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PIR Graduation

Started this discussion. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) May 26, 2016. 2 Replies

the time has come.  My son Jerry has completed battle stations and will be graduating this Friday, May 27th.  Amazing how fast it went.  keep writing to your son or daughter during their time at GL …Continue


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leaving for BC

Posted on March 27, 2016 at 7:21am 2 Comments

The time has come.  My son jerry is leaving for BC on Tuesday this week.  we will see him get sworn in and then he will start his amazing journey with the US Navy.  My wife and I cannot express how proud we are of him.  it will be tough seeing our oldest child leaving the home nest.

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At 7:56am on April 28, 2016, Bill Yoder said…
Yes, received a phone call. Great to hear from him. Hope all is well
At 7:15am on April 19, 2016, Bill Yoder said…

Hi Jay,

No letter yet. Busy, Busy young men. Hope all is well. - Bill

At 2:42pm on April 16, 2016, Bill Yoder said…
Jay, No not yet. The mail already arrived today so we're wait until MOnday. The other day there was kind of sloppy hand addressed envelope and I thought this is it. It was from another young man in Army basic that was one of my Boy Scouts. It was still good to hear from Conner. I did come across another family on NavyDads who's son is in Matt's Div. Take care - let me know when you receive something.
At 7:57am on April 13, 2016, Bill Yoder said…

Jay, by the way, Matt is ship 06 div 197. Your son?

At 7:44am on April 13, 2016, Bill Yoder said…


Yes, we're also looking forward to a personal letter from Matt. We're thinking maybe by Friday it he sent one out on Monday. We also plan to come for the graduation events and look forward to meeting you. When I attended Army basic in 77, the guy became a good friend was from Brooklyn as well as my best friend at my first MP duty station. It was interesting, I was from a small mountain town in central PA and never seen the bring lights of a city. Both the guys never experience country life out of the city. We were quite the pair. Take care

At 5:30pm on April 11, 2016, Bill Yoder said…
Jay, we received a form letter with his address and information about graduation. No personal note. At least we have the address.
At 7:42am on April 11, 2016, Bill Yoder said…


No letter when we returned Sunday. Maybe in a day or two. Unless he is hiding out from the Shore Patrol in a bus station or hanging out on the beach in Rio where is girlfriend is from. :) More likely is they didn't have time until Sunday. Did your son get a rank advancement for being a sea cadet? Let me know what you hear my friend

At 1:03pm on April 9, 2016, Bill Yoder said…
Hi Jay, Thanks for the feed back. No letter as of yesterday, the 9th. We are away from for the week-end so we won't know until Sunday. Your son would seem to have an advantage being a Sea Cadet. Good start for him. Living in Central PA Sea Cadet or Sea Scouts we not where to be found. Matt was involved in Scouting which I hope he can pull a few things from this memory bank. I'm sure our young men are having a blast----well maybe. :) Hope we find out in a few days. Keep me posted.
At 11:23am on April 7, 2016, Bill Yoder said…

Hi Jay, I had mentioned our son also left on March 29th out of Harrisburg PA. I was wondering where your son left from and if you received any letters. We are still waiting on our first one. Thanks, Bill Yoder  

At 8:15pm on March 6, 2016, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Jay ! 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 USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, and is attached to VAW-125, and back on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3). 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 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 Jay 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

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Jerry 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!

Best Regards- Paul



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