New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help? - page 16

by Sw88tpea

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Hi there, I've been a nurse since 2010 and graduated from University of Portland, Oregon. I worked in mental health and with the red cross for a year before applying for the Navy. 13 mos later I found myself at Officer... Read More


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    PineappleCrush,

    I have a lot of friends at Bethesda. I'll private message you some folks. Do you need help getting started there? Let me know.

    Take care,

    Teresa
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    Sw88tpea,

    Thank you for the update. I appreciate your help!
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    Quote from Rob J
    That was my understand as well and how it was explained to me by my recruiter, but a recent email regarding filling out my Duty Preference Sheet said: e.) Education level is total # of years in school to date. ***I need an accurate graduation date as that will be your Date of Rank to ENSIGN***.

    I'm prior enlisted as well and when I made 3rd class I had to wait until I was frocked before I could wear my rank, but for pay purpose it was whenever the Navy selected me for third class and sent out my frocking letter to my command. Maybe it is similar for officers?
    Robj,
    Yeah after reading that email a few weeks ago about the graduation date and date of rank, I called our command and was told that the information was correct. I still have a feeling, our date of rank will not be based on our graduation (I hope it is). I will try and contact someone that just finished ODS that was in the NCP and find out what their date of rank was based on. I am assuming that the person Sw88tpea mentioned might not have been in the NCP.....

    Sw88tpea, if you could find out if the Ensign you mentioned a few posts ago was in the NCP, I would appreciated it.

    Thanks!
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    Dear The Tiki,

    The ensign I spoke with was a prior enlisted in the MECP program. I would say I am 90% sure that regardless of school, program, etc, if you are a new grad, your date of rank is based on your commissioning day. On your commissioning day your swear in and sign your paperwork-that paperwork represents your date of rank. Graduation does not make you a Naval Officer, commissioning does.

    -So not to confuse others, this is speaking towards new graduate nurses with no nursing experience only. Nursing experience as a BSN, RN can 'back date' your date of rank so you promote sooner.
    Last edit by Sw88tpea on Feb 12, '13 : Reason: error
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    Quote from staugnurse
    Was Bethesda is first choice?
    Not particularly: Our first choice was San Diego because we live in Phoenix, Arizona so San Diego would have been a much closer move for us, but they had zero openings there. So our second choice was Bethesda, and they had openings! We're super excited either way, but knowing that he's going to be working at Walter Reed makes it like a dream come true in our books
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    Hi Sw88tpea,

    I'll be going to ODS in March and I have a few questions I could not find the answer to. When they say neutral underwear, do you mean nude colored or just neutral solid colors like black, gray, navy, etc? Do sports bras have to be white or nude, or can they be different colors such as black, pink, blue, multicolored, etc? Does everyone get a roommate or is it dependent on class size/luck of the draw? Are there any drawbacks to checking in the Saturday before opposed to waiting til Sunday? Thanks!
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    Quote from PineappleCrush

    Not particularly: Our first choice was San Diego because we live in Phoenix, Arizona so San Diego would have been a much closer move for us, but they had zero openings there. So our second choice was Bethesda, and they had openings! We're super excited either way, but knowing that he's going to be working at Walter Reed makes it like a dream come true in our books
    My kit is being reviewed now for the ICU board. I'm hoping if I get selected to go to Portsmouth.
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    Anyone have any ideas as to how to get the recruiters to even call you back? I'm currently working on my RN-BSN, am an experienced paramedic, have my CEN and multiple instructor certs, am a prior corpsman, and have a pretty decent GPA and resume. No one from my local NRD is calling me back. I would like to assume it is because of the current budget crisis, but I can't get a hold of anyone at all.

    The only live person I have been able to reach was some chief who gave me the extension for another voicemail box. I understand if they're not taking applicants for the NCP right now. God forbid my local NRD have to put together another application that might just get rejected. I just want to hear something from them. Anything......

    Any ideas other than taking the 3 hour drive and showing up in person? I know where it is. I was assigned to that same command TAD for 10 months before.
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    Hi oorahwife,

    I bought a couple boring packages of cheap white underwear. Honestly it ought not to matter much, just 'leave the frilly crap at home.' I brought a few regular pairs for liberty and after training so I could... I guess feel like a pretty girl again. :-)

    Sports bras/bras can be any neutral color-I recommend white/nude. Know that for medical rodeos and uniform fitting you will be wearing PT shorts and whatever white shirt(s) you bring with you to training. I was told to by boys large so you don't have to tuck it into my uniform. However I found it to be too tight and nearly revealing during the medical rodeos. I recommend something that fits snug but not too tight. The color thing is an issue because when you wear hot pink and polka dots under your white shirt... it's ridiculous and embarrassing.

    Every officer at ODS will be in the dormitory at Newport, standard dorm with two beds, two desks, and two wardrobes. They will fill double rooms first regardless of how many rooms may be empty.

    I showed up to training approximately 1 hour before I was required to be there... would it have been better to be more moved in and prepared? Always. Do I regret it? Not now, that was that last time I saw my family for months ans I'm glad I spent it with them.
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    Thanks so much for the info Sw88tpea!


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