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Old 04-30-2016, 07:02 AM
 
Location: St. Louis
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And, after 47 years (on the 28th of May) I still remember my Company Commander's name, MMC(SS) H. K. Wiggens. Thank you, sir, for starting my career off right and turning a green Indiana boy into a useful service member.
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Currently in CT but have recently started construction for our retirement home in NH
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I too remember my boot camp Company Commander's name, MMC Grey. Joining the military is a great move for many people and you have every right to be proud. I enlisted in the Navy Nuclear Power Program when I was 21 (1981) after a few years of college and served on a submarine. I most likely would not have thought this at the time, but it was the one of the best moves I ever did (right behind marrying my wife) and would do it all over again. If he picks the right training, he will be set for life if he elects to get out when his enlistment is up and if he stays, full retirement in 20 years is still young enough for a second career.

I had a great post Navy career in the power industry and retired at age 57. I doubt I would have done as well without the life experiences and training I received in the Navy, not to mentioned all the great friends he will have for the rest of his life. Best of luck to him.

Lou
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:33 AM
 
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I spent 20+ years in the Navy and it was a fantastic career. I was able to get a MS degree in Engineering and spent another 20 years after retirement from the Navy working in a civilian career. Best of luck to your son. Tell him to take advantage of every opportunity to get an education/trade in the Navy. I now have a military pension, civilian pension, SS, and military healthcare.
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Old 04-30-2016, 01:17 PM
 
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My son is 23. He has been working as a bartender and marketing rep for local beer makers.
His father's family has a very large business that he could work for but is not interested in trucking.
He told me this afternoon when we met for lunch that he is going to join the Navy.
This was shocking news to me and I felt overwhelmed with emotions.
I am proud of him for making a choice in a solid career and education. And at the same time I dont want him to join the service.
He has already talked to the recruiter.
He said the field he wants to study he would not go into combat.
But if he is out on a big ship and they get called to combat he will be right there in danger.
I wanted to give him something special to take with him. Any suggestions? I have no idea what they are allowed to take to boot camp.
Jewelry? Photos? Can they keep their cell phone? Can they get online?
Thanks.
I do not know now days, I went in before cell phones and the Internet were so popular (early 90's).

I only took a change of clothes, tooth brush and paste, a folder with some papers, cash, and my drivers license. Boot camp gave everything else I needed. I would not even have taken a change of clothes, but I had to stay a day in a hotel while in transit to boot.

When first getting to boot, they hand you some kit, equivalent of a travel bag with like soap and stuff in it along with your boot sweats before you get your uniform items. Then within the first few days or so, everyone gets these chits and goes to a store where they can buy things, but certain things only until later in boot where you can buy more things.

Ships are not the only thing in the Navy, though chances are high he will be on one. Think of it as an industrial environment like a factory.
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Old 04-30-2016, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Ships are not the only thing in the Navy, though chances are high he will be on one. Think of it as an industrial environment like a factory.
Excellent point, and one surprisingly rarely made.
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Old 04-30-2016, 05:07 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Excellent point, and one surprisingly rarely made.
I got a good laugh when some friends volunteered for duty in Australia. The facility they were stationed at was so far from civilization that the 'roos came in by road train.
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Old 04-30-2016, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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My spouse has mostly served in deserts. We also have Seabee friends who have ONLY served in deserts.
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Old 04-30-2016, 05:19 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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My spouse has mostly served in deserts. We also have Seabee friends who have ONLY served in deserts.
Ask him what they use the camel for.
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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Based on the location of each poster...it is clear to see that this country is full of Seamen!

My dad is a WWII Navy Veteran, and age 90, still speaks highly of his experiences with The US Navy.
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:17 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Good for him!

I wish him well and following seas.

One thing I will note, however, is that fighting is why we have a military and if anyone is joining expecting never, ever, having to fight, then they are in the wrong job. If in anything else, he is going to be trained to fight fires; that's a given in the Navy.

I agree with the nail kit for it is the next best thing to a Swiss Army knife but he may find himself in a command where non petty officers are not allowed to have knives.
A Sailor not allowed to have a knife? How things have changed.
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