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David Derk
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David Derk replied to Tom's discussion Any SWCC Dads here? in the group NAVY SEAL FAMILIES (NSW)
"That’s awesome Tom. Thanks for the reply. My son is at Coronado and begins prep in August. He’s training and do jobs the PO’s give him for now. He’s loving it. I’m sure I’ll have questions. Thanks for being…"
Jul 6
David Derk replied to Tom's discussion Any SWCC Dads here? in the group NAVY SEAL FAMILIES (NSW)
"SWCC Dad here! "
Jul 6
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We got an inside look at the United States Navy's 10-week basic training program. Chief video correspondent Graham Flanagan spent five days inside Recruit Tr...
Jul 6
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RTC PIR 7/1/22 Sailor John Derk

"Proud days. Incredible weekend. "
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NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for David Derk
"Welcome to NavyDads David! 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…"
May 13, 2021
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"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com David! 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…"
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May 13, 2021

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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
John
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
SO
Describe A Little About Yourself:
I am in Southern California originally from Buffalo, NY. I have a couple Uncles that have served in Korea but thats it. I am looking for any advice as my son embarks on his journey through BUDs etc... I am nervous to say the least but could not be more proud. My stomach has been in knots since he told me. I can't find anyone with recent SEALs experience. I hope to find some here. Thanks!
What Brought You To This Site:
my child is thinking of joining
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Initial reaction was fear. Particularly in our current political environment. It has only been 3 days since i found out but it has been a year in the works for my son. I am proud but still in shock. I had the college route in my mind sionce he was born. I did not expect him to choose the most dangerous and honorable occupation on the planet.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
I have been searching for help or support for days. I found this link on the Family Networks section of the Navy Website.

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At 10:02pm on May 13, 2021, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads David! 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 (LPO) 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 future 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 David 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 John 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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At 5:24pm on May 13, 2021, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com David! 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. I'm sure you feel that same pride for you child. This is the place to brag!

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

Best Regards- Jim

 
 
 

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