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My son just started OCS last Super Sunday. I would appreciate anything anyone can tell me about it. Also, I called and got his address so I have started writing. If anyone else has a child that is in OCS I would love to talk with you.
Margaret, Mom of Officer Candidate Nick

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Comment by Sherry James on February 4, 2009 at 5:01pm
Hi Margaret,

Congratulations on your son's wonderful achievement!! The only thing I know about OCS in Rhode Island is that long before he graduates you might want to have contact the Navy Lodge and reserve a room for you if you're going to his graduation. The Navy really knows how to throw a party! My daughter is an officer but her path was through USNA so I don't know much else. You're doing good to write and send care packages as a show of support. Maybe you can share his address with other family members and friends as well. Good Luck and again Congrats!!
Comment by JB on February 4, 2009 at 6:48pm
Hey Margaret:
We are in Colorado. My son graduated from U Maine-Orono last May and reported to OCS on 14 June - Flag Day...he was commissioned 5 Sept 08. I saw him in Newport the day he reported 'fore flying back to Colorado. DON'T SEND YOUR SON ANY CARE PACKAGES AT ALL unless he has been specifically told that it's ok by OCS and his Marine Drill Instructors!!!!! Apparently, OCS will "roll individuals back", that means make them start over & sometimes those rolled back OCs have to wait til there's room in another class for them to start over, extending their OCS experience by as much as 6 or 8 weeks at the very least!! If OCs are in possession of "contraband", ie, candy bars, candy, fruit, soda, cookies, flowers, whatever then their time in OCS just got longer! Really not worth the care packages and/or our good intentions. Sean had found out about this before he reported and sent an email telling family and friends not to send him anything except letters til he was Commissioned. The Navy Lodge is a good idea, but tough to get a reservation at NS Newport, probably cuz of the number of schools concentrated on the base. There is another 'private hotel' on the Base called, "Newport Chalet". I stayed there for a couple of nites and it was quite nice as well as very reasonable and NO charge for laundry facilities. Sean did not have a car at OCS so after he was commissioned, he returned home to Colorado, drove his new 'Ensign- mobile' (USAA had a great loan offer for newly commissioned officers) back in time for SWOS (Surface Warfare School) at NS Newport. If you go to my page, there are a lot of pics from Sean's commissioning, both the 'Private Commissioning Ceremony' in the Captain's Office as well as the Class Commissioning on the field. Sean comes from 'an Army family', but when he was 5 yrs old he decided that he wanted to be a Naval Officer. He didn't happen to tell anyone about this dream til April of his senior yr in high school. So Sean's dad, an Army Engineer LTC commissioned him. There are also some pics from Sean's Thursday nite Class dinner at the Atlantic Beach Club, called, 'Mom's Night' (?), but it was for family & friends. It was catered (really very yummy!), w/ no-host bar, a video of the Class and their OCS time was shown & awards to some of the OCs were given out that nite. Family and friends were invited to a 5 AM run the next morning to participate or watch the Class do their last run together. After the run, we saw them do their thing in the Galley and how they had to eat their meals. Very interesting if you've not seen what the military academies put the 'new kids' thru. If the weather is good and the outside bar is open at the 'Officers Club' (altho it's an all Ranks Club) at Newport is absolutely gorgeous and the food is wonderful, esp Thursday Nite Lobsters. Lotsa great restaurants in Newport...The Mooring, The Black Pearl, The Red Parrot, ummm a clam shack across from the Atlantic Beach Club, but can't remember the name. Ok...I've been ramblin on. Ck my page for pix. Sean's sister happened to be in Boston for an astrophysics conference on a Sunday and was able to see him on his 2nd Sunday during "Chapel time" when they were allowed visitors for an hour. Those pix are of Sean in khakis (they had just gotten to wear them for the first time & were out of their 'poopy suits' for good!) sitting under a tree w/ his sister & standing w/ her phone and holding a canteen. Any specific questions, let me know... There were tough and some low times during OCS, but Sean said he, "wasn't about to let go of his dream". A wise sage told him before he reported that, "if he was serious about making his dream a reality, then to keep his eyes on the horizon..."
Comment by Conor's Sarah on February 4, 2009 at 11:46pm

Go to this website. it was my life line this past summer when my boyfriend was at OCS. It is full of other mothers, wives, girlfriends and anyone else who has a loved one at OCS. You can meet other family members of OCs from your sons class, people from previous classes that have already been through what you are going through now. I am not even kidding you I became addicted, it was a huge help having all those other women (mostly) to talk to who were going through exactly the same thing. I am also here if you have any question. I went through it last summer and it is definitely no picnic. If you need anything you can ask me, but you absolutely have to join that website. I insist.
Comment by Sherry James on February 5, 2009 at 12:19pm
Thanks JB, I was unaware of the rule of not sending care packages to OCS. I'm glad that you caught my unintentional misstep. Also, enjoyed all the details you provided regarding OCS graduation and life in general.
Comment by Margaret M on February 5, 2009 at 12:50pm
I tried both the Navy Lodge and the Newport Chalet for graduation. The Navy Lodge opens up rooms 60 days in advance so they weren't available for me to book. The Chalet allows reservations 6 yes six days in advance. Fyi


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