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Started this discussion. Last reply by NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary Jun 18, 2013. 1 Reply

I was so proud to attend PIR graduation at Great Lakes recently to see my son become a sailor. He had become the recruit commander for his division and was so proud of his guys! He left almost…Continue


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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
MT, Missile Technician
Describe A Little About Yourself (your IP address/location will be checked::
I am a healthcare Administrator. I have 4 boys, Cameron is the first to join the U.S. Armed Services. I live in Southern California. I often dreamed of serving in the military as a young man, though college and career took me another direction.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
I am very happy and proud that my son enlisted in the Navy. I look forward to supporting him the best I can and hope to learn as much as possible. I was very excited for him as he studied, did research and prepared to enlist. I did have mixed feelings today, he enlisted, and after many weeks of him hoping to become an Intelligence Specialist, he came home from MEPS and shared that he had enlisted as a Missile Technician. I was concerned that he had been steered into a job that might not be what he wanted. My reaction made him feel badly, I spent much of the rest of today reading up on the MT job. He states that the MEPS recruiter says in September he can reclassify to IS if there are openings but feels the MT is a better job for him. As I researched the job I learned of this site and decided to join and learn more from other fathers. My son is a wonderful young man. I am very proud of his interest and committment to enlist and make a career of the US Navy. Looking for any advice on how I can support my son and be a great Navy dad!
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Missle Tech Graduation

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 1:38am 0 Comments

I have been off the grid for a bit. My son Cameron has been in Groton then to Kings Bay for his MT school. We flew out for graduation and really enjoyed. He spoke at grad about the history of the US Sub program and history. I was so proud to be there. Also enjoyed meeting other parents and his friends at Kings Bay. He got orders to Bangor on the USS Louisiana. He is really excited. Now all he talks about is earning his dolphins! Figured I better get back to Navy Dad's and get buffed up on what… Continue

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At 7:41pm on April 16, 2013, Greg Griffin said…

Nom problem,, and you will adjust to this site as he will to boot camp.

At 5:03am on September 3, 2012, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…

Bob, 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 of him. I created NavyDads 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 June 18, 2008, two days before his Navy graduation.

NavyDads provides the best community for learning about Navy life for everyone but particularly the 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.

Elmo Moore

At 6:54pm on August 31, 2012, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Bob! 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 things 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) and recently reported to Helicopter Squadron Light-37 (HSL-37) in Hawaii after re-enlisting last year. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist. She is using her GI benefits to go to school. If were around in those early days, it would have made my journey 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! Take the time to explore the site and make some new friends. Read the discussions and comments. Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. If you have any 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 Bob this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Cameron 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 About This Site. 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

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what your son 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.

As PIR draws closer, be sure to spend some time going through the PIR-Tips, Hints and Helps group- we’ve tried to assemble some tips and suggestions to make your sailor's PIR more enjoyable.

Play the following video for a brief introduction to We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul

At 9:24am on August 31, 2012, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Bob.
I would like to take this time to point you in some of the right directions. For starters ifyou haven'thad thetime take a lookat theright side ofanypage you click on.There you will find some useful information for you.The links under theabout this site willhelp you with howthis site got started, navigation,PIR,About us,community guidelines and some links to some of the groups that beginnerswith a lot ofquestions willfindveryuseful. There is also a link called Navy Enlisted Ratings,this link will take you to a brief description of therates (jobs) in theNavythat you can find yoursailors rate and findoutsome information about therate that they are in. First and foremost though we are allhere forthesame reason. We are curious about whatouryoungsailors are getting into and formore information about therate orjob that they willbe doingforthenext4-6 yrs oftheirlives. I know when I first got here I had lots ofquestions and there was nota lot ofpeopleon this site butthey allwere either going throughthesame thingorhad been throughitand had sailors outin thefleet. Now this site has growntoover 5000 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 theway we have all had thesame questions and asked. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site with various years of experience in theNAVY either on their own account orthroughtheirSailors. Again welcome aboard and BRAVO ZULUto you and your son Cameron on his enlistment and please thank himforme for making thechoice todefend thefreedomsthat myfamily, this countryand I have and enjoy. Navy dads Admin Tim

At 7:44am on August 31, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Bob, Welcome to NavyDads. My Grandson joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. He Graduated and received his Trident in Oct. 2009 and is now with his Team. When I joined this site I knew nothing about the Military. It’s really helped me understand what to expect and has relieved some of my worries.

Be sure to check out our Groups. We have several Groups for PIR and Boot Camp, plus Groups for the different Rates like Navy Nukes, Master at Arms and Special Ops. Also Group for different Ships and Bases. Check to see if your State or area has a Group already formed to locate others in your area. There are general interest Groups like: Care Packages,
A School for Dads, NASCAR for NavyDads and the book of acronyms and ranks. We’ve also added a Spanish language Group.

Also check us out on Facebook just search for Navy Dads.

We are a big family here and you can find answers to most any question or concern regarding what’s in store for your recruit. You will find members that are new to the Navy along with those who have Loved Ones who’ve made the Navy a career. We like to hear about your recruit; the good times, the concerns, and we welcome questions. I think you will find our members are a big family and everyone wants to help others understand what to expect and hear about the progress of your recruit.

Please feel free to ask questions.

Again Welcome and keep us updated on your recruit.

HooYah US Navy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 1:06am on August 31, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Hey Bob in addition to Discussion Forums and Chat there's also a lot of Groups here that may interest you as well and to share more info with other folks in that group. Here's the one for MT: Missile Technician

Again Welcome Aboard NavyDads.Com! :)

At 12:52am on August 31, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings Bob! When my son joined the Navy I really had no idea nor a clue on what he’s about to partake in besides what I’ve seen on tv and some stories I've heard from friends and relatives who have served in the military.

However, I'm so honored and very proud of his decision to serve our great country.

From the start, I’ve perused Navy and recruiter information online and beyond but I felt that I needed more peace of mind to help keep me from worrying too much. I also wanted to hear from real people who've been around the block and folks like yourself to share knowledge and experience throughout this entire journey.

That's when I found this website while searching for answers...

We're all in this together and I hope you too will find NavyDads.Com useful with lots of real shared information.

Don't forget to check out our Groups section and join a group that shares your interest. Please keep us posted on your sailor's progress via status updates, discussion forums, blogs and photos...

A Warm "Thank You" from our family to your son Cameron for his service!

Welcome Aboard... :)



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