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Wife of a US Navy Sailor, PIR on May 3, Div 176 ship 14

Started this discussion. Last reply by lemonelephant May 10, 2013. 12 Replies

Hello everyone this is me, Marika again.  However, this time, i am no longer wife of a US Navy to be, but a new US Navy Sailor.  His graduation was on May 3, it was a very moving and beautiful…Continue


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My SR, husband is in the BC, at the Great Lakes, IL right now. His PIR is on May 3rd. Subsequently my SR will be heading to a Hospital Medic A School in San Antonio for 14 weeks. He just graduated HM A school in San Antonio, TX on Aug 22, 2013 in Class 150A/B and became an US Navy Corpsman. On Friday, Aug 23, got his first PCS to SD, CA. I love him very much and am proud of him!!!! HUJA!!!!
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I know that I will terribly miss him, throughout the entire ordeal, because of lack of the communication as often as I would like to!!!

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At 1:24pm on August 26, 2013, Mimi said…

Hey Marika, just wanted to say congratulations on ur Sailor getting his orders. I remember you freaking out about you not being a part of his graduation. I'm glad things are starting to shape up for you. Stay encouraged and remain blessed!

At 10:45pm on August 21, 2013, Jenn_NicksWifey said…

Welcome!  I'm from and currently living in Rockford, IL.  Definitely feel free to message me and ask anything you need.  We moved from Rockford to San Diego last Oct, then we moved back to Rockford when my DH deployed in April.  Now we're on our way back to San Diego next month.  Check out my blog post, My First Navy PCS, for a PCS starting point.  Which base is your DH going to be stationed at?  There are about 5 or 6 in the San Diego area, plus a Marine base.  My DH is at Naval Amphibious Base on Coronado. 

At 4:52pm on May 23, 2013, Trish from Texas said…
PMT stands for preventative medicine technician. Each sailor must fill out a dream sheet at the end of EMT training and if your grades are high and they have an opening they may get it, but not everyone gets another school. Some prefer to work with marines or to go into the fleet. His next school is at the same base in San Antonio, so he will move to another barracks.
At 6:48am on May 8, 2013, backpacker(Ship12/167) said…

12/167....PIR 5/3

At 8:30pm on April 30, 2013, AngieW (12/168) said…

Thank you so much for responding to my post.  As you might be able to see from the response that I received from the veteran members, there will be no overnight liberty.  So, the problem sort of resolved itself!  But, thank you so much for the offer.  I hope to meet you on Thursday night!!

At 11:36pm on April 15, 2013, Proud Navy Mom of SR J-Rob said…

My son is also Div 176 Ship 14....I haven't heard from him in over 3 weeks...his gf got a call over 2 weeks ago but nothing since....

At 1:07pm on April 13, 2013, Recruit Man - Ronny said…
Welcome to  My name is Ronny and my son has been in the Navy since February of 2012.  He is currently stationed in San Diego with a Helicopter Squadron.  He is an Aviation Structural Mechanic.  I hope you find all the info you are looking for here, and if you have any questions feel free to ask.  My son is 3rd Generation Navy, so I do know a little about the Navy..:)
If you have a new Sailor who is in Boot Camp, or leaving soon, visit and I will send you FREE Pre-Paid Phone cards for your SR to use while they are in boot camp.  I started that program when my son left for Boot Camp :)
Welcome Aboard and I wish your Sailor Fair Winds and Following Seas.
At 11:49pm on April 3, 2013, lemonelephant said…

I see that you have not received the form letter from your husband; Letter Writing & Fun Stuff/Questionnaires to send to your Recruit gives info on what you can do.  Only your SR can send you a form letter.  Please do not ask anyone for the password or for a copy of their letter for that would be a violation of OPSEC if they were to give it to you.  Look at the paragraph above for that info and then read the whole document.

At 11:40pm on April 3, 2013, lemonelephant said…

I see you joined your PIR group as BQB and Emma suggested; you may also want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones), PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here. There will be a lot of great information and support for you in those groups as well as in the PIR group. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions within all of the groups.

I see you asked about "A" School and did not get an answer.  "A" School is the training that those who have a contract for a rating (job/specialty) have after boot camp to prepare them for their rating.  What will your SR's rating (job/specialty) be or is he in the PACT program?  With that info I can tell you where he will go for "A" School or training following PIR and that will help you to plan your trip for PIR weekend. Take care and blessings to you and yours. (Group names within this comment are clickable links.)

At 10:34pm on April 3, 2013, Valtameri said…

Since you know ship 14, div 176, this link will explain how to address a letter:

And for basic information, this is the Family Guide:


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