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"Thanks Paul, I just used my regular favorites for travel and have everything booked."
Dec 20, 2019
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza left a comment for Tom FitzGerald
"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Tom! 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 11, 2019
NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for Tom FitzGerald
"....and what link was not working?  That's puzzling "
Dec 11, 2019
NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for Tom FitzGerald
"this link should open to lodging guide-  https://navydads.com/group/pirtipshintsandhelps/forum/topics/great-lakes-lodging-guide I would say though I would highly recommend the Great Lakes Navy…"
Dec 11, 2019
Tom FitzGerald left a comment for NavyDads Admin (Paul)
"Hi Paul, thank you for your comment, you have so much experience to share about the Navy life. I found it reassuring that you have two children that are well established in the Navy. My first question would be concerning travel/accommodations to his…"
Dec 11, 2019
NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for Tom FitzGerald
"Welcome to NavyDads Tom! 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…"
Dec 11, 2019
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Dec 11, 2019

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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Dawson
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
Recruit
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Father of a recruit currently in boot camp.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Happy for him.
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Dad
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At 10:48pm on December 11, 2019, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Tom! 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, as you will also burst with pride of your child! This is the place to brag!

Join us on Facebook as well!

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

Best Regards- Jim

At 3:51pm on December 11, 2019, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

....and what link was not working?  That's puzzling 

At 3:49pm on December 11, 2019, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

this link should open to lodging guide-  https://navydads.com/group/pirtipshintsandhelps/forum/topics/great-lakes-lodging-guide

I would say though I would highly recommend the Great Lakes Navy Lodge- 
https://www.navy-lodge.com/Great-Lakes

You'll need his PIR info to book and they fill up VERY fast.....call back often as they have cancellations-

Three airports to choose from....driving up from Midway SUCKS....O'Hare better but still a struggle- suggest looking at Milwaukee and driving down.....research your options

At 2:59pm on December 11, 2019, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads Tom! 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 Navy 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 in 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 Tom 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 Dawson 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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