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Started Mar 29, 2014 0 Replies

Would like to HAVE  family's who's son's and daughters who will graduate on 25 April 2014. to this forum.Continue


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At 1:22am on April 9, 2014, Todd Hutchins said…

Hi Gary,

Yes, KC graduates 4/25 (Ship 11, Division 153). I talked to my wife about going to Sarge's Meet & Greet Thursday night. She is going to MA A-School after boot camp, and will apply for OCS afterwards.

I did 8 years in the Navy, separating as an EW2(SW). I know that KC will do well in the Navy and that it will do a lot for her.

Being in her 6th week, I figure she's having a blast. I really think she'll enjoy firefighting. I've gotten a few letters from her and her last letter was really upbeat.

I hope your son, Gregory, is enjoying boot camp. It's a once in a lifetime experience.

Todd :>

At 9:39am on April 7, 2014, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Gary,

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 8000 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 Gregory 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 Admin Tim

At 3:46pm on April 1, 2014, Jennifer Moore said…

Hello again Gary Chilson. I hope to hear that your son is still doing well in RTC and I see his PIR date is for April 25. When we talk you asked if it was possible that you had met my husband on the USS RONALD REAGAN. My husband does not recollect any memories of directly speaking with you, but after seeing you on he does remember seeing you on the flight deck. I was hoping to catch you on here again, with your experience and time dedicated to our Navy, I was wandering if you knew of a way to find a Naval Training video from a very specific year that I am in search of for another member. Let me know if you think you may be able to help or know somewhere I can search for this, as I am having no luck myself. Again best wishes to your son in his upcoming PIR!

Go Navy!

At 8:16pm on March 29, 2014, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Gary! 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 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 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 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 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 Gary 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

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Gregory 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!

Best Regards- Paul

At 1:20pm on March 29, 2014, Mark Lopus said…

Hello Gary, I'm new to the site as well. I'm also kinda new to this type of "talking" , but I'll catch on soon. Our son's departure date, for RTC, is just around the corner ( May 1st ). So many months of planning and preparation have brought us to this point of nervous excitement.

At 12:02pm on March 29, 2014, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings Gary! 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 you and your son Gregory for his service!

Welcome Aboard and GO NAVY! :)



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