Hey Don! Thanks for your nice words about my sons (we're very proud of them - even though we're learning that most SEALs are a bit crazy)! You'll enjoy Great Lakes very much. We've been there several times over the past couple of years as our sons have made it through Boot Camp and preBUD/S there (plus, we live less than 200 miles from the base). We also stayed very close to the base during our visits. I preferred driving myself to their PIR, this required getting there early (we usually left our hotel around 7am) but I was always too excited to sleep anyway. Getting there early ensured 2 things for us: First, we were able to sit directly in front of our sons' Division when they marched in for the ceremony - so we had a great view of them; Second - there is a very impressive Display Area (almost like a small Museum) that you'll pass through on your way to the PIR Hall, and getting there early allowed us to spend some time there (AFTER we had already saved our seats with our coats!). A lot of other Dads prefer taking hotel shuttles to PIR (which I'm sure probably works well for them) - but I wanted to MAKE SURE that I didn't miss ANYTHING (and if getting there very early to beat the traffic was the price to be paid - I was happy to pay it)! I hope this info helps you. Let me know if I can answer anything else for you (I'm no expert - just ask my wife! - but we've been fortunate to have many pleasant visits at Great Lakes). Either way - have a great time, and give my best to your son! Take care, Jerry
Welcome aboard Donald.
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, PIR, About us, community guidelines and some links to some of the groups that beginners with a lot of questions will find very useful.
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 2000 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 Colin 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 Co-admin Tim
When my son first enlisted in the Navy I found NavyForMoms in searching for answers to his future. I just knew their had to be a site for dads but found out I was wrong. So I started this site so us dads would also have a place to call home. I'm new at this and hope this site will benefit fathers that follow behind us. So jump right in share concerns, join groups, share info, and show off your Sailor. I'm so glad to find out their are so many proud Navy Dads just like myself. I hope this site benefits you and your family throughout your sons journey in the Navy. Thank Colin for his service for me and for yours as well. Thanks again for joining us.
Welcome to NavyDads.com Donald! I'm sure you'll find NavyDads as useful, educational and informative as I have. Please 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. I certainly have! 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. I'm blessed to have two sailors in the family - my son Eric (AM3) is stationed on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and my daughter Kat (MC3) recently completed her enlistment on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). And Donald this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Colin 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 and should not talk about in a public forum.
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. Best Regards- Paul