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Thomas ODonnell commented on Thomas ODonnell's blog post RTC
"Got the official I'm a Navy Sailor phone call yesterday afternoon from my son we are very proud parents. Next graduation and off to A school."
Feb 10
Thomas ODonnell commented on Thomas ODonnell's blog post RTC
"Ok so he just has that rate for boot camp. Thanks again for your help"
Jan 10
NavyDads Admin (Paul) commented on Thomas ODonnell's blog post RTC
"doubt very much he'll have that rate after PIR- you can see what RTC Recruit Command Structure is at https://navydads.com/group/bootcamp/page/recruit-division-command-structure"
Jan 10
Thomas ODonnell commented on Thomas ODonnell's blog post RTC
"hope IM asking these questions in the right place"
Jan 10
Thomas ODonnell commented on Thomas ODonnell's blog post RTC
"Boy do I have a lot to learn thanks for the help"
Jan 10
Thomas ODonnell commented on Thomas ODonnell's blog post RTC
"Thanks for your reply I reread his letter he received his collar device it a silver perched eagle atop three chevrons he said same as first class petty officers wear he said he was chosen to serve as division port watch he said it makes him a…"
Jan 10
NavyDads Admin (Paul) commented on Thomas ODonnell's blog post RTC
"Thinking he means three bars.....three chevrons would indicate a PO first class which is an E-6.  Thinking he must be a E-3 (Nuke program?)"
Jan 10
Thomas ODonnell posted a blog post

RTC

My sailor son is at RTC I received a letter from him it was great to hear from him. In his letter he said he received his collar device with three chevrons . Was so proud of him was hoping maybe some of you more seasoned Dads could give me some history on why he would had receive it. I have already written back to him just trying to learn and there is a lot to learn. ThanksSee More
Jan 10
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Jan 8
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Dec 28, 2020
Thomas ODonnell commented on Jim Lisi's blog post Bittersweet Happiness
"Same here, Merry Christmas"
Dec 23, 2020
Thomas ODonnell commented on Jim Lisi's blog post Bittersweet Happiness
"Congratulations,I’m sure by now you got your phone call that she made it and is safe. My son left Dec 1st as you are we are very proud parents and just keep reminding our selve no news is good new."
Dec 23, 2020
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza left a comment for Thomas ODonnell
"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Thomas! 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…"
Dec 21, 2020
Thomas ODonnell left a comment for NavyDads Admin (Paul)
"Thank you I appreciate you letting me join Thanks for all you do"
Dec 21, 2020
NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for Thomas ODonnell
"Welcome to NavyDads 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…"
Dec 21, 2020

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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Sean
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
air crewman
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Very Proud
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad

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RTC

Posted on January 10, 2021 at 3:00pm 7 Comments

My sailor son is at RTC I received a letter from him it was great to hear from him. In his letter he said he received his collar device with three chevrons . Was so proud of him was hoping maybe some of you more seasoned Dads could give me some history on why he would had receive it. I have already written back to him just trying to learn and there is a lot to learn. Thanks

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At 9:20pm on December 21, 2020, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Thomas! 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 NavyDads.com.

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!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/66599528175/

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

Best Regards- Jim

At 12:08pm on December 21, 2020, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads 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 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 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 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 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 Sean 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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