evaluations, educational programs, enlisted records, classified material handling, naval correspondence, officer designations, promotions, pay and allowances, junior officer administrative duties and advancement.

5.  Military Law: Subjects introduced include the Military Code of Conduct, The Geneva Convention, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, investigations, non-judicial punishment, court-martial procedures, apprehensions, jurisdiction, pretrial restraints, administrative discharges and claims.

6.  Naval Warfare: During this phase you will study the equipment, shipboard spaces and weapons used in various operations. Amphibious, Mine, Strike, Electronic, Submarine, Surface and Air warfare tactics will be studied. You’ll also examine the problems of detection and learn the weapons systems used in various types of combat.

7.  Programs and Policies: Subjects include suicide awareness and prevention, Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor (DAPA), Human Resources, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) and Safety Programs.  It also covers programs such as Tricare,  Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and the Montgomery GI Bill.

 

Military Training

Military training at Officer Development School is comprised of the following categories:

Physical Training: During ODS, physical training will be conducted regularly and will include warm-ups, running and/or strength and conditioning exercises, and cool-down stretches. See the Physical Standards Section for more information.

Room & Locker Inspection (RLP): Student rooms are subject to inspection at all times.  To ensure cleanliness and maintain standards, room inspections occur at regular intervals.  Rooms are to be maintained in accordance with prescribed room standards which will be provided during training.

Personnel Inspection (PI): Each Officer will be inspected for proper uniform wear, grooming standards, knowledge (see Required Knowledge items below), hygiene, and general military appearance.

Drill: Approximately 20 - 25 hours are spent learning and practicing drill for graduation. Officer’s will be required to march while at ODS. (Marine Corps Drill Manual)

Third Class Swim: Students will be required to take and pass the Navy Third Class Swim Test. This will test the students ability to jump off of a 10ft platform, float for five (5) minutes, swim 50 yards, and inflate their uniform in a drown proofing exercise.  Click here to watch the Third Class Swim Video.

*NOTE*
Students must pass the Navy Third Class Swim Test or they may be sent back to their previous assignment or retained at Officer Training Command and delayed in reporting to their next duty assignment until passing the test.

Graduation Ceremony: Your final evolution at ODS is the Graduation Ceremony.

Memorization Items: Students will also be required to memorize certain items for their various inspections while at ODS. The attachment below needs to be committed to memory prior to your arrival at ODS. (Click on the link below)

click hereODS Required Knowledge
 

Physical Fitness Standards

*NOTE*
Students must be within Navy body fat standards upon arrival at ODS and students must pass an official Navy Physical Fitness Assessment while at ODS.  Students who do not meet body fat standards, or who are unable to pass a Navy Readiness Test, may be sent back to their previous assignment, or they may be retained at Officer Training Command and delayed in reporting to their next duty assignment until passing an official Navy Physical Fitness Assessment.

The Navy considers a physically fit body as important as a sound mind. The objectives of the physical training classes at Officer Training Command are to develop stamina, endurance and to improve your overall physical condition so you can meet physical fitness requirements associated with military service.

During ODS, physical training will be conducted regularly and will include warm-ups, running and/or strength and conditioning exercises, and cool-down stretches. 

You are required to be within Navy body fat standards upon arrival and at all times during ODS.

Within the first two days of training, you will be weighed and measured.  In the first week, you will participate in a Physical Readiness Test (PRT)Due to the structure of ODS, the run is the only cardio event option available for the PRT.

The better shape you’re in, the less susceptible you’ll be to injury. It is highly recommended that you prepare yourself well ahead of time. The following link contains recommended conditioning programs to help prepare you for the physical fitness requirements of ODS.

Click here for Fitness Guide http://www.navyfitness.org/fitness/noffs-training/operational-series/virtual-trainer
•Select "Group Training Series"
•Perform for 30-60 minutes, 3-4 days a week.

*** NOTE *** Contact your health care provider prior to commencing any exercise program.

Officer Development School
 

Course Enrollment for Selected Reserves

 

Course Number: P-9E-0003 (CIN)
Title: OFFICER DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL
Location: OFFICER TRAINING COMMAND NEWPORT, RI
CDP: 03WW
Length: 35 Days
Class of School/Course: PC
Skill Identifier for Which Trained: NONE
Student UIC: 66949
Security Clearance: Open Tier 3 or equivalent investigation or a Final Adjudicated Secret or above
 

 

SPECIAL NOTES:

All Selected Reserves (SELRES) personnel must be assigned as a commissioned officer and paid as an officer to enroll and attend Officer Development School.

All SELRES prospective students must apply for a quota (seat) in a class before creating their orders using their .mil email only. Please contact your training officer at your Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) if assistance is needed in booking a quota for ODS classes through eNTRS (Enterprise Navy Training Reservation System).

   https://app.prod.cetars.training.navy.mil/eNTRS/login.do
 

Quotas for ODS under the SELRES SCAT Code USNARS are first come, first serve priority. It is imperative that you sign up as soon as you have been gained to a NOSC and are reflecting as a commissioned officer. You will not receive a confirmed quota if information is not submitted in eNTRS.

