I am new to the group. I feel like I just barely figured out being a midshipman mom and all of a sudden it is time for Commissioning. I do not know any other parent of military officers, which is what brought me here. Looking forward to learning from parents who have been where I am now.
My daughter is an officer (O3). I don't know much, most info I get through my daughter. The journey seems to be very different for each person and each job. There are ups and downs, like most things in life. I think that my daughter plans to make the Navy a career, so I am sure I will learn more as she progresses :). Welcome to the group
Thank you for your response! I can imagine that each journey is very different.
I do not know how much my son will tell me (or how much of it I will understand). I also do not know what effect his moving will have on him and on our family relationships....so I guess it will be a journey, of sorts, for all of us.
From what my son has said about the officers he has met, those that have made a career of it, are very happy with their lives. I hope that proves true for your daughter, too. It certainly seems like an exciting career to choose!
Congratulations to you and your new Navy officer!
My son is an O-3, commissioned out of Officer Candidate School in Newport in Sept 2012. He loves serving in the Navy, and has been all over the world on deployments and assignments. He just got back to the States from 3 years in Japan, which he & his wife loved.
It is hard to learn all that Navy lingo--all those acronyms! When my son starts in with NavySpeak like "RIMPAC," etc. I have to ask him to spell it out for me. You can Google "Navy acronyms" and find a page that explains a lot of them for you.
It's fun when your loved one is stationed overseas, because you can visit them and have a free tour guide! We visited Japan when son & DIL were there, and had a great time. I doubt that my hubby and I would have gone to Japan by ourselves, if son hadn't been there. He is back in the States now for 3 years, so we are looking forward to where he will wind up next (Europe?) so we can visit there.
What is your Ensign's designator (specialty)? Will he/she be heading to a school next or join a ship?
Thank you for your response! The acronyms/designators are a continuous learning curve for me. I knew O-5 and O-6 from my son speaking about the Battalion, but I had to look up O-3. lol I will get it eventually, I suppose.
Newport is close to us. My son did some of his training down there, too, as their Battalion is in the Northeast. He and his friends are going all over...several are actually going to Japan. Most, like my son, will be going to further schooling. It must be nice to have your son back in the states. Our son will be the first to move away, so it will just be an adjustment for the rest of us. But he is SO happy to be in the Navy, it makes it hard not to be happy and excited for him.
My daughter is also an O-3 who went through OCS in Sept 2012. She trained in Pensacola as a Naval Flight Officer and is currently back in Pensacola as an instructor at the Aviation Safety School. What does your son want to train for as he enters the fleet after Commissioning??
Several of my son's Battalion mates are going to Pensacola. They are very excited to fly! My son is going to be a Nuclear Engineer. From what I understand, we will be training in various places across the US next year.
Congratulations to your son!!! Wishing him all the best in his career path!!!!
I'm curious, did your son go in wanting to be a Nuke?
When he first started talking about joining the Navy he wanted to be a fighter pilot or a SEAL (he was 12. lol)
As I recall, when he looked into NROTC, he knew he did not want subs, but was open to other ideas. I think it was after his first summer cruise that he decided that he would like to be a SWO (is that the correct acroynm?).
Sounds like your son will be a SWO-N (Nuke) which are URL (unrestricted line) vs. a Naval Reactors Engineer that are RL (restricted line). Very different career paths and jobs. If so, your son will be going to Power School (@ 6 months) in Charleston, SC (great town), then to Prototype (@ 1 yr.) in either Charleston, SC. or Ballston Spa, NY. Once completed, he will be assigned to a carrier out of San Diego, Bremerton, WA, Norfolk, VA., or Japan.
Hard work. I would look at SailorBob.com and Nukeworker.com for more information.
I was being non-specific when I posted because I was not sure what information would be too specific, so I was waiting to check with my son. He had planned to go SWO-N, before he knew about NR.
I joined this group, in part, to find people like you who understand both having a child in the Navy, and how many different paths there are while serving.