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Phil Halmers commented on E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Nova- our son is scheduled for 9/8/17 as well. What div is your SR?"
Aug 22, 2017
Phil Halmers commented on E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Thanks Paul. I hope that's the case. He was completely beside himself Saturday when he called."
Aug 9, 2017
Phil Halmers commented on E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Got a call from our SR Saturday. He was in a pretty bad State of mind. He's VERY concerned because he's having trouble passing the written UCMJ test. He is already on his 3rd try and is being told this is his last chance. My older son…"
Aug 8, 2017
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Jul 25, 2017
Phil Halmers added a discussion to the group NAVY BOOT CAMP

Ship 11 Div 283

Anyone else with a Recruit in this Div?  See More
Jul 21, 2017
Phil Halmers replied to Bobby Soileau's discussion Ship 03 DIV 277 in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"I understand totally...this is our 2nd go around (our oldest finished boot in Sep 2011) But I still have anxiety and butterflies since this one is so different from his older brother. After I replied to your post I got a message that Jordan's…"
Jul 21, 2017
Phil Halmers replied to Bobby Soileau's discussion Ship 03 DIV 277 in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Bobby- Just curious...when did your daughter arrive at GL ? My son arrived on 13JUL17 and we just got hix box yesterday. We were thinking his PIR might also fall around 08SEP17 ."
Jul 21, 2017
Phil Halmers replied to Gregory Wayne Gatlin's discussion Boot camp & A-school
"Hi Gregory-  My son also arrived at Great Lakes on the 13th of July.  He is our 2nd to go through.  (not that it makes it any easier)  Hopefully we will all receive some contact info later this week.  My son is an IC…"
Jul 17, 2017
Phil Halmers posted a status
"And so it begins again...son #2 has finished at MEPS and is now waiting at the airport to begin his own journey."
Jul 13, 2017
Phil Halmers commented on Paige's group IC's - Interior Communications Electrician
"Good morning all- we just received word yesterday the our son got an IC contract and will ship 13 JUL. He was originally set to go Undesignated on 28 AUG so we are scrambling a little, but needless to say we are over the moon excited for him."
Jun 28, 2017
Phil Halmers joined Paige's group

IC's - Interior Communications Electrician

This is a group for the parents and family of IC sailors to ask questions or share information with others.
Jun 28, 2017
Phil Halmers commented on Ron's group DEP
"Hi all-My 2nd son just finished at MEPS yesterday.  He's scheduled to ship August 28.  A little nervous that he's going in Undesignated but we will have to see if that somehow changes between now and Aug.  My oldest finished…"
Apr 28, 2017
Phil Halmers joined Ron's group


This group is for those with sailors currently enrolled in the DEP program.
Apr 28, 2017
Phil Halmers commented on Phil Halmers's status
"Thanks guys...I'm going to have to do some research. My oldest went in with a rate setup. Now my youngest (who had an issue with the depth perception test) was left with the PACT program while at MEPS yesterday."
Apr 28, 2017
Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom commented on Phil Halmers's status
"...Best summed up by the phrase...."Choose your Rate.....choose your fate....." Personally, I would want some semblance of control over my future rather than leave it in the hands of others....Just my opinion...."
Apr 28, 2017
NavyDads Admin (Paul) commented on Phil Halmers's status
"Use the NavyDads search feature to see other posts regarding the therm "undesignated" - click and read:"
Apr 28, 2017

Profile Information

Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
1st-Tyler ; 2nd- Jordan
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
Tyler- CTT (now MA) ; Jordan- IC
Describe A Little About Yourself:
I am the proud father of 2 sons (24 & 18) My oldest graduated Great Lakes in Sep 2011. Now my youngest is projected on 08SEP2017.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
A cross between pride and anxiety.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
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At 5:50pm on September 20, 2011, Rich Koeppel said…



Congrads, we went to our Sons PIR last friday the 16th.  If you want a seat at Ground level get to the Gate EARLY, Like 630 when they open the gate, we got on buckly road to Ohio (that is where the gate for graduation is) at 0730, between the traffic and waiting in line to get in the bldg, waiting in line to get your name checked off the list (Bring your ID) we got seated by 0845 and had to fight to get a seat on the ground floor bleachers.  If you sit in front of the Div sign, you will get a good view of the Div, as they will actually be to the Right of the sign (as you view them) that way you get a 45deg view of them


At 5:39pm on July 21, 2011, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…
Phil, Welcome to NavyDads. My Grandson Joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. When I joined I knew nothing about the Military and this site has really helped me understand what to expect and has relieved some of the worries I had. Please go to the Groups Page and check out all of the different Groups and join in to learn more about what you Guy or Gal will be learning and doing. We are a big family here and you can find answers to most any question or concern you may have regarding what is in store for you recruit. You will find others that are new to the Navy along with those that have Loved Ones that has been in for some time. We like to hear about you recruit the good times, the concerns and the questions. I think you will find that our member are just a great big family and everyone wants to help others understand what to expect and hear how your recruit is doing.

Please feel free to ask question.

I would also like to Thank You for your Service.

Again Welcome and keep us updated as to you recruit’s progress.

HooYah US Navy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
At 4:09pm on July 21, 2011, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…
Welcome aboard Phil.
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 2000 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 Tyler 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 10:12am on July 21, 2011, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to Philo! I'm sure you'll find NavyDads as useful, educational and informative as I have. Please 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. I'm blessed to have two sailors in the family - my son Eric (AM3) was stationed on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and just re-enlisted. My daughter Kat is a Navy vet and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). And Phil this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Tyler 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.

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. Best Regards- Paul
At 10:11am on July 21, 2011, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
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