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Just got off the phone with our son

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Arthur Scott Jan 24, 2017. 2 Replies

Just got the I'm a sailor call. Now onto the next phase.GaryContinue

Nice suprise got our first call from our son

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sabrina Lenhart Dec 2, 2016. 9 Replies

This morning we got a nice suprise at 7:30 we got a call from our son and got to talk to him for about 20 min. It was rushed but nice to hear from him. He is clearly at the broken down stage of his…Continue

Just got the form letter

Started Nov 18, 2016 0 Replies

We just got the form letter from our recuit today.He must have gone right through p days because we received the letter so fast his PIR is set for January 6th. And there must be more than 12…Continue

Well my son just landed at Ohare.....

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rodney Saunders Nov 22, 2016. 8 Replies

Long time coming but he made it to Illinois. Just talk to him on the phone and he will be taking the bus to RTC soon. He shipped out today with one other young man. They shipped out of the Portland…Continue


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At 4:10pm on May 4, 2016, Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom said…

Welcome to Navy Dads, Gary! Congratulations on Boyd's choice to very proud! We can help you to learn what he is about to undertake. Explore your way around our site. Start in the Boot camp group and go from there. Before you know it, you'll be at PIR! I wish Boyd the best of luck!

At 3:50pm on May 4, 2016, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Gary ! 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 USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, was attached to VAW-125, and just transfered to VRC-40 ("Rawhides"). My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3). If 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 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 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 sailor and what he is going 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 Gary this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your son is 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

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Boyd is 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 sailor is learning and why. And be sure to check out the videos available in the Bootcamp Group as well and as PIR nears be sure to spend time in the PIR group for hints and helps!

Best Regards- Paul


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