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NROTC Program: A Good Starting Point for a Promising Future

These days, it seems as though it’s never too early to help your teenage son or daughter prepare for his or her future. Teens and young adults who strive for academic excellence, wish to build their confidence, secure a fulfilling future, and want to show dedication to their country may find a perfect fit and benefit from enrolling in a program like NROTC (Navy Reserves Officer’s Training Corps). If your son or daughter has expressed interest in joining the U.S. Navy, NROTC…

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Added by amypatterson on May 20, 2016 at 1:39pm — 1 Comment

What is Command Sponsorship and why is it so vital? (aka going to Japan)

I am blogging about this because it is information every fiance or newly married Navy spouse needs to know. Anyone with first hand experience, please add comments, and correct me if I have incorrect information or have forgotten an important detail.



When a sailor gets orders overseas, and I include Hawaii in this, he will receive orders which are either "Accompanied" or "Unaccompanied". Basically, with or without dependents. In order for the dependents to move overseas at the…

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Added by Anti M on May 19, 2016 at 7:14pm — 15 Comments

Changing Guests on the Graduation list (Question)

Hi!

I read on the form letter that Recruits have up to 1 day prior to their graduation to make changes to the access list. Is this true ? can my son remove someone to add someone else? Also I'm not sure how many days after graduation my son will have time off, he will be going to A School GL 

Thank so Much!

Added by Mari on May 19, 2016 at 12:43pm — 2 Comments

There Is A Difference.

This Saturday, May 21, is the day to honor your Sailor.

Added by CryptoDad on May 18, 2016 at 1:43pm — 1 Comment

Ask me a question. Feel free.

Feel free to ask any question from travel, to hotel, to taxi, airport, PIR DAY, after, etc.

Added by Mama Howdawg on May 15, 2016 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Post Graduation back on base- now to A. School

Wow what a day. I'm still on such a proud mama high.



You can meet your child at the airport and hang out with them. Go to the service desk get a security pass and spend the day with your Sailor. They can get their phones, laptops, items purchsed yesterday in a back pack to take to FL. THIS IS ONLY FOR Sailors traveling out of the Great Lakes. If your Sailor is A School in GL then you cannot until they get to duty station.



So what is your A School experience for your sailor… Continue

Added by Mama Howdawg on May 15, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

After PIR Navy graduation - May 13th 2016 - what do we do?

Graduation was so great. It really was. Emotional and a few snafu's but a brilliant moment in time. I'm very proud of my girl and her mates.



Now what do we do?



Your graduate can only go within 50 miles of the base.



Ask your Seaman how they are feeling. Remember they haven't been on the civilian side for 2-3 months and it is overwhelming to some.



Bring their cell phone they will want to take pics and post to family and friend or call family like… Continue

Added by Mama Howdawg on May 15, 2016 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Graduation Day - PIR - A good story please read

It's finally here. I get to see my girl graduate. I'm so proud of this kid. As you have read she is my stepdaughter. We are tight. She is just as important to me as my own own son. I love this strong, smart, steadfast girl to my soul. Being able to go to her graduation was a blessing. I was blessed to have her boyfriends mom and his sister in law come as well. You only get whose on the list so if you think extra family is coming in because they show up it won't happen. They walk you to chapel… Continue

Added by Mama Howdawg on May 15, 2016 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Week 8 - PIR DIV 188

Week (8) of Training

Graduation/Pass and Review. Aside from everything mentioned above, part of your training has been in drill and ceremony. That portion of your training will come in to play here, where you march proudly, shoulders squared and with a bolstered confidence before friends, family, and thousands of supportive individuals from all walks of life. There is nothing like it in the whole world.

What happens after boot camp?

