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NSI - 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.  You will only be eating three times a day.  Food is not allowed in the barracks.  The galley has a adequate selection of food, which includes a salad and fruit bar, along with a variety of proteins and vegetables.  They also provide vegetarian options, but are not as robust as the main service.

  2. Should I bring civilian clothes?
    • Yes.  You will have the opportunity later in training to wear civilian clothes.
  1. What kind of expenses will I incur while at NSI?
    • You will incur meal expenses, which will run $75.60 per week.  Some other items will be:
      • Graduation Reception.   $15.00-$20.00 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-$25 a piece.
      • Company Dinner.  The company usually goes out the last week, which is a less formal event.  This ranges from $15-$20 a piece.
      • 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. 
  1. What kinds of hairstyles are authorized for women? Will I have time to groom my hair on a daily basis?
  1. What specific personal items should I bring to NSI?
    • Please see required items section.
  1. Can I bring an MP3 player?
    • Yes.
  1. Can I bring my cell phone?
    • Yes.  You will not be able to use it during the work day, but you will have access to it after working hours.
  1. Can I bring my laptop computer?
    • Yes.  Please be advised we do not have wireless internet capability. Also, there are computers available for you to use at the command.
  1. Do I need to buy my uniform items prior to NSI, or will we purchase them there?
    • You do not need to purchase any uniforms prior to reporting to NSI. The second day is uniform issue, and everything will be available for purchase on that day.
  1. Can I bring over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, motrin?
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    • Yes, but they must be in the original bottles.
  1. How do I get paperwork notarized?
    • Your local county courthouse should be able to notarize items for a nominal fee. Also, most law firms/attorneys provide notary service for a fee as well. Check your local yellow pages for this service.
  1. I am already being paid at my current rank, do I still need to bring all the documentation?
    • It is recommended if you have had changes in any of your dependents status or your status that you bring all the required paperwork.  If you do not bring it and there is a problem with your pay, this may slow the process of correcting it down.
  1. Who do I contact if I have a problem arriving at base?
    • Contact the Class Officer via the contact link or call the Command Duty Officer at 401-862-4321.
  1. Can females wear make-up during training?
    • Yes, your class team will determine when this will start.
  1. What uniform do I report in?
    • NSI Students shall report in business casual attire, (slacks/skirt, shirt with collar/blouse)

  2. Where will I live while attending NSI?
    • All OTC students will be staying in King Hall barracks for the duration of training. Rooms house two students with beds, bedding, trash cans, study tables, and a wall locker with drawers. Communal heads and laundry facilities are available for all students. Students will be expected to clean their rooms and the common passageway, laundry room, and other common areas. Also, you can expect to participate in weekly cleaning assignments and scheduled room inspections.
    • Rooms have very limited storage space. Pillows, bedding, and linens are provided. Bring washcloths, towels, toiletries, and a padlock for your wall locker (a combination closet and chest-of-drawers), where your personal possessions can be stored
  1. What will be my mailing address for NSI?
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    • (YOUR NAME)
      STA-21 NSI (CLASS #)
      (YOUR COMPANY)
      OFFICER TRAINING COMMAND NEWPORT
      1356 Meyerkord Avenue
      Newport, RI 02841-1641
  1. What are my duties and obligations to the Navy?
    • Active duty military must have a minimum of 36 months obligated service upon transfer to STA-21 Schoolhouse.  Upon successful completion of NSI, students will be transferred to an NROTC-affiliated college or university. Students will attend classes, join the NROTC unit as an officer candidate, and participate in drills; while working on completing their degree requirements within a maximum of 36 months:
    • You will remain on active duty and receive enlisted pay and benefits while attending an NROTC-affiliated college or university.
    • You will be responsible for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses incurred while participating in college studies, however, an annual $10,000 education voucher will be provided to help supplement these expenses.  You will not be eligible for tuition assistance under the Navy's Tuition Assistance Program. Students who do not receive educational vouchers may use their Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) and/or Navy College Fund educational benefits.
    • You may apply for Federal student aide at www.fafsa.ed.gov
    • Your active duty obligation after college will vary depending on the specific officer program you choose to enter.
      • If you are not successful in completing NSI School, you must complete the remainder of your enlisted obligated service
  1. When I obligate service for STA-21 can I receive an SRB?
    • Under NO circumstances should you receive an SRB while obligating for STA-21.  Reference OPNAVINST 1160.6 or for additional clarification, email the NSI Admin Office.  Students who do receive an SRB or SEB will be required to repay DFAS the entire amount.
  1. My question is not listed above?
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    • Refer to the contact us page for assistance. You are encouraged to contact the ROTC unit at your respective university prior to arrival at NSI.  Each unit is unique and can answer questions specific to ROTC, college academics and STA-21.
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