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Today's Sailor can contribute to exciting innovations by pursuing an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Learn more here: Para Padres

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October 2014 Blog Posts (21)

Meatloaf can be fun

Added by Bert on October 31, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

MA Riverines ?

My son called me from A school in San Antonio, and said he's going to be a MA Riverine. I've looked it up, and now I really scared about what he will do.. How often are they sent out...what do they do on a daily.. the one good thing he got orders in our hometown..

Added by latinnative on October 31, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Looking for Parents of Paul

Looking for the parents of a "Paul" on Ship 04 Div 038.  I am not sure if you are on this site but I would like to talk to you.  It looks like I will be adopting him for Thanksgiving and thought you could send a care package I could surprise him with.  If you are out here. Please private message me with last name to confirm for privacy reasons.

Added by ProudMomHappy on October 30, 2014 at 3:52pm — 3 Comments

Expired Coupons...

I have manufacturing coupons that will expire at the end of this month. If I'm not wrong the military can use expired coupons six months after expiration date. What I need is the address to send the bundle too. Please if you know of someone or an address please send a message..

Thank you Diane…


Added by NJNavy (IC,CS) on October 27, 2014 at 11:35pm — 4 Comments

Boot Camp 10/21/14

My son just left this week for boot camp.  Ship 04 Division 803.  Just wondering if anyone else is same?  Wondering what Christmas break will do to their graduation.

Added by sportsmomof2 on October 24, 2014 at 7:30pm — 14 Comments

How long does relating take?

Sorry for the length, but here goes. My son is a reservist in MA A school, but failed out. He is being put in holding while waiting to rerate at another A school. He said some guys said it could take a year or two. He's very upset, and doesn't want to wait around cleaning for a year. Is this likely?
He also said he won't get liberty and isn't allowed visitors. Is that true?

Added by NovaMom on October 24, 2014 at 5:57pm — 1 Comment


My son left for bootcamp Oct 6, on Oct 12 I think I got a call from him saying he was in the hospital.  He fell and hit his head in his room, he has been in the hospital ever since with severe headaches and vertigo. He is unable to walk on his own because of the vertigo.  I am losing it.  I am able to call him whenever I want which is a blessing, but he never has any news about his condition. Anyone have any ideas for me on how to deal with this? I was prepared for him to leave, but I never…


Added by pineybmx on October 20, 2014 at 10:21pm — 3 Comments

Mil to Mil spouses , Colocation

So my husband is active duty stationed here in Hawaii and we love it. However, before he enlisted I was going to enlist in the military. Currently my husband is deployed, but supports my endeavors to still enlist in the military, specifically the Navy because that is the branch he is in (obviously).  I have talked to a recruiter here in Hawaii, but I scored pretty well on the high spectrum for the ASVAB so I feel like he wants me to "rush" into the navy process. My question, however, is…


Added by Jilltayhart on October 18, 2014 at 6:04am — 1 Comment

Looking for fellow families in Bootcamp with my son

Hi I'm new to this site. My son left for boot camp on 9/22. I'm looking for other families/groups whose loved ones are graduating on November 21 alongside my son. Ship 11 DIV 010

Added by Nicole on October 17, 2014 at 3:33pm — 5 Comments

US Air, are you kidding us?!?

Please read the following Facebook post by Brian Kirby this evening.  I can assure you I will not travel US Air and I encourage other military families to consider the event described when making your travel reservations! As a person who has travelled over one million miles in my career, I know there are better choices the flight attendant could have made.  This should not be tolerated.

"I cannot believe what I have just witnessed. I am sitting in first class on US Airways…


Added by DPEYmom on October 14, 2014 at 10:03pm — 3 Comments

A School Graduation

I can't find any current information about A School graduation.  My daughter is in Pensacola FL.  I loved the PIR ceremony and was wondering if A school was similar but I am guessing not.  What goes on during the graduation. She said 31 sailors left boot camp for the same school so I know it is not a very big class... just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on A School graduation.

Added by newnavymom on October 13, 2014 at 3:23pm — 3 Comments

Commission on USS Constitution

My son is at boot right now and graduates on oct. 24th. He called to let us know that he has accepted a 2 yr. commission on the USS Constitution in Boston. We are really excited for him ,but would like some input from other mom's whos child has gone to "old Ironsides". Any information would really be helpful!

Added by donak on October 12, 2014 at 4:10pm — 5 Comments

ship 4 division 337

I'm new to the site and my son is scheduled to graduate on October 24. Are there any moms out there with sons or daughters in ship 4 division 337 or graduating on the same date? I've gotten a total of 3 calls from my son since he left (including the quick one when he arrived) and 2 letters. I've tried to write him often and send him news articles, etc, to keep him connected with home. I am so looking forward to seeing him at graduation!

Added by momofDalton on October 11, 2014 at 10:06pm — 6 Comments


I am new to the blog and to being a navy mom,it has  been difficult without my son at home but i am dealing with it,but i was wondering if anyone has PIR 31 oct 14 and ship 13 div 351.

Added by leeann73 on October 9, 2014 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Missing My Mom

So every time I have felt a little bit sad or down recently, I have thought of my mom. I miss her so much! I moved to Pensacola with my husband, and she lives in Virginia. My husband tries to comfort me, but I really want her advise. And her hugs. He thinks I'm missing her a lot because its near the holidays. This could be true.

At the current moment we don't know where we will be stationed after he is done school. I really hope it is back in Virginia! 

Added by Lauren on October 9, 2014 at 3:49pm — 1 Comment

USS Jason Dunham DDG 109 Families


I am new to this site. However, I heard there are a lot of families for the USS Jason Dunham on here. I am the new Treasurer for the FRG. We are up and running! We currently have a few fundraisers going on for the Dunham families. Please contact me if you are interested or part of the Dunham family. 

Thank you, 


Added by MrsSwo on October 8, 2014 at 12:33pm — 4 Comments

Letter & Call from boot camp!

I got my son's address from our local reruiter and started writing him last week, he said that he was so happy to get mail from home. I received my letter on Saturday and got a call from him on Sunday,he sounds like he's doing fine. He will graduate on 11/21. He's a Starboard Watch Section Leader and he's in the 902 division that performs at PIR graduation. I don't know what any of that means but he sounded excited and it made me happy. It's good to know that he is ok!

Added by MommaShack on October 7, 2014 at 9:35pm — 3 Comments

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken and Vegetables:

4 pounds chicken thighs and breast parts, skin-on, bone-in

2 teaspoons butter or olive oil


1 quart chicken stock (homemade is best)

2 celery stalks, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 large onion, roughly chopped

6 Tbsp all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 cup dry sherry or vermouth (optional)

1 Tbsp of…


Added by Diane aka buzyw2 on October 7, 2014 at 6:46pm — No Comments

NEED Help! Can someone explain this to me? TIA

I need help!  My daughter has been deployed for almost a year...has been on active duty for 15+ months.  She is undesignated.  I just spoke with her and she says she is not rated and they have 10 days to rate her or she will be able to come home after deployment.  If they rate her then she will continue to serve.  I seriously don't understand any of this.  Can someone explain it to me?

Added by Bzymommee on October 7, 2014 at 12:52pm — 2 Comments

Ship 13, Div 007

My son arrived on September 22.  Anyone else have the same ship and division??

Added by OxfordCtMom on October 5, 2014 at 12:29pm — 1 Comment

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