My wife and I have a son currently in bootcamp and were just a little concerned when we discovered that he has recently sent an e-mail, maybe more, we don't know, to a mutual friend. When I served…Continue
Perhaps he was given the opportunity to go to NEX and made use of a public computer as you mentioned. It's my bet that that is the case. Knowing my step-son as I do, I can't imagine he would break a pretty serious…"
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I'm not so sure that the iPads are or can be used for email. When they are allowed to go to the NEX, they can actually pay a little bit to use some computers that are already set up for that. I could be wrong…"
My wife and I have a son currently in bootcamp and were just a little concerned when we discovered that he has recently sent an e-mail, maybe more, we don't know, to a mutual friend. When I served back in the 80's we didn't have the use of iPads or other more modern modes of communication but I remember being strictly limited in the use of any type of telecommunications available in that day. I realize that it's just another form of written correspondence (electronically) and they are…See More
I came from a similar situation long ago. Without going into great detail I can tell you that, as my own experience showed me, as long as you continue to be a positive example for your son he will at some point realize who has his…"
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"Hey Bryan, as far as I can tell, the recruiter is correct when he/she said he didn't need a calling card. My wife and I have been pleasantly surprised with 3 phone calls from our recruit in the past several weeks and he left us with…"
"My reply may be a tad dated but I noticed no one mentioned the C-2 "COD" as a possible platform your aviator may wind up flying, if they are still using them that is. I served on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt back in the late 80's…"
"Thank you very much for the "Welcome Aboard" Paul. I appreciate all the great advice you shared. I am vaguely aware of some of the rigors our son will be enduring both at RTC and once he joins the fleet. I say vaguely because I went…"
"Welcome to NavyDads.com Patrick! 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…"
"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Patrick! 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…"
Welcome to NavyDads.com Patrick! 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 Patrick 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 Patrick of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what John 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 Patrick! 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.