Friday, January 23, 2015

OTS: Arriving at the Dorms

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!


13 comments:

Aunie said...

You're so awesome. I'm so glad to see this morphing into a series... I know it's going to help so many OTS newbies!

Robert Lieder said...

Hey Arin I was wondering if you were going to do any new posts describing the experiences after you got to OTS?

Erin said...

@Robert Lieder - That's the game plan. I know I've been lagging, but I'm down at tech school right now and my nightly readings have been pretty dense. Do you leave soon?

Robert Lieder said...

Haven't been accepted yet. I am submitting another package for the due date in September.

Good luck at Tech School. I know that can be rough sometimes.

Erin said...

@Robert Lieder - Fingers crossed for you and your package! Thanks for the well wishes. It's been pretty rigorous with the studying, I'll say that.

Monica Carloss said...
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Monica Carloss said...

Hey Erin. I am in the same situation you were in. I have a failed PT test and I wanted to apply for OTS again but throught will a failed test they would even consider me. What advice can you give. I retest next week and I am at my taping (only part I failed). Any advice would be great. Best of luck.

Erin said...

@Monica Carloss - That's such a tough spot. Not knowing your scenario, I would be prepared to meet the board and explain your situation, how it has humbled/changed you, and how you've combatted the problem so it won't occur again. Then of course, knock this next one out of the park. Explain how it'll better you as a leader. If you're AD, it might be tougher than in my scenario. I failed after the board had approved my package. Keep at it though, and demonstrate that persistence! Good luck to you!

Sonya said...

I just wanted to say yoru blog has been SO helpful! I'm going to BOT in January 2016 and am super nervous but it's great to have your blog so I can have an idea of what to expect. Thanks!

Sonya said...

Also, I'm most worried about the runs. What pace do you recommend I aim for so that I don't struggle too bad at OTS (in general, not just for PT tests)? I'm currently at a 14 min 1.5 mile..... I know, I know, working on it :P. I've never been a runner and I hate running so it's a struggle.

Erin said...

@Sonya - Thank you so much for your kind words! As for the run, I highly recommend running every other day if you can. If you're running on a quarter mile track, shoot for 2:15 min miles. If you can hold at that pace, you can run the entire thing in 13:30. That was the pace they had us do at BMT, so I always try to beat that as I'm doing my laps. Good luck to you!

Unknown said...

Hi Erin, thanks for all the info so far. Are you able to use your phone during OTS at all? Ill be leaving an infant behind and would like to know if I can check in with the family at least weekly. Thanks again!

Erin said...

@Unknown - Yes you are! I was able to call daily, as well as FaceTime. Just a heads up, you won't be able to do so until after the duty day, so it may conflict with your child's bedtime initially. Sundays were fair game though. Good luck to you! Never fun, but worth it in the long run.