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Boot camp over Christmas

Started this discussion. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Dec 13, 2017. 3 Replies

My son left December 11 for RTC. What can we expect schedule to be over Christmas? Anyone have any experience on this one?


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NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza replied to Paul Smith's discussion Ship 14 DIV 089 PIR 02 FEB 2018 in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"That's why we try to tell the dads here to stick with PIR date specific rather than narrow it down to just one division. You will all still get together at the Meet and Greet. Maybe when you are on Navyformoms, you could drive some dads this…"
Jan 1
Paul Smith replied to Paul Smith's discussion Ship 14 DIV 089 PIR 02 FEB 2018 in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Stan I am noticing much more activity on navyformoms than here just an fyi"
Jan 1
stan baldwin replied to Paul Smith's discussion Ship 14 DIV 089 PIR 02 FEB 2018 in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Yes our son Kyle is in Div 089"
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Paul Smith left a comment for Greg Stewart
"Welcome Greg! Is your son currently at RTC? If so, what division?"
Dec 21, 2017
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Paul Smith commented on NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza's event Meet and Greet for PIR February 02, 2018
"2 attending DIV 089"
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Meet and Greet for PIR February 02, 2018 at Lakehurst Events (Formerly Sundance Saloon)

February 1, 2018 from 5pm to 10pm
The meet and greet is held the night before each PIR. All are welcome. This is the meet and greet that you may have heard about from other moms and dads. There is food and information about what to expect the next morning as you make your way to the graduation.Please RSVP here so we can get a head count. Please provide your first and last name for the reservation. The email you used to log on to will be used to send your confirmation of your reservation. Please provide your…See More
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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
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Ship 14 DIV 089 PIR 02 FEB 2018

Anyone else have a sailor in this Division?See More
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"Thanks. Also found"
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"I saw somewhere division challenge coins. Can't find them now. Can you point me in the right direction?"
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Paul Smith commented on E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Ok I'm stupid. What is the recruit family welcome center and what do i use it for? Hopefully someone can clue me in"
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Dec 15, 2017
NavyDads Admin (Paul) replied to Paul Smith's discussion Boot camp over Christmas
"Sunday/Holiday Routine allows recruits to attend religious services and observe Federal holidays. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. recruits are able to: attend religious services, read and study, hygiene, perform uniform upkeep, write and read letters, or…"
Dec 13, 2017

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At 7:18pm on December 7, 2017, 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 2:49pm on December 7, 2017, 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 (AM1) was on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), was attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37 (HSM-37) in Hawaii, and is now attached to VAW-125 ("The Tigertails"), is stationed at Iwakuni, Japan and is currently deployed as part of Carrier Strike Group 5 on the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). 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 Paul 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

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

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