Sr, I'm glad you had a good trip to see Jr! Keep me posted how he's doing in preBUD/S. My youngest (Class 287) will complete his first week of BUD/S tomorrow (I had a short text from him on Tues -- he said everything was going well).
After starting BUDS if he leaves for any reason then he will go to see a detailer and see what is available in the Navy and will get reassigned. Sometimes the choices are limited and the full range of rates are not available. I have heard that many end up designated. Many rates are full and the pick are not always what he may want to do.
Everyone keeps saying that it gets easier once they move on to "A" school and are not phone restricted the way they are in boot camp. It has not for me, but then again we have not gotten either of the two calls we should have received by now. We will see him and the buddy he went into the same rating with on Christmas day though and since his PIR is 1/7, our stretch is about over any way. We will get the weekend of PIR, then he will go to California and it will be 7 months!
Sr, Welcome to NAVYDADS and SEAL Dads (NSW) Group. When you have a chance be sure to read Posting on NSW Forums (this is a must read) on the SEAL Dads (NSW) page. Everyone here is ready and willing to help answer any question you have regarding this long journey your Son or loved one is starting. Tell your Loved One that my Family and I appreciate his desire to join the Navy and we are Proud of his decision. He will be in our thoughts and we wish him the best.
Welcome to NavyDads.com Scott! I'm sure you'll find NavyDads as useful, educational and informative as I have. Please 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. I certainly have! 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. I'm blessed to have two sailors in the family - my son Eric (AM3) is stationed on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and my daughter Kat (MC3) recently completed her enlistment on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). And Scott 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 and should not talk about in a public forum.
As a parent of a sailor currently at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what your son 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. Best Regards- Paul