Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
John T. Black IV
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
Describe A Little About Yourself:
58 years old; father of 2, married, employed by AT&T for 33 years. My father was a Lieutenant in the Navy. My son, named after him, wants to eventually go to OCS and surpass his namesake grandfather's rank.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Very proud and happy for him knowing this will be an incredible experience for him. At the same time starting to feel a bit depressed at thought of his departure.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Googled Navy support groups.
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Thanks for the excellent information about Section Leader. My wife and I swelled up with pride after finding out what this means for our son. Your information has helped ease our minds about his first two weeks in boot camp. Thank your son for his service, take care and God Bless you and your family.
Have followed your various posts Bill and I can see you have experienced the life changing process that this Navy journey is.....sometimes I think more so for us dads (and moms....) than for our sailors! There will be up times and I can say with the voice of experience that there will be down times as well....though all, NavyDads is there to share your experiences, answer your questions (hopefully at least) and to give you a place where you can brag a little.....or a lot! Thanks for being a member and stepping up to help others just starting their own journey!
Bill, I am sure your son will do great things in the Navy! Whether he serves just one enlistment or makes it a career, he will gain valuable leadership and time management skills. In my opinion, the military provides a young man or woman the opportunity to grow personally and professionally and will give them a "leg up" over their peers by virtue of the increased maturity and acceptance of personal responsibility.
Thanks Bill! My dad also served in the Navy during World War II on the Aleutian Island of Adak, Alaska. Forty years later, I was stationed there as well as part of the Marine Security Detachment at the Naval Air Station. My oldest son just completed his first year of college, however, he too enlisted in the Navy as a Nuke and will be leaving for bootcamp in February 2014. I am extremely proud of both of them!
Charles, I just read your post about photos. You are allowed to take as many photos as you want, but only inside the drill hall. Outside photography is strictly forbidden. I took 100s of photos and my Sailor ordered the PIR DVD and "Keel Book." The DVD is of the entire graduation ceremony and the "Keel Book" is similar to a high school year book with behind the scene photos of the graduating class. If I remember correctly, your Sailor's class is the first that will be streaming the graduation live on the internet (6/28). this is for all the families and friends who are unable to attend in person. My Sailor also purchased T-shirts and Hoodies for Mom, brother & me of the division flag and lists the names of the members of the division. If I can be of any help, just returned from Great Lakes on Friday (6/14).
Charles, just returned from GL as my son graduated 6/7. His request was for Chicago deep dish pizza. We stayed in Lincolnshire, Ill and found a great pizza place called "Lou Malnotis." (Unsure on spelling - I is long E sound). We actually had pizza delivered to the hotel, relaxed and visited with our Sailor. He changed out of his dress whites into comfy close to avoid any pizza accidents. The overall experience was amazing. Our Sailor was a "Grab-n-Go." We were together from 1100hrs to 1900hrs when he needed to return to GL. We returned to the hotel, slept and went to O'Hare at 0300hrs and saw the buses arrive. We managed to squeeze in another 6-hours with our Sailor before his flight left at 1010hrs for Connecticut. Worth every second. If I can be of any assistance, just ask. What an adventure.