Cool funny my big interest was fighting and I learned armoring out of necessity. Been with the SCA about 24 years now. I am a knight and a Royal peer. Before that I did jousting and live steel with some other groups. It has always been a part of my life. I love the historic aspect of it all but enjoy the sport just as much. These days I do allot of teaching but fighting is still high on the priority list.
Hey Paul - thanks so much for the kind words. I really appreciate you pointing me in the right direction here & will be making the most of NAVYDADS, believe me! I'm a little anxious, but that's only because there's a LOT I just don't know & a LOT to figure out ASAP...or at least that's how I feel - but I'm as proud as any Dad can be of my daughter's decision to join the USN & I know I'll benefit from the wisdom and experience of those of you who have gone before me!!
Thank you very much for the "Welcome Aboard" Paul. I appreciate all the great advice you shared. I am vaguely aware of some of the rigors our son will be enduring both at RTC and once he joins the fleet. I say vaguely because I went through the same processes many many years ago (1986-1990) and my memory is a tad foggy these days. Not to mention things may have changed just a little since then. I was fortunate enough to have been assigned RTC Orlando for my boot camp experience. I thought it quite coincidental that I actually served on the same ships your son and daughter did. Both the Theodore Roosevelt and the Abraham Lincoln. I was an AME3 assigned to VS-24 , CVW 8. We were on board the Lincoln for her initial shakedown cruise January of 1990. That was my last time at sea. I do hope your daughter is doing well and enjoying her time on the Lincoln as much as I did.
Thank all of you for this site, i found NavyMoms too, Im becoming obsessed with learning what my recruit is doing this first work, so Im so excited to hear from others that have gone thru or is going thru the same
At some point, I'll want to ask for time off from work for my son's graduation. Of course, we don't know yet when that date will be. When is it parents usually get an idea when their sons and daughters might graduate? Also, do new officers usually head off to their next duty assignments right away, or is there a gap---and what happens during the gap?
Also, nice to meet a fellow miner, nice! And I'm actually a "gold digger" ... lol. I work for the #2 gold miner in the world ... Newmont. Interesting industry - but a very far cry from military for sure!
Thanks for your warm welcome Paul. Congratulations and thank you for having so many family members who are dedicated to service; we are grateful.
Our son reports to boot camp on March 6th so we're all getting a little antsy and are still a bit overwhelmed. I don't think that we've spent enough time on the website and expect that we'll be spending a lot more time here in the coming days, weeks, months doing research. We're still in the learning stage and still have a lot of questions...not really sure where to begin but from what I'm seeing so far the answers are here.