Upon arrival at Okinawa, you will immediately be ushered into ROM for 14-days. This is a long period of time to spend indoors and necessitates you to complete your checklist promptly and to coordinate with your sponsor well ahead of time to ensure your ROM period is as comfortable as possible.
ROM entails not leaving your ROM location for 14 days and not having any guests enter your temporary lodging. All meals will be delivered to you by your sponsor via grocery drop-offs at your door.
New to the Okinawa community? Just send a message to Task Force PCS and they will help you out with any questions you may have and can keep up to date on any changes to ROM and PCS’ing.
Being in ROM can be a time of rest, but you can also start getting ready for your time in Okinawa. The MCCS Okinawa Welcome Aboard page is a great place to start. You can even sign up for the mandatory Newcomer’s Welcome Aboard (NOWA) brief to conduct it virtually for a quick transition to life in Okinawa after ROM! Please contact the MCIPAC Installation Safety Office at 645-3183/2862 to inquire about taking the SOFA POV Licensing exam after the completion of your 14-day ROM and NOWA. Orders, approved Area Clearance message (for dependents), and a valid stateside driver's license are required to obtain a SOFA POV Driver's License. Civilian personnel will need their SOFA Letter and are recommended to contact the MCIPAC Installation Safety Office for any other specific requirements.
There are a ton of online resources as well, from various Facebook pages, Okinawa Hai, Okinawa Bookoo (resale), and others. Welcome to Okinawa, and thank you for your continued discipline, diligence, and understanding during the ROM process.