New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help? - page 19

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... Read More

  1. Visit  newRnnene profile page
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    Hi sw88tpea

    Wanted to know if you know when the flight tickets to ODS are issued. It's Thursday and I haven't received it. Do they wait to the last minute to give out plane tickets?
  2. Visit  DSchulte99 profile page
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    You get your ticket once your recruiter gets a hard copy of your orders to ods.
  3. Visit  newRnnene profile page
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    My recruiter have a copy my ODS date is in 3 days
  4. Visit  Sw88tpea profile page
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    I would be in contact with your recruiter immediately or expect to purchase your own tickets if you want to get to ODS this month.
  5. Visit  GuelnRn profile page
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    I am applying DA for fiscal year 2014. I was aiming to do NCP about a year and a half ago but I wasn't able to finish my kit in time for the boards last year and my recruiter switched me over to DA route. My recruiter is a a nurse recruiter from San Diego. I've finished my kit and am now just waiting for the first selection board which I am told will be held in Oct/Nov. How likely is it for a new grad to get picked up and get commissioned? I just graduated and will be taking nclex next month. Throughout this whole time my recruiter has made it seem like I will get picked up due to how early it is and my strong statement/letters of recommendation. I just don't want to get my hopes up. This is truly what I want to do and it's been a long road to get this far. Any thoughts guys?
  6. Visit  Sw88tpea profile page
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    No reason not to have your hopes up but keep applying elsewhere as well. If you don't get in this year and work a year you could get in the next. I know several Navy nurses that were new graduates. Good luck and keep us posted!
  7. Visit  GuelnRn profile page
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    thanks for the encouragement and I willl! Has anybody on here heard about the date of the first board of the year? I heard it is in October from my recruiter but he didn't give me an exact date.
  8. Visit  auraskyes profile page
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    Thank you everyone for all the questions and responses; this entire thread has been so informative and invaluable!

    I'm a new grad (May) with no prior nursing experience that's interested in joining the Navy but I have been having trouble contacting a medical officer recruiter (I live near Chicago, IL). I'm debating whether or not to drive an hour over to the Great Lakes Naval Station and ask to speak with a recruiter. Would that even be ideal?
    I've also read that "boards" are on October 1, meaning I would have to complete my entire application within this month. Is it too late to apply?
    Should I be asking for letters of recommendations (3 or 4?) to be mailed directly to me which I then hand to the recruiter? or emailed?? I'm trying to set everything up so when/if I meet with a recruiter, I can be as prepared as possible.
    Any help would be appreciated!
  9. Visit  Sw88tpea profile page
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    Hi there, boards are usually in October-mine was two years ago. Not sure if it has changed.

    I don't think driving to Great Lakes would be helpful as it is where enlisted go to train, they may not even have an officer recruiter there. When I came in, I had to have my package in by Aug. 1 or wait till next year. I don't know if that is still the case but, yes it may be. And a package where everything goes smoothly probably takes 3 months.

    I would wait for Letters of Recommendations until you speak with a recruiter. They have to be dated within 6 months of your package being sent in so if you don't make it for this year then they have to be re-done for next year.

    My main recommendation is to drive to your recruiter. Not all recruiting offices are officer and/or medical but they should be able to point you in the right direction. I'll see if I can find out where the medical recruiting office is in your area.

    Good luck.
  10. Visit  BookNerd profile page
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    Hi Sw88tpea,

    Can you tell me about your housing after ODS? Do/did you live on base? Any housing information would be appreciated. Thank you.
  11. Visit  Sw88tpea profile page
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    Directly after ODS I did not have housing set up. I went and stayed in the Navy lodge until I found a house to rent. The hospital does not have officer housing but I believe the larger Norfolk base does. I live out in town and so do all my coworkers. My friends stationed in Europe/Japan also live off base. Cuba-there is only base, for example. Do you have more questions regarding housing at a certain base or just in general?
  12. Visit  Sw88tpea profile page
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    Over 18 months in and still going strong. I'm interested to hear if the news/the shutdown is impacting anyone's choice to join. I can't say how I would feel/think if I was considering joining. I'm still working at Portsmouth Naval on the Cardiac unit and plan on asking for a second tour/extending my three year contract for another duty station. Hope all is well!
    J-Diddy likes this.
  13. Visit  slc1984 profile page
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    I just found out that I will be headed to Portsmouth after I graduate and pass the NCLEX! I am so excited!
    elisabethm likes this.


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