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My dad was enlisted Navy during WWII. I was enlisted Navy from 1977-1981. One my sons is serving in the Navy. One is a former Naval Reserve Petty Officer, now in the Army National Guard. We are a Navy family.
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My son is currently serving
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It was no surprise when my eldest boy Evan enlisted. He was distend for the military ever since he got out of diapers. After earning a bachelor's in History, he chose the Navy.
My youngest son was a complete surprise. I never saw him as wanting to serve. When he announced his decision to Join the Navy, I had a long talk with him. I pulled no punches and told him just how it would be once he got through boot camp. I really liked the Navy, but I wanted him fully informed. He was not deterred.
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What I did on my summer vaction or USS John C. Stennis 2016 Tiger Cruise

Posted on August 22, 2016 at 10:04am 0 Comments

Greetings to one and all,

                 Early in 2016, my son informed me that his ship, USS John C. Stennis would be hosting a Tiger Cruise in the last month of their deployment. I jumped at the chance to go on the cruise. As a Navy vet that had spent four years with a P-3 Squadron, deployed three times and always on dry land, I was excited!

        As the big day approached, I decided to keep a journal of the trip. I have never attempted to keep a diary or journal, so this…


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At 9:39pm on August 19, 2016, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

you can also post as a blog which is great if you want to split it into a series of posts.  Click BLOGS in the menu bar and then ADD if you want to try....

At 9:07pm on August 19, 2016, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Try posting as a have many more options as a discussion rather than comment.  let me know

At 8:33pm on August 19, 2016, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

not sure I know...I just copied some stuff from my blog post a few years ago and it posted fine.

there is a character limit on how large a discussion post can be - and as a regular post you're limited to 5000 characters.  The limit for discussion posts is bigger, but the number eludes me. 

I'll investigate a little further

At 7:12pm on August 19, 2016, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

sorry for delay in response- been crazy busy and working days off.  how were you trying to post in the Tiger group?  Discussion or what?

At 2:25pm on October 14, 2014, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…

Tom, Welcome Aboard!

My son served as an ABE aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, Ca. and my family and I couldn't have been prouder. I created NavyDads.Com when he was in boot camp in hopes that this site would better inform new Navy Dads and Navy Families that followed behind me. I designed, built, and launched NavyDads.Com June 18, 2008, two days before his Navy graduation. I then launched NavyOutfitters.Com, our sites "Official Store" in 09'. All proceeds from the store go directly to helping fund what we do here at NavyDads.Com and to ensure our future growth for many years to come.

NavyDads provides the best community for learning about Navy life for everyone but particularly us parents. We are a place for sharing experiences with others that have gone through and are going through the same thing as you. We give you real-time information from others going through it, the sense that you're not alone, and the opportunity to help another along.

So jump right in, share concerns, join groups, share info, and show off your Sailor. I hope this site benefits you and your family throughout your Sailors journey in the United States Navy and I thank them for their service. I wish them the best in their travels and I'm glad you've found us.

Elmo Moore

At 9:19pm on October 12, 2014, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to 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 son Eric (AM2) was on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and is currently attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3) and is currently using her GI benefits to go to school. If 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 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 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 sailors and what they are 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 Tom this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Evan and Neal are 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

Play the following video for a brief introduction to 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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