No we were not at the meet and greet, unfortunately. We stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn and were there with my wife's sister and her husband. I remember my daughter mentioning your daughter. They may have been planning to spend the day together today. Unfortunately, we couldn't stay another day as my wife had to be back to work today. My wife and I both commented about the changes in our daughter, also. The change in the confidence level was amazing. She always has been successful through school, but always doubted herself. She was diagnosed as ADHD when she was in the third grade and the school system we lived in didn't have a clue in what to do with someone like her. We moved to another school system when she entered middle school and the difference was like night and day! She was a member of the National Honor Society in high school and was on the deans' list and president's list all through college and graduated with honors. During her first year in college, she even managed to succeed after she stopped taking her prescribed medication for ADHD! If she hadn't done this, she probably wouldn't be in the Navy today. Of course, this wasn't really the career path she had intended to follow, but once it became apparent that this is what she was going to do, she went full speed ahead into it! She lost over 60 pounds just to get into the Navy. She leaves in the morning for Pensacola for A School. When does you daughter leave? Where is she going?
Welcome to NavyDads.com Jeffery! 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 she 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 Jeffery this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Kristin 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 daughter 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