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Andrew Fairley
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  • Mishawaka, IN
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NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for Andrew Fairley
"should be ok to post the video- but the general rule- if you have to ask and feel uncomfortable- don't"
Sep 22
Andrew Fairley replied to Doug Satterly's discussion Graduation Dates
"I really hope they are gonna be able to lift the restrictions as I have already had to miss his HS Grad Ceremony with only a ten second yearbook picutre clip on Youtube. But would understand either way and while important, his and everyones safety…"
Sep 22
Andrew Fairley updated their profile
Sep 22
NavyDads Admin (Paul) commented on Andrew Fairley's status
"6 Basic and Essential Rules for Bootcamp:-Do what you are told to do-Do it immediately-Pay attention to detail -Speak when spoken to...otherwise keep your mouth shut-Help your shipmates succeed-Don't take it personally- it's part of the…"
Jun 3
Andrew Fairley posted a status
"Upbate on son: M.E.P.S. went great and his weekly DEP with recruiter Petty leaves on Sept 9th for boot camp and hes got some ambitions"
Jun 1
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza and Andrew Fairley are now friends
Apr 4
Andrew Fairley joined E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group
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NAVY BOOT CAMP

Navy Boot Camp: Questions & Answers to what your Sailor will be doing at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, IL.This Support Group is for Families & Friends with Recruits attending Navy Boot Camp.See More
Apr 4
Andrew Fairley posted a status
"thanks for the support! update on my son, Asfab, Meps, are all completed! more info to come as he just returned from meps!"
Apr 4
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza left a comment for Andrew Fairley
"Has you r son taken his ASVAB test yet? His score will determine what rates he best will qualify for. Once that test it taken, then you and your son can sit with the recruiter and get serious.  But just remember that this is his career and…"
Mar 25
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza left a comment for Andrew Fairley
"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Andrew! When my son first enlisted, I was a little scared and worried for him. Not coming from a military family at all, I had no idea what to expect. What I found, was that he had made the most mature decision of his…"
Mar 25
NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for Andrew Fairley
"Welcome to NavyDads Andrew! When my daughter enlisted in 2005 and left for RTC, I had virtually no knowledge of Navy life or how the Navy did things. By the time her PIR rolled around, I was starting to get the hang of things and understand some of…"
Mar 25
Andrew Fairley joined NC1 Sean Erickson's group
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Ask a Recruiter

I have been in the Navy for 13yrs. 4yrs as a Mess specialist on a ship in San Diego, CA. and the last 9yrs as a Navy Councelor Recruiter. I am a Recruiter in Charge of a station in Sacramento, CA. If any one would like to ask me a question feel free.
Mar 25
Andrew Fairley is now a member of Navy Dads
Mar 25

Profile Information

Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Cole
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
Unsure
Describe A Little About Yourself:
So i figured i would update the bio now that Cole has been gone since Sept 8th. He is now in Wisconsin at the Army base for quarantine. I got a call from his mother the next nite after and had ten seconds to say he will talk to her in four to five weeks.
This has been an unbelievably hard but rewarding and self growth experience for him and our family but from the high praise his petty recruitment officer told me when i checked in with her by email before he left, he was one of her future sailors that she doesnt have to worry about and that he is so adventurous and energetic and also studies, and that i didnt need to kick him in the butt!! haha
What Brought You To This Site:
my child is thinking of joining, other
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Anticipation, excitement, pride, love, and fear is what i believe i will feel, maybe already am when he said he is ready.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Heard of navyformoms so i googled navy for dads.

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At 1:17pm on September 22, 2020, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

should be ok to post the video- but the general rule- if you have to ask and feel uncomfortable- don't

At 7:21pm on March 25, 2020, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Has you r son taken his ASVAB test yet? His score will determine what rates he best will qualify for. Once that test it taken, then you and your son can sit with the recruiter and get serious. 

But just remember that this is his career and future. Maybe help guide him toward what his interests are, but make sure he's happy with the rate he chooses.  

At 7:16pm on March 25, 2020, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Andrew! When my son first enlisted, I was a little scared and worried for him. Not coming from a military family at all, I had no idea what to expect. What I found, was that he had made the most mature decision of his life! I found lots of answers to my questions right here on NavyDads.com.

My son Stephen was an AWO2 in the P-3 community. However, after 6 years of service, he was medically discharged in July of 2014. We are so proud of our son and his service to our country, as you will also burst with pride of your child! This is the place to brag!

Join us on Facebook as well!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/66599528175/

Once again, welcome to our site and I hope you enjoy your stay here. GO NAVY! HOOYAH!

Best Regards- Jim

At 7:14pm on March 25, 2020, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads Andrew! When my daughter enlisted in 2005 and left for RTC, I had virtually no knowledge of Navy life or how the Navy did things. By the time her PIR rolled around, I was starting to get the hang of things and understand some of the language and abbreviations, but still felt like a fish out of water when dealing with most topics concerning the US Navy. When my son enlisted and left for Great Lakes in 2007, I got serious about trying to learn as much as possible about the Navy. Now, several years into my journey, I’m blessed to say I have two sailors in the family - My daughter Kat is now a Veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist (MC3). My son Eric (AM1) did two cruises on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, was attached to VAW-125 ("The Tigertails") stationed at Iwakuni, Japan, and is currently stationed at NAS Pensacola where he is an instructor in A-School. If NavyDads were around in those early days it would have made my first days as a Navy parent much easier!

I'm sure you'll find NavyDads as useful, educational and informative as I have over the past few years. Click How To Get Started for a guide on getting going in your NavyDads experience! I hope you take the time to explore the site and make some new friends. Read the discussions and add your comments. Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. If you have any comments, questions or concerns about your sailor and what he is going through...be sure to post them! In my experience someone here can answer your questions or concerns or can point you in the direction to find out. And Andrew this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your son is doing! Please remember that we talk about the Navy here and we must keep the security and safety of our sailors and the fleet in mind. On the right or starboard side of every NavyDads page is an area we call Key Information. Please take a minute and read through the Operations Security (OPSEC) link for some guidelines as to what we should not talk about in a public forum like NavyDads.

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Cole is going through. In the Navy Bootcamp group is a discussion called A MUST READ for all New Navy Parents. Read through this post as it will do a lot to give you some understanding about what your sailor is learning and why. And be sure to check out the videos available in the Bootcamp Group as well and as PIR nears be sure to spend time in the PIR group for hints and helps! To better understand how the Navy creates sailors, watch this video Making A Sailor to see what life is like at Great Lakes RTC.


Best Regards- Paul

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