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My son promoted to Port Watch. What does this mean?

Started this discussion. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Feb 11. 2 Replies

Hello all.  Navy Dad newbee here with no prior military experience, and I'm seeking some clarification on terms, structure, etc.I received the first letter home from my son.  He has been at boot camp…Continue


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Never served in the military, though spent several years as firefighter and paramedic. Currently the recruitment manager for Nuclear Engineering company in Oregon. Connar is my oldest son and the first member of our entire family to join the Navy. Extremely excited for him.
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My son is recently enlisted (before PIR)
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Absolute excitement. Feel it is the best decision he has ever made.
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Was going a google search of his Division (098) and saw this site.

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Amazingly helpful site

Posted on March 24, 2017 at 12:49pm 4 Comments

My sincere thanks and appreciation to the admin team of!  The information provided was critical in my preparation to visit my son's PIR last week.  With all the rules and regulations involved in getting on base and seated it was very stressful.  I couldn't imagine trying to navigate the entire process on my own.  From helping to understand the life of a recruit during boot camp, how to communicate with them, promoting Sarge's meet and great (brilliant), etc, this site and all…


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At 11:49am on February 1, 2017, Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom said…

Welcome to Navy Dads, Scott! Connar has indeed opened a future full of opportunities for himself! There is a lot to learn as you become part of the Military family.Start off in our Boot Camp group to see what lies ahead. Ask any questions as they come up and we will all jump in to assist you!

At 7:50pm on January 31, 2017, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to Scott! 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, and is now attached to VAW-125 ("The Tigertails"). 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 Scott 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 Connar 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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At 6:51pm on January 31, 2017, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to Scott! 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



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