New to Navy, ODS, Portsmouth-need any help? - page 7

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   carolinakate88
    robsrn888 looking forward to meeting you soon! NavyRN1790 how in the world did you figure out the HHG deal? I feel a little late in the game and just swore in on Wednesday. But that's also the first time I saw hard copies of my orders and got information about moving my belongings. I tried registering for the dps site but I feel like I'm just on a short road to nowhere with vague instructions.
  2. by   carolinakate88
    Wow. Struggle bus. I didn't think that first post went through!
  3. by   navyRN1790
    carolinakate88 & robsrn888: go to (make sure you have a good internet browser that allows pop-ups so take off the pop-up blocker I used internet explorer). Also make sure you have printing available because there are MANY forms to print, which isn't a surprise haha. Once you go to click DPS registration. (it's in the top left corner & it's blue). After you click DPS registration it will take you to another page. Click the grey button that says DOD Service Member and Civilian Registration. After clicking that it will bring you to and the top in green says ETA Electronic Transportation Acquisition (DOD registration). Fill out the form which includes your name, SSN, e-mail, branch of service and 7 different security questions. After you fill that out it will generate a login name and password. WRITE THESE DOWN AND KEEP THEM IN A SAFE PLACE! you will need it for the future. DO NOT LOOSE THEM!!! Once you have a login name and password you can log in to the ETA system. Once logged in click on Defense Personal Property System under My approved applications. After you click that it will bring you to another page that has light blue letters. Hit self-counseling in the top left corner. Fill out the application. You do need a hard copy of your orders because it asks for the order number. If you have any issues call this number 1 855 444 6683 then hit 0 for operator and tell them you need help with filling out the packet. they are available M-F 0800-1700. If you want to ask me any questions my e-mail is

    I hope that helps! On that note I am very excited to meet both of you in Newport . The Ghent is very nice and I would love to live in the area if the opportunity were to arrive. It reminds me of where I'm from a little. Portsmouth itself is pretty boring. I went to check out the area twice and there is not much to do besides the 4 or 5 restaraunts in olde town and parts are kind of sketchy. Robsrn888: where are you from and where did you go to school??
  4. by   navyRN1790
    also on there is a tutorial that walks you through the process on the application, which is helpful but I also called the number because I like to talk to a human being. Good luck!
  5. by   navyRN1790
    when you call the number tell them you need help with the self-counseling packet. Also make sure your current duty station is listed as your home address or where ever you want your HHG picked up from. your Permanent Change of States (PCS) is Portsmouth, VA. Your stuff is put in governement storage for up to 90 days FREE so that gives people enough time to find a place to live.
  6. by   carolinakate88
    Awesome! Thanks for being so thorough! I'm heading up next week to hopefully secure a place to live! Woohoo!
  7. by   navyRN1790
    that's awesome carolinakate88!!

    robsrn888: I am hoping to find someone at ODS to live with as well in the Virginia area.
  8. by   Sw88tpea
    Wow! Good work! Sorry for my absence. Could you three headed to Portsmouth email me and ill send you info on apartments and sponsor info if I can.
  9. by   robsrn888
    yes setting up HHG was very confusing, i had to call and have them help me, and make sure you're using a PC not a mac, that was my problem. somehow the HHG system and macs just dont work, ended up having to use my parents PC.

    navyRN1790 & carolinakate88 -
    i went to nursing school at duquesne (though since most will not know where that is), its in pittsburgh, and i am originally from a suburb 30 minutes outside the city. looking forward to meeting both of you in newport.
  10. by   carolinakate88
    I know where that is! And I know how to pronounce it! My high school physics teacher went there! (I LOVE that I can remember that, but have the hardest time remembering the things that matter! Womp womp!) Will you both be driving to Newport?
  11. by   robsrn888
    navyRN1790 - you went down to portsmouth already? i have a few questions could you email me at by chance?. and carolinakate88 - thats very surprising you know where duquesne is and how to say it most do not. good luck at looking at places. See you guys in newport.
  12. by   dcassidy12
    Hey guys! September is coming way faster than I could have imagined EEK! Getting excited/ anxious and nervous at the same time. I am worried I'm not doing everything I should before reporting to Newport, I feel like the Navy is so vague about what we need to get done or have before we go! Ive been workin out and going over ranks and hymms and whatnot, but Im a little in the dark about other paperwork or things we might need to complete before we go! Does anyone else feel the same way??
  13. by   Sw88tpea
    I'm sure people do. Some things I'm glad I did before I left: 1) Leave copies of credit cards, bank accounts, passwords, vehicle titles etc with a family member just in case 2) Changed my mailing address to a family member temporarily so they could look out for important things 3) Called my apartment right before I headed into ODS to make sure the loose ends are tied up after the move out 4) Pack all my nurses stuff for work right after ODS-stethoscope etc.

    Somethings I wish I did:
    1) Pack a bag with civilian clothes for after ODS until I get my HHG (took two weeks)-I could have left it in my car or with my family to bring at graduation

    Feel free to ask more questions!