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Jonathan Losche
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Shipping to FPO

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jonathan Losche Aug 30, 2017. 3 Replies

I wanted to send my son a Leather Man but when I added his address and the system saw the FPO address they denied it.  Has anyone had this problem. Continue

Hot water aboard ship

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randy Watson Feb 17, 2015. 3 Replies

I have a question about conditions aboard Navy DDGs  MY son is stationed aboard DDG 84 and tells me there is no hot water in his berthing area and there is no heat in general and this time of year…Continue

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Scott Henry commented on Jonathan Losche's blog post Paper Work when leaving the Navy
"They should have had him sign it the day he went on terminal leave. That's what I did. That is standard practice. Sounds like that PSD is about as organized as a monkey s@#$ fight at the zoo. "
Aug 9, 2019
Jonathan Losche commented on Jonathan Losche's blog post Paper Work when leaving the Navy
"He just got a reply from his Admin that they've consolidated the PSD, (Never a Good Thing) and they are backlogged 3 months."
Aug 9, 2019
Jonathan Losche commented on Jonathan Losche's blog post Paper Work when leaving the Navy
"Complicating factor was that he had built up some leave time and used that just before his separation.  They were supposed to schedule an exit interview which he would return to base for.  From what I understand sailors are no longer…"
Aug 9, 2019
Scott Henry commented on Jonathan Losche's blog post Paper Work when leaving the Navy
"It's odd that he doesn't have a DD-214. He should have signed it the day he got out and they should have given him several copies. Signing your DD-214 is literally the last thing you do before you walk off the base for good. Someone…"
Aug 9, 2019
Jonathan Losche commented on Jonathan Losche's blog post Paper Work when leaving the Navy
"Well he's out and still has no DD 214, all paperwork has been filed.  Any advice on how to expedite the process?"
Aug 9, 2019
Jonathan Losche replied to CDS's discussion Sailor Christmas Gifts
"Food, candy, consumables. "
May 13, 2019
Jonathan Losche commented on Jonathan Losche's blog post Paper Work when leaving the Navy
May 13, 2019
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza commented on Jonathan Losche's blog post Paper Work when leaving the Navy
"Get it submitted as soon as possible. My son was medically discharged and the process took about 9 months. Not saying it will take that long for you, but don't let that slow the process down."
May 12, 2019
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Paper Work when leaving the Navy

Well, it's been 5 years and my son is about to separate.  He's been going over the paper work but they seem to be going around in circles.  He has about 45 days left so I assume there is still time to complete the paperwork.Does anyone have advice on getting the paperwork done?ThanksSee More
May 12, 2019

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Paper Work when leaving the Navy

Posted on May 12, 2019 at 7:52pm 7 Comments

Well, it's been 5 years and my son is about to separate.  

He's been going over the paper work but they seem to be going around in circles.  He has about 45 days left so I assume there is still time to complete the paperwork.

Does anyone have advice on getting the paperwork done?


ID to get on base

Posted on May 7, 2016 at 12:00pm 6 Comments

My son is returning from deployment in July and we're going down to see the ship come in.  We both have drivers licenses that will let us get on base.  My son is 15 and only has a school ID should I get him a US passport?

Shipping to the Fleet Post Office

Posted on January 3, 2016 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

I've been struggling with sending packages to my son who is on a DDG. 

It's relatively easy when you address the package yourself but using one of the online stores, it's more cross your fingers and hope.

My son's address looks something like this:

Sailor's Name

Their Division / Department

USS Bulkeley (DDG 84)

Unit 100319 Box 1* (they each have their own box number)



Drydock Assignment, What happens to the sailors.

Posted on December 19, 2015 at 8:00pm 16 Comments

When my son gets back from his deployment his ship will be going into dry dock.  I am curious as to what happens to the sailors when this happens.  Are they moved to barracks, given shore duty, assigned to other ships or do they continue on the ship and continue as usual?

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At 9:38am on December 2, 2014, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…

Jonathan, Welcome Aboard!

My son served as an ABE aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, Ca. and my family and I couldn't have been prouder. I created NavyDads.Com when he was in boot camp in hopes that this site would better inform new Navy Dads and Navy Families that followed behind me. I designed, built, and launched NavyDads.Com June 18, 2008, two days before his Navy graduation. I then launched NavyOutfitters.Com, our sites "Official Store" in 09'. All proceeds from the store go directly to helping fund what we do here at NavyDads.Com and to ensure our future growth for many years to come.

NavyDads provides the best community for learning about Navy life for everyone but particularly us parents. We are a place for sharing experiences with others that have gone through and are going through the same thing as you. We give you real-time information from others going through it, the sense that you're not alone, and the opportunity to help another along.

So jump right in, share concerns, join groups, share info, and show off your Sailor. I hope this site benefits you and your family throughout your Sailors journey in the United States Navy and I thank them for their service. I wish them the best in their travels and I'm glad you've found us.

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At 8:19am on November 29, 2014, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Jonathan,

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 9000 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 Kent 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 8:00am on November 28, 2014, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Jonathan! 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 USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, and is now joining VAW-125, the "World Famous" Tigertails in Norfolk. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3). 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 Jonathan this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Kent 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

Play the following video for a brief introduction to We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul



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