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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Dale
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
CTI
Describe A Little About Yourself:
I live in Maryland and work as a Auto Technician. My son is the 4th of 5 kids. Very proud that he chose to serve in the Navy.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR), My son is currently serving
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
A bit shocked because he was already in college and of course a bit worried. Mostly very proud because I know him and once he makes his mind up to do something he goes in full force. He was very active in sports and student government in high school and I know he will want to be a leader in the Navy too.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad
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Glad I found NavyDads!

Posted on April 10, 2016 at 8:48am 1 Comment

I found the NavyDads page on Thursday night while in the hotel. My son had his PIR on Friday. Better late than never on finding the page I guess. I am sure the site will be of help in the future too. We were very surprised to find out that my son was awarded the Academic Excellence award at the ceremony. Very proud dad here for sure.

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At 9:35am on April 8, 2016, Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom said…

John....Welcome to Navy Dads! From your description, it sounds like Dale will be a great fit for the U.S. Navy. It will also help him to finish his education in the future. Be very proud of his choice.....less than 1% make it! As he gets ready, so can you. Start off in our Boot Camp group by watching the videos. They will give you and Dale an idea of what to expect. Feel free to ask any questions that you might have. I wish Dale the best of luck!

At 8:25am on April 8, 2016, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to NavyDads.com John ! 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, was attached to VAW-125, and just transfered to VRC-40 ("Rawhides"). 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 John 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 Dale 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

At 5:55am on April 8, 2016, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com John! 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 on the P-3 Orion. 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.

Join us on Facebook as well!

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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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