Navy Dads

My son is leaving for Great Lakes in about a month. He seems to be getting a little nervous about what to expect. Since I was never in the service I can't help. Anyone have any words that I can pass along to him? 

Views: 438

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Show him the videos in the Boot Camp group so he'll have an idea what to expect. Listen to his RDC's.....keep his mouth shut....and do EXACTLY what he is told! The first month is the hardest! ....and everyone gets nervous.....He will be just fine!

There are a couple of sites that describe almost exactly what happens the first 6-7 weeks of boot camp. Have him read those as well. Should be easy to find with a Google search. Aside from that, from what my son told me: listen and follow every direction exactly as you are told. Don't get too discouraged the first few weeks, those are the toughest. Make sure he is getting in shape now, and studying the start guide now, it will make it easier (not easy, but easier). My son said boot camp was actually not all that bad except for the lack of communication with family and friends. However he said it was tougher for people that were completely unprepared for what was going to happen.

Great advice from all.  Our daughter had a very good recruiter that spent a good deal of time helping Kami prep for PT, the oath, list of commands and so forth.  As part of her prep, she and I would do PT when I came home from work.  It was great spending that kind of time with her.  Of course she should have trained with someone that actually could do her PT.  Once she got to boot, she said that she should have worked out with her brother in stead. LOL.   I know you're anxious, and so is your sailor, but enjoy it.  There is something special about all of it.  You'll see.

Hi John....all good information......if I may humbly as fit as he can be entering the training.....eyes and ears a sponge.......(yeah, mouth shut)....... positive mental attitude.......positive energy.....and, if your family is so inclined, a little prayer to our Almighty Father for strength, courage, perseverance, and acceptance of His will......   Best wishes to your family..... ~ Pat

read thru this....there is some really good advice:

All of the above is very good information! My two cents as physically prepared as possible. Eat healthy, keep the weight down, and try to build some muscle strength. Do not use steroids or any other muscle enhancer. They test for that stuff.

When my son got out of boot, he told me that for the first four weeks, the RDCs hardly knew his name. He said he kept his mouth shut and did what he was told.

We wish all the best for your son!


Reply to Discussion



NavyDads mission is to Provide Support, Encouragement, and Knowledge to Sailors and their Families throughout their Journey together in the United States Navy.

NavyDads can only succeed with your help.  We receive no outside funding and every dollar you donate helps us cover operating costs and helps keep this site running. 

Google-Based NavyDads Search

  only search NavyDads


Blog Posts

Phishing for Info

Posted by Michael J Conway on April 18, 2023 at 4:08pm 0 Comments


Posted by Joseph Hernandez on January 28, 2023 at 11:54am 1 Comment

Before A School

Posted by Philip Steinert on January 2, 2023 at 2:10pm 2 Comments

My little sailor

Posted by william joseph wolfcale on December 3, 2022 at 4:08pm 2 Comments

my dad skII Wolfcale

Posted by william joseph wolfcale on December 3, 2022 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

Off to A School

Posted by Michael J Conway on November 13, 2022 at 9:55pm 1 Comment

Son leaves for San Diego

Posted by Jeff J Sperekas on June 25, 2022 at 7:33pm 1 Comment


Posted by John W Hensman on October 9, 2021 at 4:21pm 0 Comments

Form letter

Posted by John D O'Rourke on September 16, 2021 at 5:58am 2 Comments

Boot Camp

Posted by Mark F Durovka on March 22, 2021 at 8:46pm 2 Comments


Posted by Thomas ODonnell on January 10, 2021 at 3:00pm 7 Comments

Bittersweet Happiness

Posted by Jim Lisi on December 13, 2020 at 1:21pm 3 Comments

Pride and Honor

Posted by Elliott Peigen on September 7, 2020 at 9:56am 2 Comments

Introducing Myself

Posted by John Lillyblad on March 18, 2020 at 4:38pm 5 Comments

Mail problems

Posted by Fernando Bolano on March 17, 2020 at 2:36pm 3 Comments

SHIP 06 DIV 100

Posted by Chris Koning on February 9, 2020 at 3:54pm 0 Comments

Ship 10 Div 114

Posted by Mike Cunningham on February 3, 2020 at 2:15pm 1 Comment


Posted by Mike Cunningham on January 15, 2020 at 1:23pm 2 Comments

Ship 2 Division 907

Posted by Mark Poindexter on December 17, 2019 at 2:36pm 0 Comments

© 2024   Created by E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service