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Aug 29, 2012
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Aug 29, 2012
Doug Johnson replied to Michael A. O's discussion Just thinking about things
"This is so true. If we are not there to win then we need to get out. Nation building in a country were they obviously do not want us is a waste of our precious lives and money. Our objective should have been to destroy the people that tried to…"
Aug 17, 2012
Doug Johnson joined NavyDads Admin (Paul)'s group

Pass In Review - Tips, Hints, and Helps

Pass in Review: There have been so many questions & answers about Pass in Review "PIR" that we need one place to be a clearinghouse to help experience a Navy Graduation.See More
Aug 14, 2012
Doug Johnson replied to NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary's discussion Quotes...
"It is good. I sent that to my SR in this mornings letter. His PIR is next week and I really think he will appreciate the quote as already he has commented on his friends back home. Thanks again."
Aug 13, 2012
Doug Johnson replied to Jeffrey K Reed's discussion Boot Camp
"This is typical, it sometimes drives those of us back home crazy, but keep sending your SR letters, he will need that more now than you need to hear from him. My son is almost done with BC and we still are wanting more letters, but…"
Aug 11, 2012
Doug Johnson liked Russel Bobb's discussion For the Beauchamp Family
Aug 10, 2012
Doug Johnson replied to Russel Bobb's discussion For the Beauchamp Family in the group Prayer Requests Room
"Father in heaven, with open arms you welcome a son home. May your blessings comfort those left behind. Give them the strength they need. In Jesus powerful and mighty name, Amen."
Aug 10, 2012
Doug Johnson joined Navydads co-admin (Terry)'s group

Prayer Requests Room

Navy Prayers: This is for anyone to post prayer request. We need a quiet place to go and leave prayer requests and to read them and pray for those requests. This is nondenominational. Please feel free to leave a prayer request or to take a moment and pray.See More
Jul 27, 2012
Doug Johnson joined Paul (Zac's Dad FC)'s group

AECF FC A school and beyond

A group where proud parents of FCs can get together for chat, info and check in from time to time and see how things are going.AECF (FC) (ET)See More
Jul 26, 2012
Doug Johnson joined NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary's group

Navy Dads Recipes

Welcome! This group is for all those who have a passion for food and cooking... Share your favorite recipes, techniques, ingredients and more! Attention all CS :) There's a foodie in all of us...See More
Jul 24, 2012
Doug Johnson replied to Jerry Peer's discussion Ship - 11 Div - 262 PRI Aug 24th in the group Navy Boot Camp
"Yep We heard from Nick on Wednesday afternoon, the same morning we received his letter. It was good to hear from him but all the questions we had for him quickly flew out of our minds, when we were actually talking to him. He said that everything is…"
Jul 20, 2012
Doug Johnson replied to E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's discussion Sage Advice from NavyDads Co-Admin Calvin
"Just got our first real letter from our son Nick, in Ship 11 Div 262, yesterday. Then a few hours later we got a call from him. It was great to hear from him. He sounded a little worried about passing everything, but he said that he is doing good…"
Jul 19, 2012
Doug Johnson and Jerry Peer are now friends
Jul 14, 2012
Doug Johnson replied to Jerry Peer's discussion Ship - 11 Div - 262 PRI Aug 24th in the group Navy Boot Camp
"We are from Minnesota and do plan on being there for PIR. I am looking forward to it, as I have heard that it is pretty intense and an amazing time. Most importantly we will get a chance to see him, it has been hard on my wife not hearing from him…"
Jul 13, 2012
NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for Doug Johnson
"Welcome to Doug! 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…"
Jul 13, 2012

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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
ET or FC
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Proud father of 4 boys. 1 in BC and 3 more to go.
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Very proud. I never served and told my sailor that I was going to live through him. It was amazing to see him take the step himself and grow up. He came home from high school in his junior year and said that he was thinking about joining and was so proud.
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
I actually found the Navy for Moms website for my wife and she found this for me.

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At 8:33am on July 14, 2012, E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin said…

Doug, Welcome Aboard!

My son served as an ABE aboard the USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego, Ca. and my family and I couldn't have been prouder of him. I created NavyDads when he was in boot camp in hopes that this site would better inform new Navy Dads and Navy Families that followed behind me. I designed, built, and launched June 18, 2008, two days before his Navy graduation.

