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Started this discussion. Last reply by Edward Powers on Monday. 4 Replies

Well just got my first letter from my son in boot camp and I have never worried more about him than now, his opening line was that he loves and misses me and cant wait to see me when he graduates or…Continue

 

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Edward Powers replied to Mark Richards's discussion Hello everyone
"Good to know. My grandson is now in his 2nd week and my son (his dad) worry worse than the women folk. I am proud of him and hope that all goes well. I will be using this site often as he progresses and praying for his continued success."
Monday
Mark Richards replied to Mark Richards's discussion Hello everyone
"Thank you."
Nov 23
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to Mark Richards's discussion Hello everyone
"I will echo what Paul just said. Half way through gets a little bit better for the division. "
Nov 22
NavyDads Admin (Paul) replied to Mark Richards's discussion Hello everyone
"he's at a transitional point in bootcamp....at 3-4 weeks they adapt and accept and start to gel as future sailors.....there is nothing you can do except be supportive and have trust in him and the system.....when you write your key phrase is…"
Nov 22
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Well just got my first letter from my son in boot camp and I have never worried more about him than now, his opening line was that he loves and misses me and cant wait to see me when he graduates or if he fails,,,,,,,,,omg.......he has been in for 4 weeks and is supposed to graduate on December 20th..... I dont know if this lack of confidence is normal but its killing me that he seems to have none........See More
Nov 22
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza left a comment for Mark Richards
"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Mark! 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…"
Nov 3
NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for Mark Richards
"Welcome to NavyDads Mark! 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…"
Nov 2
Mark Richards is now a member of Navy Dads
Nov 2

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Mark
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My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
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At 6:41am on November 3, 2019, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Mark! 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, as you will also burst with pride of your child! This is the place to brag!

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Once again, welcome to our site and I hope you enjoy your stay here. GO NAVY! HOOYAH!

Best Regards- Jim

At 8:09pm on November 2, 2019, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads Mark! 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 Navy 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 currenlty stationed in 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 Mark 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 Mark 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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