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About seating at PIR

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Reeder Dec 13, 2014. 8 Replies

I noticed from the photos of today's PIR that there is a lower and an upper tier of seating.I know they have sections for each division. Do they put some division's seating area on the lower and some…Continue

Form Letter has arrived! TG 11, Ship 03, Div. 073, PIR 23 Jan 2015

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blake Owen Dec 10, 2014. 6 Replies

Well, that was much faster than I was expecting! It's exactly 7 days since he got there and I got the form letter just a few minutes ago. He must be in a push div. because he will be there exactly 8…Continue

And He's Off!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blake Owen Dec 11, 2014. 25 Replies

My son shipped out today and I should be getting that short call around midnight tonight.Thanks to,, and Reddit I think I am thoroughly prepared. I wish this…Continue


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My son is recently enlisted (before PIR), I am a veteran
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Proud, scared, apprehensive. The impending ship date of Dec. 1st is closing in fast. I have dreaded it personally because not only am I being separated from my son but a good friend. I know my son will do well in the Navy. He is well prepared and is looking forward to getting his navy life started.
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Thanks for the welcoming comments

I want to say thanks for the nice comments and helpful suggestions by everyone. This is a great support website for our families of our young men and women. Very well done. I am glad this valuable resource is available to everyone.

I served in the Navy in the early 80's. I went to RTC in Orlando and then served on the USS John F. Kennedy.

I have some insight into what my son will go through in training. I wish they would have had the current system up when I was in RTC. It's so much better now. 

I have tried to share as much as I can remember with him about my experiences in RTC. I have many fond memories from RTC Orlando. The good thing for him is he is 24 years old and I am confident he will be able to handle the mental challenges that will come in during training. 

His report date is Dec. 1st. and he should finish around late Jaunary to early February.

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A photo makes a wonderful Christmas present.

Posted on December 25, 2014 at 7:26pm 0 Comments

Sitting there with my 4 month old grandson enjoying a lovely Christmas morning my phone starts to jump off the table. RTC had uploaded 612 photos of our SRs for a nice Christmas surprise.

There my boy was in clear living color enjoying his morning bowl of Special K  and bananas while studying his Blue Jacket manual. He seemed oblivious to the photographer. Why am I not surprised. :)

It was a nice and unexpected surprise to see him in his NWUs doing his thing. I found him…


So he got an early call home but it wasn't to me.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

Monday he called his mom for the usual "extra information" they always seem to need for those getting a high security clearance. I'm not sure they really need this info because I know for a fact that the information they asked for was already clear, concise and correct. I remember going over everything with my son to make sure all the "I's" were dotted and "T's" were crossed. I think they make random choices to see if there are in inconsistencies in the information given to recruiters and…


Form letter signals time to send letters and make reservations.

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 2:36pm 1 Comment

I had five letters ready to go so those are getting mailed today. He will have something to read over this weekend. Got reservations at the Navy lodge and that is covered. Somehow I was late to the party as all the suites were gone. No matter I was still able to get a room with a kitchenette so we can cook for him.

He sent the form letter last Thursday so they are humping it. I'm glad he is graduating two weeks sooner than we speculated.

Now it's time to hunker down, write…


The Box Came Today

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 10:32pm 1 Comment

Well that was faster than I expected. I had my son send the box to my workplace because I knew it needed to be signed for. Imagine my surprise when I saw that box with my son's name on it sitting on my desk today. I didn't expect to get emotional about it but it came upon me all of a sudden. I'd been okay since I dropped him off at the recruiters office. I may keep the box to store his letters and other mementos from RTC, "A" school and beyond. 

I got his call late Monday night but I…


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At 8:26pm on November 12, 2014, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Blake,

I would like to take this time to point you in some of the right directions. For starters if you haven't had the time take a look at the right side of any page you click on. There you will find some useful information for you. The links under the about this site will help you with how this site got started, navigation, P.I.R., About us, community guidelines and some links to some of the groups that beginners with a lot of questions will find very useful. There is also a link called Navy Enlisted Ratings, this link will take you to a brief description of the rates (jobs) in the Navy that you can find your sailors rate and find out some information about the rate that they are in.

First and foremost though we are all here for the same reason. We are curious about what our young sailors are getting into and for more information about the rate or job that they will be doing for the next 4-6 yrs. of their lives. I know when I first got here I had lots of questions and there was not a lot of people on this site but they all were either going through the same thing or had been through it and had sailors out in the fleet. Now this site has grown to over 8000 members, Dads, Moms, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, sisters, brothers, girlfriends and boyfriends. Don't be afraid to ask questions of members in here because somewhere along the way we have all had the same questions and asked. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site with various years of experience in the NAVY either on their own account or through their Sailors.

Again welcome aboard and BRAVO ZULU to you and your son Dakota on his enlistment and please thank him for me for making the choice to defend the freedoms that my family, this country and I have and enjoy.

Navy dads Admin Tim

At 8:45pm on November 11, 2014, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Blake! 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 son Eric (AM2) was on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, and is now joining VAW-125, the "World Famous" Tigertails in Norfolk. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3). If 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 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 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 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 Blake this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your son Dakota 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

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Best Regards- Paul

At 10:04am on November 11, 2014, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…

Blake, Welcome Aboard!

My son served as an ABE aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, Ca. and my family and I couldn't have been prouder. I created NavyDads.Com when he was in boot camp in hopes that this site would better inform new Navy Dads and Navy Families that followed behind me. I designed, built, and launched NavyDads.Com June 18, 2008, two days before his Navy graduation. I then launched NavyOutfitters.Com, our sites "Official Store" in 09'. All proceeds from the store go directly to helping fund what we do here at NavyDads.Com and to ensure our future growth for many years to come.

NavyDads provides the best community for learning about Navy life for everyone but particularly us parents. We are a place for sharing experiences with others that have gone through and are going through the same thing as you. We give you real-time information from others going through it, the sense that you're not alone, and the opportunity to help another along.

So jump right in, share concerns, join groups, share info, and show off your Sailor. I hope this site benefits you and your family throughout your Sailors journey in the United States Navy and I thank them for their service. I wish them the best in their travels and I'm glad you've found us.

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