Thanks for the add & welcome. My daughter joined the Army in 2000 and left in 2002 on a med discharge, only to enlist in the Navy a couple years later. She made Chief in 2011 after being in only 7 years. While that is not a record, it is rapid and commendable. Currently stationed on the Michael Murphy, she started on the McFaul so she is used to being on a destroyer. At this moment I am puppy sitting her three dogs at her house on Oahu (it's a tough job, but someone has to do it) while she is in a 3 week training program state side. Sam (my kid) is the first one but not the last one of her family generation to be in the Navy. I have a nephew in Norfolk as well.
My history... having graduated an all boys Catholic School in 1976, only one member of my class joined the military. He went into the USMC like his father, his g'father, and all the males in his family throughout time. If you can recall, 1976 was a time of major upheaval in the military. The Viet Nam war had just ended, my age group does not have draft numbers, and Pres Ford started the all volunteer military. They were trying to get rid of their over abundance of personnel at that time. I went to college and afterwards became a Deputy Sheriff in SW Florida, where I still live with my wife of 27 years. I am retired with 29 years of service and currently work as a driver for a private ambulance company. Cheers
Thanks Tim! My wife was wondering if she could join! She said this site just "fits her disposition better than others"! I will print and forward you thanks to Ash! She's in week2 AROC 900's (946) Div. - all state choir paid off! :-) cadence: "can I get a hoo to the left!? Yah to the right,"
Thanks so much for helping to run this website. My son is in divison 818 and PIR is sent for 9/11. What a cool date for PIR! I'll be checking out this website in much more detail. My wife is a member of the Navy Moms website and she has been getting a ton of information from there as well.
Tim thank you for the welcome comment, my wife and I are having a very difficult time with this we have no experience with the military and we are a very very tight family of four. Got a heart wrenching first phone call from Jordan and it has been very hard to stop thinking about. He said he's not eating sleeping and his hair is not growing back, also injured his knee and is on crutches.
Thanks for the welcome. We are on short time. He leaves on July 7. He has a final DEP meeting this week. He actually looks really good and ready. He had a buddy leave yesterday and he went to see him off. I have been all over this site. haven't joined any groups but been doing a lot of research.
Many thanks for your helpful information. After looking through the site, I have one question - my son-in-law had several friends who received their wings in Pensacola last Friday - are there any videos from these ceremonies available on this site?
Thank you very much for your warm welcome and information about the site. My son was blessed with a very informative recruiter in Tallahassee, FL. so he is way ahead of my in what he knows but I will try to play catch up in case I can help him along the way and get information that he maybe has not yet.