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. by   newRnnene
    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. by   DSchulte99
    You get your ticket once your recruiter gets a hard copy of your orders to ods.
  3. by   newRnnene
    My recruiter have a copy my ODS date is in 3 days
  4. by   Sw88tpea
    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. by   GuelnRn
    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. by   Sw88tpea
    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. by   GuelnRn
    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. by   auraskyes
    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. by   Sw88tpea
    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. by   BookNerd
    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. by   Sw88tpea
    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. by   Sw88tpea
    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!
  13. by   slc1984
    I just found out that I will be headed to Portsmouth after I graduate and pass the NCLEX! I am so excited!