"I know what you mean. That’s why I asked you about liberty at Great Lakes. We thought we would just drive up there instead of Pensacola. I did get some good news last night though. A friend of my sons from bootcamp sent me a text. He graduated…"
"Hi, My son said he did get liberty over the weekend. They cannot leave the base however. Liberty is pretty much going to the Navy exchange and getting a bunch of junk food. They have access to their phones all weekend as well."
"Hi, I spoke to him last night. He cleared medical and may go back to the drill hall from THU. While in THU he does get on base liberty during the day. He's hoping to use that today to go to the NPX and pick up a few…"
"Well keep posting as you find out I would like to know. It don’t look good for me and my wife going down next weekend. I’m surprised nothing has been made public. Someone had to have messed up something. They should have enough there to…"
"I was told that students are getting off base liberty on the weekends until 1800. Seems kinda crazy to me to keep getting new recruits in and then not shipping them out. They can only do that so long,their gonna run out of room."
"My son is living in a drill hall. They left where they were staying for bootcamp but there is no room in THU. He did get his phone last night and can only use it in the afternoon. He said there are hundreds of guys waiting to fly…"
"Well I just got the I’m a sailor call yesterday evening. I hate hearing the news that your son is still there. My wife and I went ahead and booked rooms for next weekend. I booked a room at the Navy Lodge for the 1st&2nd of November. We…"
"Thanks again, I appreciate all the help. My son said the same thing on the flight. Military transport from Great Lakes to Pensacola, then two weeks quarantine once he gets there. We should here more by the end of next…"
"Jeff, I will try to remember to get on here and let you know more details at the end of October. Either way I will at least make a phone call for you later in the month. You might just make a comment on this discussion and I will get an Email,to…"
"Thanks a lot for the info and congrats to your son. I am not a veteran so i wont be able to get the id of course. I think we would still go even if we can only see him on base. Then again if we know he can come home for…"
Welcome to NavyDads Jeff! 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 daughter Kat is now a Veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist (MC3). My son Eric (AM1) did two cruises on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, was attached to VAW-125 ("The Tigertails") stationed at Iwakuni, Japan, and is currently stationed at NAS Pensacola where he is an instructor in A-School. If NavyDads 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 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 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 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 Jeff 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 NavyDads.
As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Ryan 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! To better understand how the Navy creates sailors, watch this video Making A Sailor to see what life is like at Great Lakes RTC.
Best Regards- Paul
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Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Jeff! When my son first enlisted, I was a little scared and worried for him. Not coming from a military family at all, I had no idea what to expect. What I found, was that he had made the most mature decision of his life! I found lots of answers to my questions right here on NavyDads.com.
My son Stephen was an AWO2 in the P-3 community. However, after 6 years of service, he was medically discharged in July of 2014. We are so proud of our son and his service to our country. I'm sure you feel that same pride for you child. This is the place to brag!