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Paul Barger replied to David Oelker's discussion Bring On The Next Adventure in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Ill check them out. Thanks"
Oct 23, 2014
David Oelker replied to David Oelker's discussion Bring On The Next Adventure in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Paul, actually I know of a number of units in Indiana. We live in Indiana as well - southeastern part of the state."
Oct 23, 2014
Paul Barger replied to David Oelker's discussion Bring On The Next Adventure in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Thanks for the info, it might be hard for him to be a Sea Cadet, he is working now and also getting ready to attend college so he would not have any time. I do not know much about the Sea Cadets. He has very little service I am the one who was in…"
Oct 21, 2014
Michael Baione replied to David Oelker's discussion New Sailor Interested in MWD in the group MWD - Military Working Dogs
"I meant to say that they usually only take  two from each class.  She will have an advantage because she will already know which specialty she wants. If she studies and keeps her eye on the prize, She will have a very good shot at it. You…"
Oct 20, 2014
David Oelker replied to David Oelker's discussion New Sailor Interested in MWD in the group MWD - Military Working Dogs
"Thank you for the reply, Michael. We have been telling her all along that she would really need to apply herself in A School and she is pretty determined. Luckily she has always been focused. Hopefully that will hold through this school so she has a…"
Oct 20, 2014
Michael Baione replied to David Oelker's discussion New Sailor Interested in MWD in the group MWD - Military Working Dogs
"Hi David, My daughter is a MWD handler. MA school is roughly 8 weeks long. I would encourage her to concentrate on on school and not get side tracked by the new found freedom they are earning. They only take to candidates per MA class. When there…"
Oct 20, 2014
David Oelker replied to David Oelker's discussion Bring On The Next Adventure in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Our pass was good for the entire time we had the room. The pass works at the big Navy Exchange off base, the on-base Exchange (but we never went in there), and the off base NEX convenience store - which is right down the street from the Navy Lodge.…"
Oct 20, 2014
Michael Baione liked David Oelker's discussion New Sailor Interested in MWD
Oct 20, 2014
Chris Holmberg replied to David Oelker's discussion Bring On The Next Adventure in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Great info!! Just booked my room at the Navy Lodge! $198 for 3 nights. What a deal! Cant wait for Dec 5th! Not looking forward to the 12 hour drive from Pennsylvania though. Lol. One question. Do you have to use the NEX pass during graduation. Or is…"
Oct 20, 2014
David Oelker added a discussion to the group MWD - Military Working Dogs
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New Sailor Interested in MWD

Hello, our daughter just arrived at Lackland NTTC on Saturday to begin MA training. She is interested in getting into MWD. Can anyone tell me how difficult it is to get into this specialty area? ThanksSee More
Oct 20, 2014
David Oelker joined Michael Baione's group
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MWD - Military Working Dogs

This is a group dedicated to our sailors that are that are proudly "Master at Arms", but specifically focused on MWD. come on in relax and spill your guts about your awesome sailor!See More
Oct 20, 2014
David Oelker replied to Daron's discussion Got a phone call YEA!!!!!! in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Our daughter just graduated so maybe I can offer some information from our experience. Our daughter called us 4 times while in boot camp, plus the shut up and listen call the night she arrived. Three of these calls were on Sundays and she got a…"
Oct 20, 2014
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to David Oelker's discussion Bring On The Next Adventure in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Good info David. This is the first time for me hearing that the NEX has a shuttle. So thanks for doing this blog and thank for being with us through your boot camp experience. Thank you so much for the kind words about Navydads.com! Go Navy! Jim"
Oct 20, 2014
David Oelker replied to David Oelker's discussion Bring On The Next Adventure in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Thanks for the reply, Paul...and thank you for your sercvice. Sorry to hear about your son's injury. I have an instuctor on my staff who made it all the way to the day before battle stations and then injured her shoulder and was…"
Oct 20, 2014
Paul Barger replied to David Oelker's discussion Bring On The Next Adventure in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"wow this was good. Glad to hear it was a wonderful experience and congrats to your Daughter.I will be at the Oct 31 graduation for a friend of my sons. He is like a son to me and I look forward to returning to Great Lakes, I graduated there back in…"
Oct 20, 2014
David Oelker replied to Ian Thompson's discussion MA "A" school length? in the group Master at Arms
"Our daughter got to San Antonio for MA school this past Saturday. She was given a graduation date of 15 December. Hope this helps."
Oct 20, 2014

Profile Information

Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Rebecca and Elijah
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
MA
Describe A Little About Yourself:
I am a father of 5 and husband to my wife of 26 years. I serve in the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps and hold the rank of LTjg. I am currently the CO of the Cincinnati Division and I am a staff officer of CTC Midwest in Port Clinton, Ohio. I have a daughter and son who are current Sea Cadets. My daughter is the LPO of her division and will be joining the US Navy in the coming months. My son is a company commander and is planning to enter the delayed entry program.
What Brought You To This Site:
other
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
I am very proud of all of my children, but I am especially proud that 2 of them are entering the Navy.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
While searching for information about the Navy OCS for a training that I will be instructing for the USNSCC this winter.

