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Dale Shipman
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Question regarding reenlistment

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Clement Jun 24. 6 Replies

Hello Dads (and moms),My son joined the Navy and landed at NTC back in January of 2014, worked his way though AD school at Pensacola during the spring and summer of that year and was ordered to NAS…Continue

Good progress so far; what's next?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Curt Ritter May 21, 2015. 7 Replies

Hey gang, just stumbled across this site; I like it.A bit of background; in the spring of 2011, when my son was a junior in high school, he said, "Hey Dad, I think I want to join the Navy when I…Continue


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Dale Shipman replied to Dale Shipman's discussion Question regarding reenlistment
"Thanks gentlemen for the responses.  Geez, I just noticed I wrote NTC and not RTC, showing my age I guess as it was called NTC back when I was in the Corps back in the 1970s. Yeah, he is well aware of the whole, "if it ain't in…"
Jun 4
Scott Henry replied to Dale Shipman's discussion Question regarding reenlistment
"Agree with Jim that there are no guarantees in the Navy. Unless it's in writing I would be wary of any "deal" being offered. That being said, he can control his own destiny. Getting orders to RTC is not a sure thing. There is a…"
Jun 4
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to Dale Shipman's discussion Question regarding reenlistment
"He should know by now that there are never any guarantees with the Navy. The needs of the Navy come first. Now he does have a couple of things going for him. He's Petty Officer 2nd. That says something to his command about his attention to…"
Jun 4
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Question regarding reenlistment

Hello Dads (and moms),My son joined the Navy and landed at NTC back in January of 2014, worked his way though AD school at Pensacola during the spring and summer of that year and was ordered to NAS Lemoore to do I-Level maintenance on the GE F-414 engine which powers the Super Hornets.  While at Lemoore he worked his way up to AD3 which put him in good shape for his second round of orders which ended up putting him with the Growler squadron VAQ-132 on Whidbey Island (currently deployed to MCAS…See More
Jun 4
Dale Shipman replied to Norman L Fisher's discussion Whibdey Island
"My son transferred from NAS Lemoore to NAS Whidbey Island last summer and loves the area.  Oak Harbor is the main town area around the base and is quite charming.  My son is currently on deployment in Asia and is looking forward to getting…"
Jun 3
Dale Shipman replied to NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's discussion A run down of how the divisions are formed
"Hello Susan, My son was detailed to a 900 division when he went in a few years ago and while he had some musical experience, it wasn't current nor was he proficient in any instrument.  The reason he was chosen for a 900 division was due…"
Dec 11, 2016
Dale Shipman replied to Gary Eickmann's discussion What's going on?
"I reported earlier in this thread on 30-Jun my son was apprised his normal rotation to a new duty station (NAS Lemoore to NAS Whidby Island) was being delayed until Q1-2017.  Well wouldn't you know it; this Tuesday last he called saying…"
Jul 30, 2016
Dale Shipman replied to Gary Eickmann's discussion What's going on?
"My son is/was scheduled to change duty stations from NAS Lemoore to NAS Whidbey Island this summer; looks like he has also been caught up in the budgetary issues and has been delayed until Q1 or Q2 of the 2017 fiscal year (which starts in October).…"
Jun 30, 2016
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Jun 7, 2016
Dale Shipman replied to David's discussion PIR graduation and flying to A-school
"Our son had a fairly tight window two years ago; we got to take him off base after PIR for a few hours for dinner, we took him to Froggy's French Restaurant and the fell all over themselves fussing over  him.  After dinner we took him…"
May 27, 2016
Dale Shipman replied to Chris A's discussion How would you handle this situation?
"Hey Chris, Almost exactly two years ago my son was in a similar situation in Pensacola.  After he and I had a couple of conversations he started volunteering for every bit of extra duty he heard about and managed to catch the attention of…"
May 27, 2016
Dale Shipman replied to Earl Ahmay's discussion A School
"My son graduated last year on a Friday and lifted off from O'Hare bound for Pensacola shortly after midnight Saturday morning."
May 31, 2015
NavyDads Admin, Tim left a comment for Dale Shipman
"Welcome aboard Dale,        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…"
May 31, 2015
Curt Ritter replied to Dale Shipman's discussion Good progress so far; what's next?
"Chances are he will rotate to a sea going squadron or other sea duty.  Nobody ever gets back to back shore duty orders and it will be his turn for 36-48 months of sea duty.  Because he's already in Lemoore, the detailers might keep…"
May 21, 2015
NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary replied to Dale Shipman's discussion Good progress so far; what's next?
"All this "cow dung" talk made me think of Harris Ranch in Coalinga (the Cow Dung Capital off I-5) about 24 miles from NAS Lemoore! Probably the constant wind gust blowing towards the base is to blame..."
May 21, 2015
NavyDads Admin (Paul) replied to Dale Shipman's discussion Good progress so far; what's next?
"yeah, I have and if you want to compare small areas we'll take about me living in Northern Nevada for 20 years in mining towns.....and the worst "cow dung infused air" I've ever gone through is just a little south of Phoenix…"
May 21, 2015

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At 8:55pm on May 31, 2015, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Dale,


     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 Benjamin 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.


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At 7:52am on May 21, 2015, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings Dale! 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 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.

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

A Warm "Thank You" from our family to you and your son Benjamin for his service!

Welcome Aboard and GO NAVY

At 2:11pm on May 20, 2015, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Dale! 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 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 Dale this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your son Benjamin 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

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Best Regards- Paul


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