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Evan Barnard commented on NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's group TSP/Thrift Savings Plan
"The Navy shares a 401k plan with all uniformed services called the Thrift Savings Plan.  It has some different rules than the civilian/govt employee version.  It does not have a matching component since the military in theory is eligible…"
Dec 2, 2013
Evan Barnard commented on John Augustine's group Navy Nukes
"Brian, you've got that right.  I never know when my daughter may run out of gas on some rainy night and need assistance :)"
Oct 31, 2013
Evan Barnard commented on John Augustine's group Navy Nukes
"Hey, we have changed our Thanksgiving plans and our Sailor is now flying home, instead of us going to Goose Creek.  We have a 3 bedroom villa at Foster Creek that is paid for, and since it is a holiday rental it is non-refundable.  If you…"
Oct 31, 2013
Evan Barnard commented on NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's group TSP/Thrift Savings Plan
"At least we'll remember when it kicked off."
Oct 1, 2013
Evan Barnard commented on NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's group TSP/Thrift Savings Plan
" Frankly, I didn't expect this to be one of the first news items after launching this group, but the above link has a few clear answers to some of folks most pressing questions regarding the…"
Oct 1, 2013
Evan Barnard commented on NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's group TSP/Thrift Savings Plan
"Hey, if he is already used to living without that $100/month, once he finishes his Montgomery contribution, see if he would just switch it towards the TSP.  He'll never know the difference until he actually retires :) And then he'll…"
Sep 30, 2013
Evan Barnard commented on NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's group TSP/Thrift Savings Plan
"This goal of this group is to provide a resource related to the many financial decisions Sailors have to make, young and old.  It could be about utilizing the Thrift Savings Plan, as well as the other options not sponsored by the government.…"
Sep 29, 2013
Evan Barnard joined NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's group

TSP/Thrift Savings Plan

Here is the place to share and learn about TSP Investment Options, Tax Shelter Information, Financial Planning and other Financial Benefits for all military personnel. See More
Sep 28, 2013
Evan Barnard and NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza are now friends
Sep 28, 2013
Evan Barnard commented on John Augustine's group Navy Nukes
"Hey I just learned about the "Dash for Cash" at the end of A-school.  Is that just a fun name for their final PFA or is this a separate tradition?  Either way I like the term."
Sep 27, 2013
Evan Barnard commented on John Augustine's group Navy Nukes
"Looking forward to this next part of our son's journey in his Navy career.  Arrived last night/this morning at Goose Creekand begins INDOC Monday (I think.)"
Sep 22, 2013
Evan Barnard left a comment for Tom Lufkin
"I'll plan to give you a call on Monday.  My cell is 615-689-0360, Nashville, TN."
Sep 15, 2013
Tom Lufkin left a comment for Evan Barnard
"Call anytime  843.442.5650  I know all the leaders at the school and will help anyway I can Tom Lufkin ETC(SS) USNR Ret."
Sep 13, 2013
Tom Lufkin and Evan Barnard are now friends
Sep 13, 2013
Evan Barnard commented on E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group Navy Boot Camp
"Hey, here's an LES question for the group.  I was checking our SR's pay this morning (God Bless NFCU for depositing a day early) and it was TINY.  So my question is regarding the initial uniform allowance.  Do they take the…"
Aug 29, 2013
Evan Barnard commented on John Augustine's group Navy Nukes
"LukeH, I currently have Geico, but I think USAA likely works the same way.  We dropped our sailor from our policy as soon as he shipped out for BC.  Even if he were to come home on leave, he would still be covered under our policy just…"
Aug 18, 2013

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What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
Nuclear Something
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Former Marine infantry (officer & enlisted), Texas A & M grad, 1 son Navy, 1 Air Force, investment advisor south of Nashville, come from a long line of men who served our nation and the trend continues.
Prior Military Experience
Proud Marine Veteran
What Brought You To This Site:
My son is currently serving
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
Absolutely thrilled and very proud. Although we have a family history of service we never pressured him into this choice, it was what he wanted to do and will be a great adventure for him.
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A client told me about the navyformoms site to pass on to my wife. I just typed in navyfordads to see if we had a similar group.

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At 3:23pm on September 13, 2013, Tom Lufkin said…

Call anytime  843.442.5650  I know all the leaders at the school and will help anyway I can

Tom Lufkin ETC(SS) USNR Ret.

At 8:28am on July 22, 2013, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Evan,

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, P.I.R., 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 7000 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 Justin 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 6:55pm on July 19, 2013, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings Evan! 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've been around the block and others 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 sailor's progress via status updates, discussion forums, blogs and photos...

A Warm "Thank You" from our family to you and your sons for their service!

Welcome Aboard! :)

At 1:24pm on July 19, 2013, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Evan! 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 carrier 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 carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist and is currently using her GI benefits to go to school. If 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 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! 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 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 Evan this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your son Justin 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

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



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