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Not a Navy Dad but a retired Chief Petty Officer. I just happened to stumble on to this site and thought I could provide some input on some of the discussion forums. I spent 20 years and 23 days as a Nuclear Operator (MM/ELT) in the Navy. My last duty station was as an instructor at Nuclear Power School from 2011-2014. Prior to that I served on 4 different submarines (2 Los Angeles Class and 2 Ohio Class) and also served as a Recruiter.
Thanks for all of your help Scott. Just a quick update, Graduation was great and he's been in Charleston the last couple of weeks waiting to class up. He said they should have enough sailors by then to start A school. He's still in the Nuke program and ended up as an EM so he'll be in Charleston, at least for the next year, for A & C schools; he said Prototype school is in Ballston Spa NY following C school.
Thank you! He graduates this Friday and then he's off to A school. I will likely take you up on your offer the farther along he gets. Right now my only questions are how long is A school and when will they find out what rating they'll be; e.g. MM, EM, or ET? And from there where is C school and for how long?
Welcome to NavyDads.com Scott ! 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 attached to VAW-125 ("The Tigertails") and is stationed at Iwakuni, Japan. 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 NavyDads.com were around in those early days, it would have made my first days as a Navy parent much easier!
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