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At 1:01pm on October 13, 2021, Armando Aguilar said…

Thank you Paul.  I'm very proud of my daughter and looking forward to participating in the group.  I will make sure to read the guidelines and security protocols before asking questions as I do have a few.  


At 5:48am on October 13, 2021, James Bud Morgan said…

Thanks Paul, I am glad there is a place like this to go and share our experiences, or knowledge, and our questions too! Look Forward to the Group and the interaction. Alex did surprise us all with his choosing the Navy, but something inside me says its the thing to do for him. We still all live at Ft Bragg, NC and the family runs deep in the Military both in the Air Force, and really deep in the Army. Many Generations of us. Somehow it must have been my wife and myself and our retirement to the Carolina Coast on our boats. Alex was four when e named our first, and we spent 278 days on the boat that year. By the time he was five he had his own skiff, he was diving using a Brownie Lung, doing flips off the pool board and hanging out at the Marina. So WHY in the World would I be surprised he has chosen the Navy.......I simply have no idea! Thanks for the Welcome Aboard! (Bud Morgan)

At 6:09pm on September 23, 2021, Aaron Smith said…

Thanks Paul,

I am glad you all are here. Even though I haven't been back after registering, I have been reading though all the information today. 


At 9:04am on September 8, 2021, Terry Polanco said…

Hello Paul, thank you so much and we really appreciate having a site like this.  I'm going to dive into the How to Get Started section as there seems to be so much helpful knowledge and information here.  Terry

At 11:12am on August 24, 2021, Kenneth W. Hinkle, Jr said…

Thanks for the welcome!  My daughter left yesterday for boot camp, so this is all news to me.... I have a lot to learn and with her being my baby (and only child in my house as she wanted to be with me after my divorce) for the last 4 years, it's definitely a hard thing to let her go.  Hoping to be able to attend graduation in 8 weeks (I have to figure out how I know which training group she's in so I know when the graduation is.... hopefully she will communicate that in a letter that I hope to get some day.)
Thanks again for the welcome, and I look forward to learning more about the Navy and being a part of this group.

At 7:38pm on August 22, 2021, John D O'Rourke said…

Paul, thanks so much for this helpful information! I'm so glad I found this forum! My wife and I are new to this and other than what I've read on line, we know nothing. 

Thanks again!


At 9:36pm on July 11, 2021, Keith S. Senko Sr said…

Thanks for the welcome. I too had no knowledge of Navy protocols or traditions, but proud of my son and can’t wait for graduation next month. I’ll keep you posted.

At 6:25am on July 7, 2021, Phillip Brath said…

Thank you. I appreciate the insight provided on this site and Facebook. It will be an interesting time watching my son. I'm excited for him. 

At 8:19pm on June 27, 2021, Mike Stidham said…

Thanks again for the welcome.  I am looking forward to the great things that will come for my son through the Navy.  He is looking forward to his role as an AE and the education and training that comes with it.  My father was a Marine in WWII and grandfather was in the Navy.  I'm a very proud Dad.  We don't know much about the details of Navy life and are eager to learn all we can.  Thanks for answering basic questions.  Now it time to learn all the acronyms and Navy speak!!

At 2:30pm on June 24, 2021, John Cooper said…

Thank you very much. 


At 12:03am on June 7, 2021, Ingo Hentschel said…

Thank you, Paul. It was a lot easier to be a Marine, and going to boot camp, than it is to be the father watching your son tackle OCS. Looking forward to learning what he is going through, as well as what others have already learned about the experience.



At 12:24pm on May 27, 2021, William Goble said…

'On Children' by Kalil Gibran-

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children.
     And he said:
     Your children are not your children.
     They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
     They come through you but not from you,
     And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

     You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
     For they have their own thoughts.
     You may house their bodies but not their souls,
     For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
     You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
     For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
     You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
     The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
     Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
     For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

At 6:12pm on April 8, 2021, James Lucas said…

Thanks Paul,  I lost sight of the first email you sent and was looking at this link that was dated 2012.  The First Week of Navy Officer Candidate School - Navy Dads

I got it now. 

At 9:55am on April 8, 2021, James Lucas said…

Hi Paul,  My son is currently at OCS class 12-21.  Do you know how accurate the "Survivors Guide to Navy Officer Candidate School' is these days? It has great information but seems 10+ years old in some of the info.  Just checking as have only had 1 letter (do not expect alot) but curious what he is going through each week.  THanks, James  

At 3:32am on February 10, 2021, Jeff Doggett said…

Paul ... thank you very much for the info and congratulations on your son and daughter!!!

At 10:02am on February 2, 2021, Karl Meyer said…
Thank you sir. My son is a SNA in Kingsville training to eventually fly F/A-18s. He is on schedule to wing in April '21.
At 1:42pm on January 24, 2021, TG said…

Thank you sir.  There's a lot of good information here!  I appreciate this site's effort. 

At 3:38pm on January 13, 2021, S Scott Shortess said…

Thank you Paul and thank you for all that you do to keep this site up.

At 10:23pm on January 2, 2021, Marc DeLorge said…

Hi Paul, thank you for writing.

My daughter arrived at RTC on December 2, I received her 30 second phone call, and have not heard anything since. I have heard several times "no news is good news", but I expected to have received her address by now.

I've been on another Navy site, and today I was told due to Covid and the mail issues, it is taking longer than usual to get the form letter out to parents.

One woman even said she received the letter 3 days before her son graduated, so if that's the case, I might not even be able to write to my daughter before she finishes basic training.

I'll look around the site, and thank you for the links, I'll be checking those out as well.

Thanks again, and Happy New Year!


At 2:41pm on December 21, 2020, Thomas ODonnell said…

Thank you I appreciate you letting me join Thanks for all you do


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