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NAVY BOOT CAMP

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
Nov 11
Matthew Bagley posted a status
"Does anyone know of any websites, forums that one may find photos of the recruits in boot camp? Other than the RTC page through the Navy"
Sep 29
Matthew Bagley left a comment for NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza
"Appreciate it Jim. Best job in the world despite where society is today. It was just time for me to move on. No regrets and not a bad thing to say about it. "
Sep 29
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza left a comment for Matthew Bagley
"So glad you're here Matthew. You said you never served, but I see you did. 25 plus years putting your life on the line each day is nothing to sneeze at! Thank you for serving and protecting! Jim"
Sep 28
Matthew Bagley left a comment for NavyDads Admin (Paul)
"Paul thanks very much for all the info. Hopefully I can contribute something to this forum.  Also thanks for sharing about your family.  my journey is just beginning  matt"
Sep 27
Matthew Bagley left a comment for NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza
"Jim thanks so much.  My son Connor is my first military son.  My oldest son is in college.  Two of my uncles and one grandfather were in the Air Force. I never served.  I was a police officer for 25+ years just recently retiring…"
Sep 27
Matthew Bagley updated their profile
Sep 27
NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for Matthew Bagley
"Welcome to NavyDads Matthew! 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…"
Sep 26
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza left a comment for Matthew Bagley
"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Matthew! 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…"
Sep 26
Matthew Bagley is now a member of Navy Dads
Sep 26

Profile Information

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
GSE
Describe A Little About Yourself:
First time dad of a US Navy recruit. Just looking to learn as much as I can
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Happy for him
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
US Navy website

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At 6:57pm on September 28, 2019, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

So glad you're here Matthew. You said you never served, but I see you did. 25 plus years putting your life on the line each day is nothing to sneeze at! Thank you for serving and protecting!

Jim

At 7:10pm on September 26, 2019, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads Matthew! 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 NavyDads were around in those early days. If navydads.ning.com 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 Matthew 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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At 6:53pm on September 26, 2019, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Matthew! 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, as you will also burst with pride of your child! This is the place to brag!

Join us on Facebook as well!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/66599528175/

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

Best Regards- Jim

 
 
 

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