Thank you for the add to this great resource. As of right now it's T-minus 3 1/2 days until I take him up to the hotel and then his flight out to RTC is on Thursday. So many emotions for sure, I appreciate the resources this site and the Facebook group offers. I hope to learn from all of you. My dad was 22 years active in the Navy on Heavy Cruisers and Submarines, but I was just born about 2 years before he retired. Im definitely excited for my son, although the reality is starting to hit him here leading up to it and he's definitely nervous because of the unknown aspect. I have full confidence in him; hopefully his RTC experience will help him gain some of that confidence for himself too.
Our son has wanted to be an electrician since Jr. High. When it became apparent that the IBEW was not going to accept applications for 2021 he asked how he was going to get training and have job security. "Job security" from an 18yo?!
Then he discovered the SeaBees. When that was not likely to happen because there were no open positions for the CE ratings, he opted for AE/CF in the "regular" Navy.
We are very proud of this young man. He is very excited and clearly walks prouder since enlisting. He ships out this November.
Thanks Jim for the reply.. Yes, our Son is new to military and we are very hopeful he will adapt ok... I must admit it's been harder on my old butt than I thought it would be, but at my age (66) I'm a big boy now and will adjust. Ryan and I are very close. God Speed, jack
Thank you, this has been an extremely educational and informative site and I so appreciate all of the time, thought, and effort put into creating it. Thank you for allowing me to be a member as my child starts his Navy journey.
Thanks for the welcoming. So much has changed since I served. I do have a few questions for you about the AWO rate. Did your son like it. Was school hard? What kind of job opportunities did he have after his enlistment? The last ? Is kinda my big one. The job seems really cool. Did he purse his degree while serving? What are good degrees to purse that are job related? Sorry so many ?’s
Hi Jim. Thank you for responding back. I have mixed emotions on my son leaving. I just spoke to him and he should be in silverdale, WA tomorrow. I will check out this site for sure. Have a good evening. Anne
Thank you for reaching out, it's been lonely here with my son away at Basic Training. I am grateful and somewhat overwhelmed by the support that I have received in just my few short days of signing up. I'm so happy that I did. I feel like that I have new family members. Thank you for your words in easing me into my new family.
Thank you Jim. Not just getting started as we've been through PIR, A School and now my son is in his Reserve capacity, resuming college next week. He will have a two-week deployment in a while and then a longer one later on. As a Seabee, he's land-based.
I am happy to join this group. I am a proud Navy Veteran and Gullf War Veteran, so when my baby girl took an interest in Navy JROTC 5 years ago, I was excited. She embraced and excelled in this program over 4 years in high school, and has been Pro Navy since she started. The fact that she chose to follow in my foot steps is the greatest honor to me as a parent. She enlisted early in her senior year of high school, and left for basic training on June 19th. She will PIR on August 16th, and I am one proud Dad. I'm sure Great Lakes will look very different than it did when I was first there some 36 years ago, but I can't wait to go back. My son also serves, but he is in the Army National Guard, and is also a police officer, so the military pride runs deep in our family. All of our young men and women in the Armed Forces make great sacrifices for the freedoms we enjoy and too often take for granted. I am proud of, and thankful to each and every one that serves.
Thank you! I’m nervous for my son, but am sure he’ll do great. My father was also Navy, a hospital corpsman during the Vietnam era, serving in the Mediterranean. Long family line of service members in the military, reaching back to the revolutionary war.