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
Describe A Little About Yourself:
I'm happily married and have two sons and a daughter. I'm a radio communications technician. I'm an "Autoholic"...so I have a passion for cars, especially the classics and I own a few. I don't get too wrapped up with sports but I do have my favorite teams and catch a few games here and there but It's not my life priority. I never turn down an opportunity to go shooting and finally I don't miss a meal ever LOL.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR), My son is currently serving
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
So Proud that he decided to enlist. I'm pro military even though I never served because I just didn't care about anything growing up. Now I wish I did but anyway, I speak to my kids openly and offer all my support on whatever they decide as long as they think things through.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Surfing the internet looking at phone card options for my son and came across "Calls for Recruits.org". I saw Navy Dads linked on their site and they also mentioned Navy Dads in an email to me. I started reading some of the great info on this site so here I am.
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Hi Dave if you want to email me its email@example.com
I fly out the same day as you ,my son said he would go to the airport and pick me up
Let's talk maybe we meet there and share transportation or sight see if we have time
Hi sorry for the late reply I couldn't log in my browser wouldn't even let me come to the site!
I sent a message to my son and he said yes the enlisted have a laundry room but he said it's hotter than heck down there and always packed so he told me just to bring clothes for 8 days so you can shower at least once a day he said that should all fit in a duffle bag those are his words" any other questions feel free to ask if I don't know I will try to find out for you and again sorry for late reply I also drive long haul for a living and I'm on my way back from the east coast, I will try to reply ASAP nice of you to add me as a friend and welcome aboard!
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 7000 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 Julian 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.
Greetings Dave! 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 others 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 Julian for his service!
Welcome to NavyDads.com Dave! 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 carrier 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 carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3) and is currently using her GI benefits to go to school. If NavyDads.com 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.com 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.com 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 Dave 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.com.
As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Julian 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!