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Military travel

Started this discussion. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Dec 26, 2012. 1 Reply

Our sailor, like many others,does not like to wear any type of uniform while going through the airport. Most airports that he has been througj do not allow military personnel through the pass lane…Continue

Former marine and navy personel at PIR

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Allen Amos May 11, 2012. 7 Replies

Can anyone tell me if my dad who was in the navy and my son in law a former marine count towards the total of four guests at graduation? Technically not retired personel. We have six attending and…Continue

Ship 12 DIV. 185. Graduation June 15th

Started May 3, 2012 0 Replies

Interested to know if any other parents, friends or family has a sailor the same?

 

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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Keegan Smith
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
HM
Describe A Little About Yourself:
A very proud Navy dad.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is currently serving
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
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At 11:48am on June 20, 2012, Pete Mullally said…

Mark, the NRTC posted a bunch of pictures from the PIR from last Friday.

At 3:12pm on June 19, 2012, Pete Mullally said…

 

That had to be a great weekend for you and your family. Chicago is a pretty great city, but I have lived here all of my life so I am a little partial to this area. I am surprised they let you leave the airport to go downtown. We will stay in touch and when my son gets to SA I will have him look up your son. Are you on facebook?

At 2:53pm on June 19, 2012, Pete Mullally said…

Wow, our SR will be heading to San Antonio for Corpsman classes, and was talking about FMF after A school. Where are you from? We will in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and are within 20 miles of GL.

Pete

At 2:27pm on June 19, 2012, Pete Mullally said…

Mark thanks for the advise will have to pass it on. Congratulations to you and your sailor. Where did your son go to after GL?

At 7:43am on June 2, 2012, James Allen Amos said…

We live in Port Angeles, we will be leaving on the 7th or 8th as we need to go to North Carolina 1st to see our new grandson. we will be in great Lakes on the 14th as well, staying at the Ramada, not sure which meet and greet to go to, but would love to shake your hand as well, our recruits may know each other as well. Have a great day and hopefully meet you soon.  Jim

At 9:03am on May 4, 2012, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Mark.
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, PIR, 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 4000 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 son Keegan 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.
Navy dads Co-admin Tim

At 5:45am on May 4, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Mark, Welcome to NavyDads. My Grandson joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. He Graduated and received his Trident in Oct. 2009 and is now with his Team. When I joined this site I knew nothing about the Military. It’s really helped me understand what to expect and has relieved some of my worries.

Be sure to check out our Groups. We have several Groups for PIR and Boot Camp, plus Groups for the different Rates like Navy Nukes, Master at Arms and Special Ops. Also Group for different Ships and Bases. Check to see if your State or area has a Group already formed to locate others in your area. There are general interest Groups like: Care Packages,
A School for Dads, NASCAR for NavyDads and the book of acronyms and ranks. We’ve also added a Spanish language Group.

Also check us out on Facebook just search for Navy Dads.

We are a big family here and you can find answers to most any question or concern regarding what’s in store for your recruit. You will find members that are new to the Navy along with those who have Loved Ones who’ve made the Navy a career. We like to hear about your recruit; the good times, the concerns, and we welcome questions. I think you will find our members are a big family and everyone wants to help others understand what to expect and hear about the progress of your recruit.

Please feel free to ask questions.

Again Welcome and keep us updated on your recruit.

HooYah US Navy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 11:10pm on May 3, 2012, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to NavyDads.com 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 things 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) 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 USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist. She is using her GI benefits to go to school. If NavyDads.com were around in those early days, it would have made my journey 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! Take the time to explore the site and make some new friends. Read the discussions and comments. Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. If you have any 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 Keegan 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 About This Site. 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 of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what your son 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.

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 PIR 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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