Started this discussion. Last reply by Sean Beaver Feb 24, 2014. 18 Replies 0 Likes
Does anyone else have a son or daughter in this group? Our son left on Feb. 4 and we haven't gotten our first letter from him yet.Continue
Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Aug 12, 2014. 10 Replies 0 Likes
Our son is in ship 04, division 811 and will have PIR on 3/28/14. One question I have is how much liberty will he have after the ceremony?Continue
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Hi Sean and thanks for the info. I am in that group also. In fact I think I am in a lot of groups and they really do help. I am concerned that I have yet to get the "official form letter". His father and I got 2 letters in one yesterday and the first one made me feel good. He seemed to be doing better and sounded good. Although home sick but better. He missed a swim qualification test because of his knee injury and it seem it was getting better until last week when he started PT again. He is a tough kid and always got through all his injuries playing football. He did mention he was SIQ for having 2 wisdom teeth out and of course will have to make all this time up to graduate. My concern is will they let him and can he do it? Still going on the "no news is good news" theory and he seems very optimistic that PIR will be on the 13th. Just wanted to know if this is all normal and that we are under 29 days til PIR and any thoughts on if this will actually take place then. As Ive mentioned I haven't officially received the
form letter but he keeps counting the days so I am assuming that things are on track. I hope and pray that they are. Any suggestions from you or anyone else including the administrators with regards to this would be greatly appreciated. I just wish I knew for sure that all this is normal and that his PIR date is official. This not knowing is driving me insane .....thanks again to all.....and all inputs, advise and suggestions are welcome. Thank you all in advance.
Welcome aboard Sean,
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 7000 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 Daniel 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
Greetings Sean! 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 your son Daniel for his service!
Welcome Aboard :)
Welcome to NavyDads.com Sean! 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 carrier 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 carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3) and is currently 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! 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 Sean 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.com.
As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Daniel 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!
Best Regards- Paul