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Son leaves for San Diego

Hey everyone-thx for the welcome - dropped my son off headed for San Diego from Chicago.. as he boarded the plane the song The cats in the cradle - came to mind.. Good luck Matt  and again thx u all from my family to yours .. GO NAVY 

Added by Jeff J Sperekas on June 25, 2022 at 7:33pm — 1 Comment

Requesting a re-assignment

Does anyone know if there is an official way to request re-assignment or petition for reconsideration? My son is a submariner currently stationed in King's Bay, Georgia.  He has been in the Navy for 12 years.  He was recently made Chief and was told he would be assigned to a particular sub based in King's Bay.  He made a lot of decisions, financial and otherwise, based on this information.  The assigned sub then recanted their need for a Chief and now he is listed to be on a sub based in…


Added by Wesley Scott Phillips on January 5, 2022 at 11:37am — 3 Comments


We received a call on 4-Oct-2021 that our Son was promoted to Chief Petty Officer status. He will be in the Navy 17 years this November. This is an answer to prayer and as his parents - we are very proud of his accomplishments. He will receive full rank on 19-Nov-2021.

Added by John W Hensman on October 9, 2021 at 4:21pm — No Comments

Form letter

Does anyone know how long before you receive the letter with your recruits Ship and Division? My son starts week 4 today? Thanks!

Added by John D O'Rourke on September 16, 2021 at 5:58am — 2 Comments

Boot Camp

I have a question regarding boot camp. When a recruit arrives and they box up their personal belongings are they sent back home or are they kept at Great Lakes? I have seen it both ways and wonder which one is correct. Thank you

Added by Mark F Durovka on March 22, 2021 at 8:46pm — 2 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

Added by Thomas ODonnell on January 10, 2021 at 3:00pm — 7 Comments

Bittersweet Happiness

My beautiful daughter has left today to stage for going to ROM then to boot camp. We are so very proud of her and of all of our sailors and military. Now I await the phone call she made it followed by the silence.

Added by Jim Lisi on December 13, 2020 at 1:21pm — 3 Comments

Pride and Honor

I have a hero.  That hero is my son.  He is about to begin his 10th year in service to our nation as a sailor in the US Navy.  He volunteered.  I am sure you feel the same way about your sons and daughters who have done the same, volunteered to stand in readiness and defense of our great nation.  

They are frontline heroes.  Everyday, they stand at attention and promise you and me that they stand ready to sacrifice and prevent harm from coming to our shores. They and all those…


Added by Elliott Peigen on September 7, 2020 at 9:56am — 2 Comments

Introducing Myself

Hello, I just wanted to introduce myself to everyone. The following is taken from my profile:

I am a prior enlisted Sailor that is currently serving in Naval Air Station Whidbey Island as a Naval Flight Officer. I first joined the Navy in 2004 as a Fire Controlman (FC). I served in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on the USS Port Royal and completed two WESTPAC deployments to 5th Fleet AOR.

In 2012, after achieving the rank of Petty Officer First Class (FC1) I was accepted into the Seaman…


Added by John Lillyblad on March 18, 2020 at 4:38pm — 5 Comments

Mail problems

Greetings I have a concern my son writes regularly and it is very gratifying to receive news of his progress and his experiences but I have sent him almost a dozen letters and in which he arrived this week he tells me that he has only received two, I suppose the first and The address is fine because he has received at least two, now my questions are the following, that is normal and from now on with the situation that exists of the disease that is around, they will not delay the mail…


Added by Fernando Bolano on March 17, 2020 at 2:36pm — 3 Comments

SHIP 06 DIV 100

Had a great phone call with our SR yesterday. He sounded strong and ready for week 4. Anyone else here with SR in SHIP 06 DIV 100?

Added by Chris Koning on February 9, 2020 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Ship 10 Div 114

Anyone else have a SR in Ship 10 Div 114?

Added by Mike Cunningham on February 3, 2020 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment


My son left today for RTC Great Lakes. The journey and adventure begins! An overwhelming sense of pride and joy.

Please god watch over him and all our men and women in uniform. 

Added by Mike Cunningham on January 15, 2020 at 1:23pm — 2 Comments

Ship 2 Division 907

Anyone here with a SR in Ship 2 Div. 907?

Added by Mark Poindexter on December 17, 2019 at 2:36pm — No Comments

leaving the Service Information

End of time in the service.

Here is a small bit of information concerning the end of enlistment; When I got out I had 30 days' leave on the books. Unless you have a civilian job waiting for you from day one I suggest using up all your leave time. As with any job once it's over and you depart you're entitled to unemployment compensation until you get the next job. But if you have leave time on the books they will not pay you unemployment until that leave time is used up. It caught me…


Added by Tony Belmont on December 15, 2019 at 8:05am — 1 Comment

Can’t contain my pride

Just finished an AMAZING two days with our AMAZING Son, ETSN Nuke, and Hero, following an absolutely incredible PIR! Truly one of the most memorable and impactful times in my life. We are so profoundly proud, and completely fulfilled parents today. He even FaceTimed us from his barracks at Goose Creek late last night!

So many thanks for everyone here, and especially Jim and Sarge for their expert help and guidance!

Hooyah, Navy!

Added by Len Shields on September 29, 2019 at 7:43am — No Comments

Daughter re-ups for second tour in Bahrain.

Like many parents that come and go at NavyDads, I too was active while our daughter was in boot camp. I remember all too well picking everyone's brain about boot, what to do, letters and graduation. Steadfastly, as they have done all these years, NavyDads and its members offered the same advice and sage wisdom to a frantic parent.

Fast forward two years from my last post and my daughter was discharged from the Navy and two minutes later re-enlisted for another tour at her station. …


Added by Scott Talley on August 18, 2019 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

Family Cruise 2019 on the USS Ronald Reagan

My daughter is a Culinary Specialist on the USS Ronald Reagan and I couldn't be more proud. She recently said that if I am in Japan on August 14th, I can tour the ship and go on a day cruise. I am all over this for sure but know there has to be a process including an application. Anyone experienced in this out there, please help me know where to start.

i have read blogs on this awesome site about what to expect on the cruise, but was not able to locate any information about the…


Added by Gary j cleveland jr on May 18, 2019 at 10:44am — 1 Comment

Paper Work when leaving the Navy

Well, it's been 5 years and my son is about to separate.  

He's been going over the paper work but they seem to be going around in circles.  He has about 45 days left so I assume there is still time to complete the paperwork.

Does anyone have advice on getting the paperwork done?


Added by Jonathan Losche on May 12, 2019 at 7:52pm — 7 Comments


Our son called to tell us he is an official Sailor, I cried with joy for him and his fellow Sailors. They've worked so hard to get to this point. I wish all of them success in their future endeavors.
I read somewhere about a gathering for Navy families the day before graduation and can not find where I read it. Will we get this info when we pick up our tickets?

Added by Richelle Horner on May 9, 2019 at 7:04am — 2 Comments

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Son leaves for San Diego

Posted by Jeff J Sperekas on June 25, 2022 at 7:33pm 1 Comment


Posted by John W Hensman on October 9, 2021 at 4:21pm 0 Comments

Form letter

Posted by John D O'Rourke on September 16, 2021 at 5:58am 2 Comments

Boot Camp

Posted by Mark F Durovka on March 22, 2021 at 8:46pm 2 Comments

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