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Legal Holding Ship 5

Started this discussion. Last reply by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza Apr 23, 2021. 6 Replies

I wanted to wait till today to post this. My son is in legal holding due to helping a shipmate in bootcamp who was not feeling good. The person had just got news from Salvation Army his brother…Continue

Thank you for the add

Started this discussion. Last reply by Buzz Sep 28, 2022. 13 Replies

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this group. My family is a very new navy family. Our son just graduated bootcamp on 04/08 and we couldn’t be so proud of him. I was referred to this group…Continue


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Buzz replied to Stephanie's discussion Thank you for the add
"That's possible, I guess. Thanks for the reply. "
Sep 28, 2022
Kevin Nor Cal replied to Stephanie's discussion Thank you for the add
"Ah, yes, that is strange.  It has been almost four years for me since our son was in boot, so I can't really remember how we found out about Sandboxx....but maybe your son signed you up for it at some point.  That's all I can…"
Sep 28, 2022
Buzz replied to Stephanie's discussion Thank you for the add
"Yes, I understand how it works but only a few days after my recruit got to boot camp I got a text from Sandboxx touting their service. I had not signed up for anything. Just wondering how they knew his name and my phone number. "
Sep 28, 2022
Kevin Nor Cal replied to Stephanie's discussion Thank you for the add
"What do you mean?  Sandboxx in my experience just converts an electronic message to a paper version for delivery to someone in boot."
Sep 27, 2022
Buzz replied to Stephanie's discussion Thank you for the add
"Just curious as to how Sandboxx knows my cell number and recruit's name. How do they obtain this information?"
Sep 27, 2022
Kevin Nor Cal replied to Stephanie's discussion Thank you for the add
"That's great, Paul, thanks to your son and daughter for their service. I only added my clarifying post because the first part of your post (message from Naval Operations Security) implied that the recipients of Sandboxx letters would need to…"
Jun 8, 2021
NavyDads Admin (Paul) replied to Stephanie's discussion Thank you for the add
"you are welcome to contact Navy personnel directly as I did....I offered no personal opinion on using the app....and I've had sailors in the Navy since 2005 (daughter 2005-2010, son since 2007)...."
Jun 8, 2021
Kevin Nor Cal replied to Stephanie's discussion Thank you for the add
"Paul, in our experience (mid-2019), Sandboxx was widely in use as a way to deliver messages TO sailors in boot.  As I am sure you know (but Matt above might not), the app is used by people sending letters to the RTC.  The app converts the…"
Jun 8, 2021
NavyDads Admin (Paul) replied to Stephanie's discussion Thank you for the add
"DO NOT send anything to RTC that does not fit in a flat envelope....policy for many many years....... as far as Sandboxx- this from 2019 I asked Naval Operations Security about the use of Sandboxx- they are noncommittal but did say this:"We…"
Jun 8, 2021
Kevin Nor Cal replied to Stephanie's discussion Thank you for the add
"Hi Matt, congrats and thanks to your son. For letters during Boot, use the Sandboxx gets the letter delivered much faster than USPS.  It is a great service.  It makes it easy to include photos with your letter, etc.  It is…"
Jun 8, 2021
Matt replied to Stephanie's discussion Thank you for the add
"Hi Kevin, I am a new Navy dad and saw your response in the discussion. Since you have a 2 yr old Navy son, I wanted to ask a few Q's and maybe you can answer or direct me to where I can get answers. Our son just left for boot camp 5-9-21. WE…"
Jun 8, 2021
Stephanie replied to Stephanie's discussion Thank you for the add
"Virtual "
Apr 26, 2021
Kevin Nor Cal replied to Stephanie's discussion Thank you for the add
"Congratulations to your son.  Were you able to attend the graduation at GL or was it only available to stream w/ Covid?  Our son graduated a few years ago and it was a fun weekend back there."
Apr 26, 2021
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to Stephanie's discussion Legal Holding Ship 5
"Yes!!! Woo Hoo!!"
Apr 23, 2021
Stephanie replied to Stephanie's discussion Legal Holding Ship 5
"Yes valuable his good heart "
Apr 23, 2021
NavyDads Admin (Paul) replied to Stephanie's discussion Legal Holding Ship 5
"Valuable lesson !!!!!  ALWAYS include command !"
Apr 23, 2021

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At 7:05pm on April 20, 2021, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to Stephanie! When my son first enlisted, I was a little scared and worried for him. Not coming from a military family at all, I had no idea what to expect. What I found, was that he had made the most mature decision of his life! I found lots of answers to my questions right here on

My son Stephen was an AWO2 in the P-3 community. However, after 6 years of service, he was medically discharged in July of 2014. We are so proud of our son and his service to our country. I'm sure you feel that same pride for you child. This is the place to brag!

Join us on Facebook as well!

Once again, welcome to our site and I hope you enjoy your stay here. GO NAVY! HOOYAH!

Best Regards- Jim

At 9:11am on April 20, 2021, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads Stephanie! 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 daughter Kat is now a Veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist (MC3). My son Eric (AM1) did two cruises on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, was attached to VAW-125 ("The Tigertails") stationed at Iwakuni, Japan, and is currently stationed at NAS Pensacola where he is an instructor (LPO) in A-School. If NavyDads 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 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 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 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 Stephanie 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.

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Tyrone 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! To better understand how the Navy creates sailors, watch this video Making A Sailor to see what life is like at Great Lakes RTC.

Best Regards- Paul

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