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Walter Loyola added a discussion to the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
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Early Morning at Airport The Day after PIR

After graduating on Friday, my SR was taken to O'Hare at 0100 (in the morning) on Saturday. Her flight didn't leave until 1250. So, there were a bunch of tired Sailors waiting for their flights. If you are able to do so, I recommend bringing pillows and blankets for sleeping. The USO does not have the room to support that many people all at once so, many ended up sleeping near the gate of their flights. Many of them were just plainly tired, along with family members.See More
Apr 8
Jeff replied to Walter Loyola's discussion PIR 06APR18 Ship 11 DIV 146 in the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
"Hi all April 6th 2018.  Our son is in ship 4 division 811.  Have gotten a couple of letters and one phone call last week.  Sounds like they are ready to get it done. 3 weeks to go."
Mar 11
Walter Loyola added a discussion to the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
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PIR 06APR18 Ship 11 DIV 146

Hello All! We got a call last week, and received a couple of letters - so far so good. Another five weeks to go! Please share information. Ship 11 is USS Kearsarge (LHD-3)(Image from http://www.warner.nh.us/lhd_3.htm)See More
Mar 4
Walter Loyola replied to Peter Jander's discussion Bad roomy in the group Navy Corpsman
"Pete - Thanks for responding. My daughter is in boot camp, and will be going on to HM A-school after. Yep, a lot of lifer military folks lament the current state of the military. My dad was a lifer too, and he's not too impressed. I'm an…"
Feb 18
Walter Loyola replied to Peter Jander's discussion Bad roomy in the group Navy Corpsman
"It has been a couple of years now. How did this situation go?"
Feb 10
Walter Loyola added a discussion to the group NAVY BOOT CAMP
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Saturdays in Basic

Most of the sites I've seen providing an overview of day-to-day schedule shows a 5-day schedule, and Sundays. The P-week goes to P-5 and a Sunday, and the regular weeks go to 1-5 (as an example) and a Sunday - that's six days. What happens on that missing day (Saturday)?See More
Feb 10
Walter Loyola joined E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group
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NAVY BOOT CAMP

Navy Boot Camp: Questions & Answers to what your Sailor will be doing at Recruit Training Command (RTC) Great Lakes, IL.This Support Group is for Families & Friends with Recruits attending Navy Boot Camp.See More
Feb 10
Walter Loyola joined E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's group
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Navy Corpsman

Navy Corpsman: Questions & Answers to what your Sailor will be doing as a Navy Corpsman in the United States Navy. See More
Jan 22
NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza left a comment for Walter Loyola
"Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Walter! When my son first told us that he had enlisted, I was very shocked! Not coming from a military family at all, I had no idea what to expect. What I found out later was that he had made the most mature decision…"
Jan 15
Walter Loyola replied to E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin's discussion Navy Boot Camp Graduation Schedule in the group Pass In Review - Tips, Hints, and Helps
"I've been in the military for over 20 years, and am familiar with the "hurry up and wait" aspect, but the timeline seems excessively drawn out for this ceremony. Why is that? Guests should be in their seats by 0845, but the Divisions…"
Jan 14
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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
Jan 14
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Jan 14
NavyDads Admin (Paul) left a comment for Walter Loyola
"Welcome to NavyDads.com Major! 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…"
Jan 14
Walter Loyola is now a member of Navy Dads
Jan 14

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Your Sailor's First Name (Please Do Not Post SEAL Names)
Alexandra
What Is Or Will Be Your Sailor's Rating (Job Classification) - ex. ABE, AM, GM, etc
HM
Describe A Little About Yourself:
Major in the United States Army.
Prior Military Experience
I'm Currently Serving
What Brought You To This Site:
My daughter is recently enlisted (before PIR)
What Is Your Relationship With Your Sailor
Dad
Please Share: How Did You Find Us?
On line search for information on Navy ratings.

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At 7:56pm on January 15, 2018, NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Walter! When my son first told us that he had enlisted, I was very shocked! Not coming from a military family at all, I had no idea what to expect. What I found out later was that he had made the most mature decision of his life! I found lots of answers to my questions right here on NavyDads.com.

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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 10:01pm on January 14, 2018, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…
Welcome to NavyDads.com Major! 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 NavyDads.com 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 NavyDads.com 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 NavyDads.com 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 she is going through...be 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 Walter this is a great place to brag as well! So join in, get active, and be sure to let us know how your daughter 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 NavyDads.com.

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