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At 2:39pm on November 24, 2013, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard David,

I would like to take this time to point you in some of the right directions. For starters if you haven't had the time take a look at the right side of any page you click on. There you will find some useful information for you. The links under the about this site will help you with how this site got started, navigation, P.I.R., About us, community guidelines and some links to some of the groups that beginners with a lot of questions will find very useful. There is also a link called Navy Enlisted Ratings, this link will take you to a brief description of the rates (jobs) in the Navy that you can find your sailors rate and find out some information about the rate that they are in.

First and foremost though we are all here for the same reason. We are curious about what our young sailors are getting into and for more information about the rate or job that they will be doing for the next 4-6 yrs. of their lives. I know when I first got here I had lots of questions and there was not a lot of people on this site but they all were either going through the same thing or had been through it and had sailors out in the fleet. Now this site has grown to over 7000 members, Dads, Moms, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, sisters, brothers, girlfriends and boyfriends. Don't be afraid to ask questions of members in here because somewhere along the way we have all had the same questions and asked. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site with various years of experience in the NAVY either on their own account or through their Sailors.

Again welcome aboard and BRAVO ZULU to you and your daughter Rebecca and son Elijah on their future enlistments and please thank them for me for making the choice to defend the freedoms that my family, this country and I have and enjoy.

Navy dads Admin Tim

At 8:03am on November 22, 2013, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings David! When my son joined the Navy I really had no idea nor a clue on what he’s about to partake in besides what I’ve seen on tv and some stories I've heard from friends and relatives who have served in the military.

However, I'm so honored and very proud of his decision to serve our great country.

From the start, I’ve perused Navy and recruiter information online and beyond but I felt that I needed more peace of mind to help keep me from worrying too much. I also wanted to hear from real people who've been around the block and others to share knowledge and experience throughout this entire journey.

That's when I found this website while searching for answers...

We're all in this together and I hope you too will find NavyDads.Com useful with lots of real shared information.

Don't forget to check out our Groups section and join a group that shares your interest. Please keep us posted on your cadet's progress via status updates, discussion forums, blogs and photos...

A Warm "Thank You" from our family for your service!

Welcome Aboard and GO NAVY! :)

At 4:44pm on November 21, 2013, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to NavyDads.com David! When my daughter enlisted in 2005 and left for RTC, I had virtually no knowledge of Navy life or how the Navy did things. By the time her PIR rolled around, I was starting to get the hang of things and understand some of the language and abbreviations, but still felt like a fish out of water when dealing with most topics concerning the US Navy. When my son enlisted and left for Great Lakes in 2007, I got serious about trying to learn as much as possible about the Navy. Now, several years into my journey, I’m blessed to say I have two sailors in the family - my son Eric (AM2) was on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and recently reported to Helicopter Squadron Light-37 (HSL-37) in Hawaii after re-enlisting last year. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3) and is currently using her GI benefits to go to school. If NavyDads.com were around in those early days, it would have made my first days as a Navy parent much easier!

I'm sure you'll find NavyDads.com as useful, educational and informative as I have over the past few years. Click How To Get Started for a guide on getting going in your NavyDads.com experience! I hope you take the time to explore the site and make some new friends. Read the discussions and add your comments. Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. If you have any comments, questions or concerns about your sailors and what they are going through...be sure to post them! In my experience someone here can answer your questions or concerns or can point you in the direction to find out. And David this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your sailor are doing! Please remember that we talk about the Navy here and we must keep the security and safety of our sailors and the fleet in mind. On the right or starboard side of every NavyDads page is an area we call Key Information. Please take a minute and read through the Operations Security (OPSEC) link for some guidelines as to what we should not talk about in a public forum like NavyDads.com.

As a parent sailors soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Rebecca and Elijah will be going through. In the Navy Bootcamp group is a discussion called A MUST READ for all New Navy Parents. Read through this post as it will do a lot to give you some understanding about what your sailors will be learning and why. And be sure to check out the videos available in the Bootcamp Group as well.

As PIR draws closer, be sure to spend some time going through the PIR-Tips, Hints and Helps group- we’ve tried to assemble some tips and suggestions to make your sailor's PIRs more enjoyable.

Play the following video for a brief introduction to NavyDads.com. We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul

 
 
 

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