So, what finally happens when you drag your stuff across the grass? Fortunately, the good folks behind OTS have shared with you a number of videos on their Facebook page!
Once you get over to the dorms, you place your belongings outside and then proceed inside the main foyer of the dorms where there is a line of folding tables and several individuals processing your entry. As you can imagine, there are numerous "greeters" there to welcome you, namely your commissioned staff members. I'll let the videos speak for themselves.
This was the point where I was sent back outside because I didn't have two forms of payment to show them. Regardless of how much money is in the bank, bring in another card. The name tag and the reflective belt they'll hand you are indicative of what squadron you're assigned to. Squadron 1 is the Goldhawks, gold/yellow colored items, inhabiting the third floor. Squadron 2 is the Hoyas, green colored items, living on the second floor. Squadron 3 is the Tigers, orange colored items, on the first floor.
Once you arrive on your floor, you'll probably notice your new MTI. There are far fewer MTIs at OTS (one per squadron), but they are the best of the best. Two of ours were "Blue Rope" Master MTIs, and another should've been. We would find out later that our Student Squadron Commander was also there to welcome us, and help us get settled. Ha! Unlike BMT (or even my tech school experience), both women and men are down the same hallway and in dorm rooms right next to each other. There are two to three people in everyone room, and typically just two. When they have an odd number of women in a squadron, they will group them into one room of three. We were directed down the hallway by the MTI, we dropped our stuff, then we came back out into our day room to retrieve those pre-positioned items. After that, we were largely on our own for a bit, to set up the room according to a binder located in each room that has your rolling, folding, and positioning instructions. We had also been given a packet of paperwork to fill out for more in-processing later. Everyone kept talking to the bare minimum, although we were able to make quick introductions with our roommates.
|Clad in PT gear, prepping my blues.|
Each room has one set of bunk beds, one double bed, three tall skinny dressers pressed together, three desks with hutches, two small walk-in closets, two vanities, and one toilet/shower room. At this point, it didn't matter who slept in what bed, but there are position numbers to all of the furniture, so if you're in a certain bed you'll use a specific dresser, a specific closet, a specific towel bar, and so forth. Pay attention to that dorm bible and set everything up as best as you can.
The day is not over yet, and the fun is just beginning!