My son's program has him staying at Great Lakes for 3 weeks after PIR. From what I understand, he will need 4-5 hours to move/report in to the other side of the base. Will he be able to take his Cell…Continue
"You are correct, he is on Ship 3 USS Hopper. Only two more Sundays before PIR so I am still sending letters nearly every day mainly to give him updates on the sports teams he follows. He is undesignated so he will stay for a week or two after PIR…"
"If he is able to send you emails on sundays than he must be in ship 03 that is the ship that has iPads issued to them. That is a nice bonus..... my son was in ship 03 when he went through RTC and was able to email us on three sundays."
I cannot tell you how surprised we were - they will only be allowed email Sunday AM - the problem is he will write the emails and the letters will stop - he has written a few letters during the week after lights out and then sent them on Sunday.He has his orders so he knows where he is going - he is undesignated so he will go to ship after some training at the Training Support Command at Great Lakes.Is this access to email a new thing?See More
My son's program has him staying at Great Lakes for 3 weeks after PIR. From what I understand, he will need 4-5 hours to move/report in to the other side of the base. Will he be able to take his Cell phone so he can contact us when he is done? Will he have Liberty on Saturday and Sunday. My wife and I are currently planning on staying until Monday so we can maximize the time with him over the weekend. See More
Navy Boot Camp: Questions & Answers to what your Sailor will be doing at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, IL.This Support Group is for Families & Friends with Recruits attending Navy Boot Camp.See More
Welcome to NavyDads.com Michael! 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") and is stationed at Iwakuni, Japan. 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 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 Michael 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 Shane 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 and as PIR nears be sure to spend time in the PIR group for hints and helps!
Best Regards- Paul
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Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Michael! 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 NavyDads.com.
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.