ODS Required Paperwork


ODS Required Paperwork/Items to Bring

 

Below is the required paperwork needed for each student reporting to Officer Training Command Newport, (including prior service members).  You will receive all paperwork turned in to us back at the end of the course. For HPSP Students still in the HPSP program, please scroll to the bottom of the page to see your paperwork requirements.

Officer Development School Required Paperwork

(You should bring 1 original of each requirement to turn in plus 1 copy for your records)

ALL documentation should be originals or court-certified copies; NO notarized copies, or photo copies of original documentation will be accepted in lieu of originals. However, keep one photocopy of all documentation that is turned in for your personal records.  Photo identification and social security cards must be originals and unexpired.

  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS)(or Reserve) Orders and copies of all Order Modifications that have followed
  • Oath of Office.  This is MANDATORY!!!
  • Recruiter Contact Information  (Name/Phone/Fax and NRD Address)
  • Copies of prescriptions from civilian physicians if taking prescription medication. A minimum of 5 weeks' worth of medication should be hand carried with you.
  • All medical/dental records and immunization records from military and civilian providers.
  • All students are required to bring a voided check to ensure correct set-up of your direct deposit account for military pay.
  • Birth certificate.  (Original)
  • Original unexpired state or government issued photo identification.
  • Bring any/all paperwork filled out with recruiter.  If you don’t have these documents, you will be given an opportunity to complete the documents while at ODS.  Bring copies even if recruiter is sending record to ODS.

    • Direct Deposit
    • W4
    • Service members Group Life Insurance (SGLI)
    • State Legal Residence
    • DD-Form 93
    • Marriage License (if applicable).  (Original)
    • Spouse's original unexpired identification card (driver's license, approved state identification card or passport) if applicable. Please note if your spouse has a driver's license as the only form of picture identification, do not bring to ODS. You will need to wait until you have been strength gained into the Naval service to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC) and to enroll your dependents in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility System (DEERS). You will be afforded the opportunity at ODS to obtain your spouse's driver's license for enrollment into DEERS.
    • Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards for all dependents (all children/spouse if applicable).  (Original)
    • If born outside of US, bring naturalization certificate and/or US birth certificate for citizen born abroad
    • Child custody documents (if applicable). (Original)
    • Divorce documents (if applicable).  (Original)

Social Security Card.  (Original) - ALL MEMBERS MUST HAVE ORIGINAL SSN CARD WITH THEM!  IF THE STUDENT IS UNABLE TO BRING ORIGINALS (BESIDES YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD AND PHOTO ID) THE STUDENTS MUST HAVE A CERTIFIED ORIGINAL OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICE OF VITAL STATISTICS. NOTARIZED COPIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED NOR WILL COPIES OF A COPY. YOU MAY CHOOSE TO LEAVE YOUR SPOUSE WITH A GENERAL POWER OF ATTORNEY TO UPDATE DEERS AT A LOCAL DEERS FACILITY

 

Accession Bonus Information:

If you are receiving an accession bonus, we will need:

  • Service Agreement
  • Congratulations Letter

All documentation should be originals or the court-certified copy, no notarized copies or photo copies of an original copy will be accepted. 

Frequently asked questions concerning your pay/record and entitlements

For Prior Military Service Only

  • All documents listed above, as appropriate
  • Any/all documents depicting prior time served in the military (active or reserve), i.e., DD-214, DD-368, NGB-22, last enlisted contract, Reserve Points Summary sheet, etc.
  • Page Two (Record of Emergency Data). Bring a copy of your NSIPS-verified Page 2.  Without a page 2, we cannot pay you Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Type 2.
  • Last PSD (S-1/IPAC for prior Marine Corps personnel, Military Personnel Office for Air Force personnel, and S-1/Human Resource Service Center for Army personnel)
  • Point of Contact info (POC Name/Phone/Fax/and Address)
  • Must bring hard copy of SGLI

For Current HPSP Students Only

(All HPSP students who have graduated, this section does not apply - refer to the Officer Development School Required Paperwork section of this page):

  • You will not need the above paperwork.  You only need to bring your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) or Reserve Orders and any Modifications.
  • Verify with the HPSP office that your Page 2, otherwise known as your "Record of Emergency Data" has been updated (if necessary) within the last 12 months for any changes.  If not, please update your Page 2 with the HPSP office.

**Please note, all HPSP students pay issues will be handled by the HPSP office in Bethesda, Maryland. If you have questions or need assistance, please email USN.OHSTUDENT@MAIL.MIL and your inquiry will be processed promptly by the HPSP staff.

***All HPSP student medical/dental records will be sent to ODS from the HPSP office.  However, recommend HPSP students bring a copy of their immunization records.

Immunizations:

The following immunizations/labs will be administered/drawn at ODS:

TWINRIX (HEP A/HEP B Combination)

HEP A Series  

HEP B Series

HIV and Results (Within last year)

HEP B Titer

Tetanus (Tdap)

PPD (Tuberculosis)

IPV (Polio)

Influenza (Seasonal)

Varicella Titer

Varicella

ABO/RH (Blood Type)

MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

V Zoster IGG 

DNA

G6PD/Sickle Cell

 

 

**If you have immunization records, military or civilian that covers these items, you will need to bring them, or you will receive them again.  You will need these on Day One of training. Military Treatment Facility or civilian facility documentation can be used for immunizations only. Laboratory bloodwork must be completed by a Military Treatment Facility.