NavyDads provides the best community for learning about Navy life for everyone but particularly the parents. We are a place for sharing experiences with others that have gone through and are going through the same thing as you. We give you real-time information from others going through it, the sense that you're not alone and the opportunity to help another along.

So jump right in, share concerns, join groups, share info, and show off your Sailor. I hope this site benefits you and your family throughout your Sailors journey in the United States Navy and I thank them for their service. I wish them the best in their travels and I'm glad you've found us.

Elmo Moore

At 10:31am on July 13, 2012, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Doug! 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 things 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) and recently reported to Helicopter Squadron Light-37 (HSL-37) in Hawaii after re-enlisting last year. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist. She is using her GI benefits to go to school. If were around in those early days, it would have made my journey as a Navy parent much easier!

I'm sure you'll find 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 experience! Take the time to explore the site and make some new friends. Read the discussions and comments. Browse through the postings in the various groups or start a new one. If you have any questions or concerns about your sailor and what he is going 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 Doug this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how Nick 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 not talk about in a public forum like

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.

Play the following video for a brief introduction to We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul

At 9:33am on July 13, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings Doug! When my son joined the Navy I really had no idea nor a clue on what he’s about to partake in besides what I’ve seen on tv and some stories I've heard from friends and relatives who have served in the military.

However, I'm so honored and very proud of his decision to serve our great country.

From the start, I’ve perused Navy and recruiter information online and beyond but I felt that I needed more peace of mind to help keep me from worrying too much. I also wanted to hear from real people who's been around the block and folks like yourself to share knowledge and experience throughout this entire journey.

That's when I found this website while searching for answers...

We're all in this together and I hope you too will find NavyDads.Com useful with lots of real shared information.

Don't forget to check out our Groups section and join a group that shares your interest. Please keep us posted on your sailors progress via status updates, discussion forums and photos...

A Warm "Thank You" from our family to your son Nick for his service!

Welcome Aboard... :)

At 8:14am on July 13, 2012, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Doug.

I would like to take this time to point you in some of the right directions. For starters if you haven't had the time take a look at the right side of any page you click on. There you will find some useful information for you. The links under the about this site will help you with how this site got started, navigation, PIR, About us, community guidelines and some links to some of the groups that beginners with a lot of questions will find very useful. There is also a link called Navy Enlisted Ratings, this link will take you to a brief description of the rates (jobs) in the Navy that you can find your sailors rate and find out some information about the rate that they are in.

First and foremost though we are all here for the same reason. We are curious about what our young sailors are getting into and for more information about the rate or job that they will be doing for the next 4-6 yrs of their lives. I know when I first got here I had lots of questions and there was not a lot of people on this site but they all were either going through the same thing or had been through it and had sailors out in the fleet. Now this site has grown to over 5000 members, Dads, Moms, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, sisters, brothers, girlfriends and boyfriends. Don't be afraid to ask questions of members in here because somewhere along the way we have all had the same questions and asked. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site with various years of experience in the NAVY either on their own account or through their Sailors.

Again welcome aboard and BRAVO ZULU to you and your son Nick on his enlistment and please thank him for me for making the choice to defend the freedoms that my family, this country and I have and enjoy.
Navy dads Admin Tim

At 8:09am on July 13, 2012, NavyDads Co-Admin, Calvin said…

Doug, Welcome to NavyDads. My Grandson joined the Navy and went to Boot Camp in February, 2008. He Graduated and received his Trident in Oct. 2009 and is now with his Team. When I joined this site I knew nothing about the Military. It’s really helped me understand what to expect and has relieved some of my worries.

Be sure to check out our Groups. We have several Groups for PIR and Boot Camp, plus Groups for the different Rates like Navy Nukes, Master at Arms and Special Ops. Also Group for different Ships and Bases. Check to see if your State or area has a Group already formed to locate others in your area. There are general interest Groups like: Care Packages,
A School for Dads, NASCAR for NavyDads and the book of acronyms and ranks. We’ve also added a Spanish language Group.

Also check us out on Facebook just search for Navy Dads.

We are a big family here and you can find answers to most any question or concern regarding what’s in store for your recruit. You will find members that are new to the Navy along with those who have Loved Ones who’ve made the Navy a career. We like to hear about your recruit; the good times, the concerns, and we welcome questions. I think you will find our members are a big family and everyone wants to help others understand what to expect and hear about the progress of your recruit.

Please feel free to ask questions.

Again Welcome and keep us updated on your recruit.

HooYah US Navy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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