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My son promoted to Port Watch. What does this mean?

Started this discussion. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Feb 11. 2 Replies

Hello all.  Navy Dad newbee here with no prior military experience, and I'm seeking some clarification on terms, structure, etc.I received the first letter home from my son.  He has been at boot camp…Continue

 

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Amazingly helpful site

My sincere thanks and appreciation to the admin team of NavyDads.com!  The information provided was critical in my preparation to visit my son's PIR last week.  With all the rules and regulations involved in getting on base and seated it was very stressful.  I couldn't imagine trying to navigate the entire process on my own.  From helping to understand the life of a recruit during boot camp, how to communicate with them, promoting Sarge's meet and great (brilliant), etc, this site and all the…See More
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Sarge's Meet and Greet for PIR March 17, 2017 at Lakehurst Events (Formerly Sundance Saloon)

March 16, 2017 from 5pm to 10pm
Sarge’s meet and greet is held the night before each PIR. All are welcome. There is food and information about what to expect the next morning as you make your way to the graduation.Please RSVP here so we can get a head count. The email you used to log on to NavyDads.com will be used to send your confirmation of your reservation. Please provide your sailor's division number and the number of people attending in the discussion box below.There is a buffet and a cash bar. Donations for the food…See More
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Scott Bates replied to Scott Bates's discussion My son was promoted to Port Watch. What does this mean? in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"John, Sage wisdom.  thank you for putting it into perspective.  I've taken your advice and kept my letters focused on the happenings back home and the things I know he was interested in...friends, family, video games, etc."
Feb 16
Scott Bates replied to Scott Bates's discussion My son was promoted to Port Watch. What does this mean? in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"thank you very much.  Wonderful information"
Feb 16
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to Scott Bates's discussion My son promoted to Port Watch. What does this mean?
" There are two watch section leaders in each division – port and starboard. They are the senior Recruit Petty Officers (RPOs) for watch sections. The port watch section leader coordinates the rotation of the ship watch standers with the…"
Feb 11
John Alan DeMarco replied to Scott Bates's discussion My son was promoted to Port Watch. What does this mean? in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
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NavyDads Admin (Paul) replied to Scott Bates's discussion My son was promoted to Port Watch. What does this mean? in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Well done!  They live Navy 24/7 and need the mental break from that occasionally "
Feb 10
John Alan DeMarco replied to Scott Bates's discussion My son was promoted to Port Watch. What does this mean? in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Advice that was given to me... and some I learned. They have little time to go into explanations during writing at boot camp. I asked a lot and my son rarely elaborated other than he was pleased I even knew what was going on. Also keep your letters…"
Feb 10
Scott Bates replied to Scott Bates's discussion My son was promoted to Port Watch. What does this mean? in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Thanks Paul.  I did review that page, and also went to the official Navy page.  I understand the chain of command but was hoping to learn more about what the responsibilities are, how recruits are selected to fill these roles, is every…"
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My son was promoted to Port Watch. What does this mean?

Hello all.  Navy Dad newbee here with no prior military experience, and I'm seeking some clarification on terms, structure, etc.I received the first letter home from my son.  He has been at boot camp for about 3.5 weeks now and things seem to be going well for him.  In his letter he let me know that he was recently promoted to Port Watch and that he, along with Starboard Watch, are in charge of the Division sentries.  Can someone advise what this means?  By browsing the NavyDads website it…See More
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My son promoted to Port Watch. What does this mean?

Hello all.  Navy Dad newbee here with no prior military experience, and I'm seeking some clarification on terms, structure, etc.I received the first letter home from my son.  He has been at boot camp for about 3.5 weeks now and things seem to be going well for him.  In his letter he let me know that he was recently promoted to Port Watch and that he, along with Starboard Watch, are in charge of the Division sentries.  Can someone advise what this means?  By browsing the NavyDads website it…See More
Feb 10

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My sincere thanks and appreciation to the admin team of NavyDads.com!  The information provided was critical in my preparation to visit my son's PIR last week.  With all the rules and regulations involved in getting on base and seated it was very stressful.  I couldn't imagine trying to navigate the entire process on my own.  From helping to understand the life of a recruit during boot camp, how to communicate with them, promoting Sarge's meet and great (brilliant), etc, this site and all…

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At 11:49am on February 1, 2017, Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom said…

Welcome to Navy Dads, Scott! Connar has indeed opened a future full of opportunities for himself! There is a lot to learn as you become part of the Military family.Start off in our Boot Camp group to see what lies ahead. Ask any questions as they come up and we will all jump in to assist you!

At 7:50pm on January 31, 2017, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to NavyDads.com Scott! 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 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 Scott 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 Connar 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!

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At 6:51pm on January 31, 2017, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Scott! 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.

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

Best Regards- Jim

 
 
 

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