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Richard J. Ramirez commented on Tony's group Navy Cryptology
"Hello Chris, First I wish you and yours, especially your Sailor a very Happy Holiday.  Our Son, (PO2) just celebrated his third year in the Navy this November.  He too is a CTI and absolutely loves his work, which we have no idea what he…"
Dec 14, 2016
Richard J. Ramirez commented on Navydads co-admin (Terry)'s group Prayer Requests Room
"Bill, I will have your Son attending A-School in my prayers today.  Our son upon entering A-School dropped weight over the intensity of the program; he survived and now thrives, still loves his work.  Hang in there this too shall…"
May 25, 2016
Phil Shannon and Richard J. Ramirez are now friends
May 17, 2016
Richard J. Ramirez commented on E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Maria, Brian is spot on, you can't miss the newly minted sailors at the airport.  All the best and congratulations to you and your soon to be Sailor!"
May 17, 2016
Richard J. Ramirez commented on Navydads co-admin (Terry)'s group Prayer Requests Room
"Blondie, I will offer a prayer today...that said, and I no doubt missed some of your posts on the subject, all in, the transition to civilian life for your sailor seems like a good plan; provided the Navy thinks so. Your daughter and son-n-law…"
May 4, 2016
Richard J. Ramirez commented on Navydads co-admin (Terry)'s group Prayer Requests Room
"Lord, watch over your sailor recovering from thyroid  surgery and for Bill Harper's son, that he does well at A School."
May 3, 2016
Richard J. Ramirez commented on Navydads co-admin (Terry)'s group Prayer Requests Room
"Paul, we have and will continue to pray for your son..."
Feb 3, 2016
Richard J. Ramirez commented on E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Great idea about the photos!  Looking forward to seeing the new process implemented."
Sep 9, 2015
Richard J. Ramirez replied to Jeff Lawson's discussion Farewell to Navy Dads..... in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Dear Jeff, I just read your post.  To say I am sorry for your Son is pretty empty, and cannot know how hard this must be on your Son and your family.  God, watch over Jeff's Son and help him find a path to new happiness and…"
Sep 5, 2015
Richard J. Ramirez replied to David Overley's discussion 1/2 way mark! in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"David, good to hear your Son is doing well...subs, cool!  Opportunities to communicate do get better after basic but not all that much better.  A-School is very demanding ESPECIALLY "nukes", language school, etc. but you can at…"
Aug 29, 2015
Richard J. Ramirez commented on E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Sam, glad to hear you got that first call from your son Kyle and good to hear about his progress.  Nearly two years into our Son's commitment (come November), we still dust off letters from him while he was at Basic when he visits us on…"
Aug 23, 2015
Richard J. Ramirez replied to Rich's discussion First Few Days in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Rich, we (my wife and I) certainly appreciate your situation.  After two years at the University we were more than just a bit emotionally unprepared for the news our Son decided to enlist in the Navy.  The night before he left I was a bit…"
Jul 24, 2015
Richard J. Ramirez commented on NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary's group Proud Californians
"Scott,  Sounds like you are leaving CA for GA.  GA gain, CA's loss.  Our son Navy son is also in GA.  Wishing you all well...!"
May 30, 2015
Richard J. Ramirez replied to TedandTeresa Burke's discussion got the call in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Thanks for sharing...we'll keep a good thought for her, you and yours. All the Best!"
May 6, 2015
Richard J. Ramirez replied to Steve Chiabotti's discussion Please help me pray for my son... in the group Prayer Requests Room
"Steve, I am so sorry for your son Anthony and his set-back.  Know he is in my evening prayers tonight."
May 3, 2015
Richard J. Ramirez replied to Tihana Barisic's discussion Got a CALL !! in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Yes, we know the feeling, a call is like Christmas as a child.....thanks for your prayers & for sharing and keep us all posted. All the Best! Rich and Diane"
May 2, 2015

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Husband, proud father, Catholic, retired City Manager and sometime management consultant
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is currently serving
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
He wanted to join right after H.S. but the family talked him into going to the university. After two years, he called and said Dad, I got to enlist. We were scared, emotional and proud all wrapped up into one ball. Frankly, we are still processing the whole experience and trying to be as supportive as we can be without over doing it.
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Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
I just kept Goggling information on CT-I, A school and "Center of Excellence". We are still trying to figure out what the Ct is all about?

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At 8:26pm on April 28, 2014, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Richard,

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 8000 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 Stephen 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 Admin Tim

At 10:18am on April 27, 2014, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings Richard! When my son joined the Navy I really had no idea nor a clue on what he’s about to partake in besides what I’ve seen on tv and some stories I've heard from friends and relatives who have served in the military.

However, I'm so honored and very proud of his decision to serve our great country.

From the start, I’ve perused Navy and recruiter information online and beyond but I felt that I needed more peace of mind to help keep me from worrying too much. I also wanted to hear from real people who've been around the block and others to share knowledge and experience throughout this entire journey.

That's when I found this website while searching for answers...

We're all in this together and I hope you too will find NavyDads.Com useful with lots of real shared information.

Don't forget to check out our Groups section and join a group that shares your interest. Please keep us posted on your Sailor's progress via status updates, discussion forums, blogs and photos...

A Warm "Thank You" from our family to your son Stephen for his service!

At 12:51pm on April 26, 2014, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

and also check:

there are some links under CTI Jobs as well as the link to Ratings Information

At 12:40pm on April 26, 2014, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
At 12:38pm on April 26, 2014, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to 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 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 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 Stephen 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

Play the following video for a brief introduction to We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul

At 12:31pm on April 26, 2014, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…

Richard, 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 later launched NavyOutfitters.Com, our sites Official Store in 2009. All proceeds from the store go directly to helping fund what we do here at NavyDads 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



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