Thanks! We are doing well. Week and a half left. I believe that they are doing their battle stations this week. Not getting a lot of details from Anthony's letters. He told his wife that he was the only one in the division to get expert marksmanship during weapons. Not bad for a kid that doesn't have any experience with guns. All 5's on his inspections is great. Don't know if you saw the group pictures that came out during the blood donor day? It's the first picture I've seen of Anthony since he's been gone. He said that picture wasn't taken during the blood drive. I did notice that his cheeks were chubby, so it was probably after he had his teeth pulled. My family would love to meet Reece at PIR. Working on moving my daughter-in-law to our house this weekend so they will have everything in one location when it's moving time. Thanks for letting me vent a little. Talk to you again soon.
Best of luck to Reece! Anthony is going into the Nuke program as an EM or MM. I don't know if he's decided which one yet. He said because he is married is why he gets the 8 days to go get his wife and belongings.
I did get a letter from him yesterday. Not a lot of details. He saves that for his wife. We will see you at the saloon for the meet and greet. He did say that he has to fly out Friday night after PIR to SC. He has to check in for A school then he will get leave for 8 days and fly home. He has to pack up his stuff and him and his wife will be driving from coast to coast. So we will get to see him for a couple of days.
Great to see anohter proud Father from the same division. Kind of funny that both our recruits had their wisdom teeth pulled. I wonder if it's normal operation? My son, Anthony, said his were bothering him before he left. Two more weeks to PIR. Getting excited. Are you attending the Sarge Meet and Greet?
Welcome to NavyDads.com Richard! 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 USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, and is attached to VAW-125, and back on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist(MC3). If NavyDads.com 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.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! 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 Richard 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.com.
As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Dylan 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!
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, P.I.R., 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 9000 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 Dylan 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.