New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help? - page 4

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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    [color=#525252]your address at ods. if it has your name and ods, it should find you.

    (your name)

    [color=#525252]ods (class #)
    [color=#525252](your company)
    [color=#525252]officer training command
    [color=#525252]291 kollmeyer st.
    [color=#525252]newport, ri 02841-1641
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    A friend from who went through ODS with me was in the NCP program and said it did NOT count towards service.
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    I don't think it does either - my LES still reads 5 years ( 4 years guard time = 1 year lol, whoopee)
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    Sw88tPea- can I ask, you said you graduated from nursing school in 2010- What type of nursing did you do prior to being commissioned? What was your GPA in your BSN program? I am considering applying when I graduate from my RN-BSN program this December. My GPA will hopefully be around 3.5, and I will have about 2.5 years of med/surg experience at that time. It is my understanding that it has become extremely competitive. Also, I live in Norfolk, so the idea of being stationed at Portsmouth kills me (part of joining the Navy is to move away and start a new life). Were you told that San Diego just wasn't going to happen?

    I know one of my barriers right now is my weight and physical status. Could you give me some basic physical goals I should be working towards so I could successfully complete COT without looking pathetic? (I plan on beginning Weight Watchers soon to assist in my goal of weight loss). Just not sure what I should be physically training to do. How many miles do you run in a day? How many push ups do you do at once?

    Thanks in advance for your advice!
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    You sound like a great candidate. Having experience will be a helpful comparison when you start your military career. The Navy is making cuts on personnel and 'slowing down' the hiring. They do a nursing board once a year when they look at all the packets from applicants. Mine was in September, so everything had to be ready in August.

    I requested to go to Portsmouth, VA. I'm from Oregon and wanted to get off the West Coast. I wanted to go big or go home. So I'm sure you could do the same. You can speak with your detailer and find out what it needed and where. The summers are always busy with people coming in. I'm glad I went to ODS at the beginning of the year (February) before the rush.

    For physical status, work towards being within regulations for age, height, and weight. That will be you're ultimate goal.
    Female Height and Weight Standards
    Then you will have to complete a Physical Readiness Test that includes 2 min of sit ups, 2 min of push ups, 1.5 mile run completed at least at the 'good' level.
    Female Physical Readiness Test Standards
    For me, a 24 year old, 67" female, I must at least complete 58 curl ups, 23 push ups, and 1.5 mile run in 14:15 minutes.

    The best thing you can do is be within weight/height requirements and be prepared to run on asphalt-up to 4 miles. It's important to have your joints ready for this so you don't get injured. Prepare the muscles around your ankles, knees, and hips.

    Once out of training you will be required to work out 3 times a week. So start the routine and start making time for it. You can elect to complete the 'run' via treadmill, exercise bike, eliptical, or swim (outside of training).
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    Hello Sw88tpea,

    Thank you for the answer in ODS, I was just curious. My recruiter told me I should start getting paid on May 12th which is the day I leave for ODS, when should I expect my first O-1 pay during training? I am bringing only about $500 cash with me, and I have been approved for the $2500 star card, I am just really worried I will short of money for ODS expenses, and personal expenses back home...Thank you very much..
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    I received pay within 2 weeks of arriving. Pay days are the 1st and the 15th so if you go in on May 12 you may or may not receive pay the 15th. I would imagine you would not get a full paycheck until the end of the month. However you may receive travel pay which is for expenses en route to ODS-you receive a set per diem. If you are not paid by week 4 of ODS you will alert your class team and have it sorted out. You should absolutely receive pay before leaving and before having to pay out your account (the $2,500 of uniform expenses). I think you'll be set as far as ODS goes. Make sure not to be delinquent on any personal expenses and communicate with you class team if you need to use your phone in the first two weeks to transfer money, make payments, etc.

    You should be good to go!
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    Any info on co-location after ODS? My husband is active duty navy and I'm curious about getting stationed in the same location? My hubby will be in Jacksonville FL...for the next three years actually.
    I'm graduating next month and I'm seriously considering joining the nurse corps!
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    That would be a conversation you could have with your detailer. I don't see any reason why you couldn't co-locate. Also you can apply and see what your orders say before you swear in. But it shouldn't be a surprise if you're recruiter and detailer and work with you. Apply!
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    Here is the official US Navy Nurse Corps Official Facebook Page. It has a lot of good information on it-I just read most of it. Make sure to look at the notes pages where the bulk of the information is. The Navy is hoping to update this with even more helpful information soon. Go Navy!
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