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Paul E. Larson
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Larry Cournoyer Dec 23, 2012. 1 Reply

My daughter Megan left for boot camp on December 10, 2012.  Just received her letter yesterday, December 19, 2012.  She is at Ship 12 DIV 89 and PIR date is February 8, 2013.  Her comments were "I…Continue


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Ron Brown and Paul E. Larson are now friends
Jan 22, 2013
Paul E. Larson commented on Tony's group Navy Cryptology
"John and Lisa, My daughter is at ship 12 DIV 089 PIR Feb 8 and will be goling to Pensocola for CTM.  So they will be training together.  I have had one phone call and several letters.  The phone calls are up to the RDC and the letters…"
Jan 8, 2013
Paul E. Larson commented on Ron Brown's group Ship 12 DIV 089 PIR 08FEB13
"J welcome and good luck to your son."
Jan 2, 2013
Paul E. Larson commented on Tony's group Navy Cryptology
"Denise, My daughter left on Dec 10th for great lakes, her PIR is 02/08/13 and her rate is CTM, after that she leaves for A school in FL. Maybe my daughter and your son will be in A school together"
Dec 27, 2012
Paul E. Larson commented on Tony's group Navy Cryptology
"Hi, my daughter is currently in boot camp and her PIR is in the begining of Feb.  Then she goes to A school for 16 weeks for CTM.  Love Navy Dads, I am being educated just like my daughter. lol."
Dec 26, 2012
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Navy Cryptology

Navy Cryptology: Questions & Answers to what your Sailor will be doing as a Cryptology Technician in the United States Navy.Click this link for a description of the Cryptology RatingSee More
Dec 26, 2012
Paul E. Larson replied to JMBrouPTBSSGN's discussion MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY HOLIDAYS! in the group Navy Boot Camp
"Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family also.  My daughter is at Ship 12 DIV 089 with an PIR of 02/08/12.  Her first Christmas away and her first time away from home on her home.   The nice thing is received first phone call…"
Dec 24, 2012
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Navy Boot Camp

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
Dec 24, 2012
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Dec 23, 2012
Paul E. Larson commented on Ron Brown's group Ship 12 DIV 089 PIR 08FEB13
"My daughter Megan is at this ship, division, and PIR date."
Dec 23, 2012
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Dec 23, 2012
Larry Cournoyer replied to Paul E. Larson's discussion BOOT CAMP LETTER
"What great words of encouragement from Megan. I wish Scott wrote a note or two on his form letter, but its ok that he didn't. I guess us dads need encouragement too. I saw that Ron Brown (who has a daughter or son in bootcamp) started another…"
Dec 23, 2012
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My daughter Megan left for boot camp on December 10, 2012.  Just received her letter yesterday, December 19, 2012.  She is at Ship 12 DIV 89 and PIR date is February 8, 2013.  Her comments were "I miss you all day everyday" "I love you"  "It is fun, not as bad as I expected".  It was nice to read those little notes from her.  Sounds like she is doing better than Dad. LOL. See More
Dec 20, 2012

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At 9:47am on December 18, 2012, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Paul.
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 6000 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 daughter Megan on her enlistment and please thank her for me for making the choice to defend the freedoms that my family, this country and I have and enjoy.
Navy dads Admin Tim

At 9:06am on December 18, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Paul, Welcome to NavyDads. My Grandson joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. He Graduated and received his Trident in Oct. 2009 and is now with his Team. When I joined this site I knew nothing about the Military. It’s really helped me understand what to expect and has relieved some of my worries.

Be sure to check out our Groups. We have several Groups for PIR and Boot Camp, plus Groups for the different Rates like Navy Nukes, Master at Arms and Special Ops. Also Group for different Ships and Bases. Check to see if your State or area has a Group already formed to locate others in your area. There are general interest Groups like: Care Packages,
A School for Dads, NASCAR for NavyDads and the book of acronyms and ranks. We’ve also added a Spanish language Group.

Also check us out on Facebook just search for Navy Dads.

We are a big family here and you can find answers to most any question or concern regarding what’s in store for your recruit. You will find members that are new to the Navy along with those who have Loved Ones who’ve made the Navy a career. We like to hear about your recruit; the good times, the concerns, and we welcome questions. I think you will find our members are a big family and everyone wants to help others understand what to expect and hear about the progress of your recruit.

Please feel free to ask questions.

Again Welcome and keep us updated on your recruit.

HooYah US Navy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 8:53am on December 18, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings Paul! 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 I 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.

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

A Warm "Thank You" from our family to your daughter Megan for her service!

Welcome Aboard... :)

At 6:01am on December 18, 2012, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…

Paul, Welcome Aboard!

My son served as an ABE aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, Ca. and my family and I couldn't have been prouder of him. I created NavyDads when he was in boot camp in hopes that this site would better inform new Navy Dads and Navy Families that followed behind me. I designed, built, and launched June 18, 2008, two days before his Navy graduation.

NavyDads provides the best community for learning about Navy life for everyone but particularly the parents. We are a place for sharing experiences with others that have gone through and are going through the same thing as you. We give you real-time information from others going through it, the sense that you're not alone and the opportunity to help another along.

So jump right in, share concerns, join groups, share info, and show off your Sailor. I hope this site benefits you and your family throughout your Sailors journey in the United States Navy and I thank them for their service. I wish them the best in their travels and I'm glad you've found us.

Elmo Moore

At 4:54am on December 18, 2012, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Paul! 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 things 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) and recently reported to Helicopter Squadron Light-37 (HSL-37) in Hawaii after re-enlisting last year. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist. She is using her GI benefits to go to school. If were around in those early days, it would have made my journey 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! Take the time to explore the site and make some new friends. Read the discussions and comments. Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. If you have any questions or concerns about your sailor and what she 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 Paul this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your daughter 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 About This Site. 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

As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Megan 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.

As PIR draws closer, be sure to spend some time going through the PIR-Tips, Hints and Helps group- we’ve tried to assemble some tips and suggestions to make your sailor's PIR more enjoyable.

Play the following video for a brief introduction to We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul


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