We got a phone call from my daughter in boot camp this morning. Hannah was given thirty minutes to talk to her family. Boy, is she homesick. I assured her that she's not alone feeling that way. She…Continue
"Thanks for the note; I loved your comment about folding cloths. After three years in the Navy our son has gone from gonzo-maxi-slob to one of the neatest people I've ever met. :)
Your advice to her was great, "focus on the…"
"I think so to. It isn't really a full three weeks yet either so the recruits are still feeling their way through things and getting used to Navy life. However, we where glad to hear her voice and let her know more letters are on the way.…"
We got a phone call from my daughter in boot camp this morning. Hannah was given thirty minutes to talk to her family. Boy, is she homesick. I assured her that she's not alone feeling that way. She agreed. Hannah is just into week three and the pressure is really getting to her. I think hearing our voices broke her defenses a little bit but my wife and I only encouraged her to continue and things WILL change. Several recruits have dropped out she said and she's getting yelled at...a lot! I had…See More
Thank you for your comment and warm welcome! Also, thank you to your son for his service! My daughter Hannah is just completing her first full week of RTC and I'm sure, is still getting her sea legs.
I come from a family with some military…"
Thank you so much for your comment and information you've provided. My daughter was very excited to join and did so a mere two weeks after high school graduation. She's at GR now and is completing her first full week. She very much…"
"Welcome to NavyDads.com Wesley! 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…"
"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Wesley! 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…"
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My daughter went to Navy Boot Camp at GL on June 14th. I am looking to get more information while she is going through training.
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Very proud of her for making an informed decision and that she has a plan to get her adult life off on the right foot. She officially enlisted a week after high school graduation (with honors) and shipped out shortly after that.
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Welcome to NavyDads.com Wesley! 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"), is stationed at Iwakuni, Japan and is currently deployed as part of Carrier Strike Group 5 on the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). 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 she 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 Wesley 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 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 Hannah 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 Wesley! 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.