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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Robert
Describe A Little About Yourself:
New to this. My son is shipping off 7/13/11 for Great Lakes; 19 year old and so excited about his USN Future. Im a father of three, Robert is our middle child; older sister in college; little sister a sophmore in HS and gonna miss her brother BAD.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Extremely proud about the research and thought he put into this life changing decision. He has grown up in the last 12 months since this decision. We have been blessed with an outstanding Recruiting Station in the Phoenix area. His CPO has been the best and found the strengths of Robert and let him prepare to the max.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Recommendation by another Navy Dad.

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At 1:45pm on July 17, 2011, Gil said…
Stan, I'm glad that you attended with your family to your son's Enlistment Oath.  I knew that it was going to be very emotional for you..lol..so that's why I like to share it with others.  Now the fun part begins, the waiting part!!  You may receive about 3-5 phone calls and his letters.  Another advise, sometimes they are so busy with training, that is hard for them to keep writing letters, but the feeling that they get when after a long day of training there name is called for the "mail call" is so spirit renewing!!  So I encourage you to write to your son as often as posible.  I know that he will love you more just for that..lol!!  Hooyah!
At 6:02pm on July 12, 2011, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…
Welcome aboard Stan.
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, PIR, 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 2000 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 Robert 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 Co-admin Tim
At 11:40am on July 12, 2011, Gil said…
Welcome aboard Stan!!  Try to be at the "Enlistment Oath" ceremony at MEPS..bring your camera, it's very emotional.  Talk to his recruiter if you need more info.  You have found the right place to learn about your son's progress and to learn about the Navy way.  Keep in touch!  Hooyah!!
At 6:06am on July 12, 2011, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…
Stan, Welcome to NavyDads. My Grandson Joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. When I joined I knew nothing about the Military and this site has really helped me understand what to expect and has relieved some of the worries I had. Please go to the Groups Page and check out all of the different Groups and join in to learn more about what you Guy or Gal will be learning and doing. We are a big family here and you can find answers to most any question or concern you may have regarding what is in store for you recruit. You will find others that are new to the Navy along with those that have Loved Ones that has been in for some time. We like to hear about you recruit the good times, the concerns and the questions. I think you will find that our member are just a great big family and everyone wants to help others understand what to expect and hear how your recruit is doing.

Please feel free to ask question.

Again Welcome and keep us updated as to you recruit’s progress.

HooYah US Navy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 5:23am on July 12, 2011, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads.com Stan! 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. 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) was stationed on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and just re-enlisted, and my daughter Kat is a Navy vet and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). And Stan this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Robert 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.

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be 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
At 5:22am on July 12, 2011, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
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