I know that there is an ODS sticky, and if mods see fit to move this there then so be it, but I have a few questions about preparing for ODS (besides physical training) that have not been answered on that thread or on the official ODS website... 1. How much civilian clothing should I bring? Will we get to go out in Newport at all in civilian clothing? Should I just bring enough to get me through the first day I'm there and the day that I leave? Should I bring dressier clothing? Also, what should I show up on base in? I'd rather not get yelled at for arriving in a t-shirt and shorts. 2. I understand the convenience of having a flash-drive there, but is bringing a laptop that much of an advantage? Is there an internet connection in the dorm? 3. I heard that the network on base blocks popular email sites such as gmail. Is there a website that is not blocked on base that I can have my gmail account forwarded to? 4. Would anybody recommend memorizing anything other than the Code of Conduct, Sailor's Creed, and General Orders before arrival? 5. Are there any other miscellanious items that I should bring or things that I should do beforehand that others who have gone through ODS brought/did or wish they had to make their time there more enjoyable? I'd really appreciate any insight anyone on SDN can provide about these five weeks; I have little idea about what to expect for ODS, and all things being equal, I'd like for it to pass as smoothly and quickly as possible.