Should I bring civilian clothes?
- What does our diet consist of while at Officer Training
- 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.
- 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?
What kind of expenses will I incur while at ODS?
- 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.
What kinds of hairstyles are authorized for women? Will
I have time to groom my hair on a daily basis?
What specific office supplies should I bring to 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.
What specific personal items should I bring to ODS?
- You will need a small to medium notebook and 3-4 pens (do not
bring expensive pens).
Can I bring an MP3 player?
Can I bring my cell phone?
- Please see required items section.
Can I bring my laptop computer?
- 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.
Do I need to buy my uniform items prior to ODS, or will
we purchase them there?
If I am prior enlisted, should I bring a copy of my
- 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.
Can I bring over-the-counter medications such as
I am already being paid at my current rank, do I still
need to bring all the documentation?
- 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.
Who do I contact if I have a problem arriving at the
What is a typical day like at ODS?
- 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.
What can I expect the first weekend I arrive prior to
the start of class on Monday?
- 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).
Can females wear make-up during training?
- 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.
What will be my mailing address for ODS?
- Yes. Your class team will determine when this will start.
I have family that is interested in attending the
graduation ceremony, what should they know to coordinate travel?
ODS (CLASS #)
OFFICER TRAINING COMMAND NEWPORT
1356 Meyerkord Avenue
Newport, RI 02841-1641
- 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
- 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)
- Social Security Number
Should I obtain a Common Access Card (CAC) or Reserve ID
card prior to my arrival at ODS?
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.
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?
- 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
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.
What is the current liberty policy for 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.
- 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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