hey Jerome...this Navy journey is as much a learning challenge for we parents as it is for our sailors!!! We all had to face some of these issues and the biggest challenge sometimes is to step back and realize our "little kids" are not kids anymore and they must start to make their way in life on their own!!! Fair winds and following seas Navy Dad !!!!
understand the frustration, but he has to "chive up" and do his best. I'm not sure how long before he can "strike for a rate", but his odds of being successful are going to be pretty dependent on his mental state and evals for what ever job he is currently doing. There has to be a realistic view of service in the Navy......for example serve on a carrier and everyone has to serve in the galley/mess "cranking".....there is always bad with the good regardless- much like life in general. You may have to have a "cowboy up" talk with him.....there are opportunities out there, but there is always a measure of being in the right place at the right time with the right attitude. I wish there were a simple formula, but there is isn't - and I wish I could tell you what to say or do, but I have no wonderful solution on how to motivate-- I still have to have those talks my my sailor and he is serving in Hawaii and had his PIR in '07!
there is not a specific day...BS21 typically start Sat. ni8ght and depending on number of divisions can end as late as Thursday....only two divisions run through at a time....and when he is done he'll call....though sometimes not for a few hours....
you have to define what time frame you are talking about.....if you are talking about taking possession of their phone for good, then after they have checked outta RTC and left the base......they cannot have the phone on RTC
don't know what his rating is so I'm guessing he is talking about going IA or Individual Augmentee - this is from our IA group:
In contrast to a Sailor that deploys with a ship, squadron or unit, a Sailor who leaves their assigned unit or command to deploy individually or with a small group is known as an Individual Augmentee (IA). Half of the deployed IAs are active duty and half are reservists. Most IAs are concentrated in the 20-nation U.S. Central Command region, which includes Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Bahrain. Many are also serving in the 53-nation U.S. Africa Command, particularly in the Horn of Africa area. The rest are serving elsewhere in the world.
The IA program is going through a revolution. We have started calling them (GSA) Global war on terror Support Assignments, and are becoming part of the detailing process instead of pulling you from a job already required by the fleet. The Navy has discovered that there is more success with these assignments when we take volunteers instead of volun-telling people to play Army in the sandbox. Some of these billets are also taken by reservists looking for an opportunity to earn extra pay, and more experience than they recieve from the reserve program.
Some of these assignments are not much different from a standard deployment; the exception being the length of time you are gone. Not all of these assignments are riding with the Army or Marines; some are infrastructure support billets: administrative assistant, MP on a base or in a prison, computer networking administrator, and so on. There are many benefits to these assignments for one they are eligible for joint service awards. The Navy has also talked about giving points toward advancement results, as well as your choice of orders after your IA tour.