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Margaret Clayton replied to Tony Goss's discussion Visiting Goose Creek
"All in all, a special request chit may work, although it may be just as easy to take five days leave.  He'll accrue more than enough while he's in a school that long.  "
Aug 7
Margaret Clayton replied to Tony Goss's discussion Visiting Goose Creek
"Phase three is when they can have overnight liberty, not phase two.  Has there been a recent change?"
Aug 7
Margaret Clayton commented on ProudNavyDAD's group A School for Dads
"He'll earn liberty in phases.  Phase one is very strict, and they can only leave base, in uniform, with an early curfew.  Phase two adds civilian clothing and an evening curfew which includes week days.  Phase three means they…"
Jul 27
Margaret Clayton liked NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's discussion Proper attire to wear at PIR
Jul 10
Margaret Clayton replied to Jerome May's discussion USS Fitzgerald
"They are still working on the investigation.  They won't release the Navy's findings until the whole thing is complete."
Jul 2
Margaret Clayton replied to John Alan DeMarco's discussion Question
"He should call the command and see if they have a duty driver.  They might."
Jul 1
Margaret Clayton replied to Tim Sittarich's discussion Diego Garcia!
"I was there a long time ago!  Absolutely stunning beaches and sunsets.  Lots of outdoor recreation, a good gym, even a golf course.  Bring sunblock and beach gear.  Everyone gets around on bikes or the shuttle bus.  Not sure…"
Jun 30
Margaret Clayton replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Laptops in the group A School for Dads
"That's the one thing about nuke school, they do not tolerate that sort of behavior.  He will be on a schedule, he cannot shirk his responsibilities much, he will have a roommate or two who will nag him if he stays up all night gaming. If…"
Jun 30
Margaret Clayton commented on Navy Dad Mark's group Japan Dads
"Oops, the red cross and USO links are flip flopped."
Jun 21
Margaret Clayton replied to Steve Bland's discussion ESWS Pin?
"Yes, he does get one at his ceremony.  He'll want to purchase a few more, one for inspections, one just in case ..."
Jun 20
Margaret Clayton commented on Navy Dad Mark's group Japan Dads
"For those who wish to help the crew of the Fitsgerald, here are links to official volunteer organizations on the ground in Yokosuka: NMCRS Annotate 'Fitzgerald Disaster' in the…"
Jun 19
Margaret Clayton replied to Paul Bent's discussion Recommend Phone Service Provider at Great Lakes
"Just be aware that with any carrier, the reception can be lousy in some of the barracks.   I like Verizon, and they give a military discount."
May 19
Margaret Clayton replied to Anish Patel's discussion Delayed Security Clearance and College Credit.
"He does not need to lose everything.  Does he have enough credits to build a general education AA?  If so, he can do this through the Navy college programs once he hits the fleet.  That's what I did with mine.  After one…"
May 1
Margaret Clayton commented on ProudNavyDAD's group A School for Dads
"Yeah, Great Lakes is surface."
Mar 21
Margaret Clayton commented on ProudNavyDAD's group A School for Dads
"Do you know his exact rating or program, for example is he AECF?  Electronics Technician or Electrician's Mate?  The schools are very different in length.  ET is over six months, EM can be nearly as long.  He cannot live…"
Mar 21
Margaret Clayton replied to Michael P Tatu's discussion Questions on staying at Great Lakes after PIR
"Apologies, I forgot they have to go pick up their stuff and take the bus over.  Yeah, the pockets in the crackerjacks are not phone friendly.  You are correct, he has to wait. "
Mar 17

Profile Information

Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Jerm and Troy
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
EM(nuke)and an ET
Describe A Little About Yourself:
ET from a Navy family, married an ET who retired. Nephew and acquired kid now serving.
Prior Military Experience
Proud Navy Veteran
What Brought You To This Site:
I am a veteran, other
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Proud, relieved they'd found a good path.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Through Navy for Moms. RIP.

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At 8:51pm on October 4, 2016, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Thanks for the suggestions- I'll forward to my sailor!

At 7:46pm on October 4, 2016, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Thanks Margaret! I love it when our veterans join us! I will look forward to your insight and wisdom!

At 9:29pm on October 3, 2016, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Thank you...son headed there soon...beautiful place from the photos I've seen!

At 8:56pm on October 3, 2016, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Saw your post to Tom where you mentioned Japan...what can you tell me about Iwakuni?

At 8:45pm on October 3, 2016, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Margaret ! 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 now attached to VAW-125 ("The Tigertails"). 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 sailors and what they are 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 Margaret this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Jerm and Troy are 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

Best Regards- Paul

At 6:45pm on October 3, 2016, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to Margaret! When my son first enlisted, I was a little scared and worried for him. Not coming from a military family at all, I had no idea what to expect. What I found out was that he had made the most mature decision of his life! I found lots of answers to my questions right here on

My son Stephen was an AWO2 in the P-3 community. However, after 6 years of service, he was medically discharged in July of 2014. We are proud of our son and his service to our country.

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Once again, welcome to our site and I hope you enjoy your stay here. GO NAVY! HOOYAH!

Best Regards- Jim

At 6:09pm on October 3, 2016, B'sNukemom&dad⚓️MM said…

Not trying to take anything away from Navy Dads but I just had a conversation with John Gillette at Young & Rubicam regarding the Navy for Mom's website that has been down for almost a week now.

Back in April they were awarded a 5 year, $457mill contract with the Navy to handle their global advertising (taking over the contract from Campbell Ewald). One of those items is the N4M website.....The problem right now is with Ning (outsourced in India). For some reason Ning archived the website and now Y&R is trying to get them to unarchive it. He said the Naval Recruiting Command is also very upset with the situation. It is a priority for them right now and they are doing everything they can to resolve the issue ASAP. I told him there's a bunch of unhappy Navy momma's out there and he said he understands the urgency. He'll keep me posted. (and for the record he was very nice and understanding!)

At 3:28pm on October 3, 2016, Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom said…

Hi Margaret....Welcome to Navy Dads! We have heard about the issue at N4M's....You are welcome to explore our site and link with other parents. One of our members is an admin on your old site....they are working on the issue apparently!


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