"IT is his school. Here is basically what happens with A (basic training for the job). When Raymell gets to A school he will be classed as phase 1 in other words "newbie". He will be assigned to a temporary unit till they…"
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"Welcome aboard Diamond,
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…"
IT is his school. Here is basically what happens with A (basic training for the job). When Raymell gets to A school he will be classed as phase 1 in other words "newbie". He will be assigned to a temporary unit till they assemble a class that includes him. Class up will most likely be in the order that you arrive,not always but most likely. Class up may take months depending on how many are waiting for classes. Phase 1 is no civilian clothes, no overnight off base. He will have a set of qualifications to complete. as he progresses he will become phase 2 which will add privileges such as being permitted to where civilian clothes when off work. When he gets to phase 3 he will have the ability to have weekend overnights off base. Add to what I have said the fact that Raymell will have duty every three to four days which will include assembling for check in several times per day including weekend duty. Also consider that the Navy is serious about their investment in Raymell's training and there will be mandatory evening study session and very possibly week end study sessions. Bad performance by the class or Raymell may suspend or remove privileges.After A school Raymell may be assigned to more schooling called C school. C school will similar to A school with Raymell being treated more like an adult sailor. Still there will be duty and likely mandatory study session.
Raymell will be moving on to a permanent duty station after that is when the Navy becomes more like but never exactly like a real job. In short I would no advise you to move with Raymell till he reaches his first permanent duty station.
Having said that you as a non dependent will not have access to the base the military stories without Raymell and his Military ID. There are hurdles there also.
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Welcome to Navy Dads Diamond! I just want to make sure that you are aware of Navy for Moms too. You might find more support over there as they have "girlfriends and wives" groups too! You'll find good info here too - not trying to push you away - I just want you to get as much support as possible! Good luck to you and your boyfriend!
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 8000 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 boyfriend Raymell on his enlistment and please thank him for me for making the choice to defend the freedoms that my family, this country and I have and enjoy.
Greetings Diamond! 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.
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A Warm "Thank You" from our family to your boyfriend Raymell for his service!