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At 11:51pm on September 18, 2020, Mike & Michelle Johnston said…

Thank you for welcoming me .. I have a lot to learn and I'm eager to do so.  

At 8:30pm on August 29, 2020, Eliot said…

Thank you for the warm welcome Jim. Our son left for bootcamp early Sept of last year.  Is now in Goose Cr, SC.   Just wanting to Try to understand what he is going through.  Though no visits because of Covid, have sensed a big, positive change in him on our periodic phone chats.  Thanks for making this group.


At 11:28pm on July 25, 2020, Matthew Pappas said…

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. 

At 6:35pm on July 25, 2020, Allan Tedford said…

Thanks for the welcome , Jim!

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.

Go Navy!


At 7:52pm on July 20, 2020, David H Donahue said…

Thanks so much Jim. I am sure he made a great decision. I am very proud of him and really hope it's a good fit for him. Thanks for the warm welcome!

At 2:48pm on July 2, 2020, troy allen said…

Thanks for the warm welcome! I'm sure I'll have several questions as he gets closer to his ship date of 9/1. Thanks again!

At 10:57pm on June 1, 2020, Steve Janss said…

Thank you for the welcome, Jim!  I look forward to taking a more thorough look around.

At 5:09pm on April 19, 2020, Jack Stebbins said…

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

At 9:27am on March 26, 2020, Marjorie S Bradbury Laing said…

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.

At 9:53am on March 3, 2020, Sean Baldwin said…

Greetings! Thank You for the Welcome. So far I have enjoyed your site the information has been Great.


At 6:08pm on February 22, 2020, Edsel Miranda said…

Your enthusiastic welcome and comments are greatly appreciated. 

Thank you , 

Edsel Miranda,  "Ed" to you all.

At 6:56am on January 22, 2020, Estell Tabor said…

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

At 7:14am on September 29, 2019, Matthew Bagley said…

Appreciate it Jim. Best job in the world despite where society is today. It was just time for me to move on. No regrets and not a bad thing to say about it. 

At 10:52am on September 27, 2019, Matthew Bagley said…

Jim thanks so much.  My son Connor is my first military son.  My oldest son is in college.  Two of my uncles and one grandfather were in the Air Force.

I never served.  I was a police officer for 25+ years just recently retiring and now working for our county prosecutor.  

All is good but I do miss him already!!!

I'm going to take some time and delve into your website.  I already read about the taxi to graduation.  Great stuff.  He graduates sometime in November and stays in Great Lakes fro his A school.

Thanks for sharing about you and your family!!

At 6:04pm on September 22, 2019, Brian Lee said…

Thanks Jim

My son Ben is my first. My dad a Vietnam era Vet I never served. 

I’m new to this and worry but an so damn proud. Bens PIR is set for now for Oct 25. 

Thanks again


At 8:26pm on September 18, 2019, Anne Marie Janosko said…

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

At 6:33pm on August 19, 2019, Bob Crawford said…


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.

Bob Crawford


At 7:54am on August 14, 2019, Blair Blinkhorn said…

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.

Appreciate the welcome.

At 8:34pm on August 2, 2019, Freddie trent said…

Thank you and im.looking forward to keeping up with him and enjoying the experience 

At 11:39am on August 1, 2019, Timothy M Osborne said…

Thanks Jim, 

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.


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