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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. 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 vegetarian options, but are not as robust as the main service. You will not be allowed caffeine products for the first few weeks (coffee/soda) as well as desserts.
  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?
    • No greater than one to two sets of appropriate civilian clothes should be brought. Liberty in civilian clothing is extremely limited. Plan accordingly.
  1. What kind of expenses will I incur while at ODS?
    • You will incur meal expenses, which will run $81. 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-$35 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. 
      • 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 6" x 9" Steno notebook. Also recommended are envelopes and 3-4 ball point 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, dependent upon your position in the class you will need to use your cell phone to communicate with the Class Team. 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 not have wireless internet capability.  Also, there are computers available for you to use at the command. 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.
  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.
  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 the road.
  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. 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 low during the first week so having your knowledge memorized prior to arrival will assist.
  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 night at 1200 (Mandatory no later than check in time) you are authorized liberty. There are no restrictions, as long as you are back by the mandatory time. No matter what your orders state, you need to be here by 1700 on that Sunday.
  1. Can females wear make-up during training?
    • Yes, but not until the last week of training. 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?
    • Graduation will either be at 0900 or 1100 on your scheduled graduation day.  It will depend on if another program also has graduation on that day.  Graduation usually lasts 1 to 1.5 hours.  After graduation students are released from training and may leave.  There is a reception for families and friend the night prior to graduation (Thursday) which begins at 1800 and usually lasts about 2 hours.  The venue for that event will be decided upon by the class.  Travel arrangements should be made well in advance, due to the number of students graduating and the possibility of other programs graduating as well.  The following website provides information on the Newport Area, and can help in locating services.  http://www.gonewport.com/
  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 map to locate the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) nearest you, or contact the closest base and see if they have the capabilities to issue Military ID cards. You will need a copy of your orders and two forms of ID to receive your Military ID card. The following map outlines where the closest NOSC maybe in your geographical area:  http://www.navyreserve.com/about/locations.html. Times 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. Where can I find information on the relationship between myself and the recruiter and on the processes and requirements for ODS?
  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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