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PIR 12/13/13 SHIP 11 DIV 041

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawn Renee VanMeter Nov 16, 2013. 1 Reply

Does anyone else have son or daughter going through PIR on 12/13 on this Ship or Div? Would love to connect with some other dads.Continue

 

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Shawn Renee VanMeter replied to Kevin Cratsley's discussion PIR 12/13/13 SHIP 11 DIV 041
"Im a mom but do have a daughter going through PIR on 12/13/13  Ship 02 Div 905."
Nov 16, 2013
Chris B. replied to Kevin Cratsley's discussion Officer reality? in the group Navy Nukes
"Never heard of a mandatory "Office test" for enlisted sailors.  Becoming an officer either through OCS (people with degrees, both active duty and civilians) or STA-21 (enlisted sailors without degrees) is an arduous process that can…"
Nov 6, 2013
Ken Brown replied to Kevin Cratsley's discussion Officer reality? in the group Navy Nukes
"There are several programs through which an enlisted sailor may become an officer. However, the needs of the Navy will prevail for choosing career fields. The newly minted ensigns requesting assignment to aircraft carriers from ROTC and the Naval…"
Nov 5, 2013
NavyDads Admin, Tim left a comment for Kevin Cratsley
"Welcome aboard Kevin, I would like to take this time to point you in some of the right directions. For starters if you haven't had the time take a look at the right side of any page you click on. There you will find some useful information for…"
Nov 5, 2013
NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary replied to Kevin Cratsley's discussion Officer reality? in the group Navy Nukes
"STA-21 and OCS opportunities are available for to all ratings..."
Nov 5, 2013
Troy Baker replied to Kevin Cratsley's discussion Officer reality? in the group Navy Nukes
" Not very likely, and there is no test that makes you an officer, there are programs like ST21 and Naval Academy.  There is a whole packet you have to put together and all the nukes are told about it.  Last year about 30 nukes made it…"
Nov 5, 2013
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PIR 12/13/13 SHIP 11 DIV 041

Does anyone else have son or daughter going through PIR on 12/13 on this Ship or Div? Would love to connect with some other dads.See More
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Officer reality?

My son just shipped off to boot camp on the 21.  He was led to believe that when he starts his Nuke training that it was mandatory he take the Office test and if he passed and was accepted could be an officer in the Navy.  Just curious if any of the young men who have gone through the Nuke training have moved on to be officers or not?See More
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"Greetings Kevin! When my son joined the Navy I really had no idea nor a clue on what he’s about to partake in besides what I’ve seen on tv and some stories I've heard from friends and relatives who have served in the…"
Nov 5, 2013
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Kevin Cratsley replied to Richard A's discussion 9 month wait????? in the group Navy Nukes
"Congratulations NukeDad!!! My son just started boot camp on the 21st on his way to be a Nuke Mechanical Operator!  719 days is a long time to wait after boot camp but I am sure the reward is going to be so much better.   "
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Navy Nukes

Navy Nuke: Questions and Answers to what your Sailor will be doing as a "Nuke" in the United States Navy. This support group is for the families and friends with Sailors serving in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Program / Power Nuke School.See More
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At 10:19am on November 5, 2013, NavyDads Admin, Tim said…

Welcome aboard Kevin,

I would like to take this time to point you in some of the right directions. For starters if you haven't had the time take a look at the right side of any page you click on. There you will find some useful information for you. The links under the about this site will help you with how this site got started, navigation, P.I.R., About us, community guidelines and some links to some of the groups that beginners with a lot of questions will find very useful. There is also a link called Navy Enlisted Ratings, this link will take you to a brief description of the rates (jobs) in the Navy that you can find your sailors rate and find out some information about the rate that they are in.

First and foremost though we are all here for the same reason. We are curious about what our young sailors are getting into and for more information about the rate or job that they will be doing for the next 4-6 yrs. of their lives. I know when I first got here I had lots of questions and there was not a lot of people on this site but they all were either going through the same thing or had been through it and had sailors out in the fleet. Now this site has grown to over 7000 members, Dads, Moms, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, sisters, brothers, girlfriends and boyfriends. Don't be afraid to ask questions of members in here because somewhere along the way we have all had the same questions and asked. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on this site with various years of experience in the NAVY either on their own account or through their Sailors.

Again welcome aboard and BRAVO ZULU to you and your son Zachery on his enlistment and please thank him for me for making the choice to defend the freedoms that my family, this country and I have and enjoy.

Navy dads Admin Tim

At 8:14am on November 5, 2013, NavyDads Co-Admin, Gary said…

Greetings Kevin! When my son joined the Navy I really had no idea nor a clue on what he’s about to partake in besides what I’ve seen on tv and some stories I've heard from friends and relatives who have served in the military.

However, I'm so honored and very proud of his decision to serve our great country.

From the start, I’ve perused Navy and recruiter information online and beyond but I felt that I needed more peace of mind to help keep me from worrying too much. I also wanted to hear from real people who've been around the block and others to share knowledge and experience throughout this entire journey.

That's when I found this website while searching for answers...

We're all in this together and I hope you too will find NavyDads.Com useful with lots of real shared information.

Don't forget to check out our Groups section and join a group that shares your interest. Please keep us posted on your sailor's progress via status updates, discussion forums, blogs and photos...

A Warm "Thank You" from our family to your son Zachery for his service!

Welcome Aboard :)

At 6:12am on November 5, 2013, NavyDads Co-Admin, Jim said…

Welcome aboard to NavyDads.com Kevin! 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 NavyDads.com.   

I have one sailor in the family - my son Stephen is an AWO2. (Air warfare systems operator) He is a Petty Officer 2nd Class and currently stationed in Jacksonville, FL. 

We do ask that you remember that we talk about the Navy here and we must keep the security and safety of our sailors in mind at all times. 

If you have a son or daughter in boot camp and plan to attend the PIR, here is a great link for some information that I know you’ll find useful.

http://www.navydads.com/forum/topics/sarge-s-meet-and-greet

Also be sure to join us on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/66599528175/

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

Best Regards- Jim

At 8:55pm on November 4, 2013, NavyDads Admin (Paul) said…

Welcome to NavyDads.com Kevin! 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 carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and recently reported to Helicopter Squadron Light-37 (HSL-37) in Hawaii after re-enlisting last year. My daughter Kat is now a Navy veteran and was stationed on the carrier Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) as a Mass Communications Specialist and is currently using her GI benefits to go to school. 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 he 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 Kevin 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 NavyDads.com.

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

As PIR draws closer, be sure to spend some time going through the PIR-Tips, Hints and Helps group- we’ve tried to assemble some tips and suggestions to make your sailor's PIR more enjoyable.

Play the following video for a brief introduction to NavyDads.com. We've made some cosmetic changes to the site since this video was made, but navigation remains the same.

Best Regards- Paul

 
 
 

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