Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
Describe A Little About Yourself:
I am a proud father of three sons, two of which have just enlisted in the U.S. Navy. I am a 23 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, currently assigned as a patrol supervisor. Additionally, I am a veteran of two branches of the armed forces. I enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served four years as an Infantry mortarman. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, I enlisted in the California Army National Guard as a M1A1 Tank crewman. I served a combat deployment in Iraq in 2008 and subsequently completed my six year enlistment commitment in March 2013. I completed my military service as a SGT/ E-5.
Prior Military Experience
Proud Marine Veteran, Proud National Guard Veteran, Iraqi Freedom Veteran
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
I was very proud that he chose to serve his country and took the initiative in planning his future career.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Just surfing the internet, doing research on Navy rates and "A" school.
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Michael, thanks! I have high hopes for my son. He really seems focused now. I couldn't agree with you more about the attributes of the military and the positive impact it has on young people. So many things in life are centered on individual gain that one can easlily lose site of community. There is nothing quite like the military to teach you community/teaming.
Michael, that is awesome! First your Dad serving in the Aleutians (that is where the Japanese Imperial Navy sent ships to try and divert our attention when the real plan was to take Midway) and you being there 40 years later! That had to be almost surreal! And two sons soon to be in the Navy? I'm wondering if police uniform shirts come in the buttonless variety? :-) Congratulations! My son graduated from college with a degree in Criminal Justice. But he enlisted as an IT position was open and he knew that even if he stays for only 4 years, it will provide invaluable training/experience for the civilian job market. But if things go to plan he wants to go to OCS and eventually become a Navy Aviator. But one step at a time....he needs to do well in IT A school.
Michael, not the odd one but the advantaged one with military experience! You knew what to expect since you lived it and I am sure that helped. My sailor's namesake grandfather served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during WWII but he passed away 9 years ago. My brother-in-law fought in Viet Nam in Armored Reconnaissance so he was able to help me understand a little better. Anyway, my son did great in boot and is off to IT A school so it is survivable even for dads who didn't serve!
What a resume you have with the military.....and continue to serve through the LA Police Department. I see you reside in Trabuco Canyon. I am in Indiana but have family living in Beaumont and Corona not far away. God bless you and thank you for your service past and present! Stay safe out there!
Greetings Michael! When my son joined the Navy I really had no idea nor a clue on what he’s about to partake in besides what I’ve seen on tv and some stories I've heard from friends and relatives who have served in the military.
However, I'm so honored and very proud of his decision to serve our great country.
From the start, I’ve perused Navy and recruiter information online and beyond but I felt that I needed more peace of mind to help keep me from worrying too much. I also wanted to hear from real people who've been around the block and others to share knowledge and experience throughout this entire journey.
That's when I found this website while searching for answers...
We're all in this together and I hope you too will find NavyDads.Com useful with lots of real shared information.
Don't forget to check out our Groups section and join a group that shares your interest. Please keep us posted on your sailor's progress via status updates, discussion forums, blogs and photos...
A Warm "Thank You" from our family to you and your sons for their service!
Welcome to NavyDads.com Michael! 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 things 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) and recently reported to Helicopter Squadron Light-37 (HSL-37) in Hawaii after re-enlisting last year. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist. She is using her GI benefits to go to school. If NavyDads.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.com 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.com experience! Take the time to explore the site and make some new friends. Read the discussions and comments. Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. If you have any 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 Michael 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 About This Site. 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.com.
As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Tyler 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.
As PIR draws closer, be sure to spend some time going through the PIR-Tips, Hints and Helps group- we’ve tried to assemble some tips and suggestions to make your sailor's PIR more enjoyable.
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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 6000 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 Tyler 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.