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David M. Cleland joined Jim Harper's group
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NAVY SUB SCHOOL-DADS

Navy Submarine School: Questions and Answers to what Training will be like for your Sailor During Sub School.This Support Group is for the Families & Friends with Sailors Serving aboard Navy Submarines.See More
Jun 15
David M. Cleland joined Leonard's group
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NAVY SUBMARINERS

Navy Submariners: Questions and Answers to what Life will be like for your Sailor During Service Aboard a Navy Submarine.This Support Group is for the Families & Friends of the Sailors that have Devoted Themselves to the "Silent Service".See More
Jun 15
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Navy IT

This group is for all Navy IT's and their family and friendsSee More
Jun 15
David M. Cleland replied to David M. Cleland's discussion DEERS question in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"I was able to resolve this issue with the Navy Project Office at 901-874-3425.  After speaking with them, my son disappeared from my DEERs profile.  "
Jun 15
David M. Cleland commented on NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's page Something you should know about ADD or ADHD in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
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"My son had stopped his meds for one year.  His recruiter assisted him with getting the waiver packet together, which included the last time he filled his prescription.  Frankly, I was prepared to have him evaluated by an independent…"
May 27
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to David M. Cleland's discussion DEERS question in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Thanks fore the update. I will be curious to know the outcome."
Apr 6
David M. Cleland replied to David M. Cleland's discussion DEERS question in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Thank you.  I was on the phone with them for an hour yesterday.   I was told he only needs a release date to build his own profile in DEERS.  Of course to do so, I needed to have my son verbally consent to this. I said, that he…"
Apr 5
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to David M. Cleland's discussion DEERS question in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Here is a link the DEERS web site. Maybe you can get some answers there. I don't know much about it myself.  https://www.tricare.mil/DEERS"
Apr 4
David M. Cleland added a discussion to the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
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DEERS question

My son just let me know he was at boot camp.  He said he had an issue that he could not be entered into DEERS on his own.  I reached out to DEERS to have him removed so that he could have his own profile built.  I was told that they could not remove him without his verbal consent.  Considering that he is in boot camp, this is particularly difficult.  Has anyone run into such an issue?  If so, what was your fix? See More
Apr 4
David M. Cleland 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
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza left a comment for David M. Cleland
"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…"
Mar 31
NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for David M. Cleland
"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…"
Mar 31
David M. Cleland is now a member of Navy Dads
Mar 31

Profile Information

Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Ian M. Cleland
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
ITS
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Father to a Navy Recruit and Civilian JAG with the United States Army. I was an enlisted Airman in the Air Force and a JAG Officer in the USAR.
Prior Military Experience
Proud Air Force Veteran, Proud Army Veteran
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Proud
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
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At 4:52pm on March 31, 2022, 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

At 1:59pm on March 31, 2022, 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 was stationed at NAS Pensacola where he was an instructor (LPO) in A-School. Currenlty he is is San Diego and is attached to a new squadron VRM-40) being formed. 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 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 Ian 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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