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Gentleman, I am immensely proud of my son for serving his country and appreciate your candid replies, I received a private mssg from one of you that was very informative and unfortunately i am unable to pm you back but want to thank you. I also want to say that I enjoy reading this site more than others as most of you don't try to blow bubbles up peoples asses as I have found on other sites.


--- Quote from: texan168 on Feb 08, 2008, 09:09 ---I understand that this post has a lot of blowing my son's horn and I appologise  but I'm rationalizing that since no one knows who I am or my son is it really isnt. My son finished number one in A-school and is currently number one or near it at power school. My question is does where they place in school have any effect on their military and civilian careers other than being able to choose their first post?

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choosing their first post? haha...

at best he will get a 3.5-3.8 eval and a hearty hand shake from the captain. his ability to put pen to paper doesnt neccessarily make him a good sailor, keep that in mind too.

However, hopefully he is squared away and is also attempting to help his shipmates with his astounding abilities. Good luck to him, and I hope he does well :)

Last but not least... tell him not to get complacent in prototype. I qual'd MUCH faster then our top guy their.

Congratulations on your sons’ performance.  Contrary to what Mike may say it certainly can help him in the Navy.  The better students who avoid discipline problems are far more competitive for Officer Programs.  I would advise him to apply for any Officer programs that he finds appealing and to keep working hard in school in the meantime.  Good performers in school often do well in prototype as well.  Being a good performer in both gives him a better shot at immediately becoming a staff instructor at prototype.  This defers his first sea tour, enables him to better negotiate his first set of orders as a Staff Pickup rather than as a pipeline student, entitles him to the opportunity to earn training experience, go to college, etc.  (I think Mike may have been a SPU, he should be aware of this.)
Bottom line, the better any of us do in any job we do (Military or Civilian) will always open more doors.  Tell him to keep it up.  BZ! 

While I appreciate the young man's service you'll never hear me congratulate anyone for doing what they were hired to do in this case do well on tests.

I was primarily referring to the commercial world. It might help him short term in the Navy but it won't help him in the commercial world. Also, in the Navy it's only worth something if he proves to be able to responsibly handle a watch station. I saw a lot of genius idiots not be able to identify a steam leak or an adverse trend even it the leak burnt them or the trend was so obvious a child could figure it out.


Positive reinforcement is a wonderful thing!  I have found it inspires and motivates people far more than other methods.  If there is one thing I wish I had figured out sooner, it is how to effectively use positive reinforcement.  Positive reinforcement provided to people that are doing what they are hired to do, will result in a happier, more productive and more effective work environment.  I suppose we agree to disagree.


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