Congrats on your son’s enlistment Wes!! Now the fun part begins for you, “the waiting”. For the next few weeks is going to be a rollercoaster of emotions for you. My daughter’s PIR is 12/17/10 and for the past 7 weeks I have laughed, cried, pray, worried like I never thought that I would for her. But I’m telling you this; I don’t change these feelings for nothing else... I feel a lot closer to her and so proud of her. Be patient, the letters from Jon will come and the phone calls too...not as many as you want to but they will come. Remember, you’re not alone and we are her for you. Take care!! Gil
Welcome to NavyDads.com Wes ! I'm sure you'll find NavyDads as useful, educational and informative as I have. Please 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. I certainly have! 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. I'm blessed to have two sailors in the family - my son Eric (AM3) is stationed on the carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and my daughter Kat (MC3) just completed her enlistment on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). And Wes this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Jon 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 and should not talk about in a public forum.
As a parent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what your son 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. Best Regards- Paul