New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help? - page 3

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   deftonez188
    That's interesting about the Marine Hymn - thanks for the heads up.

    I noticed you mentioned that you felt the majority of the time you felt 'hygienic,' are you given adequate time each day to shower after PT? I know in Air Force enlisted boot camp, we hardly had time to do much more than a baby wipe shower, which at the time was miserable while wearing full bdu's in July in Texas drilling! I'm just wondering if it's like most situations where there are 4 shower heads for a company of 60 to use in a 20 minute window . Also, are you allowed to get up a little early before the day begins to prepare? I'd rather not shave my face in 1 minute or less if I can avoid it.

    Anyone have a link to a good version of Anchors Aweigh? Wikipedia lists multiple versions, some with many verses, some short and sweet like we had in the Air Force. I have looked around at other sites as well, but can't get a definitive answer on the version currently used.

    I'm doing something like sweetpea suggested and having wife my do a bit of house hunting in advance of my arrival - I imagine if you have a spouse that could do that, that would save some time and stress.

    I'm actually not all that worried about ODS, it's something to get through, but am wondering how much training time and of what quality it will be at my first duty station (civilian side I had a preceptor who wanted the extra pay, but none of the responisiblity...).
  2. by   pattyipp
    oh perfect I will try that!
  3. by   newnavynurse
    I had a good app for my phone that had the creed, anchor's aweigh and a few other things we had to know. It was helpful!
  4. by   Sw88tpea
    anchors aweigh
    (out of the ods handbook written may 2011
    and still used in february 2012)

    verse one
    stand, navy, out to sea, fight our battle cry;we'll never change our course, so vicious foe steer shy-y-y-y.roll out the tnt , anchors aweigh. sail on to victoryand sink their bones to davy jones, hooray!
    verse two
    anchors aweigh, my boys, anchors aweigh.farewell to foreign shores, we sail at break of day-ay-ay-aythrough our last night on shore, drink to the foam,until we meet once more. here's wishing you a happy voyage home!
    verse three
    blue of the mighty deep; gold of god's great sun.
    let these our colors be till all of time be done, done, done, done
    on seven seas we learn navy's stern call:
    faith, courage, service true with honor over, honor over all.[font=sans-serif]
    Last edit by Sw88tpea on Apr 20, '12 : Reason: type-o
  5. by   Sw88tpea
    [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
  6. by   Sw88tpea
    A friend from who went through ODS with me was in the NCP program and said it did NOT count towards service.
  7. by   deftonez188
    I don't think it does either - my LES still reads 5 years ( 4 years guard time = 1 year lol, whoopee)
  8. by   RNLady115
    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!
  9. by   Sw88tpea
    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).
  10. by   VentcSN
    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..
  11. by   Sw88tpea
    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!
  12. by   worf
    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!
  13. by   Sw88tpea
    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!