Other Items:

_ **Special Dietary and Religious needs must be expressed on the first day of training.  OTCN will do everything possible to accommodate all special and religious needs without compromising training.

_ Money: Meals will be paid for by each student prior to graduating from ODS.  Meals cost approximately $14.00/day or approximately $100 per week.  Only credit/debit cards or personal checks are accepted as payments for meals at the Navy Galley. Additionally, students should plan on uniform expenses to be approximately $2,000 - $3,000. Uniforms must be paid for before departing ODS. Other expenses are included on the FAQ page.

Required Items To Bring:

With the exception of traveling to and arriving at ODS, and traveling from ODS five weeks later, you will not wear civilian clothes.  All necessary Navy Uniform items are available to purchase upon arrival.   Below are the items needed to begin training and estimates for how much of each you will require.

The below list of items is only a SUGGESTION on the number of each to bring. Students will have the ability to purchase more items during their course of training if need be and have regular use of washer and dryer systems at no additional charge.

  • Personal Toiletries
    • Shaving gear (electric shavers are acceptable)
    • Feminine Hygiene Products
    • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
    • Deodorant
    • Soap/Shampoo
    • Make-up/Hair products
    • Nail Clippers
    • Shower Shoes (flip-flops any kind)
    • Mesh laundry bag
    • Basket or bag to hold toiletries
    • Clothing Hangers
    • Bath towels/wash cloths
  • Supportive underwear (not athletic supporters); white or skin tone for white uniforms; other colors optional with other uniforms
  • Bras,  (2 minimum) for women, white or skin tone for white uniforms; other colors optional with other uniforms
  • Sports bras (2 minimum) for women
  • Conservative black or navy blue one-piece swimsuit for women, any brand.  For swimming, men will wear Navy PT shorts which will be provided during uniform purchase evolution
  • Athletic socks, black or white, ankle or calve, without visible emblems (3 pair minimum)
  • Crew neck tee-shirts, white, 100% cotton (3 minimum) 
  • Combination lock required (Key locks are not authorized)
  • Water bottle, transparent, any color, 24 oz. minimum
  • Conservative workout clothes for first day prior to Navy Physical Training uniform purchase (if you already have Navy PT uniforms, you will not need civilian workout clothes)
  • Running Shoes:
    • Please invest in a quality pair of running shoes less than six months old.  You will be running approximately 1.5 to 2 miles per running day depending on where you are in training.   Running is conducted on a composite rubber track, so a good pair of shoes is important. (Running will be limited during winter months due to outdoor conditions.)
  • Prior Service:
    • Bring medals (Large), Ribbons, and Warfare Devices.  If your prior service was with any service other than the Navy, you will need to obtain your medals/ribbons/devices prior to your arrival.  The Uniform Shop in Newport does not carry a large assortment of other service items. Please review this list to determine the medals/awards from other services/organizations that are authorized to wear on Navy uniforms.
    • You will not wear civilian clothing while at ODS. The only time students will wear civilian clothing is when they arrive at ODS on their first day and depart ODS after graduation.

Authorized Items:
 _ Alarm Clock, Battery-Operated
 _ Cell Phones
 _ Wristwatch (conservative watch that does not distract from the uniform)
 _ Wallet and Check Book/Debit Card/Credit Card

Other Items:
 _ 3-4 black ink pens
 _ Envelopes
 _ Stamps
 _ Note Cards
 _ Lint Roller
 _ Scissors
 _ Notebook, small to medium sized (solid color)
 _ Shoe Shine Kit (Black Polish/Brush/Cloth)
 _ Small container of laundry detergent/dryer sheets

*The Navy Exchange is available on the base to purchase items if you wish not to pack them.  However, students will not be able to visit the Navy Exchange during the first few days of training.  As such, be sure to pack enough basic toiletries to last at least one week.

Again, these are just suggestions.  Previous students might have left some of these items behind, such as alarm clocks, laundry detergent, and clothing hangers, and are now available to future classes.

ODS FAQ
 

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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. What kinds of hairstyles are authorized for women?  Will I have time to groom my hair on a daily basis?  
  6. 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).
  7. What specific personal items should I bring to ODS?
    • Please see required items section.
  8. Can I bring an MP3 player?
    • Yes.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.

  12. 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.
  13. 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.

  14. 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.
  15. Who do I contact if I have a problem arriving at the base?
  16. 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 "tabbed" section of this page).
  17. 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.
  18. Can females wear make-up during training?
    • Yes.  Your class team will determine when this will start.
  19. What will be my mailing address for ODS?
    1. ​(YOUR NAME)
      ODS (CLASS #)
      (YOUR COMPANY)
      OFFICER TRAINING COMMAND NEWPORT
      1356 Meyerkord Avenue
      Newport, RI 02841-1641
  20. 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.

  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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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