Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
What is the Dress Code?

Answer:
Event attendees are recommended to wear business casual. Those who are unit funded may be required to attend in uniform, in which case, Class B uniform or equivalent is recommended. Speakers and Presenters are recommended to wear business attire or Service Dress.


Question:
What is the closest Metro stop to the event?

Answer:
The closest Metro stop is the blue line stopping at Arlington Cemetery. WIMSA, where the event will be held, is located at the top of Memorial Drive just outside the gates to Arlington Cemetery, just two blocks from the Metro station.

The Metro stop closes at 10pm.


Question:

Can I attend PTDY/PTAD?

Answer:

Approval rests with your leadership but attending OWLS will definitely enhance your value to your service! These references may help:

  • Air Force: AFI 36-3003, Military Leave Program, 11 May 16, Table 4.5 Rule 6
  • Army: AR 600-8-10, Leaves and Passes, 4 Aug 11, para 5-32 (g), 5-33 and 5-34
  • Navy: MILPERSMAN 1050-270, Administrative Absences, 10 May 17, para 3(a)
  • Marines: MCO 1050.3J, Regulations for Leave, Liberty, and Administrative Absence, 19 May 09, Chapter 5, para 1(c)
  • Coast Guard: COMDTINST M1000.8A Military Assignments and Authorized Absences, 22 Jun 18, Para 2.A.10.b. (1)

Question:
Is parking included in the registration fee?

Answer:
No, parking is not included in the registration fee. Arlington National Cemetery does have a parking garage with ample parking accessible from Memorial Avenue. It normally opens to the public daily at 8:00 a.m.; however, the parking garage will open at 7:00 a.m. on April 24-26, 2018 for our event. The cemetery closes at 7:00 p.m. The parking garage closes at 8:00 p.m.

Cost is currently $2.00 per hour.

Many attendees choose to take the metro or a cab if they are staying longer than three hours due to the cost of parking.


Question:
Will I need to go through security to enter the Women’s Memorial?

Answer:
Yes. Please allow extra time to get to WIMSA from the metro and the parking garage as all visitors to the Memorial are now required to go through security screening at the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor’s Center before proceeding to the Women’s Memorial.


Question:
Is there a nursing/breastmilk pumping area available to attendees?

Answer:
Yes. There are private areas designated for attendees who need to pump during the event. The areas have access to power and refrigerated storage is also available. Please see the registration desk for additional information.


Question:
Can I attend for just one day?

Answer:
Yes. Note, there is a discount for attending more than one day. Pricing is based on daily attendance, not on program selections.


Question:
Are meals included in the admission cost?

Answer:
Yes. Meals are provided each day and are included in the admission cost. A limited number of vegetarian and gluten-free options are available at each meal. Attendees are encouraged to ask servers to identify those options.


Question:
Will wifi access be available to attendees?

Answer:
Yes! WIMSA’s wifi system has been upgraded! For the 2019 event, attendees WILL have access to wifi. Access information will be posted at the registration desk.


Question:
What should I bring with me to the event?

Answer:
For those attending the Career Coaching Workshop on Tuesday, it is recommended you have copies of your current resume on hand. For ALL attendees, we encourage you to bring business cards or some form of contact information that you can share with those you meet. A tablet, notepad, pen, and other writing aides would also be helpful as we are certain you will want to take notes. Charging cords are also a good idea.