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Does anyone know how long before you receive the letter with your recruits Ship and Division? My son starts week 4 today? Thanks!See More
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"Hey bro....we were all new to this Navy journey at one time or another !"
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"Paul, thanks so much for this helpful information! I'm so glad I found this forum! My wife and I are new to this and other than what I've read on line, we know nothing.  Thanks again! Jack "
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"Welcome to NavyDads John! 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…"
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"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com John! 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…"
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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Connor
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
MA
Describe A Little About Yourself:
I'm a 57 yr old police officer, married with twin 18 yr old boys. One of whom ships out 08/24/21 for boot camp. I'm overwhelmed with pride but nervous and very sad that he's leaving. The Navy is getting an awesome young man! He goes to MA school after boot camp.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Very proud. He's a terrific kid! I still am but will. Iss tremendously.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
By searching the internet trying to gain as much knowledge as possible on what's in store for my son. He ships out in 3 days.

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Posted on September 16, 2021 at 5:58am 2 Comments

Does anyone know how long before you receive the letter with your recruits Ship and Division? My son starts week 4 today? Thanks!

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At 10:14pm on August 23, 2021, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Hey bro....we were all new to this Navy journey at one time or another !

At 7:11pm on August 22, 2021, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads John! 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 (LPO) 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 John 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 Connor 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.


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"To raise a child, who is comfortable enough to leave you, means you've done your job. They are not ours to keep, but to teach them to soar on their own"
At 3:55pm on August 22, 2021, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com John! 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!

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Once again, welcome to our site and I hope you enjoy your stay here. GO NAVY! HOOYAH!

Best Regards- Jim

 
 
 

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