"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…"
I hope you enjoyed your time down there. I saw the video as well. What are the odds that we meet on this board and it turns out our two kids are friends and in similar programs? Did you get an update on if / when they will…"
"Mine either. His group is in pre-load now until they start rescue swimmer school. They are preparing and getting in better shape. Not sure about the aircrew guys but when we were there we didn't notice any choas."
"What in the world is going on in Pensacola? I am hearing stories of total chaos over on the NACCS side, cancelling all Aircrew classes and reassigning everyone to PACT and transferring them over to NATTC and deploying them, screwing them…"
"Road trip would be fun but for us it's a long one as we are right outside of Boston. My son did mention the same thing you said about some get Christmas and others get New Years. You would think they'd know that by now by i…"
"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…"
"Hello, I hope they do get to come home for Christmas. In my sons instance he doesn't start his official A school until late Jan or Feb. He is in pre-training as of Tuesday. It would be great to know when he can come home…"
Thanks, it was great. The first day it took him a while to get to the visitors center. He ended up walking. For day 2 we just drove on with our pass. I did get to say hello to your son as well. The base…"
Welcome to NavyDads Jeff! 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 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 Jeff 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 Ryan 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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Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Jeff! 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!