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Describe A Little About Yourself:
Just a simple man who loves his family and is trying to do the best I can. Proud father of a SR and a teenager at home who knows maybe the younger brother will take the same path. I should be so lucky. When my son chose the Navy he said it had a lot to do with the Honor and the fact fact that it is held in such high esteem, that in itself pretty much says it all
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Proud Army 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 thought that this is the opportunity of a lifetime a chance to see the world while finding what he needs inside of him to make his place in it
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
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knew of the moms site and just started looking

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First Trip Home

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 11:06pm 4 Comments

Hello there it has been sometime since I posted on here and it has been an enduring adventure, since my last Jarad has just graduated from A school and is home (for the first time in 6 months). To go through the last how many weeks with our young sailor has been trying at times, trying to teach him to be financially responsible, or how not to freak out when you can't get the flight you want till tomorrow you know the mundane everyday things that make up life.

One thing that I have…


Well he made it all be it the hard way

Posted on July 21, 2013 at 2:00am 0 Comments

Well folks let me touch on one thing real quick, I am sitting here at Navy Lodge that's right I said Navy Lodge and that feels so easy to say.

This odyssey began right at 3months ago, I never would have dreamed this could be but yet here we are. He is so different from that teenage boy that left my house in mid April and its not the…


It's Going To Be One Hell Of a Ride (again)

Posted on July 14, 2013 at 11:50pm 2 Comments

On the day this young man was born July 4th 1994 I stood at the foot of his mothers bed holding him and as I did I looked at my lovely wife and said "this is going to be a hell of a ride" and I must say it has been at least that

This is the entry that I have been waiting to write for quite sometime now and it has finally come around. My…


A Week Alone

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 1:44am 19 Comments

 Hey I am back again with a bit of information and a bunch of opinion.....

    This continues to be one of the hardest things I have ever had to sit on my hands and let happen. He called his mother yesterday and started his conversation by telling her how sorry he was he had let us and everyone pulling for him down, see after his initial fail on his run he was segregated from his shipmates and this is really sticking in my crawl the Navy spent the first seven weeks this young man was…


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At 7:24pm on June 16, 2013, Craig G. said…

Ron, the hardest part of boot camp for me was the "Not knowing" and the "No contact." I filled my time by writing letters. I wrote 23 letters, averaging about 1 every 2 days. I rambled on and on about nothing. My Sailor said he really appreciated the letters and shared some of the funny stories about work. I can tell you following PIR, my Sailor graduated 6/7, it's an entirely different experience. We've talked on the phone every day and exchange text messages regularly. Share every day info, encourage him constantly, share your experiences from boot camp. You may not have liked it, but you remember it and I would bet you even laugh about some of the stuff now. My Sailor had good days and bad, as they all do, this is an experience of a lifetime and maybe only age and life experience allow us to have that opinion. the funny is this "The older we become, the smarter our parents become." He will appreciate anything and everything you have to offer.  

At 12:35pm on June 15, 2013, Craig G. said…

Ron, Jarad has the inner-strength and character you have instilled in him growing up. He can overcome this and find his inner-strength for the upcoming PFA. My Sailor (Graduated 6/7) was also sick during boot camp, inner-ear infection, chest cold and pink eye. He was SIQ 1 day and LLD 2 days. Our children are resilient and capable. Jarad will succeed and make us all proud. 

At 10:09am on May 8, 2013, Bill Black said…

Ron, eloquently written! I am positive every dad on this site shares those same feelings. As I have tried to tell people, it wasn't that my son was joining the Navy that led me to tears when he departed but rather the reality that he is about to become an independent man no longer under my care. When you are accustom to a way of life for 18 years (or 23 in the case of my son) this is not an easy matter to deal with. As a matter of fact, I would say it is the most difficult thing I have had to deal with thus far as a father! However, we know this was the right thing for our sons. The Navy will make them strong, productive, well respected men of our country. The military is one of those paths least traveled in life and we can be proud of our sons/daughters for serving this great country. But in spite of rationalizing all this, it still hurts in the recesses of our hearts to let go. But you know what? It's because we were there for them for all those years and love them! Think about how many kids grow up without fathers. I will take the pain of separation knowing that my son knows how much I love him and how proud I am of him as opposed to knowing I abandoned him at an early age. Stay strong! We are indeed a family and there for each other!

At 8:09am on May 8, 2013, Marco A. Velazquez said…
Hello Ron, fellow Navy Dad,
Those were beautiful words you wrote, and trust me when a say that we all share the same feelings. Every night before going to bed I'll peek in my sons room and say goodnight to him even thou he's not there. It's funny how we miss the little things, here at our home one of our sons responsibility was to mow the lawn, he could have done it himself but I insisted on helping him, I always felt like we doing doing a Father and Son project, I always hoped he felt the same way. I also cut his hair, and I taught him to cut mine and for a while he was even cutting his Grandfather hair. Those are some of the little things that I miss. Our sons graduation is on June 7th, he's in Ship 12 Div 217.
Take care for now,
Marco, one proud Navy Dad.
At 1:45am on May 8, 2013, Craig G. said…

Ron, thank you for expressing yourself so eloquently. I said goodbye to my SR on April 10th and boy howdy, it was hard. One of my co-workers summed it up for me this way when I told him I felt lost without my boy. He said your not lost, you're without. Lost means you don't know your way. Without means you've done your job and it's his time to shine through all the hard work and dedication you have instilled as a father. That made me cry too.   

At 9:38am on April 14, 2013, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…

Ron, 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 of him. I created NavyDads 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 the "Official Store" of NavyDads, "America's Navy Family Store", NavyOutfitters.Com in 2009.

NavyDads provides the best community for learning about Navy life for everyone but particularly the 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.

Elmo Moore

At 2:24pm on April 11, 2013, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Ron, Welcome to NavyDads. My Grandson joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. He Graduated and received his Trident in Oct. 2009 and is now with his Team. When I joined this site I knew nothing about the Military. It’s really helped me understand what to expect and has relieved some of my worries.

Be sure to check out our Groups. We have several Groups for PIR and Boot Camp, plus Groups for the different Rates like Navy Nukes, Master at Arms and Special Ops. Also Group for different Ships and Bases. Check to see if your State or area has a Group already formed to locate others in your area. There are general interest Groups like: Care Packages,
A School for Dads, NASCAR for NavyDads and the book of acronyms and ranks. We’ve also added a Spanish language Group.

Also check us out on Facebook just search for Navy Dads.

We are a big family here and you can find answers to most any question or concern regarding what’s in store for your recruit. You will find members that are new to the Navy along with those who have Loved Ones who’ve made the Navy a career. We like to hear about your recruit; the good times, the concerns, and we welcome questions. I think you will find our members are a big family and everyone wants to help others understand what to expect and hear about the progress of your recruit.

Please feel free to ask questions.

Again Welcome and keep us updated on your recruit.

HooYah US Navy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 8:51am on April 11, 2013, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Ron

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 Jarad 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 11:27pm on April 10, 2013, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings Ron! 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...

We do have an ABE group on here hope you could join us:

A Warm "Thank You" from our family to your son Jarad for his service!

Welcome Aboard... :)

At 9:10pm on April 10, 2013, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Ron! 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 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! 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 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 Ron 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

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Jarad 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.

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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