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Master at Arms: Questions and Answers to what your Sailor will be doing as a Navy (MA). This group is for the families, men and women (active, retired or reserve) who have chosen to be Naval Security & Enforcement.

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Comment by Dale Wiles on June 28, 2017 at 2:48pm

Jason, glad to hear things are looking up. Sometimes they just want to "vent". Our sailor has found a lot to do that seems fun since he has been there. NSA Bahrain Facebook has a lot of activities and events on it, however, I know people have different interests. Our sailor was a baseball coach and swimming coach before he went in and he found out there are volunteer opportunities like that there also. Apparently volunteer work helps them too. It can help to do things outside a job.

Comment by Jason Andrews on June 22, 2017 at 7:38am

Thanks Tracey McCoy. Had a long talk with my son. Told him to stick in there and things will get better. He did just notify me that things are looking better. He has a more of a positive outlook. I explained to him that sometimes your on the bottom and have to work your way up in life. Stick to your goals and make things happen. The last week, after our talk, have been more positive. He has his papework in to try to get into the K-9 training and is waiting on if that will pan out. Also, due to him wanting to progress in his ranking to E-3 it looks like they may put him at papa echo (personnel escort). Things are getting better. I think he is getting over that hump. Should be home on leave in the first week of July. That will give him a chance to relax and regroup. Thanks for everyone's advice. Things are looking up.

Comment by Tracey McCoy on June 12, 2017 at 11:43am

Jason, I think that the morale can be a bit tough in the MA rate. Especially in places like Bahrain, where it seems as though many of the sailors kind of get stuck in a rut just hanging out on base and doing a lot of drinking. Actually I think that this can happen anywhere, but I think cultural opportunities are limited in Bahrain to some degree and a lot of people just don't really like being there. He probably has less about a year left there right? Encourage him not to base a decision on his time at one command. He should research other commands that he may want to go to when his time is complete in Bahrain. My daughter is not really happy with her job as an MA either, but loves her time off. Being stationed in Italy, she does a lot of traveling and sightseeing. Your son will have a lot of choices for his next duty station. He may find it an entirely different experience at another command. I am sure he can talk to other MA's he works around who can give him some input on their favorite duty stations. MA's can pretty much go anywhere in the world that there is a base... so the sky is the limit really. But that can be hard so see when your unhappy and wanting a change. One thing I know from being a Navy veteran myself... is that things change...and generally it is your own individual attitude that sets the tone for how much you enjoy where you are or the job your doing.... but it can be difficult because there is always a lot of negativity from other sailors.

Comment by Jason Andrews on June 10, 2017 at 8:17am

Thanks for your input David. I will have a talk with him.

Comment by David McNeill on June 9, 2017 at 5:42pm
I don't have the same experience exactly, but my son knew that the MA rate could have some boring assignments. Fortunately, he had the opportunity to get involved in the Coastal Riverines and lately the Phoenix Ravens, which both involve more weapons and combat training and lots of intense physical training, all of which kept his interest up. Maybe when your son gets back he can look into those things.
Comment by Jason Andrews on June 9, 2017 at 4:38pm

No, it's not MA related. Thanks, I read that earlier. It is about transferring from Navy to Army. Was just wondering if any other Navy enlisted had tried it or thinking about trying it. My son is getting tired of his rate and wants to do something else. But he has only been in the Navy for about a year. It is frustrating to me that he will not put in the work to work up the ranks. He thinks he can just transfer. It is not that easy. I told him he needs to suck it up and pay his dues. That is what he signed up for. I don't know what else to tell him. I don't know if there is anyone else that experienced their son/or daughter going through this.

Comment by Dale Wiles on June 9, 2017 at 4:18pm

Looks like an Army program to go from Navy/Air Force to the army. It's not MA related it doesn't look. Here is a link. https://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/current-and-prior-service/c...

Comment by Jason Andrews on June 9, 2017 at 3:25pm

My son is MA in Bahrain. He just told me about a program called blue to green. Anybody have any input on this? Sorry, it's not MA related.

Comment by Rich on June 8, 2017 at 12:12pm

He is really liking where he is at, mostly because of the ability to travel around Europe.

Comment by Tracey McCoy on June 6, 2017 at 5:52pm

Congrats to your Sailors David and Rich! How is your son liking it there after being there for awhile now Rich?

 

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