After (PIR) Pass and Review, your newly capped… Continue

Added by Mama Howdawg on May 15, 2016 at 11:46am — No Comments

Week 7 - Battle Station 21

Week (7) of Training

At this point, you're nearly finished with boot camp. Excitement sets in and now you're ready for the final test: Battle Stations! Battle Stations is a twelve hour event held to test your entire division on how well you've absorbed everything you've learned thus far. If you are present at the call for Battle Stations, this means you have successfully passed all academic and physical challenges presented to you up to this point, and are ready for this final… Continue

Added by Mama Howdawg on May 15, 2016 at 11:42am — No Comments

Catching up - Battlestations

This too was a great week. My girl got to call again. So Week (6) of Training:



Fire fighting training, and shipboard damage control classes. This week you will learn how to put fires out, how to properly don fire safety gear in case you must fight a fire aboard the ship, how to open and close watertight doors, and operate fire fighting equipment. This week also finds you and your shipmates inside the gas chamber, being exposed to tear gas while you and everyone else recites name and… Continue

Added by Mama Howdawg on May 15, 2016 at 11:33am — No Comments

Catching up - week 5

Week 5 was a great week. I received a phone call from my girl. I was able to talk to her for about 40 minutes. We were able to cover the who what where how and when things were happening. Best of all she could report on her achievements and passing of her tests. She was really proud to have gotten a leadership role and it put her at a higher rate. She passed her swimming and was really studying hard. If there is anything I can suggest is that your recruit study before they leave for boot camp.… Continue

Added by Mama Howdawg on May 15, 2016 at 11:17am — No Comments

San Diego

So my husband finally has received his order,and we are headed to San Diego. Anyone know of any pretty decent places to live or anyone familiar with the area in general ? All responses are much appreciated. Thanks

Added by Nikki. on May 13, 2016 at 12:31am — 3 Comments

Tricare Prime Or Standard...

Would anyone happen to have any experience with either tricare Prime Or Standard. I am pretty new to this military life and I am trying to figure out which form of health care by far is the best or at least offers the better services. Any responses are greatly appreciated ,thank you in advance.

Added by Nikki. on May 10, 2016 at 9:58am — 2 Comments

Graduation

My son is almost  ready  for  graduation. I have spoken to him four times since leaving for boot camp and he sounds better with each phone  call. He is definitely  ready to move on to the next phase which is  A  school. He will be in Connecticut  for his A  school so this is good news because  we are from New York  City. 

This experience  for him was not an easy  adjustment. He  had so much to talk about  but so happy he had passed all test this  far.

Word of advise  to any for…

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Added by Swalonda on May 9, 2016 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

Graduation

My son is almost  ready  for  graduation. I have spoken to him four times since leaving for boot camp and he sounds better with each phone  call. He is definitely  ready to move on to the next phase which is  A  school. He will be in Connecticut  for his A  school so this is good news because  we are from New York  City. 

This experience  for him was not an easy  adjustment. He  had so much to talk about  but so happy he had passed all test this  far.

Word of advise  to any for…

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Added by Swalonda on May 9, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Graduation

My son is almost  ready  for  graduation. I have spoken to him four times since leaving for boot camp and he sounds better with each phone  call. He is definitely  ready to move on to the next phase which is  A  school. He will be in Connecticut  for his A  school so this is good news because  we are from New York  City. 

This experience  for him was not an easy  adjustment. He  had so much to talk about  but so happy he had passed all test this  far.

Word of advise  to any for…

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Added by Swalonda on May 9, 2016 at 8:29am — No Comments

Graduation

My son is almost  ready  for  graduation. I have spoken to him four times since leaving for boot camp and he sounds better with each phone  call. He is definitely  ready to move on to the next phase which is  A  school. He will be in Connecticut  for his A  school so this is good news because  we are from New York  City. 

This experience  for him was not an easy  adjustment. He  had so much to talk about  but so happy he had passed all test this  far.

Word of advise  to any for…

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Added by Swalonda on May 9, 2016 at 8:28am — No Comments

First son leaving to BC on 05/11/16

  My oldest son is leaving in 2 days. He does not seem to be nervous. I am, but also very proud of them both. Any last minute tips for this first time Navy mom? His younger brother is leaving in July. Any advice?

Thanks,

Navymomx2

Added by Navymomx2 on May 8, 2016 at 10:15pm — 16 Comments

Thursdays Meet and Greet 5/5/2016

Good morning to all our Navy family and loved ones. Please see the list below for the Meet and Greet on Thursday 5/5/16. If your name does not appear it is because of one of these possible reasons.

1. You RSVPed on face book not the website (see link at end of this post)

2. You may have been identified as a spammer by your internet provider therefore they publish a list to all internet providers to stop spam

3. You may have selected the…

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Added by OldSarge on May 3, 2016 at 9:50am — No Comments

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