"That is great news. When I picked up Cole it was good to see all the happy faces going on leave. I hope you all have a great Christmas. We ended up giving a friend of Coles a ride back with us, he left for bootcamp with Cole. Saved that young man a…"
"Yes sir!! We got the news last night. I’m gonna go on a road trip and get him and he will drive back. I won’t even have to stop at the visitors station either. When we visited over Thanksgiving the guy gave me a pass until Christmas Day.…"
"I know that is crazy about them hanging out. The rumors are they are trying hard to make sure they get to go on leave for Christmas. The 18th was mentioned,but nothing for sure right now. There was a lot of families there for Thanksgiving,everyone…"
"Yeah I know what you mean. When I served they had a certain window opened and half would go for Christmas and the other half would get New Years. I’m sure they will let them know soon. My son started NACCS on Tuesday I believe it last for 4…"
"Yes we drove on base,and yes our truck was full of food and candy. When we got to the main gate we was directed to the visitor center a filled out a form. We waited there for Cole and his liberty buddy,the duty driver gave them a ride up there. From…"
"We got on base yesterday and got to see Cole we had a good visit. We ended up spending the whole day on base. We got to talk to a lot of sailors,and I was really impressed with how respectful the sailors was to me and my wife. Today they told me I…"
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I served in the Navy as a BT from 1989-1993. Boot camp in Great Mistakes Illinois😁. I served onboard the USS Guadalcanal(LPH7),AKA haze gray and underway. My son has just decided to enlist so I found this web site whilst surfing the net. He leaves for boot camp 5/13/20. I’m excited and a little nervous for him.
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My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
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Oh my! Was you ever listening when I told my stories?
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It was about a week after graduation before he had it. Although it's hard not knowing what is happening, as they say, "No news is good news!" Hang in there. I'm sure that your son will call you as soon as he can.
As far as he knows, it's just a transportation and housing issue. Because so many recruits were placed on "hold" (Delayed Entry Program) while the Navy was sorting out the Covid issue, the recent training groups have been huge. I guess that trying to get them all to their A-Schools has been challenging. It might also have to do with when classes at A-School fill up? Sorry that I can't be more specific, but that's all the info that I have at this point.
Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Estell! 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, as you will also burst with pride of your child! This is the place to brag!
Welcome to NavyDads Estell! 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 in Pensacola where he is an instructor 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 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 Estell 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 Hunter 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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