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TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley
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  • Pinellas Park, FL
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TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley liked NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's discussion A run down of how the divisions are formed
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Meet and Greet for PIR July 21, 2017 at Lakehurst Events (Formerly Sundance Saloon)

July 20, 2017 from 5pm to 10pm
The meet and greet is held the night before each PIR. All are welcome. This is the meet and greet that you may have heard about from other moms and dads. 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. Please provide your first and last name for the reservation. The email you used to log on to NavyDads.com will be used to send your confirmation of your reservation. Please provide your…See More
Friday
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion 1-5 Day in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Thank you! Just need to know when to send the extra prayers up!"
Jun 6
Scott Henry replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion 1-5 Day in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"1-5 is the Friday of the first week of training. The days prior to the start of training are designated as "P-Days.""
May 30
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion 1-5 Day in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Thank you!"
May 30
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion 1-5 Day in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"I believe it's the first full week. "
May 30
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley added a discussion to the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
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1-5 Day

Hi Maintenance Mindy again!Does 1-5 Day take place the week he is processed or the first full week of boot camp?Thank you!See More
May 30
Karl Goetze replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Delayed Entry in the group Navy Nukes
"Glad to hear he got a ship date. Gives me hope that my son will know in a few months when he leaves. "
May 23
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Graduation date in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"I will wait for the form letter. Thank you very much."
May 22
NavyDads Admin (Paul) replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Graduation date in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Foolish move to make plans before you receive his form letter (arrives typically 5-7 days after he arrives at bootcamp Typically the first 4-10 days after the new recruits arrive at RTC are called Processing Days or P-Days. Around holidays and…"
May 22
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Graduation date in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"You can usually figure 8 weeks from the first Friday. But since he leaves on a Tuesday, I'm guessing that June 9th will be his first Friday. The 21st is about right, but can vary a week. But my best advice is to wait for the form letter from…"
May 22
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley added a discussion to the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
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Graduation date

We had our 7 days to go meet with Ricky's recruiter (He leaves for Great Lakes on 5/30). I asked about his graduation date and was told 7/28. That's 9 weeks from the week he arrives. Is the check in/process a full week and then 8 weeks of Boot Camp. My calculation is 7/21. I don't want to make arrangements and then find out in a couple of weeks it's a different date. I realize that date could change if there are certain situations, but by God's good grace, I hope it won't. Anyway to get a…See More
May 22
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Delayed Entry in the group Navy Nukes
"Tuesday his recruiter confirmed a May 30th ship date. He leaves for MEPS on Memorial Day. Poetic justice there... I'm all the sudden very nervous and anxious... Sleep is hard to come by... with less than 2 weeks notice, changing my schedule to…"
May 18
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley replied to Karl Goetze's discussion What is the average wait time from oath to Bootcamp? in the group DEP
"We are right there with you Karl. My son enlisted in Oct with a 4/2 report date for boot camp and Nuke school to follow. There was an issue with his fingerprints in Dec and he was delayed with no estimated ship date..."
May 4
TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Delayed Entry in the group Navy Nukes
"No... My dad retired USMC thinks they may be holding on to include him when they may miss a quota this summer. I'm not happy about the delay. I need him gone! I love him but he's become lazy, disrespectful, and ugh!"
May 3
Scott Henry replied to TheMindy Meacham Berry-Hinkley's discussion Delayed Entry in the group Navy Nukes
"Any word on a ship date?"
May 3

Profile Information

Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Ricky
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
E1
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Ricky will be going to Great Mistakes in April. I am the daughter of Capt. Richard Meacham USAF, (KIA 1970) and Col W.D. Berry Ret USMC.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Proud and scared all at the same time.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Mom
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Searching for Naval slang.

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At 7:53pm on February 19, 2017, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to NavyDads.com Mindy! 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 Mindy 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 Ricky 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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At 11:08am on February 19, 2017, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Mindy! 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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