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L. Paul Saltzman
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  • Woodstock, NY
  • United States

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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
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Proud granddad having served 1961 - 1964
Prior Military Experience
Proud Navy Veteran
What Brought You To This Site:
my grandson is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Were Your Feelings When Your Sailor Joined The Navy:
A bit concerned. Spoke with his Recruiter and now very proud of this decision he has made
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
Search rating and you popped up. Thank you.

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Posted on June 1, 2017 at 9:47am 0 Comments

I purchased a gift for the grandson; stationed in Sicily. I found what I needed at Staples: they don't do FPO. I used AMAZON, it's perfect. The gift was cheaper than Staples & no tax or no shipping or handling.

Grandson lament

Posted on July 23, 2016 at 7:33am 0 Comments

I am not at all concerned about his getting through Boot Camp or his enlistment, He a good kid and listens well.  I know he knows how to play with others, but who will teach him how to shine shoes when all they ever wear are sneakers. Most importantly, can any of todays young men walk without their face in their phone... LOL.

Thanks for the support.


(US NAVY 1961 - 1962 E4 MA stationed Bainbridge, MD PAMI CONUS)

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At 9:54am on May 17, 2017, Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom said…

We used needs to have a Wi-Fi connection at his end...

At 7:53pm on July 21, 2016, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Paul ! 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 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 this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your grandson 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

As a grandparent of a sailor currently or soon to be at Great Lakes you'll have many questions about what Austin 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

"To raise a child, who is comfortable enough to leave you, means you've done your job. They are not ours to keep, but to teach them to soar on their own"

At 7:27pm on July 21, 2016, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to Paul! 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

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.

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Once again, welcome to our site and I hope you enjoy your stay here. GO NAVY! HOOYAH!

Best Regards- Jim

At 4:20pm on July 21, 2016, Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom said…

Welcome to Navy Dads, Sir! Thank you for your service! I'm sure that you are very proud of your grandson! Things have changed quite a bit since your day. Join our Boot camp group and watch the videos to see just what Austin will be going through! Feel free to ask any questions that you might have!



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