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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Andrew
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
IS2(AW)
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Shriner, Ex-Boy Scout leader. Proud father.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is currently serving
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Pride
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Son
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Google

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At 7:49pm on January 13, 2012, Gil said…

Hi Thomas and welcome to NavyDads and especially to the Intelligence Specialist group. We are a small group and a family with great pride on what our children are doing for our Nation and the Navy. Sent our regards to your son Andrew and tell him to spread the word of our group to other IS's around him. Please feel free to ask any questions or make any comments on our page. Again, welcome aboard!!! HOOYAH!!

At 3:24pm on December 4, 2011, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Thomas.
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 4000 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 Andrew 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 9:49am on December 4, 2011, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings Thomas! When my son joined the Navy I really had no idea or a clue on what he’s about to partake in besides what I’ve seen on tv and some stories told by relatives and friends. He graduated boot camp on November 18, 2011 at US Navy Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. I am honored and very proud of his decision to serve our country.


From the start I’ve perused recruiter literature from DEP and beyond but I felt that I needed more information to help keep me from worrying too much. I also wanted to hear from real folks on what their experiences were like and what they've gone through. That's when I found this website while searching for answers.


When you get a chance, explore the Groups section and you’ll most certainly find one that matches your interest. Join those groups and from there you can share and discuss information amongst your peers.


I hope you find NavyDads.Com useful and fun with lots of real shared information. Our family extends our warmest thanks to your son Andrew for his service.


Welcome aboard...

At 9:17pm on December 3, 2011, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Thomas, be sure to check out our Groups. We have several Groups for PIR and Boot Camp, plus Groups for the different Rates like Navy Nukes, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), Master at Arms. Check to see if your State or area has a Group already formed to locate others in your area. There are general interest Groups like: Care Packages,
A School for Dads, NASCAR for NavyDads and the book of acronyms and ranks. We’ve also added a Spanish language Group.

If you have problems or questions about the Groups, discussions or navigating our site please let me know. I’ll be happy to help or find someone with more knowledgeable about your issue.

Again Welcome to NavyDads.

At 9:16pm on December 3, 2011, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Thomas, Welcome to NavyDads. My Grandson Joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. When I joined I knew very little about the Military. This site has helped me understand what to expect and relieved some of my worries I had. Please go to the Groups Page and check out all of the different discussions. Join in to learn more and meet others whose guys or girls are the same Rate as your Loved One. We like to hear about your Sailor; the good times, the concerns, and the questions. I think you will find that our members are just a great big family and everyone wants to help others understand what to expect and hear how your Sailor is doing.

Again Welcome and keep us updated to your Sailor’s Progress.

HooYah US Navy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 9:13pm on December 3, 2011, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to NavyDads.com Thomas! 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 just reported to Helicopter Squadron Light-37 (HSL-37) in Hawaii after re-enlisting earlier this year. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist and is currently using her GI benefits to go to school. If NavyDads.com were around in those days, it would have made my journey 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. 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 Thomas this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Andrew 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 like NavyDads.com.

Play the following video for a brief introduction to NavyDads.com. We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul

 
 
 

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