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Mike (Noah's Dad)
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SHIP 02, DIVISION 904 PIR Dec 5th

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike (Noah's Dad) Dec 6, 2014. 48 Replies

My son Noah is with Ship 2, Division 904? Anyone out there with an SR in this same ship/division?  Are you heading to Great Lakes to attend 12/5 PIR?  Hoping to meet other parents at Sarge's…Continue

Tags: 12/5, PIR, DEC, 5, CALL

What is Thanksgiving Adoption?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike (Noah's Dad) Nov 14, 2014. 4 Replies

Can someone provide some insight on what this is?  My son's PIR is Dec 5th. I read on previous years blogs about Thanksgiving Adoption but I don't quite understand it. If I were in town staying near…Continue

Tags: Adoption, Thanksgiving

SHIP 02, DIV 904

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike (Noah's Dad) Nov 2, 2014. 12 Replies

My son left Seattle and arrived at RTC on October 7th.  Looking forward to hearing from him in what I hear is his 3rd week.Continue

Tags: DEC, 12/5, 5, FIRST, CALL


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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Proud Dad of my son who is now at boot camp and also a Proud Dad of my daughter who entered the Navy a few years back, completed the Naval Academy Defense Language Institute down in Monterey, CA as a Cryptologic Tech interpretive III.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR), other
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
As Proud of him as I was as Proud of my daughter when she enlisted. Knew I was going to miss him...but excited for him to begin the next phase of his journey.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Was informed by someone who utilizes the site.

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At 9:40am on October 15, 2014, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…

Mike, Welcome Aboard!

My son served as an ABE aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, Ca. and my family and I couldn't have been prouder. I created NavyDads.Com when he was in boot camp in hopes that this site would better inform new Navy Dads and Navy Families that followed behind me. I designed, built, and launched NavyDads.Com June 18, 2008, two days before his Navy graduation. I then launched NavyOutfitters.Com, our sites "Official Store" in 09'. All proceeds from the store go directly to helping fund what we do here at NavyDads.Com and to ensure our future growth for many years to come.

NavyDads provides the best community for learning about Navy life for everyone but particularly us parents. We are a place for sharing experiences with others that have gone through and are going through the same thing as you. We give you real-time information from others going through it, the sense that you're not alone, and the opportunity to help another along.

So jump right in, share concerns, join groups, share info, and show off your Sailor. I hope this site benefits you and your family throughout your Sailors journey in the United States Navy and I thank them for their service. I wish them the best in their travels and I'm glad you've found us.

Elmo Moore

At 5:34am on October 15, 2014, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Mike! 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 carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and is currently attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3) and is currently using her GI benefits to go to school. 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 Mike 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 Noah 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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