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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Will
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
MM
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Father of a young man in basic training. Make that a proud father.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Both proud and afraid. Mostly proud. Very proud.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Search on the internet.

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At 3:55pm on July 28, 2014, Richard J. Ramirez said…

Good Afternoon Steve!

First, we wish your Sailor Recruit and his family all the very best during his time at Great Lakes.  With respect to your question on lodging, we stayed at the Marriott Courtyard in Waukegan, about 15 minutes from the base.  On graduation/PIR Day they provide a shuttle departing at various times.  The Staff was outstanding at the Marriott (very helpful) and they really looked after us.  Coming in from CA in the dead of winter we were pleased to find they had a nice little cafe/bar which we took advantage of once we settled into our room.  The food was pretty good.  If you plan to go out after PIR for a special meal, the steakhouse nearby to the Marriott was outstanding (you can get the name form the Marriott Staff).  The restaurant took real good care of us!  

PIR is not to be missed and I would suggest getting there as earlier as you can given the stadium bleachers REALLY fill up; we were sitting shoulder to shoulder by the time PIR started.  There are a number of things to do running up to PIR, not the least of which is to talk with other families so you won't be bored.

Navy Dads is a great resource to get info, my only regret is I discovered it AFTER our son graduated from Great Lakes and headed off to A-School (Monterey, CA).  The Web Page and support therein would have relieved a great deal of our anxiety while he was in basic training had we had access to it.

Regardless...All the Best!

Rich Ramirez

At 12:24am on October 21, 2013, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Steve,

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 7000 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 Will 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 10:06pm on October 20, 2013, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings Steve! 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 Will for his service!

We also have a group on here for Deppers...

Welcome Aboard :)

At 9:01pm on October 20, 2013, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to NavyDads.com Steve! 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 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 carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist and is currently using her GI benefits to go to school. 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 Steve 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 Will 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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