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Failed eye exam

Started this discussion. Last reply by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza Dec 21, 2019. 1 Reply

Well, my family is still adjusting to the news we got about an hour ago.  Our son, who started boot camp Dec 9, in an 800 division, just called to say he is being sent home due to failed depth…Continue


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NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to Lanny DeVaney's discussion Failed eye exam
"Lanny, so sorry to hear this. Follow this link as you may find some of this information useful. Above all, get him to sign a medical HIPPA waiver so that they can speak to you about his medical issue. There still may be a way for him to go back with…"
Dec 21, 2019
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Failed eye exam

Well, my family is still adjusting to the news we got about an hour ago.  Our son, who started boot camp Dec 9, in an 800 division, just called to say he is being sent home due to failed depth perception testing.  I didn't talk to him (my wife did at her work) so I don't know the specific term he used (medical discharge, failed boot camp, whatever).  He said he will remain in Great Lakes for 3-5 weeks "doing nothing" (his words).  He said he thinks he'll be able to call us every other day or…See More
Dec 20, 2019
Lanny DeVaney added a discussion to the group NAVY BOOT CAMP

804, 805, 806 Division address changes

Note this apparently only applies to Divisions 804, 805 and 806 (PIR date Feb 7).  From RTC Facebook page:Attention families of recruits in Divisions 804, 805 and 806:It has come to our attention that the address information the recruits mailed home may have been inadvertently incorrect.Regardless of the address for either of these divisions that your recruits may have written on the form, the correct address information is as follows:Division 804Ship 14, USS ArizonaRecruit Training Command3410…See More
Dec 18, 2019
Lanny DeVaney commented on E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Heads up, noticed on the RTC Facebook page they mentioned the addresses on the form letter for Divisions 804, 805 and 806 was the wrong address to send letters.  They have the correct addresses on their FB page.  Basically, the form…"
Dec 17, 2019
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Navy Boot Camp: Questions & Answers to what your Sailor will be doing at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, IL.This Support Group is for Families & Friends with Recruits attending Navy Boot Camp.See More
Dec 16, 2019

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At 9:17pm on March 13, 2019, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to Lanny! 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 Navy 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 currenlty stationed in Pensacola where he is an instructor in A-School. If were around in those early days. 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 Lanny 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

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what your sailor 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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At 9:05pm on March 13, 2019, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to Lanny! 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

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, as you will also burst with pride of your 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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