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Oct 30th 2016, 07:42 PM   #1
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  Jan 2016

Naval Airman/ off topic

Any active Naval Airmen here in Kitsap. (Or any active Navy..)

My 21 yo son has signed up and is off to Basic Training in a month, but has some misconceptions about what the Navy will be like.
Just looking for some experienced advice for him...

Thanks in advance..
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Oct 30th 2016, 07:52 PM   #2
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  Jan 2016

I'm active duty and live in port orchard, more than welcome to pm me or I can give email if that will help make things easier! Been in just over 6 years now!

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Oct 30th 2016, 09:42 PM   #3
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  Jan 2016

  '12 Concours14, '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750
There's are a bunch of Navy guys on here from Kitsap. We run the gambit from new guys just outta BC to old crusty salts that have been retired for years.

I can't say we're all Submariners but most of the ones I frequently hang out with are. Either way, we all have some experience and they are all different.

I myself am 10 months away from retiring with 21 years in. I'd be happy to provide some word of wisdom if desired but I warn you, I do not sugar coat things. I would not have made a good recruiter because I tell the truth about the good and the bad. I'm also a big believer in weeding out those who can't hack it.

I will say that it is a totally different Navy than when I joined and that was a totally different Navy then the one many of the old retired dudes on here joined way before me. I don't like the direction we're headed so I determined that my career has run it's course and it's time to look for something else to do.

Anyway, I'm in East Bremerton and will be at bike night on Sunday evening. You and your boy should come. We can chat.

Here's the deets on bike night: Kitsap "First Sunday Bike Nites"
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Oct 31st 2016, 11:01 AM   #4
  Jan 2016
  Bothell, WA

I went into the Navy when I was 17. Before I left my dad gave me some excellent advice on how to get along in boot camp. He said "keep your mouth shut and do everything they tell you".

I never did one extra push-up or had any crappy assignments because of that. On the last day as the Company Commander went down the line shaking everyone's hand and calling them by name, he came to me and had no idea who I was. SCORE!

I never regret enlisting and would do it all over again.
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Oct 31st 2016, 11:42 AM   #5
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  Jan 2016
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Originally Posted by Pavement Tested
I determined that my career has run it's course and it's time to look for something else to do.
Like staying and expanding your bike shop here in Kitsap County.
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Oct 31st 2016, 08:41 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016

Thanks for the replies, any and all info is appreciated.

He'll be doing basic Training in Chicago (in December), any advice?

He chose the Airman (PACT), any info on the specialty that he can pick later? Or advice for advanced training?

Nov 2nd 2016, 02:16 PM   #7
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  Jan 2016
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Ground support. Just to let you know that anymore no matter what they say, or have in writing, he may not get to be an airman. VT27 out of Corpus Christi. 70-71
Nov 2nd 2016, 08:04 PM   #8
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  Jan 2016

I'm preparing him for that, and I'd like for him to have some direction and goals in his field. He will likely end up on a carrier as an AO (Aviation Ordnance), ABF (Aviation Fueling) or ABH (Aviation Handling), but it looks like he can pursue more training and certifications, even if he doesnt get to use them right away. Is that correct?

He lives with his mother and isn't close enough to make it to Sundays Bike Night, but I'll try to be there.. I haven't met very many of the members here.

Edited by Scribbles on Nov 2nd 2016 at 08:11 PM
Nov 2nd 2016, 08:32 PM   #9
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  Jan 2016

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As long a he stays away from the bad eggs that the knuckle draggers (AB) tend to accumulate, he'll be alright.

With that said, he didn't get his rating guaranteed?

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Nov 2nd 2016, 08:38 PM   #10
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  Jan 2016

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NM, I forget how airmen do. Forgot about common core and selection.

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Nov 3rd 2016, 01:36 PM   #11
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  Jan 2016
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Remember!!! Guarantees from the government have never been, nor will ever be good. They still do what they want with you.
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Nov 3rd 2016, 04:07 PM   #12
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  Jan 2016

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Guarantees from the government... Trust those like you would trust any sleazy politician.
Nov 4th 2016, 03:04 AM   #13
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  Sep 2016

  Africa Twin
I'm a retired chief of 23 years. My advice, tell him to join the Air Force,
Ratings will soon be a thing of the past. They will put him where ever they want.
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Nov 4th 2016, 02:21 PM   #14
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  Jan 2016
  Hazel Dell, Wa

  Honda VFR800, Husqvarna TE 610, Ducati Hypermotard 1100S
So off topic rant,
the thing I really don't like about the military is the mandatory all day inspirational seminars that we're now getting every 6 months to a year. It fell on my day off today. I had to get up at 5:30am. It's sunny out. I'm in the final days of rebuilding a bike.
I'm not feeling very inspired and I know I'm not the only one.

However, joining the military is one of the best things I've ever done and has given me a HUGE amount of experiences I'd never have otherwise. I wouldn't change a thing....even if it's frustrating now and then.
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Nov 4th 2016, 03:34 PM   #15
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  Jan 2016

Thanks for all the replies...
Some good advice in here..

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